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I recently read the Latte Rebellion and was surprised by how much I loved it! I knew it would be fun to read, since I'm biracial, but I didn't expect it to speak to me so much even when I'm older than the target age. I found it so timely, especially since I live in Tucson, where students are empowering themselves to demand that the classes they love aren't taken out of the curriculum. It's a slightly different issue, of course, but it comes out of the same place, and I saw a lot of parallels with a biracial teens' rebellion and the ethnic studies one. Also, I just loved that there was finally an honest portrayal of a biracial teen in which being biracial is an essential part of her identity, and even an essential part of the plot, but it doesn't define EVERYTHING. Too many "multicultural" books only seem to get through the publishing circus if the plot totally revolves around race or ethnicity and not fitting in, rather than just being a normal, boy-crazy, coffee-drinking teenager who also happens to be interested in sociology and being called who she is. Loved it!

What did everyone else think? I've been on a quest lately to define biracial literature, and I've been looking everywhere for more to read, though most aren't classified as YA. Rebecca Walker's memoir BLACK, WHITE, AND JEWISH hit me right away because I thought I had written it when I saw the title. Fran Ross' OREO is hilarious. And Heidi Durrow and Danzy Senna are fabulous writers as well, and they owe a lot to their predecessors like Nella Larsen.
#1 - June 21, 2011, 08:52 AM

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Lisa Yee's BOBBY series (which is on the youngish side of MG) is about a family that's biracial, but their ethnicity isn't the point of the story.
#2 - June 21, 2011, 09:01 AM

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Bumping this because I'd love to read some more MG/YA about kids with more than one race. Any new books to recommend?
#3 - February 04, 2015, 09:28 AM

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IF I TELL by Janet Gurtler (a BlueBoarder), is a YA about a half-white, half-black teen.
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Sarah Rees Brennan's UNSPOKEN series has a half Japanese, half British girl. It's paranormal and throws in a little mythology from both sides of her heritage.
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For historical fiction and mystery lovers: THE AGENCY series by Y.S. Lee is about a biracial (Chinese and English) girl in Victorian England who is recruited for an all-female secret agency that runs out of Miss Scrimshaw's Academy for Girls. It starts with A Spy in the House -- how much fun is that setup?
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MIRA FORECASTS THE FUTURE, Sterling, 2016

Oh, yes. The Agency! Those are awesome. :)
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Fantastic post, Hannah. Thanks!

#9 - February 04, 2015, 01:27 PM
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Thanks, Hannah! I've read some of the ones mentioned in this thread, but am always looking out for more.
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Thank you for the links, Hannah! I'm so glad to see you back. I really appreciated your contributions here!
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Hi, Hannah! Great posts (both of them). My kiddos are bi-racial (as is my husband), and for my daughter, especially, it's relevant as most of her close friends are also bi-racial. I loved Sarah Rees Brennan's UNSPOKEN trilogy, and I especially liked Kami, who's half Japanese, half Caucasian (the same mix as my husband) -- and I loved that her challenges were mostly with magical things, along with stuff we all face (I love him, but he doesn't seem to love me back).
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Awww, thanks, Artemesia! It's good to be back! I didn't mean to stop coming by.
#13 - February 04, 2015, 03:59 PM

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It's funny because I was just thinking the other day about how I missed your posts and here you are!

#14 - February 04, 2015, 04:04 PM
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 :nothing except I'm happy to see you back too, Hannah!  :yeah
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:yay Hannah's back! Off to read your post!
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Awww, shucks, you guys! I'm nothing special, really!
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Aw, Hannah. You've always been such a great, positive contributor to the BBs, even (or especially) when there was disagreement or negativity, and you have such a wealth of knowledge that you have always shared generously and kindly (this thread is just one of them). Thank you so much for these new links! Hope that you'll be able to spend more time around here.  :stars3
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Totally what I was thinking.
#19 - February 04, 2015, 04:42 PM
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One of the things in your post, Hannah, that really resonated with me was the frustration with people wanting you to pick one thing or another. From what you described, it sounds a lot like being third-culture, which is something I struggle with in my own life. That question of, where are you from? is really hard for my family. It can't be where we were born (either we didn't live there long enough to adopt the culture, or we DID adopt the culture but don't have citizenship in that country). I've had kids lose their first language and gain another, then end up in ESL to relearn their first language (upon which they lost their second). I've loved many of the places I've lived, but I'm always a little bit of an outsider, a little bit less--but also in some ways, a little bit more (because I'm ALSO German and Chilean and Idahoan, in addition to living in North Dakota, etc.) People talk about third culture kids, but forget that they grow up to be third culture adults who are still trying to figure out how to answer the questions Where are you from? and What are you? And just because I'm third culture with one set of backgrounds doesn't mean I fit into the same mold as the third culture person over there, whose set of "homes" is completely different. So I really liked reading your post about that, about embracing ALL of the parts of who you are, and not feeling like you have to fit exactly into one specific slot. I'm glad there are books about this--I'm definitely going to be seeking them out, for both just plain reading enjoyment, and also to see how different writers handle it.
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Thanks for bumping this thread. I'll be using it as a resource! :)
#21 - February 04, 2015, 05:18 PM
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And just because I'm third culture with one set of backgrounds doesn't mean I fit into the same mold as the third culture person over there, whose set of "homes" is completely different. So I really liked reading your post about that, about embracing ALL of the parts of who you are, and not feeling like you have to fit exactly into one specific slot. I'm glad there are books about this--I'm definitely going to be seeking them out, for both just plain reading enjoyment, and also to see how different writers handle it.

YES! They are so necessary, and it's such a horrible and obnoxious and harmful question.
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Hi Hannah!

Here are a few titles (I haven't read any of them, but they have very good reviews):

Cuba 15 by Nancy Osa
Mexican WhiteBoy
The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow

Hope it helps!

Have a great week!
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Goodness, I don't know how I missed this thread. It's good to see you here Hannah and for the good discussion about a topic which is near and dear to my heart. For the first time in their lives, my kids are asking these questions.

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So happy this thread got bumped! This topic is near and dear to my heart!!! xo
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