LGBTQ Fiction/Non-Fiction for Teens

Annie on My Mind Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374400118
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - February 20th, 2007

This groundbreaking book, first published in 1982, is the story of two teenage girls whose friendship blossoms into love and who, despite pressures from family and school that threaten their relationship, promise to be true to each other and their feelings.

It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living Cover Image
By Dan Savage (Editor), Terry Miller (Editor)
ISBN: 9780452297616
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Published: Penguin Books - January 25th, 2012

Every story can change a life.

Growing up isn't easy. Many young people face daily tormenting and bullying, and this is especially true for LGBT kids and teens. In response to a number of tragic suicides by LGBT students, syndicated columnist and author Dan Savage uploaded a video to YouTube with his partner, Terry Miller.

I Am J Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316053600
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - November 13th, 2012

A powerful and inspiring story about a transgender teen's struggle to find his own path -- and love his true self.

She Loves You, She Loves You Not... Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316078757
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 10th, 2012

Seventeen-year-old Alyssa thought she knew who she was. She had her family and her best friends and, most important, she had Sarah. Sarah, her girlfriend, with whom she dreamed about the day they could move far away and live out and proud and accepted for themselves, instead of having to hide their relationship.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780142418475
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Published: Speak - April 5th, 2011

One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, Will Grayson crosses paths with . . . Will Grayson. Two teens with the same name, running in two very different circles, suddenly find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, and culminating in epic turns-of-heart and the most fabulous musical ever to grace the high school stage.

Her and Me and You Cover Image
ISBN: 9781416982678
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Published: Simon Pulse - August 23rd, 2011

I met Fred first.

Fred: Hot. Enigmatic. Alex's first friend in her lonely new town. Maybe her first...everything.

I met Adina the following Monday.

Adina: Fred's twin sister. Cold. Troubled. Trouble.

Sparks: The Epic, Completely True Blue, (Almost) Holy Quest of Debbie Cover Image
ISBN: 9780738726762
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Published: Flux - November 8th, 2011

Do you feel lost? Confused? Alone? (Circle one): Yes or No. The Church of Blue can help. We are not a cult. $5 for a holy quest is a good deal. Since sixth grade, Debbie Woodlawn has nursed a secret, heart-searing crush on her best friend, Lisa.

Pink Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061926549
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Published: HarperTeen - October 30th, 2012

Ava is tired of her ultracool attitude, ultraradical politics, and ultrablack clothing. She's ready to try something new—she's even ready to be someone new. Someone who fits in, someone with a gorgeous boyfriend, someone who wears pink.

Queer: The Ultimate LGBT Guide for Teens Cover Image
ISBN: 9780981973340
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Published: Zest Books - June 1st, 2011

Teen life is hard enough with all of the pressures kids face, but for teens who are LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender), it's even harder. When do you decide to come out? To whom? Will your friends accept you? And how on earth do you meet people to date?

Down to the Bone Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594933172
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Published: Bella Books - July 10th, 2012

When Shai receives text messages from Marlena, the love of her life, and reads them during class, her dramatic mother finds out what her A-student daughter's been doing behind her back and kicks her to the curb.

It's Our Prom (So Deal with It) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316131445
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Published: Megan Tingley Books - April 2nd, 2013

When Azure's principal gives her the chance to turn the school's traditional (and boring) senior prom into an event that will appeal to everyone, not just the jocks and cheerleaders, she jumps at the opportunity. Soon Azure manages to convince her best friends, Luke and Radhika, to join the prom committee as well.

Tessa Masterson Will Go to Prom Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802723598
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Published: Walker Childrens - April 9th, 2013

Lucas and Tessa have always had a close friendship. So it's no surprise when Lucas finally realizes his true feeling for Tessa and he asks her to Prom. What no one expected, especially Lucas, was for Tessa to come out as a lesbian-or for Tessa's decision to wear a tuxedo and escort her female crush to Prom, to spark a firestorm of controversy.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062020574
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 28th, 2013

The acclaimed book behind the 2018 Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning movie

The Letter Q: Queer Writers' Letters to Their Younger Selves Cover Image
By Sarah Moon (Editor), James Lecesne (Editor)
ISBN: 9780545399333
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - April 29th, 2014

If you received a letter from your older self, what do you think it would say? What do you wish it would say?
That the boy you were crushing on in History turns out to be gay too, and that you become boyfriends in college? That the bully who is making your life miserable will one day become so insignificant that you won't remember his name until he shows up at your book signing?

