The Atlantic Wire has a series they call YA for Grownups. In April, 2012 they published an article called The Greatest Girl Characters of Young Adult Literature. Never mind that this is one person’s opinion. Never mind that many of the heroines in the list were actually from children’s or middle grade fiction. Never mind that every heroine on the list was white.
Only I can’t ignore that last one.
Fortunately I have kept the books in my collection, because I have a grandchild on the way and I want to besure he or she will have books about themselves to read and love.
Books with non-white heroines ARE still being written. PULL has Yolanda Dare, not your typical heroine, but she’s ready to change her world and stand up for her friends.
Last year I reviewed Something Like Hope that whose heroine was Shavonne, an African-American.
Next week I will be reviewing Tankborn, a dystopian novel featuring Kayla, a heroine in a world where skin color defines your caste, and it doesn’t pay to be too dark OR too light-skinned.
My question to you readers. What books with non-white heroines do you know and love? Leave me a comment about the book and heroine. Or just tell me your opinion of the issue. On May 30, I will be drawing from all the commenters, and one commenter will be chosen to win an arc for my new novel, BEING GOD due out Nov. 2012.
Update 5-9-12 – I went back and looked at my bookshelves and I’m adding a few more favorites.
As long ago as 1969, back before dystopian was even a word, there was a black heroine in a dystopian novel. Amhara, a member of the African elite in The Day of The Drones by A. M. Lightner discovers there is still someone alive in the nuclear wastelands of Europe 500 years after a nuclear war left the world outside blanketed in radiation.
Cynthis Liu brought us CeCe Charles, a sixteen year old adopted Chinese heroine living in the United States who wants to search out her heritage.
Anything you want to add? Can we keep the list growing?