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A Name on the Quilt: A Story of Remembrance

Lauren and her family reminisce as they work together creating a panel for the AIDS Memorial Quilt in honor of her Uncle Ron.

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After Tupac and D Foster

Eleven-year-old D Foster completes a trio of friends who share a passion for the music of Tupac Shakur as they deal with discrimination directed toward the gay brother of one of the trio.

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Amy Asks a Question: Grandma, What's a Lesbian?

Amy asks her Grandma Bonnie, who has been in a lesbian relationship for over 20 years, what it's like to be a lesbian.

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Better Nate than Ever

Thirteen-year-old Nate runs away from his small town in Pennsylvania to New York City to audition for E.T. the Musical. With the help of his best friend, can he come back home before anyone notices he's gone?

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Drama

Callie is a passionate theater geek who plunges into her middle school's production of "Moon Over Mississippi" with enthusiasm for all things theater: sets, props, lighting - you name it, she's on it. When twins Justin and Jesse join the cast, Callie quickly develops a crush on one and a friendship with the other, who is gay.

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Fabulous!: A Portrait of Andy Warhol

Focusing on the first half of Warhol's life, author and illustrator Bonnie Christensen shows how the lonely outsider in Pittsburgh became a successful artist in New York City in the 1960s.

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Five, Six, Seven, Nate!

In the sequel to Better Nate Than Ever, Nate Foster's Broadway dreams are finally coming true.

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From Alice to Zen and Everyone in Between

Eleven-year-old Alice Bunt has just moved to the suburbs from Boston and will be attending middle school in the fall. Before school starts she befriends Zen, a boy from the neighborhood who is her polar opposite. Stay tuned as Alice and Zen navigate their way through middle school.

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Gertrude is Gertrude is Gertrude is Gertrude

Written in the style of Gertrude Stein, this book explores the lives of Stein, Alice B. Toklas, and their circle of artistic and literary friends.

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Hit the Road, Manny: A Manny Files Novel

This year, for their annual summer vacation, the Dalinger family and their "manny" are hitting the road, making a cross-country road trip in a rented RV. Points of interest include a visit to Las Vegas and a stop off at the manny's parents' ranch in Wyoming.

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Holly's Secret

When she moves from Manhattan to rural Massachusetts and starts middle school, eleven-year-old Holly reinvents her life, deciding to change her name to Yvette and hide the fact that her two moms are lesbians.

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Keeper

Accompanied by her dog and a seagull, ten-year-old Keeper sneaks away late at night in a small rowboat, searching for her mother, a mermaid, who left her many years ago to return to the ocean.

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Kevin Keller

There's a new guy in Riverdale: he's cute, a military brat, funny, and smart. And oh yeah - he's gay.

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Leonardo da Vinci

Employing a warm conversational tone, Kathleen Krull chronicles the many accomplishments and endeavors of artist, scientist, and inventor Leonardo da Vinci. Social and political issues such as Leonardo's homosexuality, family status, and pacifism are discussed frankly and grounded firmly within historical context.

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Let's Get this Straight: The Ultimate Handbook for Youth with LGBTQ Parents

Reaching out through the voices of youth in GLBTQ households, this handbook gives kids the tools to deal with the uniqueness of living with LGBTQ parents, including how to deal with the bigotry and hatred of others, overcoming discrimination, and building self-esteem.

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Living in Secret

From the age of six, Amelia has been living with her dad who was awarded custody because her mom was in a lesbian relationship. But now at age 12, Amelia escapes her father's house to go live with Mom and her partner Janey. Amelia and her moms must live their lives in secret, aware that any slip could tear their family apart.

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My Mixed-Up Berry Blue Summer

Twelve-year-old June dislikes her mother's new partner Eva and is dismayed when the two adults plan to marry. When a movement to repeal Vermont's civil union law exposes the family to bitter homophobia June discovers an inner courage that surprises her family, her community, and herself.

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Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World

Twelve-year-old Amedeo Kaplan is on the brink of discovery

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Newsgirl

When ambitious and strong-willed 12-year-old Amelia Forrester moves to San Francisco in the spring of 1851 with her two mothers, she must masquerade as a boy to realize her dream of first hawking newspapers and then working as a reporter.

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No Castles Here

A book of fairy tales, participation in a school chorus, and a gay Big Brother combine to give 11-year-old Augie the confidence he needs to become an activist.

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Sally Ride: Life on a Mission

In an era of feminist activism and change, Sally Ride excelled as an athlete, scientist, astronaut, investigator, and advocate for girls' STEM education.

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Say Something

A girl remains silent while others around her are bullied or teased. But one day she finds herself the target of jokes and no one speaks up for her.

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The Accidental Adventures of India McAllister

An illustrated diary-like account of things that India McAllister loves like her dog Tofu, her best friend, Colby, and other things... well, she's not so sure about, like Amanda the Rodent and Richard, her dad's boyfriend.

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The Boy in the Dress

Twelve-year-old Dennis finds his family, friends, and townspeople initially resistant to his desire to wear dresses, but they become his biggest fans on and off the soccer field.

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The Manny Files

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.

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The Misfits

Tired of bullying and harassment, four seventh graders decide to run for their middle school student council with a platform targeted at stamping out name calling. This book is the inspiration behind GLSEN's (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) "No Name Calling Week."

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The Popularity Papers: Research for the Social Improvement and General Betterment of Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang

Best friends, Julie and Lydia, try to determine the secrets to popularity and record their observations and schemes in a secret notebook. The result is a hilarious, delightfully illustrated guide to surviving middle school and figuring out what friendship really means.

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Wandering Son: Book One

Fifth graders Shuichi and Yoshino find each other during the first days of school, discovering that they share a love of many different things including the secret that each wants to be the gender that the other was born.

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Wandering Son: Book Three

As their friendship grows more strained after their secrets are exposed, Yoshino and Shuichi start to learn about the hard realities of being transgender, and the consequences (unintended or not) that it can bring.

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Wandering Son: Book Two

Shuichi spends his grandmother's cash gift on a special present that leads to his sister finding out his secret, leading to disastrous consequences. But can Shuichi find the strength and courage to withstand the trials that are to come?

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We Are the Youth: Sharing the Stories of LGBT Youth in the United States

Based on an ongoing photojournalism project of the same name, We Are the Youth was inspired by the idea that reading about others’ life experiences can create understanding, empathy and empowerment. In this book, LGBT youth tell their stories in their own words.

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When Heroes Die

Since his father left, Gary, a seventh grader, has depended on his hero Uncle Rob to fill in. But Gary is devastated when he learns his uncle has contracted AIDS.

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Who Was Sally Ride?

Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, was a scientist and university professor, with a passion for interesting girls in studying science.

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