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2020 Rainbow Book List
Missing, Presumed Dead by
Publication Date: 2019-05-21
Jane's ghost is haunting Lexi, who has the ability to foretell by touch when and how a person will die, in order to seek revenge on her killer.
Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens by
Publication Date: 2019-05-07
Perpetually awkward Nima Kumara-Clark is bored with her insular community of Bridgeton, in love with her straight girlfriend, and trying to move past her mother's unexpected departure. After a bewildering encounter at a local festival, Nima finds herself suddenly immersed in the drag scene on the other side of town. Macho drag kings, magical queens, new love interests, and surprising allies propel Nima both painfully and hilariously closer to a self she never knew she could be--one that can confidently express and accept love. But she'll have to learn to accept lost love to get there.
Summer Bird Blue by
Publication Date: 2018-09-11
Rumi Seto plans to spend her life writing music with her younger sister, Lea. When Lea dies in a car accident, her mother sends Rumi to live with her aunt in Hawaii while she deals with her own grief. Struggling with the loss of her sister, abandoned by her mother, and without music in her life, Rumi turns to the friendship of a teenage surfer named Kai, and an eighty-year-old named George Watanabe. And Rumi is determined to write the song she and Lea never had the chance to finish.
Last Bus to Everland by
Publication Date: 2019-06-18
Brody Fair feels like nobody gets him: not his overworked parents, not his genius older brother, and definitely not the girls in the projects set on making his life miserable. Then he meets Nico, an art student who takes Brody to Everland, a "knock-off Narnia" that opens its door at 11:21pm each Thursday for Nico and his band of present-day misfits and miscreants. Here Brody finds his tribe and a weekly respite from a world where he feels out of place. But when the doors to Everland begin to disappear, Brody is forced to make a decision: He can say goodbye to Everland and to Nico, or stay there and risk never seeing his family again.
The Brilliant Death by
Publication Date: 2018-10-30
Everyone in Vinalia knows that magic isn't real... but Teodora has the power to turn her family's enemies into music boxes and other decorative objects. When the Capo, the land's new ruler, sends poisoned letters to the heads of the Five Families that have long controlled Vinalia, Teo must travel to the capital as a DiSangro son-- not disguised as a boy, but transformed into one-- to save her father's life. She meets Cielo, a strega who can switch back and forth between male and female effortlessly. Journeying to the capital, Teo struggles to master her powers-- and to keep her growing feelings for Cielo locked in her heart.
The Lost Coast by
Publication Date: 2019-05-14
Danny didn't know what she was looking for when she and her mother spread out a map of the United States and Danny put her finger down on Tempest, California. What she finds are the Grays: a group of friends who throw around terms like queer and witch like they're ordinary and everyday, though they feel like an earthquake to Danny. But Danny didn't just find the Grays. They cast a spell that calls her halfway across the country, because she has something they need: she can bring back Imogen, the most powerful of the Grays, missing since the summer night she wandered into the woods alone. But before Danny can find Imogen, she finds a dead boy with a redwood branch through his heart. Something is very wrong amid the trees and fog of the Lost Coast, and whatever it is, it can kill.
The Red Scrolls of Magic by
Publication Date: 2019-04-09
High Warlock Magnus Bane learns that a demon-worshipping cult, the Crimson Hand, is wreaking havoc across Europe, threatening more than just his romantic getaway with new boyfriend, Alec Lightwood.
The Last True Poets of the Sea by
Publication Date: 2019-10-01
Inspired loosely by Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, teenaged Violet is shipped off to Maine after her brother's hospitalization, where she searches for the lost shipwreck that her great-great grandmother survived and for answers about her family's long struggle with mental illness, all while falling in love.
Publication Date: 2019-09-10
There are no monsters anymore. In the city of Lucille, Jam and her best friend, Redemption, have grown up with this lesson all their life. Then Jam meets Pet, a creature made of horns and colors and claws, who emerges from one of her mother's paintings and a drop of Jam's blood. Pet has come to hunt a monster-- and the shadow of something grim lurks in Redemption's house. How do you save the world from monsters if no one will admit they exist?
