australian author · historical fiction · own voices · young adult

Freedom Swimmer by Wai Chim

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

australian author · historical fiction · own voices · young adult

Where the Streets Had a Name by Randa Abdel-Fattah

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

historical fiction · own voices · translated

Playful nods to the Arabian Nights in ‘Damascus Nights’

  ‘It is 1959, Damascus. The most famous storyteller in Damascus, Salim, the coachman, has mysteriously lost his voice. For seven nights, his seven old friends gather to break the spell with their seven different, unique stories — some personal, some modern, some borrowed from the past. Against the backdrop of shifting Middle Eastern politics,… Continue reading Playful nods to the Arabian Nights in ‘Damascus Nights’

fantasy · historical fiction · own voices · young adult

The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo

Though ruled by British overlords, the Chinese of colonial Malaya still cling to ancient customs. And in the sleepy port town of Malacca, ghosts and superstitions abound. Li Lan, the daughter of a genteel but bankrupt family, has few prospects. But fate intervenes when she receives an unusual proposal from the wealthy and powerful Lim… Continue reading The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo

fantasy · gothic · historical fiction · lgbtqia · own voices · speculative fiction

The Gilda Stories: 25th Anniversary Edition by Jewelle L. Gómez

Before Buffy, before Twilight, before Octavia Butler’s Fledgling, there was The Gilda Stories, Jewelle Gomez’s vampire novel. The winner of two Lambda Literary Awards (fiction and science fiction) The Gilda Stories is an American odyssey. Escaping from slavery in the 1850s Gilda’s longing for kinship and community grows over two hundred years. Her induction into… Continue reading The Gilda Stories: 25th Anniversary Edition by Jewelle L. Gómez

fantasy · historical fiction · horror · own voices · speculative fiction

Wild Seed (Patternmaster #1) by Octavia E. Butler

Wild Seed (Patternmaster #1) by Octavia E. Butler Doro is an entity who changes bodies like clothes, killing his hosts by reflex–or design. He fears no one–until he meets Anyanwu. Anyanwu has also died many times. She can absorb bullets and make medicine with a kiss, give birth to tribes, nurture and heal, and savage… Continue reading Wild Seed (Patternmaster #1) by Octavia E. Butler

historical fiction · own voices · speculative fiction

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

On her 26th birthday, Dana and her husband are moving into their apartment when she starts to feel dizzy. She falls to her knees, nauseous. Then the world falls away. She finds herself at the edge of a green wood by a vast river. A child is screaming. Wading into the water, she pulls him… Continue reading Kindred by Octavia E. Butler