January is “diVERSEity” month!

Gabrielle and I have been discussing something very exciting of late, a series of posts featuring the much-discussed topics of diversity in YA (and, as of now, in verse novels). We have the usual race and sexuality questions, of course, but we’re also thinking a little outside the box for this series. We have interviews, we have reviews, we have roundups. I’m just so excited about this that I feel an outline is in need.

 

RACIALLY DIVERSE CHARACTERS: Wednesday, January 8th

Featuring a reading list of verse novels exploring a variety of racially diverse characters and their stories.

IMMIGRATION/DISPLACEMENT: Saturday, January 11th

Featuring an interview from Holly Thompson to accompany an review of her new novel, The Language Inside. There will also be a reading list of some other great immigration-inspired verse.

PSYCHIATRIC DISORDERS: Wednesday, January 15th

Featuring a list of verse novels featuring characters and themes dealing with psychiatric disorders.

CHARACTERS WITH DISABILITIES: Saturday, January 18th

Featuring a list of verse novels featuring physically or mentally disabled characters.

SEXUALITY/GENDER ISSUES: Wednesday, January 22nd

Featuring a review of Freakboy by Kristin Elizabeth Clark and a list of other similarly inspired novels.

DIVERSE NOVELISTS: Saturday, January 25th

Featuring a list of verse novelists from diverse backgrounds accompanied by their novels.

 

February is equally exciting, but I can’t give anything away quite yet. Have a great diVERSEity month, everyone!

-Avery

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