Category Archives: Fiction

The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali

Khan, Sabina. The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali. New York: Scholastic Press, 2019. Seventeen-year-old Rukhsana is a budding mathematician and physicist preparing to go to Caltech on a full ride scholarship. She lives with her conservative Muslim parents and … Continue reading

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Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl

Lawlor, Andrea. Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl. Rescue Press, 2017. Paul/Polly is a queer shapeshifter, morphing from riot grrl punk to beach boy as he desires. In a university town in the 1990s, 22-year-old Paul/Polly tends bar at … Continue reading

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Little & Lion

Colbert, Brandy. Little & Lion. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2017. Suzette (Little) and Lionel (Lion) have been best friends and siblings since their parents got together when they were very young. They have a wonderful, close relationship, spending … Continue reading

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Difficult Women

Gay, Roxane. Difficult Women. New York: Grove Press, 2017. Difficult Women is a phenomenal short story collection focusing on women’s lives, most of them turbulent or challenging.

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Witch Boy

Ostertag, Molly Knox. The Witch Boy. New York: Graphix, 2017. Aster comes from a long line of magic users. In his* family, girls are taught spellcraft and become witches, while boys develop shapeshifting powers around puberty. Aster has always been … Continue reading

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When the Moon Was Ours

McLemore, Anna-Marie. When the Moon Was Ours. New York: Thomas Dunne Books, 2016. When a town decides to topple their aging water tower, a little girl washes out with the gush of water. Only one little boy is brave enough … Continue reading

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One True Way

Hitchcock, Shannon. One True Way. New York: Scholastic Press, 2018.   Set in 1977, this engaging middle grade novel follows middle-schooler Allie as she develops a crush on a new friend and realizes she’s gay.

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