YA Diverse Reads MegaList
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YA Diverse Reads MegaList!
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Curated by Jennifer Powell (@Powells_Library) & Laura Graves Massey (@thatlibrarian9)
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Feel free to share, bookmark, etc. Just make sure you don't share a copy since it is a live document that we update periodically. You can sort the list by selecting a column and going to the Data tab. Enjoy!
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TitleAuthor
Publication Year
GenrePOC
Sexuality/Gender Identity
Mental Health/Disability
Other Notes#OwnVoices
Middle, High, Both
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*Bronx MasqueradeGrimes, Nikki2001RealisticBlack, LatinxPoetry, School, Multiple VoicesBoth
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*First Part Last, TheJohnson, Angela2003RealisticBlackTeen FatherHigh
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*Keesha's HouseFrost, Helen2003RealisticBrownQueerNovel in Verse, 7 diverse teens, Both
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*SoldMcCormick, Patricia2006RealisticDesiSex trade, slavery, poetryBoth
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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Saenz, Benjamin Alire2012RealisticLatinxGayHigh
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*Ask the PassengersKing, A.S.2012RealisticLesbianHigh
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*PrincelessWhitley, Jeremy2012ComicsBlackBoth
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*March: Book OneLewis, John & Nate Powell2013Graphic MemoirBlackBiography of John Lewis during Civil RightsHigh
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*Two Boys KissingLevithan, David2013RealisticGay, TransgenderNarrated by ChorusHigh
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*CitizenRankine, Claudia2014Poetry
Jamaican American
Racism, Being BlackHigh
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*Crossover, TheAlexander, Kwame2014SportsBlackNovel in VerseMiddle
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*El DeafoBell, Cece2014Graphic MemoirDeafMiddle
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*Fake IDGiles, Lamar2014MysteryBlackWitness Protection, CrimeBoth
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*Gabi, A Girl in PiecesQuintero, Isabel2014RealisticLatinxAll the ThingsHigh
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Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel
Farizan, Sara2014RomanceMiddle EasternLesbianBoth
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*To All The Boys I've Loved BeforeHan, Jenny2014RomanceAsianWidowed Father, sistersBoth
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*When I Was the GreatestReynolds, Jason2014RealisticBlackTourette SyndromeReluctant ReadersBoth
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*Between the World and MeCoates, Ta-Nehisi2015NonfictionBlack
A book about what it means to be black in America
High
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*Ember in the Ashes, AnTahir, Sabaa2015FantasyBrownBoth
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*LumberjanesStevenson, Noelle2015ComicsBrownLesbian, TransgenderAWESOME!, Summer CampBoth
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*March: Book TwoLewis, John & Nate Powell2015Graphic MemoirBlackSequel to March: Book OneHigh
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*None of the AboveGregorio, I. W. 2015RealisticIntersexBoth
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*Not Otherwise SpecifiedMoskowitz, Hannah2015RealisticBlack BisexualEating DisorderHigh
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*Roller GirlJamieson, Victoria2015Graphic NovelLatinxRoller DerbyMiddle
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*Simon vs the Homo Sapiens AgendaAlbertalli, Becky2015RomanceGayComing Out, BullyingHigh
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*Wrath and the Dawn, TheAhdieh, Renee2015FantasyMiddle EasternRetelling of Shahrazad from 1,001 NightsHigh
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*Written in the StarsSaeed, Aisha2015RealiticDesiArranged MarriageBoth
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*If I Was Your GirlRusso, Meredith2016RealisticTransgenderSouthern settingHigh
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*In The Shadow of LibertyDavis, Kenneth C2016NonfictionBlackThe lives of five slaves of U.S. presidentsHigh
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*March: Book ThreeLewis, John & Nate Powell2016Graphic MemoirBlackThird book in March seriesHigh
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*Rose and the Dagger, TheAhdieh, Renee2016FantasyMiddle EasternSequel to The Wrath and the DawnHigh
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*Sun is Also a Star, TheYoon, Nicola2016Realistic, RomanceLatinx, AsianImmigrationBoth
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*Symptoms of Being HumanGarvin, Jeff2016RealisticGenderqueerHigh
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*This is Where It EndsNijkamp, Marieke2016Realistic
Latinx, Middle Eastern
QueerSchool ShootingBoth
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*Labyrinth LostCordova, Zoraida2016FantasyLatinx
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*A Line in the DarkLo, Malinda2017ThrillerAsianLesbianChinese American, Psychological ThrillerHigh
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*AllegedlyJackson, Tiffany2017MysteryBlackTeen Pregnancy, Group HomeHigh
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*Amina's VoiceKhan, Hena2017RealisticDesiMuslim, Mosque BurningMiddle
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*Dear MartinStone, Nic2017RealisticBlackPolice Brutality, Black Lives MatterHigh
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*Hate U Give, TheThomas, Angie2017RealisticBlackPolice Brutality, Black Lives MatterHigh
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*I Am Alfonso JonesMedina, Tony2017Graphic NovelBlackPolice Brutality, Black Lives MatterHigh
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*Library of FatesKhorana, Aditi2017FantasyDesi
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*Long Way DownReynolds, Jason2017RealisticBlackNovel in Verse
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*Marrow Thieves, The Dimaline, Cherie2017Science FictionIndigenous
