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July 2016 BOOKLIST
Find more Rainbow List
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Round Table and the Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association are pleased to offer the 2011 Rainbow Project bibliography of recommended titles for youth from birth to age 18 that contain significant and authentic gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, queer, or questioning (GLBTQ) content. Titles published in late 2009 are noted; all others were published in 2010. Below are 10 exceptional choices from the list. For the complete list, visit http://rainbowlist.wordpress.com/.
The Accidental Adventures of India McAllister. By Charlotte Agell. Illus. by the author. Holt, $16.99 (9780805089028).
An illustrated diarylike account of things that India McAllister loves, including her dog, Tofu; her best friend, Colby; and other things . . . well, she’s not so sure about, like Amanda the Rodent and Richard, her dad’s boyfriend.
The Death-Defying Pepper Roux. By Geraldine McCaughrean. HarperCollins, $16.99 (9780061836657).
While embarked on a dangerous voyage on the high seas, 14-year-old Pepper is befriended by a kindhearted, cross-dressing steward with the improbable name of Duchesse. Adventures abound! 2011 Best Fiction for Young Adults.
Dogs Don’t Do Ballet. By Anna Kemp. Illus. by Sara Ogilvie. Simon & Schuster, $15.99 (9781416998396).
Girl loves dog, dog loves girl, and they both love ballet. Will the unlikely ballerina ever get his moment on the stage?
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, v.1. By Jeff Sheng. Illus. by the author. Jeff Sheng Studios, paper, $24.95 (9780984447411).
A poignant photographic essay dedicated to the brave GLBTQ military personnel who serve under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Their faces are artfully hidden, helping to express their feelings of isolation and loneliness.
The Gallup’s Guide to Modern Gay, Lesbian & Transgender Lifestyle. By various authors. illus. Mason Crest. Individual titles, $22.95; paper, $9.95.
This 15-title series of informative nonfiction discusses the celebrations and challenges of living as a GLBTQ person.
Kicked Out. Ed. by Sassafras Lowrey. Homofactus, paper, $19.95 (9780978597368).
Homeless GLBTQ youth share their stories of surviving on the streets and finding places of sanctuary in creating their own chosen families and community.
A Love Story: Starring My Dead Best Friend. By Emily Horner. Dial, $16.99 (9780803734203).
Following the death of her best friend, Julia, Cass find herself involved in a project to produce the musical Julia wrote. Betrayed loyalties and school bullies set Cass off on a journey on which she finds self-awareness and acceptance.
The Popularity Papers: Research for the Social Improvement and General Betterment of Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang. By Amy Ignatow. Illus. by the author. Abrams/Amulet, $15.95 (9780810984219).
In their quest to achieve popularity, best friends Julie and Lydia record their schemes and observations in a secret notebook. The result is a hilarious illustrated guide to surviving middle school and learning what friendship really means.
Wildthorn. By Jane Eagland. Houghton, $16 (9780547370170).
Louisa Cosgrove, a high-spirited young lady in nineteenth-century England, loves her cousin Grace and longs to be a doctor. A plot devised by someone close to her puts her in an insane asylum, where she begins to doubt her own identity.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson. By John Green and David Levithan. Dutton, $17.99 (9780525421580).
On a cold Chicago night, two 16-year-olds—one gay and one not—meet and discover they have one big thing in common: their name. From then on, their lives, their friends, and their loves intertwine and culminate in the staging of one of the funniest high-school musicals ever. 2011 Best Fiction for Young Adults and a 2011 Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Honor Book.
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