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2015 & 2016 Rainbow List Fiction

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Afterworlds - Scott Westerfeld
ISBN: 9781481422345
Publication Date: 2014-09-23
In alternating chapters, eighteen-year-old Darcy Patel navigates the New York City publishing world and Lizzie, the heroine of Darcy's novel, slips into the "Afterworld" to survive a terrorist attack and becomes a spirit guide, as both face many challenges and both fall in love.

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Cut Both Ways - Carrie Mesrobian
ISBN: 9780062349880
Publication Date: 2015-09-01
Senior Will Caynes must face unsettling feelings for his best friend Angus after they share a drunken kiss, while also embarking on his first real relationship with sophomore Brandy--all as the burden of home-life troubles weigh heavily.

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Everything Leads to You - Nina Lacour
ISBN: 0525425888
Publication Date: 2014-05-15
While working as a film production designer in Los Angeles, Emi Price finds a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend which leads her to Ava, who is about to expand Emi's understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.

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Fans of the Impossible Life - Kate Scelsa
ISBN: 9780062331755
Publication Date: 2015-09-08
At Saint Francis Prep school in Mountain View, New Jersey, Mira, Jeremy, and Sebby come together as they struggle with romance, bullying, foster home and family problems, and mental health issues.

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Far from You - Tess Sharpe
ISBN: 9781423184621
Publication Date: 2014-04-08
After Sophie Winters survives a brutal attack in which her best friend, Mina, is murdered, she sets out to find the killer. At the same time she must prove she is free of her past Oxy addiction and in no way to blame for Mina's death.

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Grasshopper Jungle - Andrew Smith
ISBN: 9780525426035
Publication Date: 2014-02-11
As if living in a world overrun by six-foot-tall hungry and horny mutant praying mantises isn't bad enough, Austin realizes he is in love with both his best friend Robbie and his girlfriend Shann. #donteatthecorn

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I'll Give You the Sun - Jandy Nelson
ISBN: 9780803734968
Publication Date: 2014-09-16
A story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal told from different points in time, and in separate voices, by artists Jude and her twin brother Noah

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One Man Guy - Michael Barakiva
ISBN: 9780374356453
Publication Date: 2014-05-27
When Alek's high-achieving, Armenian-American parents send him to summer school, he thinks his summer is ruined. But then he meets Ethan, who opens his world in a series of truly unexpected ways.

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Screaming Divas - Suzanne Kamata
ISBN: 9781440572791
Publication Date: 2014-05-18
A teenage girl band in 1980s South Carolina becomes a local sensation, but just as its members are about to achieve their rock girl dreams, tragedy strikes.

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda - Becky Albertalli
ISBN: 9780062348678
Publication Date: 2015-04-07
Sixteen-year-old, not-so-openly-gay Simon Spier is blackmailed into playing wingman for his classmate or else his sexual identity--and that of his pen pal--will be revealed.

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Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel - Sara Farizan
ISBN: 9781616202842
Publication Date: 2014-10-07
High school junior Leila's Persian heritage already makes her different from her classmates at Armstead Academy, and if word got out that she liked girls life would be twice as hard, but when a new girl, Saskia, shows up, Leila starts to take risks she never thought she would, especially when it looks as if the attraction between them is mutual, so she struggles to sort out her growing feelings by confiding in her old friends.

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Wonders of the Invisible World - Christopher Barzak
Call Number: YA FIC BARZ
ISBN: 9780385392792
Publication Date: 2015-09-08
Seventeen-year-old Aiden has been living like a ghost since his mother tried to stop a family curse by causing him to forget his psychic experiences but when Jarrod, a childhood friend, returns, so do the memories and Aiden is compelled to seek the truth and release them all from the story that has trapped them.

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The Book of David - Anonymous
ISBN: 9781442489868
Publication Date: 2014-06-03
The author of this fictional diary began writing for a class assignment, but soon it became much more to him. As the star player of his high school football team, he faces a lot of pressure and expectation. Not to mention the secret that he's harboring inside. The secret that could change everything. And as David quickly learns, nothing stays secret forever. His innermost thoughts and feelings are chronicled in the diary he left behind.

