Sunday, June 23, 2013

Pride Month: GLBTQ Books

It's GLBTQ Pride Month! Every year, the GLBT roundtable of the American Library Association puts together the Rainbow List-- a list of "quality books with significant and authentic GLBTQ content, which are recommended for people from birth through eighteen years of age."

To mark Pride Month, here are the Top Ten Titlesks on the 2013 list.


Starting From Here by Lisa Jenn Bigelow. Colby's mother died two years ago and her trucker father's always gone. When the girl she likes gets a boyfriend, it seems like the last straw. But then an injured dog enters her life-- will Colby let it enter her heart, too? or will she seal herself off to save herself from further pain?

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirsten Cronn-Mills. Gabe has always been a guy, even if he was born an Elizabeth. He's transitioning, but doesn't have support from his family or the kids at school. His one outlet is as a DJ for a very popular radio show, but when a fan of the show recognizes Gabe as Elizabeth, things get ugly, fast.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by emily m. danforth. When Cameron's parents are killed, she's sent to live with her grandmother and conservative aunt. There she falls in love and is eventually outed. Her grandmother sends her to a conversion camp to "cure" her.


Ask the Passengers by A. S. King. In a small town, Astrid is confined by a other people's expectations her her emotionally unreliable parents. Her only outlet is lying on the picnic table in the backyard and talking to the passengers in the airplanes that fly overhead, even if they are 30,000 feet away.

Adaptation by Malinda Lo. When birds start going crazy and flying into planes, causing them to crash, the country goes on lock-down. Reese and David are stranded in Arizona, and when trying to make their way home to San Francisco, get into a car crash. Their treatment is military and experimental and changes them. But even freakier is the truth behind what's happening, and what the government is covering up.

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. Miller retells The Illiad, with Achilles and Patroclus as doomed lovers, putting their story first in her re-examining of the epic war.


The Letter Q: Queer Writers' Notes to their Younger Selves edited by Sarah Moon and James Lecesne. The title is pretty self-explanatory. There are some big names represented here-- everyone from Marion Dane Bauer and Bruce Coville to Julie Ann Peters and David Levithan to Terrance McNally and Armistad Maupin.

Chulito by Charles Rice-Gonzalez. Chulito lives in the South Bronx and rules the streets with his best friend, the drug dealer Kamikaze. But before Kamikaze, there was Carlos, whom Chulito pushed away when people started saying he was gay. But when Carlos comes back home from college, Chulito will finally have to deal with his feelings.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz. Ari and Dante seem to be opposites, but become best friends as they deal with family drama and figuring out the secrets of identity and the universe.

Drama by Raina Telgemeier. Callie loves working backstage, even when it means trying to create a world-class set on a budget of nothing. Her theater friends sometimes offer an escape from the confusing world of boys, but sometimes theater just makes boys that much more confusing.

While there are LGBTQ books all over YA Reading List, specifically check out our list for Day of Silence and when we covered the Stonewall Awards.

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