Only I can't ignore that last one.
According to the author every "great" girl character has been white. Pardon me, but I beg to differ. There may be fewer of them, and they may never find their way onto classroom reading lists, but they do exist and many of them are powerful heroines. When my daughter was a child I searched out books about heroines featuring heroines of color. Books like Mary Hoffman's Amazing Grace, and Patricia McKissack's Mirandy and Brother Wind so she could read about strong girls who looked like her.
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.
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.
In a world where some viewers of The Hunger Games movie were upset about some important characters being black, even though they had supposedly read the book, maybe its not surprising that publishers put out so few books featuring non-white heroines. Nor is it totally surprising that so few of the books that do get printed are noticed. I'm dedicating today's blog to those books, and to finding more of them.
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?