I've noticed more and more that people are asking for book recommendations for themselves and loved ones. This led me to the decision that I will post a list of books that I would recommend people give. Most of these are from 2009, however, some books I reviewed and loved weren't published in 2009 and I'm including them on the list. I also included some books that I haven't read yet, (they have a *) but I've read great reviews about them, most of those books are all from 2009. I've linked all the titles to Amazon so you can read the summaries and linked to my own reviews, when applicable. So without further ado, here's my list of books with poc that I highly recommend
Reading in Color's 2009 Holiday Gift Guide for Teens
1. Ash by Malinda Lo*-I'm currently reading and loving this book! ETA 12/31: Stunning. Read my review
2. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkes*- This book actually came out in Dec. '08 but it sounds so good and I think any readers of romance will love this book. I own it and I can't wait to read it!
ETA: Click the title for my review. One of my favorite novels of 2009!
3. Great Call of China by Cynthia Liu*- We definitely need more books with Asian protagonists out there and I love the S.A.S.S. series, I wish I could travel to China! And the main character loves anthropology. How cool!
4. Eternal by Cynthia Leitich Smith-For all paranormal/romance fans. And for those who aren't, this book may be the one that turns you into a fan. Read my review
5. Liar by Justine Labalestier-GoandBuy. Read my review here
6. A Wish After Midnight by Zetta Elliott-LOVE. Read my review. originally self-published, it's now being republished by amazon Encore so you have to pre-order but it is SO worth being a belated Christmas present!
7. Shine, Coconut Moon by Neesha Meminger-Why don't I own this book? Read and loved. My review
8. Silver Phoenix: Beyond the Kingdom of Xia by Cindy Pon-Great book! Read my review here
9. Jumped by Rita Williams Garcia. I've read it, but haven't reviewed it yet. I really liked it, review coming soon.
10. Gringolandia by Lyn Miller Lachmann- A wonderful novel about the effect torture has one family. Read my review here
11. Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork-One of the Best.Books.Ever. Beautiful and brilliant. Read my review
12. Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher-Another one of the Best.Books.Ever. Read my review here. Funny and deep, I firmly believe all guys will love this book (and girls too!) Heart-wrenching
13. Who Will Tell My Brother? by Marlene Carvell. Read my review here- For anyone who fights against injustice and prejudice.
14. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie- So funny and eye opening about life on a reservation. Read my review
15. Down to the Bone by Mayra Lazara Dole-Wow. Really, really good. My review
16. Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah-For anyone whose ever wondered why Muslim girls wear the hijab. Hilarious and poignant. My review
17. The God Box by Alex Sanchez*-It sounds so good. It forces you to ask the question; can you be a Christian and gay? ETA 12/31: Amazing. Read my review by clicking on the title.
1. Black Angels by Linda Beatrice Brown-Good intro to the Civil War for young readers through the eys of young children. Read my review
2. Journey of Dreams by Marge Pellegrino-Thoughtful book about a time in history in a country that many people (including adults) don't know about. My review
3. One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia-Pre-order. About the Black Panthers as seen through the honest and innocent eyes of children. Read my review
4. The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis-Funniest.Family.Ever. I still love to re-read this book today, I will never be too old for it! I'm going to review it eventually.
5. I Wanna Be Your Shoebox by Christina Garcia-I wanna read this before December is over! ETA 12/31: So cute and heartwarming. Read my review
Off-Color YA (i.e. books with a non-poc)
1. Ten Cents a Dance by Christine Fletcher-Chicago+dance+historical fiction=love. Read my review
2. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart-A wonderful testimony to girl power!
3. Forever by Judy Blume-Great book for all teens (high school and up) about your first time and first love.
4. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins*-I own it and keep meaning to read it. I've only read fantastic things about this book. ETA 12/31: As fantastic as everyone says it is. Click the title for my review.
5. Graceling* by Kristin Cashore-I really want to read this one!
Let me know if this list is helpful and feel free to add your own recommendations in the comments :D Happy Holidays!