Tag Archives: High School Audience

The Art of Being Normal

Williamson, Lisa. The Art of Being Normal. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers, 2016. Kate Piper is a mostly-closeted trans girl who is bullied mercilessly by school peers for being a “freak.” Her parents and peers think … Continue reading

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Wait, What? A Comic Book Guide to Relationships, Bodies, and Growing Up

Corinna, Heather (Writer), Isabella Rotman (Illustrator), and Luke B. Howard (Colorist). What, What? A Comic Book Guide to Relationships, Bodies, and Growing Up. Portland, OR: Limerence Press, 2019. In this succinct yet comprehensive nonfiction graphic novel, Scarleteen geniuses Heather Corinna … Continue reading

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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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Symptoms of Being Human

Garvin, Jeff. Symptoms of Being Human. New York: Balzer + Bray, 2016. Riley Cavanaugh is the teenage child of a congressman running for reelection. They’re also genderfluid and closeted. They must accompany their father to events, wearing formal clothing that … Continue reading

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Of Fire and Stars

Coulthurst, Audrey. Of Fire and Stars. New York: Balzer + Bray, 2016. Princess Dennaleia has been engaged to the prince of Mynaria since childhood, an arrangement that will strengthen the diplomatic alliance between their countries. Denna has been trained her … Continue reading

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Hero

Moore, Perry. Hero. New York: Hyperion, 2007. Thom Creed is obsessed with Uberman. Not only is he the perfect superhero, with the powers of flight, invincibility, and superstrength, but he is incredibly handsome, with an amazing buff body and a … Continue reading

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A Darkly Beating Heart

Smith, Lindsay. A Darkly Beating Heart. New York: Roaring Brook Press, 2016. Reiko has had a tough time. Her older brother has always treated her poorly, her classmates bullied her, and the girl she fell in love with dumped her … Continue reading

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History is All You Left Me

Silvera, Adam. History is All You Left Me. New York: Soho Teen, 2017. Griffin and Theo grew up together and were each other’s first kiss, first love, first everything. When Theo goes to college across the country, they decide to … Continue reading

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The Abyss Surrounds Us

Skrutskie, Emily. The Abyss Surrounds Us. Woodbury, MN: Flux, 2016. In a bizarre and dangerous future, the world has been carved up into new states and pirates roam the seas. Gigantic genetically-engineered sea monsters are raised to bond with ships … Continue reading

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Girl Mans Up

Girard, M-E. Girl Mans Up. New York: HarperTeen, 2016. Pen is a sixteen-year old girl who eschews girly stuff and would rather dress in guy’s clothes. Growing up in Ontario, a child of Portuguese immigrants, she moves between two worlds—gaming … Continue reading

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