Wednesday, December 3, 2014

2nd Annual Diversity Month Day 3-How my Books feature Diversity, Guest Post by Author Medeia Sharif +Kindle Fire 6" and Book Giveaway!

I'm so pleased that the ladies of Twinja Book Reviews asked me to do a guest post on their wonderful blog. I'm Medeia Sharif, YA and MG author of books that feature diversity. I'm a big believer in writing, purchasing, and reviewing books with diverse characters--that's the way to go to give exposure to authors, characters, and readers from all walks in life.

Now about my books and how they feature diversity...

52 LIKES, Evernight Teen, 2015

After a brutal rape and near-murder, Valerie wants to get past feelings of victimhood from both the assault and her history of being bullied. She’s plagued by not knowing the identity of her rapist and by the nasty rumors in school about that night. Valerie follows clues from ghostly entities, past victims of the rapist-murderer, contacting her through a social media site—why do all of their eerie photos have 52 likes under them? Their messages are leading her to the mystery man, although he’ll put up a fight to remain hidden.

This upcoming novel takes place in Miami and has a Hispanic main character.

THE ATTIC OF SAND AND SECRETS, Featherweight Press, 2014

Learning-disabled Lily desires to prove herself, although her mind freezes when presented with big problems - such as her mother's abduction. With a French father and Egyptian mother, Lily worries that her mother hid her ethnicity from her French in-laws. However, there's something deeper going on. Lily finds a way into an attic that's normally locked and encounters a mysterious, moonlit Egyptian night world. There she finds Khadijah, an ancient stranger who guides her to finding clues about her mother's whereabouts. Lily becomes a sleuth in both the real world and magical desert, endangering herself as she gets closer to the kidnapper. 

As the description states, Lily is half-Egyptian and half-French, and some relatives disapprove of that union. The main character explores her lesser-known Egyptian side of the family. 

VITAMINS AND DEATH, Prizm Books/Torquere Press, 2014

Deidra Battle wants nothing more than to be invisible. After her mother, a public school teacher, engages in an embarrassing teacher-student affair at Lincoln High, they relocate to a different neighborhood and school. Being her mother’s briefcase, Deidra joins her mother at her new workplace, Hodge High.

Since her mother has reverted to her maiden name and changed her appearance, Deidra thinks no one will figure out they’re the Battles from recent news and that they’re safe. Neither of them is. Hodge brings a fresh set of bullies who discover details about the scandal that changed her life.

Feeling trapped at home with an emotionally abusive, pill-addicted mother and at school with hostile classmates who attempt to assault and blackmail her, Deidra yearns for freedom, even if she has to act out of character and hurt others in the process. Freedom comes at a price.

Ethnic backgrounds are not in the forefront of this novel because mental health, drug addiction, suicide, and assault are the the main issues. It does take place in diverse South Florida, though. I picture Deidra as a mixed-race character.

SNIP, SNIP REVENGE, Evernight Teen, 2014

Beautiful, confident Tabby Karim has plans for the winter: nab a role in her school’s dramatic production, make the new boy Michael hers, and keep bigoted Heather—with her relentless Ay-rab comments—at bay. When a teacher’s lie and her father’s hastiness rob her of her beautiful hair, her dreams are dashed. The fastest barber in Miami Beach has made her look practically bald.

With all her pretty hair gone, Tabby doesn’t believe she fits the feminine role she’s auditioning for. Michael is still interested in her, but he’s playing it cool. Heather has taken to bullying her online, which is easier to do with Tabby’s ugly haircut. Tabby spearheads Operation Revenge, which proves satisfying until all of her problems deepen. After messing up, she sets to make things right.

Tabby is Turkish-American and mistaken for an Arab by her detractors due to her name and looks. 


During Ramadan, we're not allowed to eat from sunrise to sunset, for a whole month. My family does this every year, even though I've been to a mosque exactly twice in my fifteen years. My exercise-obsessed mom—whose hotness skipped a generation, sadly—says I could stand to lose a few. But is torture really an acceptable method? I think not.

Things wouldn't be so bad if I had a boyfriend, but my oppressive parents forbid me to date. This is just cruel and wrong. Especially since Peter, a cute and crushable artist, might be my soul mate. Figures my bestest friend Lisa likes him, too.

To top it off, there's a new Muslim girl in school who struts around in super-short skirts, commanding every boy's attention—including Peter's. How can I get him to notice me? And will I ever feel like a typical American girl?

Almira is half-Persian, half-Syrian, and going through a lot of turmoil during the holiday season.

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