Diversity in YA Novels – Building a Middle Eastern World

Check out this fantastic post about diversity by Renee Ahdieh, author of THE WRATH AND THE DAWN, a reimagining of The Arabian Nights.

Interestingly enough, the actual tales that comprise 1001 Nights are incredibly diverse in nature. For instance, Aladdin was originally written as a young Chinese boy!

With such wonderful diversity at the heart of the story, it hardened my resolve to be as accurate as possible when depicting my chosen tale: the saga of Scheherazade and how she staved off her impending death by weaving stories under lamplight for a murderous king.

Read the rest on the blog!