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Find more Top 10 LGBTQ for Youth
With ever-more LGBTQ books on the teen market, it was not difficult to pull together a list of 10 exceptional fiction and nonfiction books starred in Booklist over the past two years. Informative, hilarious, tragic, and exciting—this list has it all.
Beyond Magenta. By Susan Kuklin. 2014. Candlewick, $22.99 (9780763656119). Gr. 7–12.
Six transgender teens tell readers their own stories, which are accompanied by Kuklin’s striking photos. This important nonfiction book gives faces to teens who have too long been invisible.
Grasshopper Jungle. By Andrew Smith. 2014. Dutton, $18.99 (9780525426035). Gr. 9–12
Poor, confused Austin finds himself in love with both his girlfriend, Shann, and his best friend, Robby. What to do? And what about those giant praying mantises that are wreaking havoc on the town? It is the end of the world as we know it, and no one feels fine.
Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story. By David Levithan. 2015. Dutton, $17.99 (9780525428848). Gr. 9–12.
He’s baa-aack! The oversized costar of Will Grayson, Will Grayson (2010) claims center stage in this dramatic and often hilarious presentation of his autobiographical musical opus, Hold Me Closer. Encore, encore!
I’ll Give You the Sun. By Jandy Nelson. 2014. Dial, $17.99 (9780803734968). Gr. 9–12.
Nelson loves both art and Brian, the boy next door. Rejected by a prestigious school, he has given up art—but what about Brian? And what has compromised his formerly close relationship with his twin sister? The memorable winner of the 2015 Printz Award.
More Happy Than Not. By Adam Silvera. 2015. Soho Teen, $18.99 (9781616955601). Gr. 9–12
Discovering he’s a “dude-liker,” a dangerous identity in his Bronx neighborhood, Aaron—having fallen in love with straight Thomas—contemplates going to the nearby Lateo Institute, which promises to help him forget he’s gay.
The Porcupine of Truth. By Bill Konigsberg. 2015. Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic, $17.99 (9780545648936). Gr. 9–12.
Newly arrived in sleepy Billings, Montana, from New York, Carson finds himself falling in love with Aisha, only to find out she’s a lesbian. Together, though, the two go in search of the truth about Carson’s vanished grandfather.
Skyscraping. By Cordelia Jensen. 2015. Philomel, $17.99 (9780399167713). Gr. 9–12.
Mira discovers her professor father is gay and his HIV is turning into full-blown AIDS. This semi-autobiographical story is told in the form of beautifully written free verse: “Things can switch so quickly / like the flick of a light.”
Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights. By Ann Bausum. 2015. Viking. $16.99. (9780670016792) Gr. 9–12
Bausum explores the history of the Stonewall riots, which launched the gay rights movement in 1969, before offering a contextual look at being LGBTQ in pre-Stonewall America. Comprehensive in its coverage and compassionate in tone.
Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel. By Sara Farizan. 2014. Algonquin, $16.95 (9781616202842). Gr. 8–11.
Leila finds herself in danger of being outed when she meets the captivating Saskia. What will her conservative Persian family think? Meanwhile, her estranged friend Lisa begins to rekindle their friendship. Leila’s cultural background adds context to this affectionate story.
This Book Is Gay. By James Dawson. Illus. by Spike Gerrell. 2015. Sourcebooks/Fire, $15.99 (9781492617822). Gr. 8–12.
Upbeat, breezy in tone, and always informative, Dawson’s book is crammed with intriguing facts and stories about being lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. Cartoon illustrations reinforce the book’s sprightly tone.
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