ETA2: I am not well enough to put all of this information together yet, but wanted to add a link to this wonderful post now, rather than delaying till I can deal with all the data without head-explosion :)
I have been making 'em. Because a) I love YA, so I need these, b) The Carl Brandon Society has several wonderful lists but not a specific YA one yet, so this fills a gap (and is mostly made up of suggestions from the CBS listserv, as well as suggestions and resources from sdn .) and c) I'm co-modding a YA fantasy roundtable at MythCon and realized my knowledge of the sort of YA about POC is shameful. This is the first step towards fixing that.
It's doubtless woefully incomplete, but it's a work in progress.
And I haven't read nearly everything here, so please tell me what doesn't fit, or if I have anyone in the wrong category; I've done the best internetsearching I can, but I'm basically going off suggestions.
And I haven't liked everything I've read (a couple books have problem-notes). But it's a start!
ETA: There's so much stuff here that's worth noting even if it doesn't fit on these lists that I've started an addendum here.
YA fantasy novels by POC about POC that are more or less the same sort of POC they are
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
The Conch Bearer
The Birchbark House
The Game of Silence
Halp, does Eugie Foster write novels? I'm finding lots of YA and kids' short fiction...
The Gilda Stories: a novel (vote: is it YA? Cause I don't know!)
Half World (illustrated by Jillian Tamaki)
The Water of Possibility
The Magical Adventures of Pretty Pearl
Willie Bea and the Time the Martians Landed
Marilyn Nelson and Tonya C. Hegamin
Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu (now Nnedi Okorafor)
Zahrah the windseeker
The Shadow Speaker
Long Juju Man (younger kids' book).
The Icarus Girl
Haroun and the Sea of Stories
Cynthia Leitich Smith
Drew Hayden Taylor
The Night Wanderer
YA graphic novels by POC that are more or less the same sort of POC they are
Marguerite Aboutet & Clement Oubrerie
Note: I have no idea if this is fantasy or not. I need to get it.
Los Bros Hernandez (Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez)
Love and Rockets
Note: not fantasy. But I'm keeping it in here anyway.
American Born Chinese
YA Fantasy novels by 'non-POC' that are about POC of a different sort from them
And I put "non-POC" in quotes 'cause I've yet to meet a colorless person.
Jin Shei trilogy
The Iron Ring (1997)
Note: Much as I love Lloyd Alexander, I find this one problematic: exoticizing, projecting values
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol. 1: The Pox Party
The Green Boy
So you want to be a wizard
A Wizard Abroad (I find this one problematic: exoticizing from POV character, indirectly evoked colonial cliches).
Note: There are four more books out in this series and one more forthcoming; my only issues are with book four.
The ear, the eye and the arm
A girl named disaster
House of the Scorpion
The Two Pearls of Wisdom
(Published as Dragoneye Reborn (US) and Rise of the Dragoneye (UK))
Across the Nightingale Floor
Grass For His Pillow
The Harsh Cry of the Heron
Diana Wynne Jones
Castle in the Air
Magic or Madness
Ursule Le Guin
- The Earthsea sequence:
A Wizard of Earthsea
The Tombs of Atuan
The Farthest Shore
The Other Wind
- Annals of the Western Shore:
Un Lun Dun
Note: This duology is perhaps problematic. Approaches the "white kid comes in to solve the dark peoples' problems" trope. IMO subverts rather than hits this, or perhaps sort of does both (though the books are still really about the white kid) but YMMV.
A Posse of Princesses
Suzanne Fisher Staples
Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind
Note: These made me uncomfortable as a kid, and I'd now say: seriously problematic. Girls with oddly westernized values have to deal with their Misogynistic Cultures. Even where I agree with the author, it still reads as cultural imperialism.
The Dragon Keeper
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