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*Miles MoralesReynolds, Jason2017Science FictionBlack, LatinxBoth
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*Piecing Me TogetherWatson, Renee2017RealisticBlackLow Income, Big Brother/Big Sister, ArtBoth
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*Queens of GeekWilde, Jen2017RomanceAsianBisexualChinese Australian, Aspergers, AnxietyHigh
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*Queer There & EverywherePrager, Sarah2017NonfictionQueer SpectrumCollected BiographiesBoth
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*When Dimple Met RishiMenon, Sandhya2017RomanceDesiSTEM, arranged marriageHigh
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*You're Welcome, UniverseGardner, Whitney2017RealisticDesiDeafTwo Moms, Street ArtBoth
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*OverturnedGiles, Lamar2017MysteryBlack
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*American PandaChao, Gloria2018RealisticAsianOCDChinese family, CollegeHigh
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*For Every OneReynolds, Jason2018PoetryBlackMotivational PoetryBoth
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*Let's Talk About LoveKann, Claire2018RealisticBlackAsexualCollegeHigh
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*Poet X, TheAcevedo, Elizabeth2018RealisticLatinxNovel in Verse, CatholicismBoth
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*Prince and the Dressmaker, TheWang, Jen2018Graphic NovelGenderqueerDrag CultureBoth
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PersepolisSatrapi, Marjane2000Graphic MemoirMiddle EasternIranian RevolutionBoth
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Boy Meets BoyLevithan, David2003RomanceGayHigh
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LocomotionWoodson, Jacqueline2003RealisticBlackFoster care, Novel in VerseMiddle
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MonsterMyers, Walter Dean2004RealisticBlack
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American Born ChineseYang, Gene Luen2006FantasyAsianBoth
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Ask Me No QuestionsBudhos, Marina2006RealisticDesiImmigration, Muslim, Post 9/11Both
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RunawaysVaughan, Brian K.2006ComicsBlack, AsianLesbianBoth
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Home of the BraveApplegate, Katherine2007RealisticBlackRefugeeHigh
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Naomi & Ely's No Kiss ListLevithan, David2007RomanceGay, Bisexual
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Ten Things I Hate About MeAbdel-Fattah, Randa2007RealisticBrownMuslim
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Jerk CaliforniaFriesen, Jonathan2008RealisticTourette SyndromeHigh
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Perfect ChemistryElkeles, Simone2008RomanceLatinxHigh
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Secret KeeperPerkins, Mitali2008RealisticIndianHigh
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Surrender Tree, The Engle, Margarita2008PoetryLatinx
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AshLo, Malinda2009FantasyLesbian
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Love is the Higher LawLevithan, David2009HistoricalGaySet the day of the 9/11 attacksHigh
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Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksSkloot, Rebecca2010NonfictionBlackMedical EthicsHigh
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Rules of AttractionElkeles, Simone2010RomanceLatinxHigh
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Akata WitchOkorafor, Nnedi2011FantasyBlackAfrican
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Chain ReactionElkeles, Simone2011RomanceLatinxHigh
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Inside Out and Back AgainLai, Thanhha2011Historical FictionAsian
Vietnam War, Immigration, Alabama, Novel in Verse
Middle
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Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?
Kaling, Mindy2011Biography/MemoirDesiHumor, EssaysHigh
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LegendLu, Marie2011Science FictionBrownBoth
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Shadows on the MoonMarriott, Zoe2011FantasyAsianCinderella re-tellingHigh
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Beautiful Music for Ugly ChildrenCronn-Mills, Kirstin2012RealisticTransgenderMusicHigh
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Between You and MeCalin, Marisa2012RealisticBisexualHigh
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Game for Swallows, AAbirached, Zeina2012Graphic MemoirMiddle EasternWar, LebanonBoth
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Miseducation of Cameron Post, The Danforth, Emily M.2012RealisticLesbian
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Better Nate than EverFederle, Tim2013HumorQueerTheatreMiddle
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Boxers & SaintsYang, Gene Luen2013Historical FictionAsianBoxer RebellionBoth
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Branded by the Pink TriangleSetterington, Ken2013NonfictionQueerHolocaust
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ChampionLu, Marie2013Science FictionBrownThird in the Legend TrilogyBoth
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FreakboyClark, Kristin Elizabeth2013RealisticTransgenderNovel in verseHigh
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Golden BoySullivan, Tara2013RealisticAfricanAlbinoBoth
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If You Could Be MineFarizan, Sara2013RealisticMiddle EasternLesbianQueer story set in IranHigh
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Marco ImpossibleMoskowitz, Hannah2013RealisticGayHeistMiddle
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Openly StraightKonigsberg, Ben2013RomanceBisexual
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ProdigyLu, Marie2013Science FictionBrownSequel to LegendBoth
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Romeo and JulietHinds, Gareth2013Graphic NovelIndian, BlackDiverse casting of the originalHigh
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Words With WingsGrimes, Nikki2013RealisticBlackNovel in VerseMiddle
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