Sunday, December 1, 2013

World AIDS Day

It's World AIDS Day.


Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan. Narrated by a Greek chorus of gay men who died of AIDS, Harry and Craig are participating in a 32-hour kissing marathon to help set a Guinness World Record and become a focal point for gay teens everywhere.

Positively by Courtney Sheinmel. Emmy is HIV-positive, and after her mother dies of AIDS, she has to live with her father and step-mother. She barely knows them and no one else knows what it's like living with HIV, until Emmy finds a camp for other positive children.

Ana's Story: A Journey of Hope by Jenna Bush. Based on the life of a woman Bush met while working with UNICEF. Ana was born with AIDS and after her parents died of the disease she lives with various relatives until she finds a center for people with HIV/AIDS.


Pedro and Me: Friendship, Loss, and What I Learned by Judd Winick. Judd and Pedro were roommates on Real World: San Francisco. Pedro was a ground-breaking character--openly gay and living with AIDS, he educated the MTV generation about the disease. After he died, Judd wrote this graphic novel to continue to tell the world about Pedro.

Quicksand: HIV/AIDS in Our Lives by Anonymous. The author's brother-in-law lived with AIDS for 10 years after being diagnosed. Here she tells his story, her story of having a family member with AIDS, and information about the disease.

City Boy by Jan Michael. After his parents die of AIDS, Sam has to move from the city to his aunt's house in a rural village in Malawi. The family lives in a one-room hut with no electricity-- a far cry from his own room with a computer.


Chanda's Secrets by Allan Stratton. Chandra's family has moved and been torn apart. Her father was killed in a diamond mine and her various step-fathers have their own issues. Chandra has to leave school to take care of her younger siblings and it becomes obvious that their mother has AIDS. Does Chandra have it too? Do her siblings? Read the sequel with Chanda's Wars.

This Thing Called the Future by J.L. Powers. In the shanty town of Pietermaritzburg in South Africa, Khosi lives with her grandmother and her brother and goes to school. Her mother's dying of some disease. Khosi wants to go for a doctor, but she has to stay in school.

My Life After Now by Jessica Verdi. Lucy had everything, she had a plan. But when everything falls apart, she decides to be break out of her plan. But there are consequences, and now she's HIV positive and she can't go back to the old plan.

What books do you recommend about AIDS?

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