On the Count of Three Cover Image
ISBN: 9780147508546
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Published: Speak - April 18th, 2013

Since coming together at the age of eleven, Nina, Avery and Mel have never been apart. The summer before senior year, however, Nina goes away to a summer program in California. When she returns, she expects to be welcomed back into her friends arms with great excitement. Instead, something has changed in the Triangle Mel and Avery are acting strangely.

The Mariposa Club Cover Image
ISBN: 9781590213506
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Published: Tincture - November 23rd, 2010

As they embark on their final year of high school, the Fierce Foursome-Maui, Trini, Isaac, and Liberace-decide to do something big, something that will memorialize their friendships for when they all go their separate ways and begin their new "adult" lives.

The House You Pass on the Way Cover Image
ISBN: 9780142417065
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Published: Puffin Books - November 11th, 2010

Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature

A lyrical coming-of-age story from a three-time Newbery Honor winning author

Ash Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316040105
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 5th, 2010

A queer Cinderella retelling in this lyrical, modern classic, by award-winning author Malinda Lo--now with a fresh, updated cover, a letter from the author, a Q&A, and more

Some Assembly Required: The Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender Teen Cover Image
ISBN: 9781481416764
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 29th, 2015

Seventeen-year-old Arin Andrews shares all the hilarious, painful, and poignant details of undergoing gender reassignment as a high school student in this winning first-of-its-kind memoir. Now with a reading group guide and an all-new afterword from the author

Rethinking Normal: A Memoir in Transition Cover Image
ISBN: 9781481418249
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 29th, 2015

In her unique, generous, and affecting voice, nineteen-year-old Katie Rain Hill shares her personal journey of undergoing gender reassignment. Now with a reading group guide

The Gender Quest Workbook: A Guide for Teens and Young Adults Exploring Gender Identity Cover Image
ISBN: 9781626252974
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Published: Instant Help Publications - December 1st, 2015

This one-of-a-kind, comprehensive workbook will help you navigate your gender identity and expression at home, in school, and with peers.

Real Talk for Teens: A Jump-Start Guide to Gender Transitioning and Beyond Cover Image
ISBN: 9780982405321
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Published: Harbor View Press - August 8th, 2015

Real Talk now contains QR codes in each chapter that readers can scan with their cell phones to watch the author talk about gender transitioning in more detail. The first book devoted exclusively to issues of gender transitioning for youth. Real Talk takes early transitioning seriously and offers a road map of the issues that youth can expect to encounter in their journey.

If You Could Be Mine Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616204556
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - September 9th, 2014

Winner of the Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Children's/Young Adult
One of Rolling Stone's 40 Best YA Novels
A 2014 ALA Rainbow List Top 10 Title
A Booklist Top 10 First Novels for Youth 2013
A Chicago Public Library "Best of the Best" 2013

This Forbidden Romance Could Cost Them Their Lives

Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out Cover Image
ISBN: 9780763673680
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - March 10th, 2015

A 2015 Stonewall Honor Book

A groundbreaking work of LGBT literature takes an honest look at the life, love, and struggles of transgender teens.

Lies We Tell Ourselves: A New York Times Bestseller Cover Image
ISBN: 9780373212040
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Published: Harlequin Teen - January 26th, 2016

In 1959 Virginia, the lives of two girls on opposite sides of the battle for civil rights will be changed forever Sarah Dunbar is one of the first black students to attend the previously all-white Jefferson High School. An honors student at her old school, she is put into remedial classes, spit on and tormented daily.

