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Showing Our True Colors: YA Covers That Got it Right in 2012

Publishing companies aren’t putting out enough YA titles that feature protagonists of color. And when they do, some book covers try to hide or obscure the characters’ race by showing them in silhouette or in shadow, or at times whitewashing them completely. Even the most diverse library collections sometimes look homogenous when you just see the covers. Don’t believe me? Check out my post from last week: “It Matters If You’re Black or White: The Racism of YA Book Covers.”

The problem is insidious, but it’s not completely pervasive, as┬ámany of you pointed out in the post comments last week. There are a lot of publishers, authors, and books that have no problem putting people of color on the covers of their books. So I just wanted to take a moment to recognize and celebrate those folks who understand how important it is for everyone to be able to see their own identity validated on the cover of a book. Here are some books covers that got race right in 2012.

Ichiro by Ryan InzanaA.D.D.: Adolescent Demo Division by Douglas RushoffNever Fall Down by Patricia McCormickBoy21 by Matthew Quick

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Popular writers debut new series this fall

YA fiction is so series-saturated that I need a scorecard to keep up with what’s coming and going! With that in mind, here’s a heads-up on new series by established authors that will begin this fall. Fans of supernatural and paranormal fiction especially will want to mark their calendars.

Carnival of Souls by Melissa MarrCarnival of Souls by Melissa Marr
The author of the Wicked Lovely series offers this tale of daimons battling to the death for a chance to join a ruling elite, a young witch living in exile in the human world, and their inevitable confrontation. (September 4)

 

The Edge of Nowhere by Elizabeth GeorgeThe Edge of Nowhere by Elizabeth George
The author of the Inspector Lynley crime novels takes a stab at YA fiction with the Saratoga Woods paranormal series: a young woman on the run from her criminal stepfather hides out on an island off the coast of Washington State and discovers her physic powers. (September 4)

 

The Raven Boys by Maggie StiefvaterThe Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater infuses the “normal” world with magic in book one of The Raven Cycle. Blue Sargent, the daughter of the town psychic in Henrietta, Virginia, has been told for as long as she can remember that if she ever kisses her true love, he will die. Ergo, she stays away from the rich boys at the prestigious Aglionby Academy. The boys there — known as Raven Boys — can only mean trouble. (September 18)

 

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