Non-Fiction

 

Alsenas, Linas
Gay America: Struggle for Equality|
JUV 306.76.A4612g
Milestones of gay and lesbian life in the United States are brought together in the first-ever nonfiction book published specifically for teens. 2008.

 

Belge, Kathy
QUEER: The Ultimate LGBT Guide for Teens
JUV 306.76.B411q YA
A guide that helps LGBT teens come out to friends and family, navigate their new LGBT social life, figure out if a crush is also queer, and rise up against bigotry and homophobia.  2011.

Endersbe, Julie K.
Homosexuality: What Does it Mean?
JUV 306.766.E565h YA
Provides an overview of sexuality and sexual orientation and discusses the issues and concerns of teenage homosexuals, including coming out, support systems, risks, fears, prejudices, and healthy sexual behavior. 2000.

Huegel, Kelly
GLBTQ: The Survival Guide for Queer & Qestioning Teens
JUV 306.766.H871gYA
Describes the challenges faced by gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered teens; offers practical advice and real-life experiences; and provides information on resources and support groups. 2003.

 

Kuklin, Susan
Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out
JUV 306.768.K958b YA
"Author and photographer Susan Kuklin met and interviewed six transgender or gender-neutral young adults and used her considerable skills to represent them thoughtfully and respectfully before, during, and after their personal acknowledgment of gender preference. Portraits, family photographs, and candid images grace the pages, augmenting the emotional and physical journey each youth has taken. Each honest discussion and disclosure, whether joyful or heartbreaking, is completely different from the other because of family dynamics, living situations, gender, and the transition these teens make in recognition of their true selves."--Amazon.com.  2014

Ojeda, Auriana, book editor
Homosexuality: Opposing Viewpoints
JUV 306.766.H7544h YA
Presents varying opinions about the state of homosexuality in the United States, an examines the rights of gays, moral issues, and gender identity. 2004.

Moon, Sarah
The Letter Q
JUV 306.766.L5697.l YA
Collects letters from such famous contributors as Brian Selznick, Michael Cunningham, and Amy Bloom to offer hope and support in the face of prejudice.  2013

Marcus, Eric

What if Someone I Know is Gay?

JUV 306.766.M3344wYA

Offers no-nonsense answers to a full range of questions children might ask about gay people, whether those questions concern a friend, a beloved aunt or uncle, or themselves. 2007.

 

Merey, Llike
a+e 4ever
JUV 741.5.m541a YA
"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"--Provided by publisher.  2011.

 

Telgemeier, Raina
Drama
JUV 741.5973.T2374.d YA
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.  2012.

Hubert,
Adrian and the Tree of Secrets
JUV 741.5944H8612.a YA
Adrian isn't very happy. He lives in a small town, goes to a Catholic high school, wears glasses, and wishes he were more muscular. He's dogged by a strict mother and bullied by the kids at school. But he's also friends with a cool kid who takes him on scooter rides and whisks him up to a secret treehouse where they steal kisses. Adrian finds himself falling in love until his friend's girlfriend rats them out and sends both boys into a tailspin of embarrassment and concern.  2014.

Bauer, Marion Dane, editor
Am I Blue?  
JUV 813.08.A478a YA
A collection of short stories about homosexuality by such authors as Bruce Coville, M.E. Kerr, William Sleator, and Jane Yolen. 1994.
 

Fiction

 

Adams, S.J.
Sparks: The Epic, Completely True Blue, (Almost) Holy Quest of Debbie
JUV A2079.s YA
A sixteen-year-old lesbian tries to get over a crush on her religious best friend by embarking on a "holy quest" with a couple of misfits who have invented a wacky, made-up faith called the Church of Blue.  2011.

Beam, Chris
I Am J
JUV B3663.i YA
J, who feels like a boy mistakenly born as a girl, runs away from his best friend who has rejected him and the parents he thinks do not understand him when he finally decides that it is time to be who he really is.  2011.

Benduhn, Tea
Gravel Queen
JUV B4297.g YA
All Aurin wants to do the summer before her senior year in high school is hang out with her friends Kenney and Fred, but when she falls in love with Neila, everything changes. 2003.

Burd, Nick
The Vast Fields of Ordinary
JUV B88526.b YA
The summer after graduating from an Iowa high school, eighteen-year-old Dade Hamilton watches his parents' marriage disintegrate, ends his long-term, secret relationship, comes out of the closet, and savors first love. 2009.

Charlton-Trujillo, E.E.
Fat Angie
JUV C377.fa YA
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?  2013.

