Diversity in YA books – recommendations

BT&M has recently put together a (non-exhaustive) list of web resources on diversity in YA books here. It is a hot topic in the world of YA and last week the Guardian devoted its children’s book site to the subject. BT&M has commented on diversity before and what BT&M would love to see more of is books that are not about diversity per se (i.e issue books), but books that include main characters (not just supporting characters) from a diverse range of backgrounds (i.e. incidental diversity) – for example an adventure book with a non-white protagonist, a spy story with a disabled protagonist. That is not to say that issue books are not needed and this article in the Guardian discusses this point very well.

Sticking to the theme of YA books where diversity is incidental, rather than central, BTM has provided some recommendations below. They are not exhaustive and it would be great to hear your thoughts and recommendations.


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Running Girl by Simon Mason

Night Runner by Tim Bowler

Brave New Girl by Catherine Johnson

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens


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Cruel Summer by James Dawson

Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld



She is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick



Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

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