The Stonewall Book Awards are given annually to English-language works of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience
The lives of two very different teens intersect on an Oakland, California bus in November, 2013 in this absorbing narrative non-fictional portrait that recounts their lives leading up to and following that fateful day, touching upon race, class, gender identity and the juvenile justice system. Told in short, engrossing chapters and incorporating original poetry that underscores identity issues, both racial and gender, as complex and fluid.
Amanda Hardy is a transgender young woman transferring to a new school. Determined to keep everyone at a distance until graduation, Amanda is surprised when she makes friends and falls in love for the first time. A thoughtful, moving look at love, and understanding who you really are.
New Yorker, Carson Speier is forced to spend the summer in Montana so his mother can tend to Carson’s estranged, sick father. Once there, he meets Aisha, who has been kicked out of her home after coming out as a lesbian to her conservative father. The two of them soon embark on a road trip after Carson discovers secret letters his grandfather sent to Carson’s dad, who was under the impression he’d been abandoned as a child long ago.
Gabe is in the latter stages of embracing himself as a transgender man after coming to the realization that he's Gabe and not the Liz his family and schoolmates thought him to be. Gabe discovers an outlet for his love of music when his next door neighbor arranges a radio show for him on the local community radio station, an outlet that gives him the strength to be more public but also challenges him to believe in himself when a radio caller turns into a bully.
Two El Paso, Texas teens, sensitive boys who don't feel like they fit in among the Mexican men they see around them, form a special friendship over the course of one year.