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Jan 07

Teen Thursdays: #OwnVoices Books

Posted on January 7, 2021 at 12:00 AM by Elizabeth Land

Patrons looking for a more authentic read can browse the York County Public Library's collection to experience #OwnVoices literature. #OwnVoices, a movement originally created by writer Corinne Duyvis, means the person telling a story is from the same marginalized group as one or more of its main characters. Examples of this include African Americans writing about the Black Lives Matter movement and members of the LGBTQIA writing about life experiences in that community. There is a wide variety to choose from for all interested readers. York County is a diverse area with persons from every background. This is why the York County Public Libraries are ensuring a diverse medley of books to reach as many demographics as possible. Reading #OwnVoices literature is important and invites readers to leave their comfort zone and get fully immersed into a story. The readers truly get into the mindset of the persons the story is representing and—with the author's guidance—obtain a full authentic experience the reader will not soon forget.

#OwnVoices Books

  • It's a Whole Spiel: Love, Latkes, and Other Jewish Stories by various authors
    Summary: Children of Blood and Bone by Toni Adeyemi book coverFrom stories of confronting their relationships with Judaism to rom-coms with a side of bagels and lox, It's a Whole Spiel features one story after another that says yes, we are Jewish, but we are also queer, and disabled, and creative, and political, and adventurous, and anything we want to be.
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
    Summary: Seventeen-year-old Zélie, her older brother Tzain, and rogue princess Amari fight to restore magic to the land and activate a new generation of magi, but they are ruthlessly pursued by the crown prince, who believes the return of magic will mean the end of the monarchy.
  • Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
    Summary: Clinically-depressed Darius Kellner, a high school sophomore, travels to Iran to meet his grandparents, but it is their next-door neighbor, Sohrab, who changes his life.

Need more #OwnVoices book suggestions? Click the link for some of our favorite Young Adult #OwnVoices selections that are available from the York County Public Library: #OwnVoices Book List. Be sure to read other blogs on the YCPL's website and follow YCPL on YouTube for more book recommendations, reviews, and events. We'll also have more in-depth reviews of diverse books later this month!