I am so happy to be participating in this blog tour hosted by Sammie @ The Bookwyrm’s Den in support of her local public library’s Diverse Book Drive. The CCPL—a small, rural library in an area with a high poverty rate and a very homogeneous population, where people rarely have the means to travel or experience new perspectives. However, the library doesn’t believe that should stop people from learning more about the world around them, so they’re running a Diverse Book Drive through the month of September in an attempt to bring the rest of the world to the county instead. With a focus on MG and YA books, the CCPL aims to expose especially its young patrons to new and diverse perspectives and cultures.

To learn more about the drive, please head over to Sammie’s blog to get more details.

Top 5 Reasons to Love Zora

Zora cares deeply about her community. She starts a program for young kids who live in a walk-in school zone. This program, Walk Me Home, pairs up kids with older kids who help them walk to and from school when a parent or guardian is not able to walk with them. She also starts an aftercare program for the kids.

Zora loves her family. Her mom is a treat. She raises Zora to know her place in the world and does it well. Zora takes no guff from anyone and holds her chin high because she knows that she is worthy of respect and honor. Zora’s brother is a screw up turned outstanding citizen. Zora loves him deeply, and even with their problems, she knows he always has her back.

Zora cares about her black culture. She finds an old photo in the archives at her college prep program and cries because the individuals in the picture were trailblazers in black history. She admired them so much that she worked with her neighborhood kids to recreate it so that they could be the future trailblazers in African history.

Zora is a great friend. Skye is Zora’s best friend, and the conversations these two get into are hilarious, yet serious at times. Zora wants nothing but the best for her friend, even if it means Skye dating her brother. Zora works to get past her brother’s ne’er-do-well ways to see the great man he has become so that she can be happy for the new couple.

Zora is true to herself in the face of dissent. After Zora meets Owen, she meets many different faces of discrimination. From Owen’s security detail to being pulled from class and escorted to the campus police station, to the way Owen’s family treats her, Zora keeps her head up and takes it all on. This truth is an admiral trait because she doesn’t let anyone tell her who she is.

Library Wish List Links

If you order a wish list book from Bookshop, please send a message to sammie@thebookwyrmsden.com so the book can be removed to avoid duplicate purchases, as I do not believe the site automatically removes the book from the list.

Other ways to donate

Book donations are used at the discretion of the library.

Tour Schedule

September 1: Sammie @ The Bookwyrm’s Den – Introduction, Paola Santiago and the River of Tears || Leelynn @ Sometimes Leelynn ReadsDating Makes Perfect

September 2: Lauren @ Always MeThe Epic Crush of Genie Lo

September 3: Toya @ The Reading ChemistFelix Ever After

September 4: Michelle @ Carry A Big BookSharks in the Time of Saviors

September 5: Shenwei @ READING (AS)(I)AN (AM)ERICAThe Astonishing Color of After

September 6: Maria @ A Daughter of Parchment and PaperPatron Saints of Nothing

September 7: Bri @ Bri’s Book Nook – True Friends (Carmen Browne)

September 8: Bec @ bec&booksLobizona || Jorie @ Jorie Loves A Story – diverse TTT

September 9: Sienna @ Daydreaming Book LoverLoveless

September 10: Kerri @ Kerri McBookNerdRaybearer

September 11: Noly @ The Artsy ReaderThe Name Jar

September 12: Jacob @ The Writer’s AlleyForest of Souls

September 13: Keri @ Are You My BookThe Tea Dragon Society

September 14: Shannon @ It Starts at MidnightThe Space Between Worlds

September 15: Melissa @ Ramblings of a Jedi LibrarianGirl in Translation

September 16: Livy @ Shelves of StarlightClap When You Land

September 17: Crystal @ Lost in StorylandAmerican Born Chinese

September 18: Lili @ Lili’s Blissful PagesA Wish in the Dark

September 19: Leslie @ Books Are The New BlackThe Poppy War

September 20: Noura @ The Perks of Being NouraLove From A to Z

September 21: Crini @ Crini’sA Pale Light in the Black

September 22: Rachelle @ Rae’s Reads and ReviewsDear Haiti, Love Alaine

September 23: Dini @ DiniPandaReadsWicked As You Wish

September 24: Madeline @ Mad’s BooksSpin the Dawn

September 25: Tessa @ NarratessBrace Yourself

September 26: Kimberly @ My Bookish BlissTruly Madly Royally

September 27: Rena @ Bookflirting 101Anna K: A Love Story

September 28: Susan @ Novel LivesBurn the Dark

September 29: Arina @ The Bookwyrm’s Guide to the GalaxyA Song of Wraiths and Ruin

September 30: Maya – Jackpot

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