Book Recommendations Please: Strong POC

Today I suggested to a friend that, rather than reread To Kill a Mockingbird, he’d read something where a POC saves the day. I then broadened it to books with strong, nuanced MCs with agency that are also POC, and put the word out for recommendations.

What follows is the list I received over twitter and FB. Please feel free to add to the list in the comments section, On FB or on Twitter. I’ll keep adding as they come in

(PLEASE NOTE, I haven’t read all these books. Any that I have will have an asterisk. I suspect there is a wide variety of age ranges here so please check books before buying for younger readers)

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8 Responses to Book Recommendations Please: Strong POC

  1. BSD says:

    Earthsea, (A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, Tehanu) by Ursula K. LeGuin.
    Craft Sequence by Max Gladstone (Three Parts Dead, Two Serpents Rise, Full Fathom Five)

  2. N Wainwright says:

    Rudolfo Anaya’s Bless Me, Ultima
    Nancy Farmer’s YA and MG books

  3. kerindat says:

    Kindred by Octavia Butler

  4. Scorbet says:

    After not too much thought…

    The Mary Quinn Mysteries by Y.S. Lee: Half Chinese girl working as a spy/detective in Victorian London (Thank you, just discovered there was a fourth one!)

    Silver Phoenix and Fury of the Phoenix by Cindy Pon

    Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord (Based on a Senegalese folk tale)

    The Rivers of London books by Ben Aaronovitch (Mixed race DC in London with magic)

    Untold, etc. by Sarah Rees Brennan

    The Red Princess Mysteries by Lisa See

    Inspector Chen Mysteries by Qiu Xiaolong (Set in Shanghai in the 90’s)

    Inspector Chen Mysteries by Liz Williams

    Under Heaven and River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay

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