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Teen Reading Roundup: LGBT YA of 2015

Mary McCoy, Senior Librarian, Teen'Scape,
Read the Rainbow
From nonfiction to contemporary romance to speculative fiction, there have been many standout YA titles with LGBT themes released over the past few months. Below is a short roundup of a few of our favorites - all are available for checkout at the Los Angeles Public Library.
 

Stonewall
Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights

This highly anticipated book by award-winning author Ann Bausum introduces teens to the 1969 Stonewall Riots, where a police raid of a gay bar led to one of the watershed moments of the gay rights movement.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Simon Spier has been carrying on a secret correspondence with - and falling hard for - a boy he knows only as Blue. A romantic coming-of-age and coming out story
 
Skyscraping
Set against the backdrop of the AIDS epidemic in 1990s New York City, Cordelia Jensen's novel-in-verse tells the story of a girl who discovers her father is gay and HIV-positive.
 
Etta never feels at home anywhere. Not with the lesbian clique at her school (she likes guys, too), not in ballet (where she's told she needs to lose weight), and certainly not in Nebraska. All Etta can think about is escaping until she meets Bianca.
 
Nani likes to surf and she likes girls, and to fit in with the 1972 Santa Monica beach scene, she has to keep both things a secret.
 
More Happy Than Not
In 16 years, Aaron Soto has experienced more than a few things he'd like to forget: his father's suicide, the deaths of his friends, a life of poverty in the Bronx projects. But the thing that sends him to the Leteo Institute to have his memory wiped are his feelings for another boy. Speculative fiction set in a near-future that still feels familiar and real.
 
In his follow-up to 2013's Openly Straight, Bill Konigsberg takes readers on a 1293-mile road trip with Aisha, who's been kicked out of her parents house for being gay, and Carson, who's on a search for his estranged grandfather. A quirky, heartfelt story about faith, friendship, and family.
 
Looking for more? Visit Teen'Scape or your local library branch and ask a librarian for recommendations, or check out these book lists compiled by LAPL librarians:
 
Young Adult Books with Transgender, Crossdressing, Intersex and Queer Characters

 


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