Wednesday, 1 February 2017

February's Diverse YA & MG UK Releases

As you may have seen, I have put together a list of Diverse YA & MG 2017 UK Releases to help readers in the UK find diverse books that are being published over here. To help you further, at the beginning of each month I'll be sharing the books that are being published that month - but do continue to check the list, as I may on occasion miss out a book I'm not aware of until later, and the list will continuously be updated.

Here are the diverse YA & MG books being published in February. (Here's the list for January.)

All About Mia by Lisa WilliamsonAll About Mia by Lisa Williamson

Published 2nd February 2017 From David Fickling Books.


POC: Biracial; half-Jamaican, half-Irish.

LGBTQ*: Gay secondary character.

One family, three sisters.

GRACE, the oldest: straight-A student.

AUDREY, the youngest: future Olympic swimming champion.

And MIA, the mess in the middle.

Mia is wild and daring, great with hair and selfies, and the undisputed leader of her friends – not attributes appreciated by her parents or teachers.

When Grace makes a shock announcement, Mia hopes that her now-not-so-perfect sister will get into the trouble she deserves.

But instead, it is Mia whose life spirals out of control – boozing, boys and bad behaviour – and she starts to realise that her attempts to make it All About Mia might put at risk the very things she loves the most.

Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn HamiltonTraitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

Published 2nd February from Faber Children's Books.


POC: Middle Eastern/South Asian

I'm hiding the Goodreads Summary as this is a sequel, and I don't know if reading it will spoil the first book for some readers. Read as you choose.

Nowhere Near You by Leah ThomasNowhere Near You by Leah Thomas

Published 9th February 2017 from Bloomsbury Children's Books.



Disability: One character is blind, the other has a pacemaker

Chronic Illness: Allergy to energy

Again, I'm hiding the Goodreads Summary as this is a sequel, and I don't know if reading it will spoil the first book. Read as you choose.

History Is All You Left Me by Adam SilveraHistory Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

Published 9th February 2017 from Simon & Schuster Children's Books.


LGBTQ*: Gay - #OwnVoices

Mental illness: OCD


POC: Latino

You’re still alive in alternate universes, Theo, but I live in the real world where this morning you’re having an open casket funeral. I know you’re out there, listening. And you should know I’m really pissed because you swore you would never die and yet here we are. It hurts even more because this isn’t the first promise you’ve broken.
OCD-afflicted seventeen-year-old, Griffin, has just lost his first love – his best friend, ex-boyfriend and the boy he believed to be his ultimate life partner – in a drowning accident. In a desperate attempt to hold onto every last piece of the past, a broken Griffin forges a friendship with Theo’s new college boyfriend, Jackson. And Griffin will stop at nothing to learn every detail of Theo’s new college life, and ultimate death. But as the grieving pair grows closer, readers will question Griffin's own version of the truth – both in terms of what he’s willing to hide, and what true love ultimately means...
From Goodreads.

Our Own Private Universe by Robin TalleyOur Own Private Universe by Robin Talley

Published 9th February 2017 from YA HQ.


LGBTQ*: Bisexual



Fifteen-year-old Aki Simon has a theory.

And it’s mostly about sex.

No, it isn’t that kind of theory. Aki already knows she’s bisexual–-even if, until now, it’s mostly been in the hypothetical sense.

Aki’s theory is that she’s only got one shot at living an interesting life–-and that means she’s got to stop sitting around and thinking so much. It’s time for her to actually do something. Or at least try.

So when Aki and her friend Lori set off on a trip to a small Mexican town for the summer, and Aki meets Christa–-slightly-older, far-more-experienced–-it seems her theory is prime for the testing.

But something tells her its not going to be that easy...
From Goodreads.

We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan & Brian ConaghanWe Come Apart by Sarah Crossan & Brian Conaghan

Published 9th February 2017 from Bloomsbury Children's Books.


Immigrants/Refugees: Romanian immigrant

From two acclaimed authors comes an emotional story told in verse about friendship, love, and overcoming unbeatable odds.

Authors Brian Conaghan and Sarah Crossan have joined forces to tell the story of Nicu and Jess, two troubled teens whose paths cross in the unlikeliest of places.

Nicu has emigrated from Romania and is struggling to find his place in his new home. Meanwhile, Jess's home life is overshadowed by violence. When Nicu and Jess meet, what starts out as friendship grows into romance as the two bond over their painful pasts and hopeful futures. But will they be able to save each other, let alone themselves?
For fans of Una LaMarche’s Like No Other, this illuminating story told in dual points of view through vibrant verse will stay with readers long after they've turned the last page.
From Goodreads.

Allegedly by Tiffany D. JacksonAllegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

Published 23rd February 2017 from Harper360.


POC: Black - #OwnVoices

Mary B. Addison killed a baby.

Allegedly. She didn’t say much in that first interview with detectives, and the media filled in the only blanks that mattered: A white baby had died while under the care of a church-going black woman and her nine-year-old daughter. The public convicted Mary and the jury made it official. But did she do it? She wouldn’t say.

Mary survived six years in baby jail before being dumped in a group home. The house isn’t really “home”—no place where you fear for your life can be considered a home. Home is Ted, who she meets on assignment at a nursing home.

There wasn’t a point to setting the record straight before, but now she’s got Ted—and their unborn child—to think about. When the state threatens to take her baby, Mary must find the voice to fight her past. And her fate lies in the hands of the one person she distrusts the most: her Momma. No one knows the real Momma. But who really knows the real Mary?

In this gritty and haunting debut, Tiffany D. Jackson explores the grey areas in our understanding of justice, family, and truth, and acknowledges the light and darkness alive in all of us.
From Goodreads.

So that's it for February! If there are any I have left out, please do let me know; either leave a comment below or tweet me on Twitter.

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