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Children's Literature

Books in BU's Juvenile Collection

LGBTQIA: Chapter Books

a + e 4ever: a graphic novel / I. Merey.   2011.  741.5 M5597a.   Asher Machnik is a teenage boy cursed with a beautiful androgynous face. Eulalie Mason is the lonely, tough-talking dyke from school who befriends Ash.  a + e 4EVER is a graphic novel set in that ambiguous crossroads where love and friendship, boy and girl, straight and gay meet.

Almost perfect / Brian Katcher. 2009.  Fic K1954a.  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.

Am I blue?: coming out from the silence / Marion Dane Bauer.  1994. Fic A478.  A collection of short stories about homosexuality by such authors as Bruce Coville, M.E. Kerr, William Sleator, and Jane Yolen.

Annie on my mind / Nancy Garden.  2007. Fic G218a.  Liza tries to put aside her feelings for Annie after the disaster at Foster Academy, but eventually she allows love to triumph over the ignorance of others.

Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe / Benjamin Alire Sáenz.  2012.  Fic S1276a. 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.

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children / Kirstin Cronn-Mills.  2012.  Fic C9479b.  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.

Beyond magenta: transgender teens speak out / Susan Kuklin.  2014.  306.768 K9626b.  Interviews with six transgender or gender-neutral young adults during, and after their personal acknowledgment of gender preference. Portraits, family photographs, and candid images augment the emotional and physical journey each youth has taken.

Boy meets boy / David Levithan.  2005.  Fic L6664b.  Fifteen-year-old Paul has known that he was gay since kindergarten when his teacher told him so. But where Paul lives it is not only acceptable to be gay, but most of the town is. As we follow Paul throughout the turbulent month of November, he takes as on an incredible journey of friendship, self-discovery, and acceptance.

Boyfriends with girlfriends / Alex Sanchez.  2012. Fic S2111b.  When Lance begins to date Sergio, who’s bisexual, he’s not sure that it’ll work out, and when his best friend Allie, who has a boyfriend, meets Sergio’s lesbian friend, she has unexpected feelings which she struggles to understand.

Branded by the pink triangle / Ken Setterington.  2013.  940.531808664 S4957b.  Before the rise of the Nazi party, Germany, especially Berlin, was one of the most tolerant places for homosexuals in the world. But that all changed when the Nazis came to power. The pink triangle sewn onto prison uniforms became the symbol of the persecution of homosexuals, a persecution that would continue for many years after the war. A mix of historical research, first-person accounts and individual stories brings this time to life for young readers.

Dance on my grave: a life and a death in four parts ... / Aidan Chambers.  1982.  Fic C444d. Hal’s summer affair with Barry Goldman ends tragically when Hal discovers he is much more committed to the relationship than his friend.

Every day / David Levithan2012. Fic L6664e.  Every morning A wakes in a different person’s body, in a different person’s life, learning over the years to never get too attached, until he wakes up in the body of Justin and falls in love with Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon.

Fat Angie / e. E. Charlton-Trujillo.  2013.  Fic C481f.  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?

Freakboy / Kristin Elizabeth Clark. 2013. CLA. Popular Reading Collection.  Told from three viewpoints, seventeen-year-old Brendan, a wrestler, struggles to come to terms with his place on the transgender spectrum while Vanessa, the girl he loves, and Angel, a transgender acquaintance, try to help.

The God Box / Alex Sanchez.  2009.  Fic S2111g.  High school senior Paul has dated Angie since middle school, and they’re good together. But when Manuel transfers to their school, Paul has to rethink his life. Manuel is the first openly gay teen anyone in their small town has ever met, and yet he says he’s also a committed Christian. Manuel’s outspokenness triggers dramatic consequences at school, culminating in a terrifying situation that leads Paul to take a stand.

