GLBTQ

We have an extensive collection of teen novels, poetry anthologies, and nonfiction books with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender characters and themes. Here are just a few:

TWO BOYS KISSING by David Levithan

New York Times’ bestselling author David Levithan tells the based-on-true-events story of Harry and Craig, two 17-year-olds who are about to take part in a 32-hour marathon of kissing to set a new Guinness World Record–all of which is narrated by a Greek Chorus of the generation of gay men lost to AIDS.

 

 

 

ANNIE ON MY MIND by Nancy Garden

This groundbreaking book, first published in 1982, is the story of two teenage girls whose friendship blossoms into love and who, despite pressures from family and school that threaten their relationship, promise to be true to each other and their feelings.

 

 

 

 ALMOST PERFECT by Brian Katcher

Logan Witherspoon recently discovered that his girlfriend of three years cheated on him. But things start to look up when a new student breezes through the halls of his small-town high school. Sage Hendricks befriends Logan at a time when he no longer trusts or believes in people. Sage has been homeschooled for a number of years and her parents have forbidden her to date anyone, but she won’t tell Logan why.

 

 

 

 

ASH by Malinda Lo

Entrancing and romantic, “Ash” is an empowering retelling of Cinderella about the connection between life and love, and solitude and death, where transformation can come from even the deepest grief. An ALA Best Book for Young Adults and “Kirkus Reviews” Best YA Book of 2009.

 

 

 

BOYFRIENDS WITH GIRLFRIENDS by Alex Sanchez

Lance has always known he was gay, but he’s never had a real boyfriend. Sergio is bisexual, but his only real relationship was with a girl. When the two of them meet, they have an instant connection–but will it be enough to overcome their differences?

 

 

 

OCTOBER MOURNING by Leslea Newman

On the night of October 6, 1998, a gay twenty-one-year-old college student named Matthew Shepard was lured from a Wyoming bar by two young men, savagely beaten, tied to a remote fence, and left to die. Gay Awareness Week was beginning at the University of Wyoming, and the keynote speaker was Leslea Newman, discussing her book “Heather Has Two Mommies.” “October Mourning” a novel in verse, is her deeply felt response to the events of that tragic day.

 

 

 

IT GETS BETTER  edited by Dan Savage and Terry Miller

“It Gets Better” is a collection of original essays and testimonials written to LGBT teens from a variety of people, including celebrities, politicians, parents, and other ordinary people, emphasizing the possibilities of a positive future for them.

 

 

 

THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST by Emily M. Danforth

When Cam’s conservative aunt discovers her niece is a lesbian, she sends Cam to God’s Promise, a church camp that promises to “cure” young people of their homosexuality.  Cam’s engaging voice tells her story with wry humor, intelligence, and a strong sense of place in eastern Montana.

 

 

 

PERSONAL EFFECTS by E.M. Kokie

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.

 

 

 

 

ASK THE PASSENGERS by A.S. King

There’s only one thing Astrid Jones can do when a growing attraction to her co-worker Dee becomes too big and too confusing: send her love to airplane passengers flying overhead while she tries to figure out who she is down here on the ground.

 

 

 

 

ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE by Benjamin Alire Saenz

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.

 

 

 

 

BOY MEETS BOY by David Levithan

When Paul meets Noah, he thinks he’s found the one his heart is made for. Until he blows it. The school bookie says the odds are 12-to-1 against him getting Noah back, but Paul’s not giving up without playing his love really loud.

 

 

 

 

PINK by Lili Wilkenson

Ava is tired of her ultracool attitude, ultraradical politics, and ultrablack clothing. She’s ready to try something new—she’s even ready to be someone new. Someone who fits in, someone with a gorgeous boyfriend, someone who wears pink.

 

 

 

 

GAY IN AMERICA by Scott Pasfield

In this first-ever photographic survey of gay men in America, stereotypes are laid to rest and an intimate, honest picture of contemporary gay life is revealed through stunning personal portraits and narratives.