Cronn-Mills, Kristin
Beautiful Music for Ugly Children
JUV C8758.b YA
"Gabe has always identified as a boy, but he was born with a girl's body. With his new public access radio show gaining in popularity, Gabe struggles with romance, friendships, and parents--all while trying to come out as transgendered. An audition for a station in Minneapolis looks like his ticket to a better life in the big city. But his entire future is threatened when several violent guys find out Gabe, the popular DJ, is also Elizabeth from school"-- Provided by publisher.  2012.

Farrey, Brian
With Or Without You
JUV F2499.w YA
When eighteen-year-old best friends Evan and Davis of Madison, Wisconsin, join a community center group called "chasers" to gain acceptance and knowledge of gay history, there may be fatal consequences. 2011.

Weyr, Garret
My Heartbeat
JUV F8874.m YA
As she tries to understand the closeness between her older brother and his best friend, fourteen-year-old Ellen finds her relationship with each of them changing. 2002.

Garden, Nancy
The Year They Burned the Books
JUV ME COLL G1648.y YA
While trying to come to terms with her own lesbian feelings, Jamie, a high-school senior and editor of the school newspaper, finds herself in the middle of a battle with a group of townspeople over the new health education curriculum. 1999.

Girard, M-E
Girl Man's Up
JUV G4368.g YA
"In Ontario, Pen is a sixteen-year-old girl who looks like a boy. She's fine with it, but everyone else is uncomfortable--especially her Portuguese immigrant parents and her manipulative neighbor who doesn't want her to find a group of real friends"-- Provided by publisher.  2016.

Greene, Bette
The Drowning of Stephan Jones
JUV G8291.d YA
As her mother battles a citizen's group that wants to ban all "anti-Christian" literature from the public library, Carla faces her own battle of torn loyalties when her boyfriend starts persecuting the homosexual owners of an antiques shop. 1991.

Green, John
Will Grayson, Will Grayson
JUV G82.w YA
When two teens, one gay and one straight, meet accidentally and discover that they share the same name, their lives become intertwined as one begins dating the other's best friend, who produces a play revealing his relationship with them both.  2010.

Hartinger, Brent
Geography Club
JUV H2522.g YA
A group of gay and lesbian teenagers find mutual support when they form the "Geography Club" at their high School. 2003.

Hurwin, Davida Wills
Freaks and Revelations
JUV H9493.f YA
"You can come back when you're done being gay." Jason is a 13-year-old who comes out to his religious and conservative mother, only to be cast out of their home. Homeless, he learns how to survive, eventually turning to hustling as a way to live. Doug is a 17-year-old with an abusive father and a chip on his shoulder. Energized and empowered by violence, he gets mixed up with a group of Neo-Nazis. The lives of these two flawed teens spiral towards each other, and one fateful night their paths cross at a fast-food restaurant in Los Angeles, and a horrendous hate crime is committed. Freaks and Revelations is a raw and gripping novel based on the haunting true story of Timothy Zaal and Matthew Boger. Told in alternating perspectives by Jason (Matthew Boger) and Doug (Timothy Zaal), author Davida Wills Hurwin creates a fictional narrative that traces the tragic - but ultimately inspirational - journeys of two very polarized teens.  2012.

Katcher, Brian
Almost Perfect
JUV K1542.a YA
With his mother working long hours and in pain from a romantic break-up, eighteen-year-old Logan feels alone and unloved until a zany new student arrives at his small-town Missouri high school, keeping a big secret.  2009.

Klise, James
Love Drugged
JUV K7138.l YA
Fifteen-year-old Jamie is dismayed by his attraction to boys, and when a beautiful girl shows an interest in him, he is all the more intrigued by her father's work developing a drug called Rehomoline.  2010.

Larochelle, David
Absolutely, Positively Not...
JUV L3249.a YA
Chronicles a teenage boy's humorous attempts to fit in at his Minnesota high school by becoming a macho, girl-loving, "Playboy" pinup-displaying heterosexual. A coming out story. 2005.

Levithan, David
Boy Meets Boy  
JUV L577296.b YA
When Paul falls hard for Noah, he thinks he has found his one true love, but when things take a turn for the worse and Noah walks out of his life, Paul has to find a way to get him back and make everything right once more, in a tale about the up, downs, and dramas of teen relationships. 2003.

Levithan, David
Hold Me Closer
JUV L577296.ho YA
"Larger-than-life Tiny Cooper finally gets to tell his story, from his fabulous birth and childhood to his quest for true love and his infamous parade of ex-boyfriends, in the form of a musical he wrote"-- Provided by publisher.  2015.

Levithan, David
Two Boys Kissing
JUV L577296.t YA
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.  2013.