Grasshopper jungle: a history / Andrew Smith.  2014.  Fic S6426g.  Austin Szerba narrates the end of humanity as he and his best friend Robby accidentally unleash an army of giant, unstoppable bugs and uncover the secrets of a decades-old experiment gone terribly wrong.

Guardian / Alex London.  2014. LON Popular Reading Collection.  The only way to stop people from getting sick is to get the network back online. That means reversing the very revolution that Syd and Knox began.

Hold me closer: the Tiny Cooper story / David Levithan.  2015. POPULAR READING COLLECTION (1st floor) LEV.  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

I’ll give you the sun / Jandy Nelson.  2014.  Fic N4272i.  2015 Michael L. Printz Award.  Fraternal twins and burgeoning artists Jude and Noah are inseparable until puberty hits and they find themselves competing for boys, a spot at an exclusive art school, and their parents' affections.

I’ll pass for your comrade: women soldiers in the Civil War / Anita Silvey.  2008. 973.74082 S5879i. Sarah Emma Edmonds enlisted because she believed in the Union cause; Melverina Peppercorn joined to stay near her twin brother. Although women were not allowed to enlist as soldiers in the Civil War, many disguised themselves as men and fought anyway.

Luna: a novel / Julie Anne Peters.  2007.  Fic P4824ℓ. Like the moon from whom Liam has chosen his female namesake, his true self, Luna, only reveals herself at night. In the secrecy of his basement bedroom Liam transforms himself into the beautiful girl he longs to be.  An unforgettable novel about a transgender teen's struggle for self-identity and acceptance.

Man without a face / Isabelle Holland. 1972.  Fic H735m.  Not much affection had come Charles’s way until the summer he was fourteen, when he met McLeod, a man whose face was deeply scarred, and learned that love has many facets.

The misadventures of the family Fletcher / Dana Alison Levy.  2015.  Fic L6682m.  Relates the adventures of a family with two fathers, four adopted boys, and a variety of pets as they make their way through a school year and deal with a grumpy new neighbor.

Money boy / Paul Yee.  2011.  Fic Y42m. 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.

My heartbeat / Garret Freymann-Weyr.  2002.  Fic F894m.  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.

Openly straight / Bill Konigsberg. 2013. KON. Popular Reading Collection. Tired of being known as "the gay kid", Rafe Goldberg decides to assume a new persona when he comes east and enters an elite Massachusetts prep school--but trying to deny his identity has both complications and unexpected consequences.

Pink / Lili Wilkinson. 2009. Fic W6869p.  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.

Putting makeup on the fat boy / Bil Wright.  2011.  Fic W9478p.  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.

Rainbow boys / Alex Sanchez. 2003.  Fic S2111r.  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.

Stonewall: breaking out in the fight for gay rights / Ann Bausum.  2015. 306.76609730904 B351s.  Examines the Stonewall riots, which took place in 1969 in New York City when members of the gay community fought back in response to a police raid on a gay bar, triggering an explosive demand for gay rights.

Transgender lives: complex stories, complex voices / Kirstin Cronn-Mills.  2015.  306.768 C9479t.  Katie, Hayden, Dean, Brooke, David, Julia, and Natasha are transgender, and in this book, they reveal how they came to better understand, accept, and express their gender identities through the sorrows and successes of their personal journeys.

Transgender people / Tamara Thompson. 2015.  306.768 T7724.  Provides a range of viewpoints and in-depth perspectives about transgender issues from a variety of primary and secondary sources, including eyewitness accounts, scientific journals, government officials and others.

Two boys kissing / David Levithan.  2013.  Fic L6664t.  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.

Way to go / Tom Ryan.  2012. E-book:  Danny is pretty sure he’s gay, but he spends his summer trying to prove otherwise.

What happened to Lani Garver? / Carol Plum-Ucci.  2002. Fic P734w. 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.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson / John Green & David Levithan. 2010.  Fic G7965w.  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.

With or without you / Brian Farrey. 2011.  Fic F2459w.  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.


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