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10,000 Dresses

Bailey dreams of wearing beautiful dresses, but her family disapproves of her understanding of her true self.

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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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A Question of Manhood

Paul Landon's fear of being thought gay brings him to the point of helping kidnap and torture a gay classmate. Then, when Paul's older brother dies in Vietnam after telling Paul of his love for a fellow soldier, Paul is left keeping another family secret. Only his work with a young gay man retraining abused dogs gives Paul the courage to confront his fears.

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A Tale of Two Daddies

In this rhyming book, a little girl responds to the questions her friend asks about the roles her Daddy and Poppa play in her life.

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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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And Tango Makes Three

At New York City's Central Park Zoo, two male penguins parent an egg and start a family.

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Another Kind of Cowboy

Sixteen, gay, and closeted, Alex has dreamed of riding dressage since childhood, although his father wants him to be a "real" cowboy.

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Another Life Altogether

Due to challenges at home, Jessie's family decides to move to Yorkshire for a "new start", and she struggles to fit in and find her own voice in her new town. On top of all this, she must also figure out her confusing new crushes.

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Antonio's Card = La Tarjeta de Antonio

A boy overcomes teasing from his classmates to truly appreciate his unique family.

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Fifteen-year-old Dante and Aristotle are opposites in almost every way but, nevertheless, the two boys are best friends, almost like two halves making a whole. Saenz' lyrical novel examines the bonds of friendship and the uncertainties and saving graces of love.

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Ask the Passengers

There's only one thing Astrid Jones can do when a growing attraction to her co-worker Dee becomes too big and too confusing: send her love to airplane passengers flying overhead while she tries to figure out who she is down here on the ground.

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Bait

Sexually abused San Diego teenager Diego, in trouble for his violent temper, finds understanding and reasons for self-acceptance in the wise and caring counsel of his gay parole officer Mr. Vidas.

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Be Who You Are

Will is having trouble understanding why his brother changed his name to Hope, grew his hair long, and began wearing dresses. With gentle understanding and unwavering support, Hope and her parents help Will to understand and accept.

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Beautiful Music for Ugly Children

Music geek Gabe has just come out to his family as transgender but is still known as Liz at school. He uses his late night community radio show to try on his male identity and encourage listeners to explore their own "b side." Will the show's growing popularity expose his secret?

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Breathing Underwater

In 1970s Florida, it's literally sink or swim for 12-year-old Lily who struggles for self-acceptance while dealing with her mother's mental illness.

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Brooklyn, Burning

Running away from home during a Brooklyn summer to lose the pain through music, sixteen-year old Kid finds acceptance and more in Scout, another soul lost in the music.

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Christian, the Hugging Lion

Based on a popular YouTube video, this book tells the story of John and Ace and their pet lion, Christian, from their first meeting at Harrods department store through the adventures of raising a growing lion in a London apartment and ending with Christian's return to the wild in Africa.

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Cinnamon Toast and the End of the World

Stephen Shulevitz has three months to go before his high school graduation, when he’s faced with the end of the world–realizing he’s in love with very straight and very homophobic best friend. With only a few months left to go in his small town, Stephen tries to figure out who he is and who he wants to be.

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Cissy Funk

Caught in a struggle between her mother and her aunt, Depression-era teen Cissy Funk uncovers shocking family secrets.

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Crisis: 40 Stories Revealing the Personal, Social, and Religious Pain and Trauma of Growing Up Gay in America

Stories of coming out and finding acceptance from 40 Americans--many of them activists and politicians--show that attitude, not homosexuality--is the problem in our society.

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Daddy, Papa, and Me

This "board book" features the everyday lives of two gay dads and their little one.

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Deliver Us from Evie

Sixteen year old Parr Burrman narrates this story about how his sister Evie's lesbianism affects his family and their small Midwestern rural community.

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Dive

Fifteen-year-old Virginia Dunn ("V" for short) has a lot to contend with. Her dog was hit by a car, her father is terminally ill, her mother is an alcoholic ... and V's attracted to Jane.

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Donorboy

Fourteen-year old Rosalind Butterfield's whole world is shaken when both her lesbian mothers are killed in a car accident and she must move in with her birth father, Sean Cassidy -- the sperm donor whom she's never even met before!

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Donovan's Big Day

It's a very BIG day for young Donovan-get ready, get dressed in his best with a bow tie and be the ring bearer when Mommy and Mama get married!

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Down to the Bone

After sixteen-year-old Laura is outed at school, kicked out of her home, and rejected by her girlfriend, she finds herself and her community in this hilarious debut novel with an all-Latino cast.

