Celebrating diversity on Accelerated Reader

By Kerry McGuire, Assistant Editor

Did you know that there are over 38,000 quizzes on Accelerated Reader?! That’s a lot of books to choose from! In this blog, we wanted to highlight some of our more recent favourite AR titles from authors of colour.

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Lower Years

Look Up! by Nathan Bryon, Illustrated by Dapo Adeola
BL 3.5 | Quiz # 237836 | Puffin
Rocket is on a mission to get everyone to look up and see a meteor shower. But her big brother won’t stop looking down at his phone!

Luna Loves Library Day by Joseph Coelho, Illustrated by Fiona Lumbers
BL 2.8 | Quiz # 234714 | Andersen Press
It’s library day. Luna loves finding books about bugs, dinosaurs and magic – but what she loves most of all is spending time with Dad.

Adi Sorts With Variables (from the Code Play series) by Caroline Karanja, Illustrated by Ben Whitehouse
Non-fiction | BL 3.5 | Quiz # 234762 | Raintree | Available on myON!
It’s time to clean Adi’s room! If only a computer could do it for her! That gives Adi and her best friend Gabi an idea – think like a coder! These scientific thinkers put on their computer coding caps and make cleaning up easy by sorting with variables.

Middle Years

High-Rise Mystery by Sharna Jackson
BL: 3.5 | Quiz # 236280 | Knights Of
Summer in London is hot, the hottest on record, and there’s been a murder in The Tri: the high-rise home to resident know-it-all super-sleuths, Nik and Norva. Who better to solve the case?

Sam Wu is NOT Afraid of Ghosts by Katie Tsang and Kevin Tsang
BL: 3.7 | Quiz #236451 | Egmont Children’s Books
After Ralph starts calling him Scaredy-Cat Sam, Sam sets out to prove him wrong by obtaining a deadly pet as a sidekick and defeating the Ghost King once and for all.

Planet Omar: Accidental Trouble Magnet / The Muslims by Zanib Mian
BL: 5.2 | Quiz # 237770 | Hodder Children’s Books
When Omar’s parents make him move house and schools, he has to worry about staying out of trouble AND making friends. To make it worse, the class bully has it in for him.

Lightning Girl by Alesha Dixon
BL: 5.5 | Quiz # 233722 | Scholastic Children’s Books
Aurora Beam has just had some big news. Her mum is a secret superhero and now her own powers are starting to show. Then an evil supervillain pops up with a plot to steal a precious stone. Can Aurora save the day?

Freedom by Catherine Johnson
BL: 4.5 | Quiz # 237177 | Scholastic Ltd
When Nat is sent to England with his master, he dares to dream that life will be different. But being a slave in London isn’t much better than being a slave in Jamaica, and Nat jumps at his first chance to run…

Battle of the Cyborg Cat by Ade Adepitan
BL: 4.7 | Quiz # 233888 | Studio Press
Ade is the new kid on the street, which isn’t easy when you look different to everyone else. Then he meets the Parsons Road Gang. They don’t cause trouble, they just play football, and they could do with a player with super-cyborg-strength!

Shona, Word Detective by John Agard
BL: 5.1 | Hi/Lo | Quiz # 233476 | Barrington Stoke
Shona is a Word Detective on a mission! She loves tracking down unusual words to share with the world. But strange plans are afoot to make lots of words extinct. Can Shona, a professor, and a parrot solve the clues?

Middle Years Plus

Little Badman and the Invasion of the Killer Aunties by Humza Arshad and Henry White
BL: 4.3 | Quiz #238039 | Puffin
When aspiring rapper Humza Khan’s teachers begin to go missing, he soon realises some suspicious aunties are taking their place. The co-author is Henry White. [Contains profanities.]

Now or Never: A Dunkirk Story by Bali Rai
BL: 5.0 | Quiz # 237769 | Scholastic Children’s Books
Private Fazal Khan is proud to be supporting the British in WW2. As events in France take a turn for the worse, the frightening retreat to Dunkirk becomes nothing compared to the betrayal he and his comrades face at the point of rescue. [Contains violence.]

The Boxer by Nikesh Shukla
BL: 4.0 | Quiz # 236599 | Hodder Children’s Books
Sunny’s life changes the night he is attacked by racists in his new city. Stepping into a boxing gym, he finds the community he’s desperately been seeking. But racial tensions are rising and he begins questioning where his new friends stand.

Upper Years

Home Girl by Alex Wheatle
BL: 4.0 | Quiz # 237567 | Atom
Naomi is a teenager growing up in the care system. When she’s placed with a loving West Indian family, her social worker tells her it’s only temporary. But Naomi is haunted by her dark past and struggles to stay out of trouble. [Contains strong language.]

“I Will Not Be Erased”: Our Stories About Growing Up as People of Colour by gal-dem writers
Non-fiction | BL: 6.9 | 236484 | Walker Books
Gal-dem, the award winning online and print magazine, is created by women and non-binary people of colour. In this collection, gal-dem writers share their joyous, funny and life-affirming stories about growing up. [Contains drug use.]

Chinglish: An Almost Entirely True Story by Sue Cheung
BL: 5.4 | Quiz # 237846 | Andersen Press
It’s 1984, and Jo Kwan’s family have just moved to Coventry. Can Jo achieve her dreams while dealing with annoying siblings, racism, bullies and drama? [Contains racist slurs, scenes of violence and abuse.]

A Change is Gonna Come by various authors
BL: 5.1 | Quiz # 233433| Stripes
This anthology of stories and poetry are from BAME writers on the theme of change. Contributors include Tanya Byrne, Inua Ellams, Catherine Johnson, Patrice Lawrence, Ayisha Malik, Irfan Master, Musa Okwonga and Nikesh Shukla.

Kick the Moon by Muhammad Khan
BL: 5.0 | Quiz # 238037 | Macmillan Children’s Books
Ilyas wants to create comic-book heroes, but instead he’s got GCSEs, troublemaker mates and work in his dad’s shop. Then he finds a kindred spirit in Kelly, but when she’s caught up in a toxic bet Ilyas must decide what kind of hero he wants to be.

Rose, Interrupted by Patrice Lawrence
BL: 4.4 | Quiz # 237275 | Hodder Children’s Books
Rose and her brother have recently escaped a strict religious sect. Now they must learn how to handle the rules of their new life.

Noughts & Crosses: The Graphic Novel Adaption by Malorie Blackman, Illustrated by John Aggs
BL: 3.1 | Quiz # 230299 | Doubleday
In Sephy and Callum’s hostile world, Noughts and Crosses do not mix. But when their childhood friendship matures into passionate love, they are determined to find a way to be together. Adapted by Ian Edginton.


Kerry McGuire
Assistant Editor


Posted on 17 June 2020 at 8:06 am
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