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The Darkest Part of the Forest - Holly Black
ISBN: 9780316213073
Publication Date: 2015-01-13
Hazel should have known better than to make a deal with the fairies of the forest for her brother Ben’s talent, but it’s too late. The long-sleeping horned boy—the unrequited love of both siblings—has broken out of his glass box, and the Fae have come to exact their price.

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Lair of Dreams - Libba Bray
Call Number: YA FIC BRAY LIB
ISBN: 9780316126045
Publication Date: 2015-08-25
After escaping a psychotic killer, the Diviners believe their life will be easier. Instead they find that a mysterious phantom is drawing people into a dream world, where they are trapped within a nightmare and murdered. Can dreamwalkers Henry and Ling save the city?

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Stranger - Sherwood Smith; Rachel Manija Brown
ISBN: 9780670014804
Publication Date: 2014-11-13
Generations after a natural disaster destroyed civilization as we know it, eighteen-year-old prospector Ross Juarez escapes King Voske’s bounty hunter and finds refuge in the town of Las Anclas. Mutated residents with strange powers live side-by-side with “Norms,” yet not even this haven is free from the shadow of King Voske’s greed for dominion.

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Alex As Well - Alyssa Brugman
ISBN: 9781627790147
Publication Date: 2015-01-20
Fourteen years old and intersex, Alex was raised by her parents as a boy, but she knows she is a girl. Taking her identity into her own hands, she stops her testosterone pills and starts over at a new school. This presents a whole new set of challenges, from facing down disapproving parents to navigating her legal rights.

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The Bane Chronicles - Cassandra Clare (Editor); Sarah Rees Brennan; Maureen Johnson
ISBN: 9781442495999
Publication Date: 2014-11-11
When Magnus Bane is not battling in the world of Shadowhunters, vampires, werewolves, or tentacle demons, his universal amorous tastes (not to mention his cutting-edge fashion sense) lead him through adventures of a different kind. From the eighteenth century to the twenty-first, these stories augment the life of this fabulous character first introduced in City of Bones, giving fans and newcomers alike intriguing insights into the world of The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices.

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Willful Machines - Tim Floreen; Jill Wachter (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481432771
Publication Date: 2015-10-20
In a future world where machines are not only sentient but also have free will, Lee is the closeted son of the very conservative US President. When an escaped 2B machine targets Lee at his prep school, all hell breaks loose.

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None of the Above - I. W. Gregorio
ISBN: 9780062335319
Publication Date: 2015-04-07
Kristin’s life is just about perfect: a full-ride to university on a track scholarship, a great boyfriend, and a surprise election as homecoming queen. When she decides to have sex for the first time, it goes painfully wrong, and a visit to the gynecologist reveals a life-altering fact: Kristin is intersex. Living her through her diagnosis of androgen insensitivity syndrome means facing the brutal response of classmates, as well as her own evolving understanding of what her gender identity means.


2015 Rainbow List Nonfiction & Memoir

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Beyond Magenta - Susan Kuklin
Call Number: YA 306.768 KUKLI SUS
ISBN: 9780763656119
Publication Date: 2014-02-11
Six trans and gender-neutral teens are interviewed in the resource for teen and adult alike. While the trans experience varies from teen to teen, the participants are candid and unflinchingly honest.

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Breakthrough - How One Teen Innovator Is Changing the World - Jack Andraka; Matthew Lysiak
ISBN: 9780062369659
Publication Date: 2015-03-10
For the first time, teen innovator and scientist Jack Andraka tells the story behind his revolutionary discovery. When a dear family friend passed away from pancreatic cancer, Jack was inspired to create a better method of early detection. At the age of fifteen, he garnered international attention for his breakthrough: a four-cent strip of paper capable of detecting pancreatic, ovarian, and lung cancers four hundred times more effectively than the previous standard. Jack's story is not just a story of dizzying international success; it is a story of overcoming depression and homophobic bullying and finding the resilience to persevere and come out. His account inspires young people, who he argues are the most innovative, to fight for the right to be taken seriously and to pursue our own dreams.

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Not Your Mother's Meatloaf - Saiya Miller; Liza Bley
ISBN: 9781593765170
Publication Date: 2013-07-30
In this comics anthology, a variety of authors explore their experiences, perceptions of sexuality, gender, power, consent, and their own bodies as they relate experiences from their teenage years.

