If you're looking to add more diversity to your young adult literature bookshelf, these Asian and Asian-American authors can be a good place to start. YA novels by Asian-American authors run the gamut in theme and genre, from fairy tales to dystopian fiction to contemporary realism to historical to fantasy and more, so you'll definitely be able to find a book or 12 that will be the next must-add to your TBR pile. A quick note: For the purposes of this piece, it won't include South Asian authors, because they deserve and will get their own separate list. Some of these YA author names you will recognize immediately, as their novels have skyrocketed to the tops of the bestseller list. Others you may be happily introduced to. Some books were written years and years ago, and others are just hitting the shelves in the last year.
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11 Young Adult Novels By Asian-American Authors
The need for diverse narratives has always been important but that has not always been apparent in the books we see published. Now, finally, diverse stories have been gaining more traction, though ever so slowly. Growing up, I often found it difficult to find books about people that looked like me or whose lives felt similar to my own. I have always been an avid reader and though this did not deter my voraciousness, I am sure there are many that are clamoring for stories about their own experiences and feel like reading is not for them because they cannot find themselves. It is also a disservice to others to not allow them the opportunity to see and experience lives different than their own. To that end, I am very excited to share a variety of new ish and exciting books with Asian American Protagonists mostly written by Asian Americans.
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