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Being Gay: Books with Great LGBTQ Characters

From football players to preacher's sons, these books feature young people with the courage to be who they are.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson



Will Grayson, Will Grayson
By Green, John
Author Levithan, David
2010-04 - Dutton Books
9780525421580 Check Our Catalog

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One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens--both named Will Grayson--are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history's most fabulous high school musical. …More

Freaks and Revelations



Freaks and Revelations
By Hurwin, Davida Wills
2009-11 - Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
0316049964 Check Our Catalog

This raw novel follows two teenagers--one, a Mohawk-wearing 17-year-old violent misfit; the other, a gay 13-year-old cast out by his family. An acclaimed author creates a riveting narrative told in alternating perspectives of their lives before and after the violent hate crime that changed both their futures. …More

Love Is the Higher Law


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Love Is the Higher Law
By Levithan, David
2009-08 - Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
0375834680 Check Our Catalog

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The lives of three teens--Claire, Jasper, and Peter--are altered forever on September 11, 2001. Levithan has written a novel of loss and grief, but also one of hope and redemption as his characters slowly learn to move forward in their lives, despite being changed forever. …More

Rage: A Love Story


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Rage: A Love Story
By Peters, Julie Anne
2009-09 - Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
0375852093 Check Our Catalog

A National Book Award Finalist offers an intense portrait of an abusive relationship. In the precarious place where attraction and need collide, a teenager experiences the dark side of a first love, and struggles to find her way into a new light. …More

The Vast Fields of Ordinary



The Vast Fields of Ordinary
By Burd, Nick
2009-05 - Dial Books
9780803733404 Check Our Catalog

From a raw and stunning new voice in gay teen literature comes a debut novel. During his last summer at home, Dade meets the mysterious Alex Kincaid and falls in love. But just when true happiness sets in, tragedy shatters the dreamy curtain of summer. …More

How Beautiful the Ordinary: Twelve Stories of Identity


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How Beautiful the Ordinary: Twelve Stories of Identity
By Cart, Michael
2009-10 - Harper Teen
9780061154980 Check Our Catalog

Some of today's boldest voices in YA fiction offer a modern look at the many definitions of love and relationships, in this collection of 12 stories. …More

Out of the Pocket



Out of the Pocket
By Konigsberg, Bill
2008-09 - Dutton Books
9780525479963 Check Our Catalog

Star quarterback Bobby Framingham knows he's different from his teammates. They're like brothers, but they don't know that Bobby is gay. After he's outed by a student reporter, Bobby must find a way to earn back his teammates' trust. …More

Nothing Pink



Nothing Pink
By Hardy, Mark
2008-11 - Front Street
9781932425246 Check Our Catalog

Vincent has always known, deep down inside, that he was gay. He was fine with that. The problem was that his faith told him he was a sinner and damned to hell. Every Sunday after Vincent's father preached his sermon and called on his flock to come to the altar and accept salvation Vincent tried but it never helped. …More

Split Screen: Attack of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies/Bride of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies



Split Screen: Attack of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies/Bride of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies
By Hartinger, Brent
2007-02 - HarperCollins Publishers
0060824093 Check Our Catalog

It's a horror-movie extravaganza in this companion to Brent Hartinger's Geography Club! Two books in one recount the stories of best friends Min and Russel who sign up to be extras on the set of a zombie film - then learn that there's nothing scarier than high school romance!

Read one story, flip the book over, and read the other! In "Attack of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies," Russel must choose between his long-distance boyfriend and a close-to-home ex who wants to get back together. In "Bride of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies," Min struggles to accept her cheerleader girlfriend's decision to stay in the closet.

Russel and Min's separate stories affect each other in surprising ways - but you'll have to read both books to find out how! …More

Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List


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Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List
By Levithan, David
Author Cohn, Rachel
2007-08 - Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
0375844406 Check Our Catalog

Naomi is in love with her best friend, Ely, but Ely prefers boys. So they create a "No Kiss List" of people neither of them is allowed to kiss. It works fine--until Bruce enters the picture. Can these best friends come back together again? …More