Top Ten Tuesdays is a meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is
Top Ten Books with Diverse Characters
It’s extremely difficult to choose only ten, so to help narrow it down a bit I’ve decided to feature some lesser-known books or books that readers may not recognize immediately as having diverse characters. Feel free to list more of your favorites in the comments!
1. the Ashtown Burials series by N. D. Wilson: The protagonists, Cyrus and Antigone Smith, have dark skin courtesy of their mother (who comes from South America) and their mentor is dark-skinned, as well. Furthemore, the series features characters from across the globe as well as a bunch of strong female characters, each one unique. The first book in the series is The Dragon’s Tooth.
2. A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd: This charming story features a hero in a wheelchair–and the point of the book isn’t that others have to learn to accept him. Everyone already sees him as a real person so he’s free to dive right into the action, helping his new friend solve a mystery and spread some cheer throughout the town.
3. Boys of Blur by N. D. Wilson: A retelling of Beowulf set in Florida and featuring a racially-mixed family.
4. The Real Boy by Anne Ursu: Though the book never states so explicitly, the protagonist falls on the autism spectrum and he lives in a world where dark skin is considered beautiful.
5. the Floors trilogy by Patrick Carman: Two boys, one of them Hispanic, live in a wacky hotel that features things like the pinball room and the cake room. The trilogy also features a blended family.
6. Dangerous by Shannon Hale: The protagonist of this science fiction adventure is half-Paraguayan and she has a disability–but she’s not about to let that keep her out of space camp.
7. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart: Four talented children band together to defeat an evil genius with plans to take over the country. One of the children has tea-colored skin while one of the secondary characters is from Zambia. Adopted children are also featured.
8. the Mira’s Diary series by Marissa Moss: Protagonist Mira is Jewish, but when she begins travelling through time she experiences first-hand the prejudice her people have faced throughout history. The first book features the Dreyfus Affair while the second touches on Rome’s Jewish ghetto.
9. Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge: Paige is having difficulty adapting to her new life after her family moves to Brooklyn, but luckily she has some friends to help her, one of whom is a lesbian.
10. Greenglass House by Kate Milford: Twelve-year-old Milo leaves in an inn frequented by smugglers. When one winter sees a series of strange guests arrive, Milo wonders if, while investigating their secrets, he may also discover something about his birth parents and his own Chinese heritage.