Gideon the Ninth by
Publication Date: 2019-09-10
Brought up by unfriendly, ossifying nuns, ancient retainers, and countless skeletons, Gideon is ready to abandon a life of servitude and an afterlife as a reanimated corpse. She packs up her sword, her shoes, and her dirty magazines, and prepares to launch her daring escape. But her childhood nemesis won't set her free without a service.
The New Queer Conscience by
Publication Date: 2020-06-02
We're not alone. In fact, we never were. Because if you mess with one queer, you mess with us all. Voices 4 founder and LGBTQIAA+ activist Adam Eli offers a candid and compassionate introduction to queer responsibility. In this humorous and hopeful piece, he calls on his Jewish faith to underline how kindness and support within the queer community can lead to a stranger global conscience.
Beyond the Gender Binary by
Publication Date: 2020-06-02
Gender is a story, not just a word. Alok Vaid-Menon dares the world to see gender not in black and white, but in full color. Taking from their own experiences as a gender non-conforming artist, they show us that gender is a malleable and creative form of expression. The only limit is your imagination.
Everything You Need to Know about Nonbinary Gender Identities by
Publication Date: 2019-07-15
In a society where most people refer to themselves as male or female, teens who identify as nonbinary can struggle to feel accepted. This essential volume explains what it means to identify as nonbinary and discusses the challenges that come with having a gender identity that is not well understood. Readers will learn the difference between gender and birth sex, and discover the many variations of gender identity that fall under the umbrella of nonbinary. This volume also discusses coming out as nonbinary, gender dysphoria and transition, and resources available for teens dealing with issues surrounding gender identity.
A Quick and Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns by
Publication Date: 2018-06-12
Archie, a snarky genderqueer artist, is tired of people not understanding gender-neutral pronouns. Tristan, a cisgender dude, is looking for an easy way to introduce gender-neutral pronouns to his increasingly diverse workplace. The longtime best friends team up in this short and fun comic guide that explains what pronouns are, why they matter, and how to use them. They also include what to do if you make a mistake, and some tips-and-tricks for those who identify outside of the binary to keep themselves safe in this binary-centric world.
The ABC's of LGBT+ by
Publication Date: 2016-11-08
Shares in-depth definitions of LGBT+ terms, and offers personal anecdotes from LGBT+ people.
It Gets Better by
Call Number: YA 306.766 IT
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.
The Full Spectrum by
Call Number: YA 306.766 FUL
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
This Book Is Gay by
Publication Date: 2015-06-16
Lesbian. Bisexual. Queer. Transgender. Striaght. Curious. This book is for everyone, regardless of gender or sexual preference. This book is for anyone who's ever dared to wonder.
A Queer History of the United States for Young People by
Publication Date: 2019-06-11
Bronski and Chevat look at how American culture has shaped the LGBT, or queer, experience, while simultaneously arguing that LGBT people not only shaped but were pivotal in creating our country. This book, adapted for younger readers, is not so much about queer history as it is about all American history-- and why it should matter to both LGBT people and heterosexuals alike.
Finding Community by
Publication Date: 2016-01-01
Explores the history of the LGBT community in America from its roots in the free-thinking seaport cities of the 1800s, through the social revolution of World War II, the early activists of the 1950s, the Pride movements of the 1970s, the AIDS crisis, and today's move toward integration with mainstream communities.
The Gender Quest Workbook for Teens by
Publication Date: 2015-12-01
This one-of-a-kind, comprehensive workbook will help you navigate your gender identity and expression at home, in school, and with peers.
Queer, There, and Everywhere by
Publication Date: 2017-05-23
World history has been made by countless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals -- and you've never heard of many of them. Queer author and activist Sarah Prager delves deep into the lives of 23 people who fought, created, and loved on their own terms. From high-profile figures like Abraham Lincoln and Eleanor Roosevelt to the trailblazing gender-ambiguous Queen of Sweden and a bisexual blues singer who didn't make it into your history books, these true stories uncover a rich queer heritage that encompasses every culture, in every era.
My two moms : lessons of love, strength, and what makes a family by
Call Number: 306.874 WAHLS ZAC
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.
2015 & 2016 Rainbow List Fiction
Call Number: YA FIC WESTE SCO
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.
Cut Both Ways by
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.
Everything Leads to You by
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.
Fans of the Impossible Life by
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.
