In honor of my upcoming book, WICKET SEASON, which features Harrison Ambrose, a cricket mad Canadian kid of Jamaican descent, his Jamaican family and friends Oscar and Jordan, his Indo-Canadian almost girl-friend, the lethal spin bowler Deepa Singh and assorted other cricket crazy Canucks of color (or not), I’m signing up for the 2012 POC Reading Challenge. I’ve discovered that I’ve already read two books featuring protagonists of color this year, one in January and one in February, so I thought I’d make one per month my easy to achieve goal.
This coming month I think I’ll look for an author of color. I’m pretty drawn to LEGEND by Marie Lu, but I’d also like to catch up on some Walter Dean Myers. I also have ANGELFALL by Susan Ee on my Kobo (thanks Susan!). So I have a lot to chose from. I’m going to stick with YA or Middle Grade, so any suggestions are most welcome.
I’d love to see some fantasy, urban fantasy, contemporary, romance, sci-fi, dystopian, you name it. Books by and about boys are particularly appealing. I’ll be keeping track monthly right here. So far:
1. January: FLYING FEET by James McCann, featuring a Korean Canadian protagonist
2. February: PERFECT by Ellen Hopkins. One of the four protagonists is African American.