• By Jacquelyn White
  • Posted Sunday, April 1, 2018

Caribbean and Proud for Teens

Hearts & other body parts by Ira Bloom

There are two new boys at Middleton High: Norman, who is eight-feet-tall and looks like he was put together after an accident, and Zack, the impossibly handsome transfer from Europe, and soon the three witch sisters, Esme, Katy, and Ronnie, are in an all out competition for Zack's attention--but Esme is also drawn to Norman, and he is the only one who seems to notice that students who go off alone with Zack seem to suffer from amnesia, or disappear entirely.

Stir it up! by Ramin Ganeshram

Thirteen-year-old Anjali dreams of hosting a televised cooking show featuring foods based on her Hindu and Trinidadian heritage, but when an opportunity presents itself, she will have to defy her family to go to the audition. Includes recipes. Like her main character, author Ganeshram has a Trinidadian father, and she often writes about Caribbean cooking in her books.

Children of the spider by Imam Baksh

Mayali leaves her homeland to find her father and meets up with Joseph, a boy who is mute but has the power to speak to her through his mind. This Caribbean folklore-inspired cross-country fantasy filled with adventure follows the pair from fictional Zolpash through Guyana as they try to rescue Earth from evil oversized spiders and locate the missing father. Author Baksh is from Guyana.

The Chaos by Nalo Hopkinson

Toronto sixteen-year-old Scotch may have to acknowledge her own limitations and come to terms with her mixed Jamaican, white, and black heritage if she is to stop the Chaos that has claimed her brother and brought madness to much of the world. Author Hopkinson was born in Jamaica.

A fierce and subtle poison by Samantha Mabry

Spending the summer with his hotel-developer father in Puerto Rico, seventeen-year-old Lucas learns the local legends of a cursed girl filled with poison. Unfortunately, his girlfriend mysteriously disappears, and he is the prime suspect. The connections of these two events come to light, and Lucas races against time to break the curses that plague the land. Author Samantha Mabry has been praised for her novel's lush descriptions, lyrical writing, and authentic and sensitive portrayal of Caribbean life.

American Street by Ibi Aanu Zoboi

Separated from her detained mother after moving from Haiti to America, Fabiola struggles to navigate the home of her loud cousins and a new school on Detroit's gritty west side, where a surprising romance and a dangerous proposition challenge her ideas about freedom. Author Zoboi was born in Haiti.

This list was originally part of a larger list posted by NoveList.

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