Monday, October 14, 2013

Happy Spirit Day: LGBT Reads





This Thursday is Spirit Day.  On Spirit Day it is tradition for people to wear purple pay respect to LGBT student who have been bullied.  If you want more information about what Spirit Day is you can go to http://www.glaad.org/spiritday.

In honor of Thursday's Spirit Day, here is a list of popular YA LGBT books.




23228
Paperback, 185 pages
Published May 10th 2005 by Alfred A. Knopf 
(first published September 9th 2003)

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.

When Paul meets Noah, he thinks he’s found the one his heart is made for. Until he blows it. The school bookie says the odds are 12-to-1 against him getting Noah back, but Paul’s not giving up without playing his love really loud. His best friend Joni might be drifting away, his other best friend Tony might be dealing with ultra-religious parents, and his ex-boyfriend Kyle might not be going away anytime soon, but sometimes everything needs to fall apart before it can really fit together right.

This is a happy-meaningful romantic comedy about finding love, losing love, and doing what it takes to get love back in a crazy-wonderful world.


Literary Awards for Boy Meets Boy includes Lambda Literary Award (2003), ALA's Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults (2004), and Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee (2008)
 



11595276
Hardcover, 470 pages
Published February 7th 2012 by Balzer + Bray




When Cameron Post's parents die suddenly in a car crash, her shocking first thought is relief. Relief they'll never know that, hours earlier, she had been kissing a girl.

But that relief doesn't last, and Cam is soon forced to move in with her conservative aunt Ruth and her well-intentioned but hopelessly old-fashioned grandmother. She knows that from this point on, her life will forever be different. Survival in Miles City, Montana, means blending in and leaving well enough alone (as her grandmother might say), and Cam becomes an expert at both.

Then Coley Taylor moves to town. Beautiful, pickup-driving Coley is a perfect cowgirl with the perfect boyfriend to match. She and Cam forge an unexpected and intense friendship--one that seems to leave room for something more to emerge. But just as that starts to seem like a real possibility, ultrareligious Aunt Ruth takes drastic action to "fix" her niece, bringing Cam face-to-face with the cost of denying her true self--even if she's not exactly sure who that is.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a stunning and unforgettable literary debut about discovering who you are and finding the courage to live life according to your own rules.


Literary awards for The Miseducation of Cameron Post include William C. Morris YA Debut Award Nominee (2013) andYALSA Best Fiction Nominee for Young Adults (2013).


16100972
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published May 28th 2013 by Arthur A. Levine Books
 A funny, honest novel about being out, being proud . . . and being ready for something else.

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

And, oh yeah, he's gay. He's been out since 8th grade, and he isn't teased, and he goes to other high schools and talks about tolerance and stuff. And while that's important, all Rafe really wants is to just be a regular guy. Not that GAY guy. To have it be a part of who he is, but not the headline, every single time.

So when he transfers to an all-boys' boarding school in New England, he decides to keep his sexuality a secret -- not so much going back in the closet as starting over with a clean slate. But then he sees a classmate breaking down. He meets a teacher who challenges him to write his story. And most of all, he falls in love with Ben . . . who doesn't even know that love is possible.

This witty, smart, coming-out-again story will appeal to gay and straight kids alike as they watch Rafe navigate being different, fitting in, and what it means to be himself.



12000020
Hardcover, 359 pages
Published February 21st 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
 A lyrical novel about family and friendship from critically acclaimed author Benjamin Alire Sáenz.

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

Literary awards for Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe include 
Stonewall Book Award (2013), Printz Honor (2013), Lambda Literary Award (2013), YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults (Top Ten) (2013), and Pura Belpre Author Award (2013).
6567017
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 6th 2010 by Dutton Children's
 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.

Hilarious, poignant, and deeply insightful, John Green and David Levithan’s collaborative novel is brimming with a double helping of the heart and humor that have won both of them legions of faithful fans.

Literary awards for Will Grayson, Will Grayson include
Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award (RT Award) Nominee for Best Young Adult Novel (2010), Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production Honor (2011), Children's Choice Book Award for Teen Choice Book of the Year (2011), YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults (2011), YALSA Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults (2011) Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee (2013), Stonewall Award Honor Book (2011), and Goodreads Choice Nominee for Young Adult Fiction (2010).

10755314
Paperback, 256 pages
Published November 8th 2011 by Flux  
(first published November 1st 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. But all those years of pretending to enjoy Full House reruns and abstinence rallies with Lisa go down the drain when her friend hooks up with Norman, the most boring guy at school. This earth-shattering event makes Debbie decide to do the unthinkable: confess her love to Lisa. And she has to do it tonight--before Lisa and Norman go past "the point of no return." So Debbie embarks on a quest to find Lisa. Guiding the quest are fellow students/detention hall crashers Emma and Tim, the founding (and only) members of the wacky Church of Blue. Three chases, three declarations of love, two heartbreaks, a break-in, and five dollars worth of gas later, Debbie has been fully initiated into Bluedaism--but is there time left to stop Lisa and Norman from going too far?

