Tag Archives: Young Adult 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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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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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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Asexual Visibility & Education Network

Jay, David (Founder). Asexual Visibility & Education Network (AVEN). Founded 2001. https://www.asexuality.org The Asexual Visibility & Education Network (AVEN) is an online informational and social resource for asexual and questioning people and their significant others, friends, families, and allies.

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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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Juliet Takes a Breath

Rivera, Gabby. Juliet Takes a Breath. Riverdale, NY: Riverdale Ave Books, 2016. In this hilarious and insightful coming-of-age novel, “closeted Puerto Rican baby dyke from the Bronx” Juliet travels to Portland, Oregon to learn about feminism and queer culture, gets … Continue reading

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The 57 Bus

Slater, Dashka. The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 2017. The 57 Bus is a journalistic account of what happened when Richard Thomas set Sasha Fleischman’s … 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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