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

#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women

“Whether looking back to a troubled past or welcoming a hopeful future, the powerful voices of Indigenous women across North America resound in this book. In the same style as the best-selling Dreaming in Indian, #NotYourPrincess presents an eclectic collection of poems, essays, interviews, and art that combine to express the experience of being a Native woman. Stories … More #NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women

Shapeshifters and loss in ‘Strangers’ by David Alexander Robertson 

“When Cole Harper is compelled to return to Wounded Sky First Nation, he finds his community in chaos: a series of shocking murders, a mysterious illness ravaging the residents, and reemerging questions about Cole’s role in the tragedy that drove him away 10 years ago. With the aid of an unhelpful spirit, a disfigured ghost, … More Shapeshifters and loss in ‘Strangers’ by David Alexander Robertson 

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

Lolas’ House: Filipino Women Living with War by M. Evelina Galang

“During World War II more than one thousand Filipinas were kidnapped by the Imperial Japanese Army. Lolas’ House tells the stories of sixteen surviving Filipino “comfort women.” M. Evelina Galang enters into the lives of the women at Lolas’ House, a community center in metro Manila. She accompanies them to the sites of their abduction and protests … More Lolas’ House: Filipino Women Living with War by M. Evelina Galang