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Rethinking Normal - Katie Rain Hill
ISBN: 9781481418232
Publication Date: 2014-09-30
In this young adult memoir, a transgender girl shares her personal journey of growing up as a boy and then undergoing gender reassignment during her teens.

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Some Assembly Required - Arin Andrews
ISBN: 9781481416757
Publication Date: 2014-09-30
Seventeen-year-old Arin Andrews shares all the hilarious, painful, and poignant details of undergoing gender reassignment as a high school student in this winning teen memoir.

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Tomboy - Liz Prince
ISBN: 9781936976553
Publication Date: 2014-09-02
Eschewing female stereotypes throughout her early years and failing to gain acceptance on the boys' baseball team, Liz learns to embrace her own views on gender as she comes of age, in an anecdotal graphic novel memoir.


YA Nonfiction

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The Full Spectrum - David Levithan; Billy Merrell
Call Number: YA 306.766 FUL
ISBN: 9780375832901
Publication Date: 2006-05-09
Teens are more aware of sexuality and identity than ever, and they're looking for answers and insights, as well as a community of others. In order to help create that community, YA authors David Levithan and Billy Merrell have collected original poems, essays, and stories by young adults in their teens and early 20s

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It Gets Better - Dan Savage (Editor); Terry Miller (Editor)
Call Number: YA 306.766 IT
ISBN: 9780525952336
Publication Date: 2011-03-22
A collection of original essays and expanded testimonials written to teens from celebrities, political leaders, and everyday people. While many of these teens can't see a positive future for themselves, we can. We can show LGBT youth the kind of happiness, potential, and satisfaction their lives hold if they can just get through these early years.

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The Letter Q: Queer Writers' Notes to their Younger Selves - Sarah Moon; James Lecesne
Call Number: YA 306.766 LETTE Q
ISBN: 9780545399326
Publication Date: 2012-05-01
Collects letters from such famous contributors as Brian Selznick, Michael Cunningham, and Amy Bloom to offer hope and support in the face of prejudice.

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My two moms : lessons of love, strength, and what makes a family - Zach Wahls; Bruce Littlefield
Call Number: 306.874 WAHLS ZAC
ISBN: 9781592407132
Publication Date: 2012-04-26
An advocate and son of same-gender parents recounts his famed address to the Iowa House of Representatives on civil unions, and describes his positive experiences of growing up in an alternative family in spite of prejudice.


2014 Rainbow List, Stonewall Awards & Lambda Literary Awards

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Am I Blue? - Marion Dane Bauer (Editor)
Call Number: YA FIC Am
ISBN: 0060242531
Publication Date: 1994-05-01
A collection of short stories about homosexuality by such authors as Bruce Coville, M.E. Kerr, William Sleator, and Jane Yolen.

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Boy Meets Boy - David Levithan
Call Number: YA FIC LEVI
ISBN: 0375832998
Publication Date: 2005-05-10
Love is never easy. Especially if you're Paul. He's a sophomore at a high school like no other, and these are his friends: Infinite Darlene, the homecoming queen and star quarterback. Joni, Paul's best friend who may not be his best friend anymore. Tony, his other best friend, who can't leave the house unless his parents think he's going on a date...with a girl. Kyle, the ex-boyfriend who won't go away. Rip, the school bookie, who sets the odds... and Noah, the boy. The one who changes everything.

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Drama - Raina Telgemeier
ISBN: 9780545326995
Publication Date: 2012-09-01
Callie rides an emotional roller coaster while serving on the stage crew for a middle school production of Moon over Mississippi as various relationships start and end, and others never quite get going.

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Fat Angie* - e. E. Charlton-Trujillo
Call Number: YA FIC CHARL EE
ISBN: 0763661198
Publication Date: 2013-03-12
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?

* Winner Stonewall Book Award

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Freakboy - Kristin Elizabeth Clark
ISBN: 9780374324728
Publication Date: 2013-10-22
Told from three viewpoints, seventeen-year-old Brendan, a wrestler, struggles to come to terms with his place on the transgender spectrum while Vanessa, the girl he loves, and Angel, a transgender acquaintance, try to help.

