A few months ago, we had the opportunity to highlight some recent Young Adult (YA) titles for School Library Journal (SLJ).
The criteria for the SLJ list were YA titles published within the last year or two that had Muslim protagonists and/or authors. Typically, these types of SLJ articles highlight 10-12 titles.
We looked at two dozen possible titles, narrowing the list down to 14, to include different genres/formats, publishers, and a range of authors of different racial and ethnic identities.
In the article, we mentioned the lack of African American protagonists in the works of fiction.
Another observation was that most titles feature female protagonists.
Two of the titles on the list include male protagonists, one who is perceived as being Muslim because of his family background but does not identify as a Muslim.
We know that Islam has been racialized; even if someone doesn’t identify as a Muslim, or practice the religion, because of their ancestry, nationality, or ethnicity, islamophobia and bigotry can still affect them.
While we hope that this piece is helpful in identifying titles of interest, it’s not comprehensive, nor is it meant to be.
You can find it here.
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