Far from You by
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.
Grasshopper Jungle by
Call Number: YA FIC SMITH AND
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
I'll Give You the Sun by
Call Number: YA FIC NELSO JAN
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
One Man Guy by
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.
Screaming Divas by
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.
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by
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.
Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by
Call Number: YA FIC FARIZ SAR
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.
Wonders of the Invisible World by
Call Number: YA FIC BARZ
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.
The Book of David by
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.
The Darkest Part of the Forest by
Call Number: YA FIC BLACK HOL
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.
Lair of Dreams by
Call Number: YA FIC BRAY LIB
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?
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.
Alex As Well by
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.
The Bane Chronicles by
Call Number: YA FIC CLARE CAS
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.
Willful Machines by
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.
None of the Above by
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
Beyond Magenta by
Call Number: YA 306.768 KUKLI SUS
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.
Breakthrough - How One Teen Innovator Is Changing the World by
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.
Not Your Mother's Meatloaf by
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.
Rethinking Normal by
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.
Some Assembly Required by
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.
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.
Great Reads 2017-2020
Can't Take That Away by
Publication Date: 2021-03-09
When Carey Parker, a genderqueer teen who dreams of being a diva like their hero Mariah Carey, is cast as the female lead in the school musical, they must fight against discrimination and injustice from their closed-minded school administration.
10 Things I Can See from Here by
Publication Date: 2017-02-28
Maeve, a sufferer of severe anxiety, moves in with her recovering alcoholic father and her very pregnant stepmother and falls for a girl who is not afraid of anything.
All Out: the No-Longer-Secret Stories of Kick-Ass Queer Teens by
Publication Date: 2018-02-27
From a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood set in war-torn 1870s Mexico featuring a transgender soldier, to an asexual girl discovering her identity amid the 1970s roller-disco scene, this collection of short stories crosses cultures and time periods to shed light on a world where queer figures live, love and shape the world round them.
Be Gay, Do Comics by
Publication Date: 2020-09-01
The dream of a queer separatist town. The life of a gay, Jewish Nazi-fighter. A gender reveal party that tears reality apart. These are just some of the comics you'll find in this massive queer comics anthology from The Nib. [This book] is filled with dozens of comics about LGBTQIA + experiences, ranging from personal stories to queer history to cutting satire about pronoun panic and brands desperate to co-opt pride.
The Black Flamingo by
Publication Date: 2020-05-26
Michael is a mixed-race gay teen growing up in London. All his life, he's navigated what it means to be Greek-Cypriot and Jamaican--but never quite feeling Greek or Black enough. As he gets older, Michael's coming out is only the start of learning who he is and where he fits in. When he discovers the Drag Society, he finally finds where he belongs--and the Black Flamingo is born. Told with raw honesty, insight, and lyricism, this debut explores the layers of identity that make us who we are--and allow us to shine.
Publication Date: 2020-05-26
At Camp Outland, a camp for LGBTQIA teens, sixteen-year-old Randall "Del" Kapplehoff's plan to have Hudson Aaronson-Lim fall in love with him succeeds, but both are hiding their true selves.
Carry On by
Publication Date: 2015-10-06
Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who's ever been chosen.That's what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he's probably right.Half the time, Simon can't even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor's avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there's a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon's face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here -- it's their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon's infuriating nemesis didn't even bother to show up.
Cemetery Boys by
Publication Date: 2020-09-01
Yadriel, a trans boy, summons the angry spirit of his high school's bad boy, and agrees to help him learn how he died, thereby proving himself a brujo, not a bruja, to his conservative family.
Felix Ever After by
Publication Date: 2020-05-05
Felix Love, a transgender seventeen-year-old, attempts to get revenge by catfishing his anonymous bully, but lands in a quasi-love triangle with his former enemy and his best friend.
Gender Queer: a Memoir by
Publication Date: 2019-05-28
In 2014, Maia Kobabe, who uses e/em/eir pronouns, thought that a comic of reading statistics would be the last autobiographical comic e would ever write. At the time, it was the only thing e felt comfortable with strangers knowing about em. Now, Gender Queer is here. Maia's intensely cathartic autobiography charts eir journey of self-identity, which includes the mortification and confusion of adolescent crushes, grappling with how to come out to family and society, bonding with friends over erotic gay fanfiction, and facing the trauma and fundamental violation of pap smears. Started as a way to explain to eir family what it means to be nonbinary and asexual, Gender Queer is more than a personal story: it is a useful and touching guide on gender identity--what it means and how to think about it--for advocates, friends, and humans everywhere.
