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A terrific source is the ALA GLBT Round Table Rainbow Project list.
Rainbow Final List – 2008
Books Copyrighted 2005-2007

Middle/Early Young Adult


Burch, Christian. The Manny Files. 2006. 296p. Atheneum, $15.95.
(9781416900399/141690039X). 296p. Gr. 5-8. Shy Keats Dalinger learns
from his unconventional male “nanny” to be more self-confident and
out-going while the “manny” becomes more and more a part of the family.

Hartinger, Brent. The Order of the Poison Oak. 2005. 211p. HarperTeen,
$15.99. (0060567309). Gr. 7-10. Tired of being the school freak, gay
16-year-old Russel tries to escape as a summer camp counselor in a rural
summer camp only to be attracted to the same counselor as his bisexual
friend Min.

Howe, James. Totally Joe. 2005. 189p. Atheneum/Ginee Seo Books, $15.95.
(978068983573/068983597X). Gr. 6-8. In 13-year-old Joe’s alphabiography
assignment—the story of his life from A to Z—he bares his soul about his
parents, teachers, friends, and enemies--and his coming out.

Larochelle, David. Absolutely, Positively Not 2005. 219p. Arthur A.
Levine Books, $16.95. (0439591090). Gr. 7-10. Fifteen-year-old Steven
conscientiously collects photos of girls in bikinis and dates his female
classmates in this humorous attempt to fit into his Minnesota high
school, only to find out some surprising things about the people around
him—and himself.

Limb, Sue. Girl Nearly 16, Absolute Torture. 2005. 216p. Delacorte,
$15.95. (0385732163). Gr. 7-10. Forced to leave her boyfriend and visit
with her father for two weeks, 15-year-old Jess finally learns the
reason her father left her mother.

Peters, Julie Anne. Between Mom and Jo. 2006. 232p. Little, Brown/Megan
Tingley Books, $16.99. (0316739065). 232p. Gr. 7-10. Fourteen-year-old
Nick has a great life with his two moms until they split up and he’s
caught in the middle with no support.

Selvadurai, Shyam. Swimming in the Monsoon Sea. 2005. 280p. Tundra,
$18.95. (08887767354). Gr. 7-10. Fourteen-year-old Amrith finds his life
in Sri Lanka turned upside down when his Canadian cousin visits and
Amrith falls in love with him.


Marcus, Eric. What If Someone I know Is Gay: Answers to Questions about
What It Means to be Gay and Lesbian. 2007. 183p. Simon Pulse, $8.99.
(9781416949701/1416949704). Gr. 7-12. This radically updated resource
covers basics and not-so-basics in a question-and-answer format.

Miller, Calvin Craig. No easy answers: Bayard Rustin and the civil
rights movement. [Portraits of Black Americans Series]. 2005. 160p.
Morgan Reynolds, $27.95. (9781931798433/1931798435). Gr. 7-10. Although
a leader in the US civil rights movement, Rustin’s arrest, prosecution,
and imprisonment for a homosexual encounter were used to discredit his

When I Knew. Ed. Robert Trachtenberg. Il. Tom Bachtell. 2005. 120p.
Regan Books, $22.95. (0060571462). Gr. 9-12. More than 80 contributors
briefly describe their self-discovery “eureka moment” regarding their
sexual orientation in a fun book with a magazine style.

Young Adult


Alvarado, T. I. Wanted. 2006. 190p. Alyson, $14.95.
(9781555839451/1555839452). Gr. 10-12. Bounty hunter Ladybird “Bird”
Blacker has too much to deal with, from a pacifist partner to a
six-foot-, seven-inch-tall business rival who wears a scowl you couldn’t
scrape off with a chisel—and then her little sister comes to town.

Berman, Steve. Vintage: A Ghost Story. 2007. 148p. Haworth , $12.95.
(9781560236313/1560236310). Gr. 10-12. Rejected by his parents because
he’s gay and sent to live with his aunt, a teen is haunted by a handsome
boy—in more ways than one—and only black magic will help.

Cameron, Peter. Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You. 2007. 229p.
Farrar/Frances Foster Books, $16.00. (9780374309893/03743098920. Gr.
10-12. Holden Caulfield, meet James Sveck, a white, middle-class New
Yorker who disdains his peers and most of the adults in his life, except
for the gay man who manages his moDavis, Will. My Side of the Story. 2007. 243p. 
Bloomsbury, $14.95.
(9781596912946/1596912944). Gr. 10-12. Only 16, cheeky Jarold a.k.a.
Jazz, hits the gay bars to escape the misery of his life.

