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Multicultural Stories

As the number of young adult literature books has grown, so has the number of quality titles featuring characters of diverse ethnicity, religion, and nationality, and compelling story lines about identity, prejudice, and understanding.

Feathers

Feathers

Jacqueline Woodson
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Fiction
Black and White

Black and White

Paul Volponi
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2006
The Joy Luck Club

The Joy Luck Club

Amy Tan
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Historical Fiction
Published:
1989
Buried Onions

Buried Onions

Gary Soto
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2006
A Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life

A Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life

Dana Reinhardt
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2007
monster

Monster

Walter Dean Myers
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery / Crime
Published:
1999
Born Confused

Born Confused

Tanuja Desai Hidier
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2003
Ask Me No Questions

Ask Me No Questions

Marina Boudhos
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Fiction, Historical Fiction
Published:
2007
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Sherman Alexie
Age Level:
Middle Grade, YA
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2007
Red Hot Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Being Young and Latino in the United States by Lori Marie Carlson

Red Hot Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Being Young and Latino in the United States

Lori Carlson
Age Level:
YA, Middle Grade
Genre:
Poetry
Published:
2005
Bindi Babes

Bindi Babes

Narinder Dhami
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2005

The New Policeman

Kate Thompson
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Fairy Tales, Folktales and Myths, Fantasy
Published:
2005

The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain

Peter Sis
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Nonfiction
portrait of Middle Eastern girl in hijab holding a tablet with Arabic writing

19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East

Naomi Shihab Nye
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Poetry
Published:
2005
Facing the Lion : Growing up Maasai on the African Savanna

Facing the Lion : Growing up Maasai on the African Savanna

Joseph Lekuton, Herman Viola
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Nonfiction
Published:
2003
La línea

La Línea

Ann Jaramillo
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
1985
The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner

Khaled Hosseini
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Fiction, Historical Fiction
Published:
2003
Revolution is Not a Dinner Party Novel by Ying Chang Compestine

Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party

Ying Chang Compestine
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Historical Fiction
Published:
2007

The Road of the Dead

Kevin Brooks
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Fiction, Mystery / Crime
Published:
2006
Aya

Aya

Marguerite Abouet
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Fiction, Historical Fiction
Published:
2007
Flying Lessons and Other Stories

Flying Lessons and Other Stories

Ellen Oh
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Short Stories
Published:
2017