Funny YA Books Featuring Multicultural Protagonists

All kinds of readers will enjoy chuckling with and cheering for the heroes of these books.

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My favorite bookstores:

Newtonville Books
10 Langley Road
Newtonville, Massachusetts 02459
(617) 244-6619

New England Mobile Book Fair
82 Needham Street
Newton Highlands, Massachusetts 02461
(617) 964-7440

Curious George and Friends
1 JFK Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138
(617) 498-0062

Randa Abdel-fattah
Published by: Scholastic Paperbacks
Edition: Paperback (ISBN #9780439922333)
Randa Abdel-fattah
Published by: Orchard Books
Edition: Paperback (ISBN #9780545050562)
Sherman Alexie
Published by: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Edition: Paperback (ISBN #9780316013697)
Andrew Auseon
Published by: HarperTeen
Edition: Hardcover (ISBN #9780061139260)
Cherry Cheva
Published by: HarperTeen
Edition: Paperback (ISBN #9780061288531)
Chris Crutcher
Published by: Laurel Leaf
Edition: Mass Market Paperback (ISBN #9780440229384)
Matt De La Peña
Published by: Delacorte Press
Edition: Hardcover (ISBN #9780385736671)
Ben Esch
Published by: Disney-Hyperion
Edition: Hardcover (ISBN #9781423113034)
David Macinnis Gill
Published by: Greenwillow Books
Edition: Hardcover (ISBN #9780061673016)
Tanuja Desai Hidier
Published by: Scholastic Paperbacks
Edition: Paperback (ISBN #9780439510110)

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