Garden, Nancy. Hear Us Out!: Lesbian and Gay Stories of Struggle,
Progress, and Hope,1950 to the Present. 2007. 230p. Farrar, $18.00.
(9780374317591/0374317593). Gr. 8-11. Fact and fiction show the
struggles for lgbt teens in America during the past five decades.

Goobie, Beth. Hello, Groin. 2006. 271p. Orca, $17.95.
(9781551434599/1551434598). Gr. 9-12. Wanting to be normal, 16-year-old
Dylan Kowolski tries to hide her lesbianism and develop sexual feelings
for her boyfriend at the same time she has a passionate crush on her
best female friend.

Humphreys, Helen. Wild Dogs. 2005. 185p. Norton, $13.95. (0393060152).
Gr. 10-12. Alice, in love with a wildlife biologist, gathers at the
forest’s edge with her and four other people to save their dogs that
have become feral.

Hyde, Catherine Ryde. Becoming Chloe. 2006. 215p. Knopf, $15.95.
(0375832580). Gr. 9-12. Attempting to protect Wanda (aka Chloe), another
homeless teenager, 17-year-old Jordan finds the brutality and beauty in
life on their road trip across the country.

Levithan, David. Wide Awake. 2006. 221p. Knopf, $16.95.
(9780375834660/0375834664). Gr. 9-12: In a future American when gay
Jewish Abraham Stein is elected president, lovers Jimmy and Duncan join
the throngs of people traveling to Topeka to protest the governor’s
threat to change votes.

Moore, Perry. Hero. 2007. 428p. Hyperion, $16.99.
(9781423101956/1423101952). Gr. 10-12. Thom Creed, the son of
superheroes, has to hide the fact that he’s gay if he’s going to fit
into the League—but he finds a lot more problems than that facing him.

Noyes, Katia. Crashing America. 2005. 249p. Alyson, $14.95.
(1555839118). Gr. 10-12. Afraid that she will kill herself at age 18 as
her mother did, 17-year-old Girl (formerly Gretchen) flees San Francisco
on a road trip to the Midwest, searching for a place where she belongs.

Peters, Julie Anne. Far from Xanadu. 2005. 282p. Little, Brown, $16.99.
(031615881X). Gr. 9-12. Mike Szabo--ace softball player, weightlifter,
a.k.a. Mary Elizabeth--has enough trouble surviving in her small town
before a new girl, Xanadu, turns Mike’s life upside down.

Peters, Julie Anne. grl2grl. 2007. 151p. Little, Brown/Megan Tingley
Books, $11.99. (9780316013437/0316013439). Gr. 9-12. The young women in
this collection of ten short stories are at different levels of
self-discovery, searching for satisfying relationships.

Rucka, Greg. Gotham Central: Half a Life. 2005. 168p. Il. Michael Lark
et al. DC Comics, $14.99. (1401204384). 168p. Gr. 9-12. Police detective
Renee Montoya's secret lesbian life, which she must keep from not only
her co-workers but also her family, puts her in great danger when she is
implicated in a murder and her main defender is the psychopathic
criminal Two-Face.

Sanchez, Alex. Getting It. 2006. 210p. Simon & Schuster, $16.95.
(9781416908968/141690896X). Gr. 9-12. Hoping to impress a sexy female
classmate, 15-year-old Carlos secretly hires gay student Sal to give him
an image makeover in exchange for Carlos’s helping to form a
Gay-Straight Alliance at their Texas high school.

St. James, James. Freak Show. 2007. 298p. Dutton, $18.99.
(978052547799-0). Gr. 9-12. Outrageously over-the-top teen drag queen
Billy Bloom, a new student at the very conservative Dwight D. Eisenhower
Academy, finds that life is not easy for him among the rich white
students with their brutal homophobia. 
Steinhofel, Andreas. The Center of the World. Trans. Alisa Jaffa. 2005.
467p. Delacorte, $16.95. (038572943X). Gr. 11-12. Seventeen-year-old
Phil navigates his complicated family dynamics and his first sexual
relationship in a lyrical novel first published in Germany.

