Greta’s favorite diverse chapter books – part 1

As I’ve mentioned a time or two, we read a lot of books, Greta (9 years old) most especially. (Eloise isn’t far behind, but hasn’t branched out quite as much just yet). I thought it would be fun for Greta to share some of her favorite diverse chapter books. Do you have any to add to this list?

I am Malala- I started reading this book last year and loved it. Malala grows up in Pakistan where her father is a principal. When a radio broadcast starts saying girls shouldn’t go to school, she decides to speak out. Eventually the Taliban shoot her and she is rushed to the hospital. Malala recovers strongly and later received the Nobel Peace Prize. I like this one so much I check it out at the beginning of each school year.

Long Walk to Water- A book that I would call a ‘two-sided story’, A Long Walk of Water tells the story of a child from each rival tribe. In the 1980s, Salva is homeless, on the run with many other boys, trying to escape the civil war. He is adopted by an American family, and raises money for wells to be built back in his home country, Sudan. He meets Nya, living in the village the well is being built in. Another book I’ve read 2 times.

Anything by Grace Lin- Definitely one of my favorite authors. I think my favorite ones are :When the Mountain Meets the Moon, Starry River of the Sky, and When the Sea Turned to Silver. I like these because they are sprinkled with stories about ancient China. In When the Mountain Meets the Moon , Minli searches for the Old Man in the Moon so he will grant her a wish. When the Sea Turned to Silver, a girl goes on a search with her friend to find her imprisoned grandmother. In Starry River of the Sky, Rendi runs away and is made a chore boy at an almost always empty home to a girl that annoys him.

Anything by Linda Sue Park- I’ve read 3 of her chapter books, not counting Long Walk to Water. When My Name was Keoko is probably my favorite. It’s about a girl who grows up in Korea under japenese oucupation in 1942. Her brother becomes a solider and volunteers for a mission that will kill an American ship and himself. Keoko worries that she will never see her brother again.

Forever and a long, long time- My mom forced me to read the first 50 pages of this one and I read not only that, but the whole book! Julian and Flora have always been foster kids. Now they’re adopted and have a permanent home. One summer they go and find most of the foster homes they’ve been in. Even though I had no interest at first I’m glad I read the ‘first 50 pages’.

Greta will be back with more soon! Do you have any favorites to add?

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