Sunday, 27 August 2017

Spotlight Sunday: Diversity Recs - Wing Jones by Katherine Webber

Hello everyone! Today I have another Diversity Recs for you and this time it's one of my favourite reads of 2017! I'm of course talking about the wonderful Wing Jones by Katherine Webber.

For fans of David Levithan, Jandy Nelson and Rainbow Rowell: a sweeping story about love and family from an exceptional new voice in YA. With a grandmother from China and another from Ghana, fifteen-year-old Wing Jones is often caught between worlds. But when tragedy strikes, Wing discovers a talent for running she never knew she had. Wing's speed could bring her family everything it needs. It could also stop Wing getting the one thing she wants.

Wing Jones is a wonderful, inspiring tale about tragedy, love and ambition. It's a tale that makes you want to get up and go; to pursue those dreams you've always thought about but never actioned. It's also just a lovely, fun read to sit and enjoy on a relaxing Saturday afternoon. But more importantly it's amazingly diverse.

Wing is bi-racial, with one grandmother from China and one from Ghana. Her heritage colours the story so wonderfully, educational for those like myself who wouldn't know otherwise. Her grandmothers are each such unique, often hilarious, people who bring such a vibrancy to the story, even in some of its darker chapters.

What's so much more important though is simply the representation itself.

In YA there is such a vast range of genres, sub-genres, plots and cliches, but one thing that always seems a struggle to find - for myself and others I have spoken to - is diversity in everything from sexuality to race and culture. It does seem we're starting to see more of an influx in diverse YA but there's still a way to go; part of the reason why I wanted to create this series in order to highlight these often amazing stories that could go missed by those who need them. Wing Jones hosts a whole diverse cast, and it was so wonderful to read about them, but that cast could be so so important for any reader who may have before struggled to see themselves in what they were reading.

So I really do urge you all to read this wonderful story, even more so if it speaks to you personally. I'm pretty sure you won't regret it.

Do you have any thoughts about Wing Jones, or feel like sharing your own diverse rec? Feel free to leave a comment below or @ me on Twitter!

As always, thanks for reading!

Holly @The_Arts_Shelf

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