Books Starring Minorities


Sophia Barnett

There are many great books like The Outsiders or the famous Harry Potter series, but many focus on characters from majority groups. There are many great books starring characters from minority groups like people of color, Jewish people, and the LGBTQ community.


Many of these books can be very educational for learning about these groups. However, they can also have great plots and characters. Books of this sort also aren’t always given the credit they deserve.


So in that light here are some great books starring Minorities!




Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

Starring Black and LGBTQ people: Cinderella Is Dead: Kalynn Bayron: 9781526621979: Bayron, Kalynn: Books

Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron is an original story inspired by Disney’s classic tale of Cinderella. It stars a girl named Sophia Grimmins who receives a letter that all girls of age sixteen get on their birthday, requesting their presence at a ball to find a royal suitor. What most don’t know is that girls who don’t find one are forfeit.

Sophia finds herself in a terrible situation because she would much rather marry her childhood friend Erin. In a desperate attempt to flee she finds her way to Cinderella’s mausoleum. There she meets Constance, the last known descendant of Cinderella and her stepsisters. They vow to take down the king, but in the process, they find that there’s more to Cinderella’s story than meets the eye.


Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rodes

Starring Black people:

Ghost Boys: Rhodes, Jewell Parker: 9780316262286: Books

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes is a moving story about a twelve-year-old boy named Jerome who is shot by a white police officer who mistakes his toy for a gun. 

As a ghost, he observes the devastation that’s being unleashed on his family and community in the wake of these unjust and brutal killings. 

The story weaves between when Jerome was alive and when he was dead, giving us insight and detail of the things he’s gone through. It gives the reader insight into the fear and devastation in the black community during these murders. 


The Length on a String by Elissa Brent Weissman

Starring Black and Jewish people:

The Length of a String: Weissman, Elissa Brent: 9780735229471: Books

The Length of a String by Elissa Brent Weissman is about two girls, Imani and Anna, two very different journeys, one family history.

Imani knows exactly what she wants as her big bat mitzvah gift: to find her birth parents. She loves her family and her Jewish community in Baltimore, but she has always wondered where she came from, especially since she’s black and almost everyone she knows is white. 

Then her mom’s grandmother-Imani’s great-grandma Anna passes away, and Imani discovers an old journal among her books. It’s Anna’s diary from 1941, the year she was twelve and fled Nazi-occupied Luxembourg alone, sent by her parents to seek refuge in Brooklyn, New York. Anna’s diary records her journey to America and her new life with an adoptive family of her own. And as Imani reads the diary, she begins to see her family, and her place in it, in a whole new way.


These are just a few books about minoritie,s but there are so many more out there. Books like these are important to read but also fun, and they should be more recognized than they are. If you found these books interesting then please look through this list of great books on Goodreads: Books Starring Minorities, Goodreads