‘I remember how you were, not how you are. We were we until we became you and I.’ Midori and Âu Cô are international university students tasting freedom from family for the first time. They discover Melbourne and each other. All is well until the tsunami that swamps their world… Midori and Âu Cô… Continue reading Dragons, grief and love in ‘The Wave’ by Hoa Pham
Ming survived the famine that killed his parents during China’s ‘Great Leap Forward’, and lives a hard but adequate life, working in the fields…When a group of city boys comes to the village as part of a Communist Party re-education program, Ming and his friends aren’t sure what to make of the new arrivals. They’re… Continue reading Freedom Swimmer by Wai Chim
Thirteen-year-old Hayaat is on a mission. She believes a handful of soil from her grandmother’s ancestral home in Jerusalem will save her beloved Sitti Zeynab’s life. The only problem is the impenetrable wall that divides the West Bank, as well as the check points, the curfews, the permit system and Hayaat’s best-friend Samy, who is… Continue reading Where the Streets Had a Name by Randa Abdel-Fattah
How do people decide on a path, and find the drive to pursue what they want? Ida struggles more than other young people to work this out. She can shift between parallel universes, allowing her to follow alternative paths. One day Ida sees a shadowy, see-through doppelganger of herself on the train. She starts to… Continue reading Ida by Alison Evans
‘Against anything I had ever been told was possible, I was turning white. On the surface of my skin, a miracle was quietly brewing . . .’ Suburban Australia. Sweltering heat. Three bedroom blonde-brick. Family of five. Beat-up Ford Falcon. Vegemite on toast. Maxine Beneba Clarke’s life is just like all the other Aussie kids… Continue reading The Hate Race by Maxine Beneba Clarke
In January, I read some gems. Here’s a few YA novels with fantastic Muslim heroines. Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson & Adrian Alphona. A graphic novel which follows Kamala, a seriously awesome Pakistani-American superhero. Where the Streets Had a Name by Randa Abdel-Fattah. YA Historical novel which follows Hayaat, a Palestinian youth who undertakes a journey to Jerusalem to… Continue reading January Books feat. #DiverseAThon & #DAReadathon Wrap-Up
There is so much Indigenous Australian literature present beyond this small list for today’s spotlight. For more books, I recommend these publishers who publish work from Indigenous Australian writers: Magabala Books, UQP, IAD Press, Black Ink Press and Aboriginal Studies Press. Keep reading Indigenous Australian writing today, tomorrow and all the days to come. Diversity Spotlight (hosted by Aimal) will take place… Continue reading Spotlight #4 Indigenous Australian Lit.