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by
Publication Date: 2017-06-27
Henry "Monty" Montague was bred to be a gentleman. His passions for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men, have earned the disapproval of his father. His quest for pleasures and vices have led to one last hedonistic hurrah as Monty, his best friend and crush Percy, and Monty's sister Felicity begin a Grand Tour of Europe. When a reckless decision turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt, it calls into question everything Monty knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.
Her Royal Highness by
Publication Date: 2019-05-07
When her sort-of-best friend/sort-of-girlfriend has been kissing someone else, Millie Quint decides to apply for scholarships to boarding schools... the farther from Houston the better. She's accepted into an exclusive schools located in the rolling highlands of Scotland. The only problem: her new roommate Flora is a total princess. Like, an actual princess. Of Scotland. At first, the girls can barely stand each other, but soon Millie another sort-of-best-friend/sort-of-girlfriend. The chances of happily ever afters are slim. Real life isn't a fairy tale... or is it?
How Not to Ask a Boy to Prom by
Publication Date: 2019-04-23
Nolan Grant is sixteen, gay, and very, very single. He's never had a boyfriend, or even been kissed. It's not like Penn Valley is exactly brimming with prospects. Nolan plans to ride out the rest of his junior year drawing narwhals, working at the greenhouse, and avoiding anything that involves an ounce of school spirit. Unfortunately for him, his adoptive big sister has other ideas. Ideas that involve too-tight pants, a baggie full of purple glitter, and worst of all: a Junior-Senior prom ticket.
I Wish You All the Best by
Publication Date: 2019-05-14
When Ben De Backer comes out to their parents as nonbinary, they're thrown out of their house and forced to move in with their estranged older sister, Hannah, and her husband, Thomas, whom Ben has never even met. Struggling with an anxiety disorder compounded by their parents' rejection, they come out only to Hannah, Thomas, and their therapist and try to keep a low profile for the last half of senior year in a new school. Then fellow student Nathan Allan decides to take Ben under his wing. As Ben and Nathan's friendship grows, their feelings for each other begin to change. It might just be a chance to start a happier new life.
Let's Talk about Love by
Publication Date: 2018-01-23
Alice's last girlfriend, Margo, ended things when Alice confessed she's asexual. Now Alice is sure she's done with dating... and then she meets Takumi. She can't stop thinking about him or the rom-com-grade romance feelings she did not ask for. When her blissful summer takes an unexpected turn and Takumi becomes her knight with a shiny library-employee badge, Alice has to decide if she's willing to risk their friendship for a love that might not be reciprocated-- or understood.
Mask of Shadows by
Publication Date: 2017-08-29
Gender fluid Sallot Lean is a thief who wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class, and the nobles who destroyed their home. Sal auditions to become a member of The Left Hand, the Queen's personal assassins, named after the rings she wears, in order to infiltrate the court and get revenge. But the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. And as Sal succeeds in the competition, and wins the heart of Elise, an intriguing scribe at court, they start to dream of a new life and a different future, but one that Sal can have only if they survive.
Not Your Sidekick by
Publication Date: 2016-09-01
Welcome to Andover ... where superpowers are common, but internships are complicated. Just ask high school nobody, Jessica Tran. Despite her heroic lineage, Jess is resigned to a life without superpowers and is merely looking to beef-up her college applications when she stumbles upon the perfect (paid!) internship--only it turns out to be for the town's most heinous supervillain.
Out Now by
Publication Date: 2020-05-26
A follow-up to the critically acclaimed All Out anthology, Out Now features seventeen new short stories from amazing queer YA authors. Vampires crash prom ... aliens run from the government ... a president's daughter comes into her own ... a true romantic tries to soften the heart of a cynical social media influencer ... a selkie and the sea call out to a lost soul. Teapots and barbershops ... skateboards and VW vans ... Street Fighter and Ares's sword: Out Now has a story for every reader and surprises with each turn of the page! This essential and beautifully written modern-day collection features an intersectional and inclusive slate of authors and stories.