Speaking Out: Queer Youth in Focus Cover Image
By Rachelle Lee Smith, Rachelle Lee Smith (Photographer), Graeme Taylor (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9781629630410
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Published: PM Press - November 15th, 2014

Winner of:
2015 Rainbow Award Winner; Best Bisexual, Transgender & LGBT Debut

Luna Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316011273
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 1st, 2006

A groundbreaking novel about a transgender teen, selected as a National Book Award Finalist

This Book Is Gay Cover Image
By Juno Dawson, David Levithan (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781492617839
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Published: Sourcebooks Fire - June 2nd, 2015

"The book every LGBT person would have killed for as a teenager, told in the voice of a wise best friend. Frank, warm, funny, USEFUL." --Patrick Ness, bestselling author

Parrotfish Cover Image
ISBN: 9781442406216
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 4th, 2011

Angela Katz-McNair has never felt quite right as a girl, but it's a shock to everyone when she cuts her hair short, buys some men's clothes, and announces she'd like to be called by a new name, Grady. Although Grady is happy about his decision to finally be true to himself, everybody else is having trouble processing the news.

Bleeding Earth Cover Image
ISBN: 9780986448485
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Published: Adaptive Books - February 9th, 2016

Between Mother Nature and human nature, disasters are inevitable.

Lea was in a cemetery when the earth started bleeding. Within twenty-four hours, the blood made international news. All over the world, blood oozed out of the ground, even through the concrete, even in the water. Then the earth started growing hair and bones.

We Are the Ants Cover Image
ISBN: 9781481449632
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Published: Simon Pulse - January 19th, 2016

From the "author to watch" (Kirkus Reviews) of The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley comes a brand-new novel about a teenage boy who must decide whether or not the world is worth saving.

Hello Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks, and Other Outlaws Cover Image
By Kate Bornstein, Sara Quin (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781583227206
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Published: Seven Stories Press - May 2nd, 2006

Celebrated transsexual trailblazer Kate Bornstein has, with more humor and spunk than any other, ushered us into a world of limitless possibility through a daring re-envisionment of the gender system as we know it.

Openly Straight Cover Image
ISBN: 9780545798655
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - April 28th, 2015

The award-winning novel about being out, being proud, and being ready for something else. Pre-order the companion novel Honestly Ben now (out 3/28/17)

Rafe is a normal teenager from Boulder, Colorado. He plays soccer. He's won skiing prizes. He likes to write.

Not Otherwise Specified Cover Image
ISBN: 9781481405959
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Published: Simon Pulse - March 3rd, 2015

From the award-winning author of Break and Teeth comes a raw and honest exploration of complicated identities in a novel about a girl living on the fringe of every fringe group in her small town.

Etta is tired of dealing with all of the labels and categories that seem so important to everyone else in her small Nebraska hometown.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe Cover Image
ISBN: 9781442408937
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - April 1st, 2014

This Printz Honor Book is a "tender, honest exploration of identity" (Publishers Weekly) that distills lyrical truths about family and friendship.

Street Dreams Cover Image
ISBN: 9781602826502
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Published: Bold Strokes Books - March 13th, 2012

Tyson Rua has more than his fair share of problems growing up in South Auckland. Working a night job to support his mother and helping bring up his two younger brothers is just the half of it. His best friend Rawiri is falling afoul of a broken home, and now Tyson's fallen in love at first sight.
Only thing is, it's another guy.

Everything Leads to You Cover Image
ISBN: 9780142422946
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Published: Speak - May 5th, 2015

Just out of high school, Emi Price is a talented young set designer already beginning to thrive in the L.A. film scene. But her artistic eye has failed her in one key area: helping her to design a love life that's more than make-believe. Then she finds a mysterious letter at an estate sale, and it sends her chasing down the loose ends of a movie icon's hidden life.

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ISBN: 9780375832994
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Published: Ember - May 10th, 2005

This is the story of Paul, a sophomore at a high school like no other: The cheerleaders ride Harleys, the homecoming queen used to be a guy named Daryl (she now prefers Infinite Darlene and is also the star quarterback), and the gay-straight alliance was formed to help the straight kids learn how to dance.