Vickers, Lu. Breathing Underwater. 2007. 251p. Alyson, $24.95.
(9781555839642/1555839649. Gr. 10-12.
In 1970s Florida, it’s literally sink or swimstruggles for self-acceptance while 
dealing with her mother’s mental

Wittlinger, Ellen. Parrotfish. 2007. 294p. Simon & Schuster, $16.99.
(9781416916222/9781416916228). Gr. 9-12. When Angela, who has never felt
comfortable as a girl, finally comes out as transgendered and begins
life as a boy, she isn’t prepared for everyone’s reactions.


Baez, John and others. The Gay and Lesbian Guide to College Life. 2007.
391p. Random/Princeton Review, $13.95 (9780375766237/037576237). Gr.
10-12. College life for GLBTQ students—financing, the right school,
being out or not, dealing with GLBTQphobia, and more—is the focus of
this guide for both students and those who love and care about them.

Beam, Chris. Transparent: Love, Family, and Living the T with
Transgender Teenagers. 2007. 323p. Harcourt, $25.00.
(9780151011964/0151011966). Gr. 10-12. Four transgendered girls share
their world with a volunteer in a Los Angeles school for gay and
transgender students.

Bechdel, Alison. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic. 2006. 240p. Houghton
Mifflin, $13.95. (9780618477944/0618477942). Gr. 11-12. Bechdel reveals
her childhood experiences with a closeted gay father and her coming out
as a lesbian in this powerful graphic-style memoir.

Carlip, Hillary. Queen of the Oddballs and Other True Stories From a
Life Unaccording to Plan. 2006. 273p. Harper, $13.95.
(9780060878832/0060878835). Gr. 10-12. This hilarious offbeat memoir
chronicles the escapades of an unconventional girl surrounded by artists
and rockstars in the 1960s and 1970s.

Cart, Michael and Christine A. Jenkins. The Heart Has Its Reasons: Young
Adult Literature with Gay/Lesbian/Queer Content, 1969-2004. 2006. 205p.
Scarecrow Press, $42.00. (978810850712/0810850710). Gr. 9-12. This
overview of young adult glbtq fiction 1970 to 2004 includes lists of
books for teens.

The Full Spectrum: A New Generation of Writing. Ed. David Levithan and
Billy Merrill. 2006. 272p. Knopf, $9.95. (9780375832901/0375832904).
288pp. Gr. 8-11. This collection of essays and poetry from a wide
diversity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered teens shows the
complexity of today’s LGBTQ youths.

Hear Me Out: True Stories of Teens Educating and Confronting Homophobia.
Planned Parenthood of Toronto. 2005. 197p. Second Story Press, $12.95.
(1896764878). Gr. 9-12. Twenty teens from a variety of social, economic,
ethnic, and racial backgrounds give personal accounts of gay, lesbian,
queer, transgender, transsexual, and questioning young-adult

Keen, Lisa. Out Law: What LGBT Youth Should Know about Their Legal
Rights. [Queer Action/Queer Ideas Series] 2007. 158p. Beacon, $11.00.
(0807079669). Gr. 9-12. LGBT young adults can make a difference

Patterson, Romaine, with Patrick Hinds. The Whole World Was Watching:
Living in the Light of Matthew Shepard. 2005. 289p. Advocate, $24.95.
(1555839010). Gr. 9-12. After young gay Matthew Shepard was brutally
murdered in Laramie (WY), the author of this book formed a group of
“angels” who surrounded the bigoted Fred Phelps of Topeka (KS) when
he and a small group picketed outside the killer’s trial with such signs
as “Matthew in Hell”: this is the autobiography of the young woman who
conceived and carried out this idea.

Rouse, Wade. America’s Boy: A Memoir. 2006. 340p. Dutton, $24.95.
(9780525949343/0525949348). Gr. 10-12. Growing up in southwestern
Missouri in the 1970s and hopelessly out of step with the redneck
masculinity surrounding him, Wade tries to hide the fact that he is gay
by overeating.

Lisa Von Drasek 
Children's Librarian
Bank Street College of Education
School for Children Pre-K- 8 
610 West 112th St
NY  NY   10025

212 875 4452
>>> Megan Kurtz <mkurtz@DONBOSCO.ORG> 07/16/09 1:53 PM >>>
The high school I work at has a large population of GLBT students
gay males).  I would like to include more GLBT literature in my
I am especially looking for recent YA novels.  Which books would you
recommend I purchase?  I will compose a HIT list, in case anyone else is
iDon Bosco Charter High School
Kansas City, MO
"Education breeds confidence.  Confidence breeds hope.  Hope breeds
-- Confucius  

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