Middle Grade #OwnVoices Reimaginings

By Erin Yun

By Erin Yun

Pippa Park Raises Her Game

Erin Yun

$15.99 $14.71

My debut book is a reimagining of Great Expectations - Korean American Pippa Park receives a mysterious basketball scholarship to her local private school, and becomes determined to use the opportunity to re-invent herself - both to impress her fancy new friends, as well as an impossibly cute crush on the side.

Midsummer's Mayhem

Rajani Larocca

$16.99 $15.63

If you like Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, you'll love this MG retelling by Rajani LaRocca. Mimi comes from a big Indian American family and is often overshadowed by her talented siblings, so when a new bakery opens up in town, she enters, determined to prove herself.

More to the Story

Hena Khan

$17.99 $16.55

Inspired by Little Women, Hena Khan's More to the Story follows seventh-grader Jameela Mirza, who aspires to be an award-winning journalist. Beautifully written, this book shines due to Jameela's realistic relationships with both her friends and her Pakistani American Muslim family.

A Wish in the Dark

Christina Soontornvat

$17.99 $16.55

In Christina Soontornvat’s beautiful A Wish in the Dark (inspired by Les Misérables) , Pong is born in prison, and dreams of walking among the magical lights that represent freedom for him. However, he soon finds that things outside the prison are just as unfair.

Prairie Lotus

Linda Sue Park

$16.99 $15.63

Less a reimagining and more a conversation with the Little House books (including their problematic shortcomings), Linda Sue Park's new novel takes place in the 1880s in Dakota Territory, and features a mixed-race Asian-American (Chinese and Korean) protagonist. I read this book in one sitting, and I have a feeling you might too!

If You Come Softly

Jacqueline Woodson

$7.99 $7.35

Slightly inspired by Romeo and Juliet, Jacqueline Woodson's beautifully written novel tells the story of two star-crossed teenagers from different cultural backgrounds. Although more YA than MG, this could also be a good fit for sophisticated middle graders.