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!