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Giraffe People - Jill Malone
ISBN: 1612940390
Publication Date: 2013-05-14
Cole is content to do well in school, play sports, and date her well-behaved boyfriend, even though she has more than enough reason to rebel as the middle child of an Army chaplain. When her friendship with Meghan suddenly becomes complicated, it seems that everything else in her life becomes complicated, too.

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Gracefully Grayson - Ami Polonsky
ISBN: 9781423185277
Publication Date: 2014-11-04
What if who you are on the outside doesn't match who you are on the inside? Grayson Sender has been holding onto a secret for what seems like forever: "he" is a girl on the inside, stuck in the wrong gender's body. The weight of this secret is crushing, but sharing it would mean facing ridicule, scorn, rejection, or worse. Despite the risks, Grayson's true self itches to break free. Will new strength from an unexpected friendship and a caring teacher's wisdom be enough to help Grayson step into the spotlight she was born to inhabit?

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Homo - Michael Harris
ISBN: 9781459401921
Publication Date: 2012-09-12
Will's never been obvious about being gay. Not like Daniel, who takes the heat—and the beatings—at Spencer High. But then Will's best friend outs him on Facebook, and his small-town life starts to spin out of control. If he's not like everyone else, and he's not like Daniel, then who is he?

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If I Lie - Corrine Jackson
ISBN: 9781442454132
Publication Date: 2012-08-28
Seventeen-year-old Sophie Quinn becomes an outcast in her small military town when she chooses to keep a secret for her Marine boyfriend who is missing in action in Afghanistan.

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If You Could Be Mine* - Sara Farizan
ISBN: 9781616202514
Publication Date: 2013-08-20
In Iran, where homosexuality is punishable by death, seventeen-year-olds Sahar and Nasrin love each other in secret until Nasrin's parents announce their daughter's arranged marriage and Sahar proposes a drastic solution.

* Winner Lambda Literary LGBT Young Adult

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Love in the Time of Global Warming - Francesca Lia Block
Call Number: YA FIC BLOC
ISBN: 9780805096279
Publication Date: 2013-08-27
After a devastating earthquake destroys the West Coast, causing seventeen-year-old Penelope to lose her home, her parents, and her ten-year-old brother, she navigates a dark world, holding hope and love in her hands and refusing to be defeated.

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More Than This - Patrick Ness
ISBN: 0763662585
Publication Date: 2013-09-10
boy named Seth drowns, losing his life as the pounding sea claims him. But then he wakes. He is naked, thirsty, starving. But alive. How is that possible? He remembers dying. So how is he here? And where is this place? It looks like the suburban English town where he lived as a child, before an unthinkable tragedy happened and his family moved to America. But the neighborhood around his old house is overgrown, covered in dust, and completely abandoned. What's going on? And why is it that whenever he closes his eyes, he falls prey to vivid, agonizing memories that seem more real than the world around him? Seth begins a search for answers, hoping that he might not be alone, trapped in a crumbling, abandoned world.

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Openly Straight - Bill Konigsberg
ISBN: 9780545509893
Publication Date: 2013-05-28
Tired of being known as "the gay kid", Rafe Goldberg decides to assume a new persona when he comes east and enters an elite Massachusetts prep school--but trying to deny his identity has both complications and unexpected consequences.

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Pantomime - Laura Lam
ISBN: 9781908844378
Publication Date: 2013-02-05
Gene, the daughter of a noble family, runs away from the decadence of court to R.H. Ragona's circus of magic, where she meets runaway Micah, whose blood could unlock the mysteries of the world of Ellada.

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Proxy - Alex London
ISBN: 9780399257766
Publication Date: 2013-06-18
Syd’s life is not his own. As a proxy he must to pay for someone else's crimes. When his patron Knox crashes a car and kills someone, Syd is branded and sentenced to death. The boys realize the only way to beat the system is to save each other so they flee.

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Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy - Bil Wright
ISBN: 9781416939962
Publication Date: 2011-07-26
Sixteen-year-old Carlos Duarte is on the verge of realizing his dream of becoming a famous make-up artist, but first he must face his jealous boss at a Macy's cosmetics counter, his sister's abusive boyfriend, and his crush on a punk-rocker classmate.