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Families

Children from a diverse selection of American families share their insights.

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Fancy White Trash

Fifteen-year-old Abby struggles with her highly dysfunctional family while her best friend Cody deals with the challenges of coming out to himself and his friends.

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Far from Xanadu

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. [Re-issued as "Pretend You Love Me"]

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Fat Angie

Angie hits rock bottom the day she tries to commit suicide in the middle of a high school pep rally. Enter KC Romance, a new girl in town who is stunningly different.

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Felicia's Favorite Story

Before Felicia can go to bed at night, she asks her mommies to tell her the story of how she was adopted.

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Finlater

This deeply affecting and openly sexual story of two boys in love -- Cliffy Douglas and Noah Baumgarten -- plays out among the disparities of home life and background during the 1970s homophobia and racial tension.

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Freakboy

Three lives intertwine: Angel, a transwoman who works at an LGBTQ center for teens; Vanessa, a high school girl who's on the wrestling team; and Brendan, Vanessa's boyfriend who has just started having dreams that he is actually a she. Brendan feels at home in his female-bodied dreams, but what does that mean for his relationship with Vanessa, and how can Angel help him?

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Free Your Mind: The Book for Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Youth and Their Allies

Aimed at lesbian, gay, and bisexual young people (and the allies who support them), this primer offers guidance on self-discovery and coming out to friends and family;making healthy choices; and overcoming barriers in school, the community, and religious and spiritual institutions.

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Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

Bechdel reveals her childhood experiences with a closeted gay father and her coming out as a lesbian in this powerful graphic-style memoir.

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Gemini Bites

Twins Kyle and Judy both find themselves drawn to Garrett, a goth boy living with their family while finishing out the school year. But the question is, "How does he feel about them?"

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Giraffe People

Cole is content to do well in school, play sports, and date her well-behaved boyfriend, even though she has more than enough reason to rebel as the middle child of an Army chaplain. When her friendship with Meghan suddenly becomes complicated, it seems that everything else in her life becomes complicated, too.

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God Loves Hair

Vignettes tell the tale of Vivek, a young man who struggles with his sexuality, preferring to wear his mother's beautiful sari and lipstick. He endures physical, emotional and verbal abuse in school, only to be saved by his faith... when things are bad during the week, he knows that Sunday will come and no matter what, his gods love him and appreciate all that he is.

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Gone, Gone, Gone

This quiet love story is set in 2002, as random and deadly sniper fire has Washington DC under siege. Fifteen-year-olds Craig and Lio are drawn together, yet the recent trauma of 9/11 has them at odds, with Craig's emotions on hold and Lio at a growing distance from his own feelings.

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Hard Love

Withdrawn and lonely, John Galardi pours his feelings into writing his zine. Marisol Guzman, who's recently come out as a lesbian, is equally passionate about writing hers. Their shared interest in zines leads them to develop a friendship, and neither of them will ever be quite the same again.

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Hear Me Out: True Stories of Teens Educating and Confronting Homophobia

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 experiences.

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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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Home at Last

Lester finds a loving home with Daddy Rich and Daddy Albert and their big, fluffy dog.

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How I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship & Musical Theater

It's 1983 and Edward Zanni is enjoying his summer vacation rehearsing for his high school production of Grease and hanging out with his friends. He's looking forward to attending Julliard. But when his wealthy father gets remarried, he changes his mind about paying Edward's way through college. So Edward enlists his friends' help in a creative solution to his tuition crisis.

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I Am J

Although physically born female, J has always identified as a boy. Dressing and acting male, J wants to continue transitioning by taking hormone injections, but receives no support from his parents or friends.

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In Our Mothers' House

Although Marmee , Meema, and their three kids have a happy home life with many similarities to their neighbor's experiences -- dinnertime, fooling around, getting ready for parties -- some in their community can see only the differences.

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It's Our Prom (So Deal With It)

Azure has gone public with her objections to her school's senior prom: too expensive, too exclusive, too heterosexual. When the principal challenges Azure and her friends to take charge of the planning committee, they jump into the task--and the accompanying headaches--of planning an inclusive prom.

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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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King of the Screwups

When Liam Geller screws up once too often, his father throws him out of the house, and Liam finds his true self when he goes to live with his father's brother, "Aunt" Pete, a gay glam-rocker disc jockey living in a trailer in upstate New York.

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Leap

In the summer of 1979, Rowan Marks is just waiting to leave for college. In the meantime, she deals with her disconnected family, her best friend Danny who is in love with her, and stuck up, closed-off Catherine.

