oracne - Victoria Janssen (oracne) wrote,
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YA sf/f with protagonists of color

oyceter asked over in her LJ about YA books featuring people of color as protagonists, preferably girls: "But I do want some confrontation of racial issues and young girls deriving a sense of power from that confrontation." I've been collating responses both from her LJ and from other sources, and thought I'd post it here and see if anyone had more suggestions to add.

Judith Berman, BEAR DAUGHTER
Joseph Bruchac, SKELETON MAN
Jane Louise Curry, THE BLACK CANARY
Michael Dorris, MORNING GIRL
Louise Erdrich, THE BIRCHBARK HOUSE
Nancy Farmer, A GIRL NAMED DISASTER and THE EAR, THE EYE, AND THE ARM and HOUSE OF THE SCORPION
Hiromi Goto, HALF WORLD [out fall/winter 2007]
Virginia Hamilton, JUSTICE AND HER BROTHERS
Ursula K. LeGuin, Earthsea trilogy, GIFTS, VOICES, and POWERS [fall 2007]
Walter Mosley, 47
Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu, ZAHRAH THE WINDSEEKER and THE SHADOW SPEAKER [upcoming]
Cynthia Leitich Smith, RAIN IS NOT MY INDIAN NAME (non-fantasy, but highly recommended)
Louise Spiegler, AMETHYST ROAD [AU gypsies]
Joyce Sweeney, WAITING FOR JUNE
Yoshiko Uchida, A JAR OF DREAMS and THE BEST BAD THING
Carole Wilkinson, DRAGON KEEPER
Susan Vaught, STORMWITCH
Paul Yee, THE BONE COLLECTOR'S SON
Laurence Yep, TIGER'S APPRENTICE, many others
Tags: books, race matters, sf/f, ya
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