Top 5 Wednesday – Favorite Diverse Characters


Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by gingerreadslainey. Find the topics on the Goodreads group.

This week’s topic is top 5 diverse characters. 

  1. Junior from Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Junior is a Native American living on the Spokane Indian Reservation. The story follows his struggles as he attempts to escape rez life.

  1. Darcy Patel from Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

Darcy is a daughter of Indian immigrants. She moves to NYC to publish her debut YA novel and learns a bit about herself along the way.

  1. Auggie from Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Auggie is a 10-year-old born with a facial deformity. He is enrolled in a normal school for the first time. However, everyone soon realizes that he isn’t really there to learn, but to teach.

  1. Baback from Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

Baback is an Iranian violin prodigy. He is one of the 4 people that have made an impact on Leonard Peacock’s life by playing his violin for Leonard every day during lunch. Is it enough to save Leonard?

  1. A from Every Day by David Levithan

A is everything – every ethnicity, every gender, every sexuality. A wakes up in a different body every day. When A falls in love, the definitions of personal identity and sexual orientation become complicated.

Who are your favorite diverse characters? Let me know in the comments!



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