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Diversity YA Life: Urban Fiction

If you work in a diverse library district, you probably have adult patrons asking for books by Zane or Sistar Souljah.  Chances are you begin blushing or lowing your already hushed voice as you read some of the urban fiction titles out loud to patrons.

We know that it’s great for adults to read in front of their teens but when a parent is reading about hustling, their teens might be reading the same books and we aren’t always comfortable while we are directing teens to the adult urban fiction section/books.

A great alternative is urban fiction for teens or books that feature teens of color.  Below you’ll find a list of urban fiction and books with teens of color.

DIVERSIFY YA LIFE_ urban fiction

First things first, the technical definition of urban fiction is:

Urban fiction, also known as street lit or street fiction is a literary genre set, as the name implies, in a city landscape; however, the genre is as much defined by the socio-economic realities and culture of its characters as the urban setting.-Wikipedia