Literary awards for Sparks include Stonewall Honor Book (2013).

12883644
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 11th 2012 by Milkweed Editions
  (first published April 10th 2012)

 In the summer of 1926, sixteen-year-old Garnet Richardson is sent to a lake resort to escape the polio epidemic in the city. She dreams of indulging her passion for ornithology and visiting the famous new amusement park--a summer of fun before she returns for her final year of high school, after which she’s expected to marry a nice boy and settle into middle-class homemaking. But in the country, Garnet finds herself under the supervision of equally oppressive guardians--her father’s wealthy cousin and the matron’s stuck-up daughter. Only a liberating job in a hat shop, an intense, secret relationship with a daring and beautiful flapper, and a deep faith in her own fierce heart can save her from the suffocating boredom of traditional femininity.

 Literary awards for Silhouette of a Sparrow include
  • WINNER OF THE MILKWEED PRIZE FOR CHILDREN'S LITERATURE
  • WINNER OF THE 2013 PATERSON PRIZE FOR BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS
  • ALA RAINBOW LIST RECOMMENDED BOOK
  • AMELIA BLOOMER PROJECT LIST RECOMMENDED BOOK
  • LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD FINALIST
  • MINNESOTA BOOK AWARD FINALIST
  • FOREWARD REVIEWS BOOK OF THE YEAR HONORABLE MENTION 
  • 270363
    Hardcover, 384 pages
    Published October 7th 2004 by Razorbill
 "Their friendship went so far back, it bordered on the Biblical-in the beginning, there was Nina and Avery and Mel." So says high school senior Nina Bermudez about herself and her two best friends, nicknamed "The Bermudez Triangle" by a jealous wannabe back on Nina's eleventh birthday. But the threesome faces their first separation when Nina goes away the summer before their senior year. And in ten short weeks, everything changes. Nina returns home bursting with stories about Steve, the quirky yet adorable eco-warrior she fell for hard while away. But when she asks her best friends about their summer romances, an awkward silence follows. Nina soon learns the shocking truth when she sees Mel and Avery . . . kissing. Their friendship is rocked by what feels like the ultimate challenge.
23232
Library Binding, 224 pages
Published August 10th 2004 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
  Here’s what I know about the realm of possibility—
it is always expanding, it is never what you think
it is. Everything around us was once deemed
impossible. From the airplane overhead to
the phones in our pockets to the choir girl
putting her arm around the metalhead.
As hard as it is for us to see sometimes, we all exist
within the realm of possibility. Most of the limits
are of our own world’s devising. And yet,
every day we each do so many things
that were once impossible to us.

Enter The Realm of Possibility and meet a boy whose girlfriend is in love with Holden Caulfield; a girl who loves the boy who wears all black; a boy with the perfect body; and a girl who writes love songs for a girl she can’t have.

These are just a few of the captivating characters readers will get to know in this intensely heartfelt new novel about those ever-changing moments of love and heartbreak that go hand-in-hand with high school. David Levithan plumbs the depths of teenage emotion to create an amazing array of voices that readers won’t forget. So, enter their lives and prepare to welcome the realm of possibility open to us all. Love, joy, and these stories will linger.
Literary awards for The Realm of Possibility include ALA's Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults (2005).
6217775
Hardcover, 277 pages
Published May 26th 2009 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
How many secrets can you hide in plain sight?
Sprout Bradford has a secret. It’s not what you think—he’ll tell you he’s gay. He’ll tell you about his dad’s drinking and his mother’s death. The green fingerprints everywhere tell you when he last dyed his hair. But neither the reader nor Sprout are prepared for what happens when Sprout suddenly finds he’s had a more profound effect on the lives around him than he ever thought possible. Sprout is both hilarious and gripping; a story of one boy at odds with the expected.
Literary awards for Sprout include Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Children's/Young Adult (2010) and Stonewall Award Honor Book (2010).
331711
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published April 29th 2002 by HMH Books for Young Readers

Ellen loves Link and James. Her older brother and his best friend are the only company she ever wants. She knows they fight, but she makes it a policy never to take sides. She loves her brother, the math genius and track star. She is totally, madly in love with James, his face full of long eyelashes and hidden smiles. “When you grow out of it,” James teases her, “you will break my heart.”

Ellen knows she’ll never outgrow it. She’ll always love James just the way she’ll always love Link. Then someone at school asks if Link and James might be in love with each other. A simple question.

Link refuses to discuss it. James refuses to stay friends with a boy so full of secrets. Ellen’s parents want Link to keep his secrets to himself, but Ellen wants to know who her brother really is. When is curiosity a betrayal? And if James says he loves her, isn’t that just another way of saying he still loves Link?

My Heartbeat is a fast, furious story in which a quirky triangle learns to change its shape and Ellen, at least, learns the limits of what you can ever know about whom you love.

Literary awards for My Heart Beat includes Printz Honor (2003).

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