Crossed Any Borders To Read?

During the last Twitter #kidlitchat, I asked, "What's a recent Kid/YA book you've read featuring a protagonist of a different race than yours?" I thought I'd kick off another year on the Fire Escape by sharing the responses, some of which were new to me.

One caveat is that almost all of the responses came from white authors, partly because those of us who aren't white often cross racial/ethnic lines to read in English. It's the rule of reading for us rather than the exception. Also, I only included books published in the last two years; feel free to add more in the comments including titles and authors.

Middle Grade
  • The Prince of Fenway Park by Julianna Baggott
  • The Magical Midadventures of Prunella Bogthistle by Deva Fagan
  • The Broken Bike Boy and the Queen of 33rd Street by Sharon Flake
  • Brendan Buckley's Universe And Everything In It by Sundee T. Frazier
  • Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
  • Paris Pan Takes The Dare by Cynthea Liu
  • Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disasters by Lenore Look 
  • The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex
  • Ryan and Jimmy and the Well in Africa that Brought Them Together by Herb Shoveller
  • Bobby vs. Girls (Accidentally) by Lisa Yee
Young Adult
  • Ten Things I Hate About Me by Randa Abdel- Fattah
  • Kendra by Coe Booth
  • All The Broken Pieces by Ann Burg
  • The Marvelous Effect by Troy CLE
  • Mare's War by Tanita S. Davis
  • November Blues by Sharon Draper
  • Skunk Girl by Sheba Karim
  • Liar by Justine Larbalestier
  • The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon
  • Journey of Dreams by Marge Pellegrino
  • Secret Keeper by Mitali Perkins
  • Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon
  • Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith
  • Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork
  • The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner  
  • Moribito by Nahoko Uehashi
  • My Big Fat Manifesto by Susan Vaught
Gosh, it's good to be back on the Fire Escape, despite the winter chill. I've missed blogging! Don't forget to sign up for the January 21-day Comment Challenge over at Mother Reader.