Sexual Orientation (LGB+)
This Book is Gay by Juno Dawson (13+)
“A funny and frank look at all things LGBT+ … this is an accessible and inclusive take on what it’s like to grow up LGBT+, addressing all the worries and anxieties young people might have about this topic – whether or not they are questioning their own sexuality.”
Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan (13+)
“Paul is a sophomore at a high school where the cheerleaders ride Harleys; the trans homecoming queen, Infinite Darlene, is also the star quarterback; and the local Boy Scouts have renamed themselves the ‘Joy Scouts’ after renouncing the organisation’s gay-unfriendly policies. Against this wonderfully utopian background, the super-confident Paul, ‘the first openly gay class president in Mrs Farquar’s third grade class’ meets a boy, Noah, and falls in love.
Everything seems set for the perfect romance – but with best friend Joni’s dramas to deal with, ex-boyfriend Kyle still on the scene, and high school bookie Rip taking bets on the future of their relationship, can Paul and Noah make it work?”
Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (13+)
“Naomi and Ely have been best friends forever. Naomi loves and is in love with Ely, and Ely loves Naomi, but prefers to be in love with boys. So they create their ‘No Kiss List’ of people neither of them is allowed to kiss. And this works fine – until Bruce.”
The Mermaid, the Witch and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall (14+)
“In a world divided by colonialism and threaded with magic, a desperate orphan turned pirate and a rebellious imperial lady find a connection on the high seas.
Aboard the pirate ship Dove, Flora the girl takes on the identity of Florian the man to earn the respect and protection of the crew. For Flora, former starving urchin, the brutal life of a pirate is about survival: don’t trust, don’t stick out, and don’t feel. But on this voyage, Flora is drawn to the Lady Evelyn Hasegawa, who is headed to an arranged marriage she dreads. Flora doesn’t expect to be taken under Evelyn’s wing, and Evelyn doesn’t expect to find such a deep bond with the pirate Florian. Neither expects to fall in love.”
You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson (13+)
“Liz Lighty has always believed she’s too black, too poor, too awkward to shine in her small, rich, prom-obsessed midwestern town. But it’s okay — Liz has a plan that will get her out of Campbell, Indiana, forever: attend the uber-elite Pennington College, play in their world-famous orchestra, and become a doctor.
But when the financial aid she was counting on unexpectedly falls through, Liz’s plans come crashing down . . . until she’s reminded of her school’s scholarship for prom king and queen. There’s nothing Liz wants to do less than endure a gauntlet of social media trolls, catty competitors, and humiliating public events, but despite her devastating fear of the spotlight she’s willing to do whatever it takes to get to Pennington.
The only thing that makes it halfway bearable is the new girl in school, Mack. She’s smart, funny, and just as much of an outsider as Liz. But Mack is also in the running for queen. Will falling for the competition keep Liz from her dreams . . . or make them come true?”
Queer, There and Everywhere by Sarah Prager (13+)
“World history has been made by countless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals—and you’ve never heard of many of them.
Queer author and activist Sarah Prager delves deep into the lives of 23 people who fought, created, and loved on their own terms.”
Gender Identity (T+)
I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver (14+)
“When Ben De Backer comes out to their parents as nonbinary, they’re thrown out of their house and forced to move in with their estranged older sister, Hannah, and her husband, Thomas, whom Ben has never even met. Struggling with an anxiety disorder compounded by their parents’ rejection, they come out only to Hannah, Thomas, and their therapist and try to keep a low profile in a new school.
But Ben’s attempts to survive the last half of senior year unnoticed are thwarted when Nathan Allan, a funny and charismatic student, decides to take Ben under his wing. As Ben and Nathan’s friendship grows, their feelings for each other begin to change, and what started as a disastrous turn of events looks like it might just be a chance to start a happier new life.”
The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson (13+)
“David Piper has always been an outsider, labelled a freak by the school bully. Only their two best friends know the real truth – David wants to be a girl.
Meanwhile, Leo Denton, the new boy in Year 11, is trying to keep a low profile. The two of them couldn’t have less in common, but when Leo ends up standing up for David in a fight, an unlikely friendship begins to develop. But things take a difficult turn when the secrets that both Leo and David are struggling to keep buried start coming to light.”
What's the T? by Juno Dawson (14+)
“Discover what it means to be a young transgender or non-binary person in the twenty-first century in this frank and funny guide for 14+ teens, from the author of This Book Is Gay … Juno Dawson defines a myriad of labels and identities and offers uncensored advice on coming out, sex and relationships with her trademark humour and lightness of touch. Juno has also invited her trans and non-binary friends to make contributions, ensuring this inclusive book reflects as many experiences as possible, and features the likes of Travis Alabanza and Jay Hulme.”
Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender (16+)
“Felix Love has never been in love–and, yes, he’s painfully aware of the irony. He desperately wants to know what it’s like and why it seems so easy for everyone but him to find someone. What’s worse is that, even though he is proud of his identity, Felix also secretly fears that he’s one marginalization too many–Black, queer, and transgender–to ever get his own happily-ever-after.
When an anonymous student begins sending him transphobic messages–after publicly posting Felix’s deadname alongside images of him before he transitioned–Felix comes up with a plan for revenge. What he didn’t count on: his catfish scenario landing him in a quasi-love triangle….
But as he navigates his complicated feelings, Felix begins a journey of questioning and self-discovery that helps redefine his most important relationship: how he feels about himself. ”