Out of Salem by
Publication Date: 2019-03-26
Genderqueer fourteen-year-old Z Chilworth has to adjust quickly to their new status as a zombie after waking from death from a car crash that killed their parents and sisters. Always a talented witch, Z now can barely perform magic and is rapidly decaying. Faced with rejection from their remaining family members and old friends, Z moves in with Mrs. Dunnigan, an elderly witch and befriends Aysel, a loud would-be-goth classmate who is, like Z, a loner. As Z struggles to find a way to repair the broken magical seal holding their body together, Aysel fears that her classmates will discover her status as an unregistered werewolf. When a local psychiatrist is murdered by what seems to be werewolves, the town of Salem, Oregon, becomes even more hostile to "monsters," and Z and Aysel are driven together in an attempt to survive a place where most people wish that neither of them existed.
The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried by
Publication Date: 2019-02-19
Dino doesn't mind spending time with the dead. His parents own a funeral home, and death is literally the family business. He's just not used to them talking back. Until Dino's ex-best friend July dies suddenly--and then comes back to life. Except not exactly. Somehow July is not quite alive, and not quite dead. As Dino and July attempt to figure out what's happening, they must also confront why and how their friendship ended so badly, and what they have left to understand about themselves, each other, and all those grand mysteries of life.
Somebody Told Me by
Publication Date: 2020-04-07
After an assault at an anime convention, bigender seventeen-year-old Aleks/Alexis moves in with their uncle, a Catholic priest, and decides to help strangers anonymously after overhearing parishioners' confessions.
Sometime after Midnight by
Publication Date: 2018-08-07
A teenage music prodigy becomes an internet sensation after he crosses paths with a handsome socialite who just might be his Prince Charming, but past demons threaten to get in the way of any happily ever afters.
Technically, You Started It by
Publication Date: 2019-06-25
When a guy named Martin Nathaniel Munroe II texts you, it should be obvious who you're talking to. Except there's two of them (it's a long story), and Haley thinks she's talking to the one she doesn't hate. A question about a class project rapidly evolves into an all-consuming conversation. Haley finds that Martin is actually willing to listen to her weird facts and unusual obsessions, and Martin feels like Haley is the first person to really see who he is. Haley and Martin might be too awkward to hang out in real life, but over text, they're becoming addicted to each other. There's just one problem: Haley doesn't know who Martin is. And Martin doesn't know that Haley doesn't know. But they better figure it out fast before their meet-cute becomes an epic meet-disaster...
Under Shifting Stars by
Publication Date: 2020-09-29
Audrey and Clare may be twins, but as they grew older they grew apart. When their brother Adam died, Clare blamed Audrey for the accident. Now Audrey is attending an alternative school, but is determined to switch to the public school with Clare, rebuilt their friendship, and atone for Adam's death. Clare is still dealing with Adam's death, and with her own gender fluidity and an attraction for a nonbinary classmate, Taylor. Have Audrey and Clare grown too different to understand each other?
2014 Rainbow List, Stonewall Awards & Lambda Literary Awards
Am I Blue? by
Call Number: YA FIC Am
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.
Boy Meets Boy by
Call Number: YA FIC LEVI
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.
Call Number: J GRAPHIC TELGE
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.
Fat Angie* by
Call Number: YA FIC CHARL EE
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
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.
Giraffe People by
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.
Gracefully Grayson by
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?
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?
If I Lie by
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.
If You Could Be Mine* by
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
Love in the Time of Global Warming by
Call Number: YA FIC BLOC
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.
More Than This by
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.
Openly Straight by
Call Number: YA FIC KONIG BIL
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.
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.
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.
Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy by
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.
Rapture Practice: A True Story by
Call Number: YA BIOG Hartzler, Aaron
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.
Tag Along by
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."
The Culling by
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
The Secret Ingredient by
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.
The Summer Prince by
Call Number: YA FIC JOHNS ALA
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.
The Waiting Tree by
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
Two Boys Kissing* by
Call Number: YA FIC LEVIT DAV
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
Tyler Buckspan by
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.
When We Were Good by
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.
Call Number: YA FIC SMITH AND
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.