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Rapture Practice: A True Story - Aaron Hartzler
Call Number: YA BIOG Hartzler, Aaron
ISBN: 9780316094658
Publication Date: 2013-04-09
In this funny and heartfelt coming-of-age memoir, debut author Aaron Hartzler recalls his teenage journey to find the person he is without losing the family that loves him. It's a story about losing your faith and finding your place and your own truth--which is always stranger than fiction.

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Tag Along - Tom Ryan
ISBN: 1459802977
Publication Date: 2013-10-01
It's junior prom night. Andrea is grounded for getting her older brother to buy booze for her, Paul is having panic attacks, Roemi has been stood up by his Internet date, and Candace is busy tagging a building (before she gets collared by a particularly tenacious cop). By happenstance, the four near-strangers end up together, getting into more trouble, arguing and ultimately helping each other out over the course of eight madcap hours."

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The Culling - Steven dos Santos
ISBN: 9780738735375
Publication Date: 2013-03-08
In a futuristic world ruled by a totalitarian government called the Establishment, Lucian "Lucky" Spark and four other teenagers are recruited for the Trials. They must compete not only for survival but to save the lives of their Incentives, family members whose lives depend on how well they play the game

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The Secret Ingredient - Stewart Lewis
ISBN: 9780385743310
Publication Date: 2013-06-11
After a chance meeting with a psychic, Olivia, a teen cook living in Los Angeles with her two dads and misfit brother, finds a vintage cookbook with handwritten notes inside and pieces together a story that turns a normal summer into a search for her birth mother.

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The Summer Prince - Alaya Dawn Johnson
ISBN: 9780545417792
Publication Date: 2013-03-01
In a Brazil of the distant future, June Costa falls in love with Enki, a fellow artist and rebel against the strict limits of the legendary pyramid city of Palmares Três' matriarchal government, knowing that, like all Summer Kings before him, Enki is destined to die.

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The Waiting Tree - Lindsay Moynihan
ISBN: 9781477816349
Publication Date: 2013-05-14
Eighteen-year-old Simon Peters wants to stand up for the truth about who he is. His love for Stephen is unwavering, but does he have the courage to defend it when his entire church community, including his eldest brother Paul, have ostracized him? Will Stephen's feelings change now that he's been banished to the Waverly Christian Center to learn how to be "normal" again

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Two Boys Kissing* - David Levithan
ISBN: 9780307931900
Publication Date: 2013-08-27
A chorus of men who died of AIDS observes and yearns to help a cross-section of today's gay teens who navigate new love, long-term relationships, coming out, self-acceptance, and more in a society that has changed in many ways.

* Winner Lambda Literary Young Adult

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Tyler Buckspan - Jere M. Fishback
ISBN: 9781610405188
Publication Date: 2013-08-14
Fifteen-year-old Tyler Buckspan lives with his mom and grandmother in 1960s Cassadaga, a Florida community where spiritual "mediums" ply their trade. The mediums--Tyler's grandmother among them--read palms and tarot cards, conduct seances and speak with the dead. Tyler's a loner, a bookish boy with few interests, until his half-brother Devin, nineteen and a convicted arsonist, comes to live in Tyler's home. For years, Tyler has ignored his attraction to other boys. But with Devin in the house, Tyler can't deny his urges any longer.

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When We Were Good - Suzanne Sutherland
ISBN: 1927513111
Publication Date: 2013-02-01
The year 2000 isn't starting out too well for Toronto high school senior Katherine Boatman. Not only has her oldest friend ditched her for yet another boyfriend, her beloved grandmother died on New Year's Eve leaving a void of goodness in her life that Katherine's not sure how to fill. While overwhelmed with sadness and self-doubt, Katherine unexpectedly finds new love, both for Toronto's underground music scene and for her would-be saviour: a straight edge, loud mouth misfit named Marie.

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Winger - Andrew Smith; Sam Bosma (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781442444928
Publication Date: 2013-05-14
Two years younger than his classmates at a prestigious boarding school, fourteen-year-old Ryan Dean West grapples with living in the dorm for troublemakers, falling for his female best friend who thinks of him as just a kid, and playing wing on the Varsity rugby team with some of his frightening new dorm-mates.


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