Moskowitz, Hannah
Gone, Gone, Gone
JUV M85.g YA
Struggling with the aftermath of the September 11 attacks and sniper shootings throughout the Washington, D.C. area, Craig and Lio consider a romantic relationship that is complicated by Craig's ex-boyfriend, Lio's broken family, and the death of Lio's brother.  2012.

Myracle, Lauren
Kissing Kate
JUV M997.k YA
Sixteen-year-old Lissa's relationship with her best friend changes after they kiss at a party and Lissa does not know what to do, until she gets help from an unexpected new friend. 2003.

Nelson, Jandy
I'll Give You The Sun
JUV N3342.i YA
"Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways ... until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else -- an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah's story to tell. The later years are Jude's. What the twins don't realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they'd have a chance to remake their world"--Provided by publisher. 2014.

Newman, Leslea
October Mourning:  A Song for Matthew Shepard
JUV N464.o YA
Relates, from various points of view, events from the night of October 6, 1998, when twenty-one-year-old Matthew Shepard, a gay college student, was lured out of a Wyoming bar, savagely beaten, tied to a fence, and left to die.  2012.

Peck, Dale
Sprout
JUV P3242.s YA
Moving from Long Island to Kansas after his mother dies, a teenager nicknamed Sprout deals with his father's drinking, his own sexuality, and a teacher who is determined to turn him into a winning essay writer.  2009.

Peters, Julie Anne
Far From Xanadu
JUV P42923.fYA
In a small Kansas town, sixteen-year-old Mary-Elizabeth "Mike" Szabo tries to come to terms with her father's suicide and her own homosexuality. 2005.

 

Peters, Julie Anne
Luna
JUV P42923.l YA
With the help of his sister, Liam secretly transforms himself into a girl when evening falls, but although he wants to present his female persona to the world, he fears the reaction of the rest of his family.  2004.

Plum-Ucci, Carol
What Happened to Lani Garver
JUV P72468.w YA
Sixteen-year-old Claire is unable to face her fears about a recurrence of her leukemia, her eating disorder, her need to fit in with the popular crowd on Hackett Island, and her mother's alcoholism until the enigmatic Lani Garver helps her get control of her life at the risk of his own. 2002.

Ryan, Sara
Empress of the World
JUV R9376.e YA (MaineCat)
While attending a summer institute, fifteen-year-old Nic meets another girl named Battle, falls in love with her, and finds the relationship to be difficult and confusing. 2001.

Saenz, Benjamin Alire
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
JUV S13.a YA
Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.  2012.

Sanchez, Alex
Rainbow Boys  
JUV S21.r YA
Three high school seniors, a jock with a girlfriend and an alcoholic father, a closeted gay, and a flamboyant gay rights advocate, struggle with family issues, gay bashers, first sex, and conflicting feelings about each other.  2001.

Vilmure, Daniel
Toby's Lie
JUV V74.tYA
The protagonist is Toby Sligh, a senior at a Jesuit high school in Tampa who wants only to dance with his boyfriend at the prom. He is sidetracked by having to look after a priest dying from aids. 1995.

Wersba, Barbara
Whistle Me Home
JUV W49557.w YA
Seventeen-year-old Noli feels as if she has found her soul mate when handsome, sensitive TJ moves to Sag Harbor, but even as their feelings deepen, individual secrets threaten their relationship. 1997.

Wilkison, Lili
Pink
JUV 6575.p
Sixteen-year-old Ava does not know who she is or where she belongs, but when she tries out a new personality--and sexual orientation--at a different school, her edgy girlfriend, potential boyfriend, and others are hurt by her lack of honesty.  2011.

Wittlinger, Ellen
Hard Love
JUV W78462.h YA
After starting to publish a zine in which he writes his secret feelings about his lonely life and his parents' divorce, sixteen-year-old John meets an unusual girl and begins to develop a healthier personality. 1999.

Wittlinger, Ellen
Parrotfish
JUV W78462.p YA
Grady, a transgendered high school student, yearns for acceptance by his classmates and family as he struggles to adjust to his new identity as a male.  2007.

Wright, Bil
Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy
JUV W9264.p YA
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.  2011.

Wright, Bil
Sunday You Learn How to Box
W9264.s YA
Tells the story of Louis Bowman, a fourteen-year-old African American, coming to terms with his family and his homosexuality in the projects. 2000.

Yee, Paul
Money Boy
JUV Y35.m YA
Young immigrant Ray Liu is struggling to adjust to North American life. When his father discovers Ray has been cruising gay websites, the teen is kicked out of the family home. He heads to downtown Toronto, where the harsh reality of street life hits him.  2012.