YA Diversity Book Club: Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein

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The YA Diversity Book Club’s March pick:


Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein

Emilia and Teo’s lives changed in a fiery, terrifying instant when a bird strike brought down the plane their stunt pilot mothers were flying. Teo’s mother died immediately, but Em’s survived, determined to raise Teo according to his late mother’s wishes-in a place where he won’t be discriminated against because of the color of his skin. But in 1930s America, a white woman raising a black adoptive son alongside a white daughter is too often seen as a threat.

Seeking a home where her children won’t be held back by ethnicity or gender, Rhoda brings Em and Teo to Ethiopia, and all three fall in love with the beautiful, peaceful country. But that peace is shattered by the threat of war with Italy, and teenage Em and Teo are drawn into the conflict. Will their devotion to their country, its culture and people, and each other be their downfall or their salvation?

In the tradition of her award-winning and bestselling Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein brings us another thrilling and deeply affecting novel that explores the bonds of friendship, the resilience of young pilots, and the strength of the human spirit.

I was trying to think of what I could do as a freebie for this month and decided on a suggestion post on titles you might like if you liked or are interested in reading Black Dove, White Raven.

If You Liked Black Dove, White Raven you might like. . .

For the adults:


The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay

the help

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

and of course we need to highlight some YA titles:


Out of the Easy and Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys


Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta


Revolution and A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly


The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Be sure to check out the posts of the other wonderful ladies in the  #YADiversityBookClub and enter the giveaway to win your own copy! (Just follow the link below.)


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Discussion Post:  Book Club Chat  @ We Heart YA

Freebie Post: 5 Things You Will Learn from Black Dove, White Raven  @ Teen Lit Rocks

Author Post:  Elizabeth Wein @ The Reading Date

Thanks for stopping by our #YADiversityBookClub post.  Check back next month for another great pick!


4 thoughts on “YA Diversity Book Club: Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein

  1. Lucy March 27, 2015 at 11:06 am Reply

    Awesome recs, Kristina! When I was reading this book I was thinking fans of Ruta Sepetys would like it. And I still need to read Jellicoe Road (blogger fail) and The Power of One!

  2. Beth W March 29, 2015 at 11:25 am Reply

    I hear wonderful things about Elizabeth Wein (I really want to read her novels!). But frankly, this struck me because I know nothing about Ethiopia (except its general location). And I’d love to learn more, in that historical fiction setting. Plus, given that I loved Out of the Easy and The Help, and have had Jellicoe Road recommended to me a lot, I’m pretty sure Black Dove, White Raven is my kind of book.🙂

    • Kristina March 30, 2015 at 9:05 am Reply

      This makes me so happy! I hope you enjoy it.🙂

      On Sun, Mar 29, 2015 at 11:25 AM, Gone Pecan wrote:


  3. We Heart YA April 16, 2015 at 11:03 am Reply

    The books on your list that we’ve read, we LOVED. And the rest have all caught our eye over the years. Must get on them!

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