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FICTION: Rainbow Reads: For and About GLBTQ teens

Many titles recommended by the ALA Rainbow Project

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Fat Angie Teen Book Fat Angie

Charlton-Trujillo, e. E., author.

Fat Angie's sister was captured in Iraq, she's the resident laughingstock at school, and her therapist tells her to count instead of eat. Can a daring new girl in her life really change anything?

Street dreams Teen Book Street dreams

Wise, Tama.

Life, love, and hip-hop mix to push gay Moori teen Tyson to places he’s afraid to go when he suddenly starts crushing on a straight guy he meets through his involvements in the local scene.

Silhouette of a sparrow Teen Book Silhouette of a sparrow

Griffin, Molly Beth.

During the summer of 1926, when sixteen-year-old Garnet discovers the truth about herself and her desires, can she find the courage and freedom to follow her dreams?

My mixed-up berry blue summer Juvenile Book My mixed-up berry blue summer

Gennari, Jennifer.

Twelve-year-old June dislikes her mother’s new partner Eva and is dismayed when the two adults plan to marry. When a movement to repeal Vermont’s civil union law exposes the family to bitter homophobia June discovers an inner courage that surprises her family, her community, and herself.

One in every crowd : stories Teen Book One in every crowd : stories

Coyote, Ivan E. (Ivan Elizabeth), 1969-

Autobiographical stories about growing up as a tomboy and queer kid in Yukon, showing the fear and struggle along with acceptance kindness, and that everyone has insecurities.

Kevin Keller Teen Book Kevin Keller

Parent, Dan.

There’s a new guy in Riverdale: he’s cute, a military brat, funny, and smart. And oh yeah – he’s gay.

Boys of summer book Boys of summer

Berman, Steve (EDT)
On Order

A collection of ten stories about the magic and mystery of summertime gay teen romance.

OMG queer : short stories by queer youth Teen Book OMG queer : short stories by queer youth


Teens tell in their own words what it’s like being GLBTQI in today’s society- how they’re changing the boundaries and definitions, whether to choose a label that can box you in, and living with discrimination and love hand in hand.

Wandering son. Volume three Teen Book Wandering son. Volume three

Shimura, Takako, 1973-

As their friendship grows more strained after their secrets are exposed, Yoshino and Shuichi start to learn about the hard realities of being transgendered, and the consequences (unintended or not) that it can bring.

A + E 4ever : a graphic novel book A + E 4ever : a graphic novel

Merey, Ilike.

Asher Machnik is a teenage boy cursed with a beautiful androgynous face. Guys punch him, girls slag him and by high school he's developed an intense fear of being touched. Art remains his only escape from an otherwise emotionally empty life. Eulalie Mason is the lonely, tough-talking dyke from school who befriends Ash. The only one to see and accept all of his sides as a loner, a fellow artist and a best friend, she's starting to wonder if Ash is ever going to see all of her ... a + e 4EVER is a graphic novel set in that ambiguous crossroads where love and friendship, boy and girl, straight and gay meet. It goes where few books have ventured, into genderqueer life, where affections aren't black and white.

Crossing lines Teen Book Crossing lines

Volponi, Paul.

High school senior Adonis struggles to do the right thing when his fellow football players escalate their bullying of a new classmate, Alan, who is transgendered.

Drama Juvenile Book Drama

Telgemeier, Raina.

Callie is a passionate theater geek who plunges into her middle school’s production of “Moon Over Mississippi” with enthusiasm for all things theater: sets, props, lighting – you name it, she’s on it. When twins Justin and Jesse join the cast, Callie quickly develops a crush on one, a friendship with the other, who is gay.

Rainbow List 2013 Top Ten

Batwoman. Volume 1, Hydrology book Batwoman. Volume 1, Hydrology

Williams, J. H., III.

Kate Kane, drummed out of the military under the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” regulations, continues her fight as Batwoman in the dark streets of Gotham.

If I told you so book If I told you so

Woodward, Timothy.

A summer job at a dockside ice cream shop dishes up more excitement than 16 year old Sean expected: late night pranks, a bold new friend from New York, and a serious crush on his supervisor, Jay. Young love and ice cream combine in this sweet and witty summer romance.

Wandering son. Volume two Teen Book Wandering son. Volume two

Shimura, Takako, 1973-

Shuichi spends his grandmother’s cash gift on a special present that leads to his sister finding out his secret, leading to disastrous consequences. But can Shuichi find the strength and courage to withstand the trials that are to come?

Way to go Teen Book Way to go

Ryan, Tom, 1977-

High school junior Danny looks forward to a relaxing summer vacation with his two best friends, but a run-in with the local police has his mother insisting he find a summer job. Work in the new restaurant in town brings friendship with Lisa, a tattooed free spirit who helps him accept his true self.

Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe Teen Book Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe

Sa?enz, Benjamin Alire.

Dante and Aristotle are opposites in almost every way but, nevertheless, the two boys are best friends, almost like two halves making a whole. Saenz’ lyrical novel examines the bonds of friendship and the uncertainties and saving graces of love.

Rainbow List 2013 Top Ten

37 things I love (in no particular order) Teen Book 37 things I love (in no particular order)

Magoon, Kekla.

Bullied by her best friend and facing the impending death of her father, Ellis finds hope through a new therapist and in her emerging relationship with Cara.

Lola and the boy next door Teen Book Lola and the boy next door

Perkins, Stephanie.

Sixteen year old (going on seventeen) Lola Nolan lives in San Francisco’s Castro district with her two fathers. She spends her time creating lavish costumes, working, avoiding the mean girls at school, and hanging out with her 22-year-old musician boyfriend, Max. Life is good – until the heartbreaks of her past come back to her present.

Gone, gone, gone Teen Book Gone, gone, gone

Moskowitz, Hannah.

This quiet love story is set in 2002, as random and deadly sniper fire has Washington DC under siege. Craig and Lio are drawn together, yet the recent trauma of 9/11 has them at odds, with Craig’s emotions on hold and Lio at a growing distance from his own feelings.

The letter Q : queer writers' notes to their younger selves Teen Book The letter Q : queer writers' notes to their younger selves


Looking back on what they wished they knew when they were younger, 64 of today’s award winning GLBTQ authors write and illustrate letters to their former selves in a way to reach out to those who are in the shoes they once filled.

Rainbow List 2013 Top Ten

The song of Achilles book The song of Achilles

Miller, Madeline.

Stirring and memorable, this novel is a reimagined retelling of the Homeric story of the love between Achilles and Patrocles.

Rainbow List 2013 Top Ten

Adaptation Teen Book Adaptation

Lo, Malinda.

Something strange has been going on with Reese Holloway since her car accident and her top secret medical treatment- but will she be allowed to figure it out, or will others take her apart to figure it out first?

Rainbow List 2013 Top Ten

Personal effects Teen Book Personal effects

Kokie, E. M.

After his beloved older brother T.J. is killed in action in Iraq, seventeen-year-old Matt begins to read a series of his brother’s letters and discovers his brother’s secret- and must come to terms with his brother’s secret life and what it means.

It's our prom (so deal with it) : a novel Teen Book It's our prom (so deal with it) : a novel

Peters, Julie Anne.

Azure has gone public with her objections to her school’s senior prom: too expensive, too exclusive, too heterosexual. When the principal challenges Azure and her friends to take charge of the planning committee, they jump into the task—and the accompanying headaches—of planning an inclusive prom.

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