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I’m still riding the high from seeing A Wrinkle In Time film. It was one of the first science fiction fantasy book I read as a child but not the last. My daughter has followed in my footsteps and devoured man sci-fi fantasy books. When she was younger, it was challenging to find middle grade sci-fi fantasy with diverse characters. There’s more in YA–which she’s reading now. She cannot get enough of them!
If your child loved A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, here are some diverse sci-fi fantasy to add to their bookshelves. I’ve included a mix of middle grade and YA books for your reader.
Diverse Sci-Fi Fantasy Books to Read After A Wrinkle In Time
The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani Dasgupta: Meet Kiranmala, 12-year-old interdimensional demon slayer–except she doesn’t know it yet. That is until her parents vanish on her birthday, and a drooling rakkhosh demon tries to eat her alive. Maybe her parents weren’t joking when they told her she is a real Indian princess.
Rise of the Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste: This is the second book in the series, but I had to feature it because look at that beautiful brown mermaid! You’ll definitely want to read The Jumbies first. This series incorporates Caribbean and West African mythology and fairy tales–and was a hit with my daughter!
Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi: Jealous of classmates’ jetsetting adventures, Aru makes up stories about being royalty and traveling to Paris. When her classmates attempt to catch her in a lie, Aru lights the cursed Lamp of Bharata in the Museum of Ancient India Art and Culture. She accidentally frees the Sleeper, an ancient demon whose duty it is to awaken the God of Destruction, and now she has to save her mother and classmates.
Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older: Sierra Santiago discovers shadowshaping, a magic that infuses ancestral spirits into paintings, music, and stories. Except someone is hunting and killing the shadowshapers. Sierra needs to uncover her family’s past to track down the killer and save the future of shadowshaping.
The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton: In the world of Orleans, people are born gray and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they be made beautiful. Camellia wants to be the Queen’s favorite, but behind the gilded palace walls lurk secrets and dangers. Can Camellia save herself and her sisters?
The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline: Sixteen-year-old French and his friends are on the run. In a future world, people have lost the ability to dream and the dreamlessness has led to madness. North America’s Indigenous people are the people who can steal dream. Which means their marrow is high demand, even if it means killing them to get it.
Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor: Born in New York and living in Nigeria, Sunny is different. She’s albino. She loves sports but cannot go out into the sun. Then she finds herself a student of magical power and tasked to help track a criminal who also knows magic. Okorafor is one of my favorite science fiction authors. I’m excited to introduce her to my daughter. If your child likes this book, try her Binti series.
The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee: Sixteen-year-old Genie is supposed to concentrate on her college application. Until she discovers that she’s a celestial spirit powerful enough to bash the gates of heaven. Drawing on Chinese folklore, this story is about a heroine who tries to balance high school and saving the world.
Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova: Alex is is a bruja–the most powerful witch in her generation–but she hates magic. She attempts to perform a spell to get rid of her magic. It backfires in an epic way: her entire family disappears! Can she embrace her magic to save them?