Historical fantasy: The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

“In a world of etiquette and polite masks, no one is who they seem to be. Antonina Beaulieu is in the glittering city of Loisail for her first Grand Season, where she will attend balls and mingle among high society. Under the tutelage of the beautiful but cold Valérie Beaulieu, she hopes to find a … More Historical fantasy: The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Historical YA – Sleeps Standing: A Story of the Battle of Ōrākau by Witi Ihimaera with Hēmi Kelly

“Both fiction and fact, this fascinating book is a kaleidoscopic exploration of the Battle of Ōrākau. During three days in 1864, 300 Māori men, women and children fought an Imperial army and captured the imagination of the world. The battle marked the end of the Land Wars in the Waikato and resulted in vast tracts … More Historical YA – Sleeps Standing: A Story of the Battle of Ōrākau by Witi Ihimaera with Hēmi Kelly

On diasporic families in ‘You Bring the Distant Near’ by Mitali Perkins

“Five girls. Three generations. One great American love story. You Bring the Distant Near explores sisterhood, first loves, friendship, and the inheritance of culture–for better or worse. Ranee, worried that her children are losing their Indian culture; Sonia, wrapped up in a forbidden biracial love affair; Tara, seeking the limelight to hide her true self; … More On diasporic families in ‘You Bring the Distant Near’ by Mitali Perkins

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 … More Where the Streets Had a Name by Randa Abdel-Fattah

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, … More Playful nods to the Arabian Nights in ‘Damascus Nights’