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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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Letters in the Attic

In the 1960s, twelve-year-old Lizzy McMann tries to find a new husband for her mother while developing a crush on her best friend, Eva.

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Looking for Jamie Bridger

Fourteen-year-old Jamie Bridger is determined to find out who her real parents are despite her grandparents' opposition.

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Mini Mia and Her Darling Uncle

A mischievious little girl comes to terms with having to share her favorite uncle with his new partner.

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Mistik Lake

After Odella's mother leaves, generations of family secrets begin to emerge.

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Mom and Mum are Getting Married

Rosie wants to participate in Mom and Mum's upcoming wedding. But since it will be a small ceremony, there's no need for a flower girl or bridesmaid. But the role she does play winds up saving the day!

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Mommy, Mama, and Me

This "board book" features the everyday lives of two lesbian moms and their little one.

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Monday is One Day

Counting down to the weekend, this rhyming story helps children from different types of families (including one with gay dads) deal with separation anxiety while learning the days of the week.

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Monicka's Papa is Tall

Monicka's papa and daddy are very different, but the puzzle pieces show that both of them love her very much.

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More Than This

Seth clearly remembers drowning and dying, but now he is awake in a run-down, abandoned version of his childhood home. Whenever he closes his eyes, his dreams feel more lifelike than his new reality.

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My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park

Three high school friends, including a fun, proud, and just about out-of-the-closet gay young man, tell about their 'excellent' ninth-grade year.

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My Side of the Story

Only 16, cheeky Jarold, a.k.a. Jazz, hits the gay bars to escape the misery of his life.

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My Tiki Girl

After once-popular Maggie, 15, is left with an injured leg when a car accident kills her mother, she finds solace with Dahlia, the new girl at school, and her unconventional family, including a mentally-ill mother. Set in the 1990s in a small town in Connecticut.

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My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family

Author Zach Wahls is the teen whose eloquent speech to the Iowa House Judiciary Committee on behalf of same-sex marriage went viral on YouTube in early 2011. Now, in chapters titled for the Boy Scouts' virtues, Zach tells the story of his life as the son of two lesbian women.

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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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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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Notes from the Blender

Declan, an emo goth into Finnish death metal and violent video games, is a loner with a crush on classmate Neilly Foster, a popular, smart, gymnast. Their world is shaken when his father and her mother decide to get married.

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Oddly Normal: One Family's Struggle to Help Their Teenage Son Come to Terms with His Sexuality

On the day thirteen-year-old Joe Schwartz came out at school, his mother came home to find him in the bathroom, having attempted suicide. With Joe's help, his father weaves together the family's story and the statistics behind the failure of schools to protect LGBTQ students.

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One in Every Crowd: Stories

Stories for everyone who has ever felt alone in their struggle to be true to themselves. These are honest, wry, plain-spoken tales about gender, identity and family.

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Orphea Proud

A lyrical story about Orphea Proud, a seventeen-year-old poet/performance artist who shares her experiences with an audience as she talks about love, loss, and life.

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Out

Canadian teenager Alex must confront his latent homophobia when his younger brother comes out to him.

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Out of the Ordinary: Essays on Growing Up with Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Parents

A collection of essays by teen and adult children of gay, lesbian, and transgender parents, this book touches on several complex issues, including dealing with a parent's sexuality while developing an identity of one's own, overcoming homophobia at school or social gatherings, and redefining the family.

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Parrotfish

Grady McNair, a transgender high school student, struggles for acceptance by family and friends as he outwardly adjusts to his new male identity.

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Perfect

Cara is struggling with her parents' ideals of perfect, but will that cause her to lose out on a new kind of love and being true to herself?

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Pretend You Love Me

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. [Originally published as "Far from Xanadu"]

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Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy

Most teenage boys dream of being makeout artists. Sixteen-year-old Carlos Duarte, on the other hand, dreams about being a makeup artist! And when he gets a part-time job at Macy's cosmetics department, he figures fame and fortune are just around the corner.

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Rage: A Love Story

When the wildly divergent lives of Johanna and Reeves collide, all the Romantic, Alluring, Gorgeous, and Exciting expectations turn to painful RAGE.

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Ryan's Mom is Tall

Ryan's mom and mummy are very different, but the puzzle pieces show that both of them love him very much.

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Say the Word

The "perfect" Shawna Gallagher finds her life turned upside down when she turns 17, her estranged lesbian mother dies, and she discovers a family in the mother's partner and two sons, a family that her controlling father tries to destroy.

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See You at Harry's

Twelve-year old Fern is a quiet, thoughtful child in the middle of a close-knit but dysfunctional busy family. She longs to be brave like her namesake in Charlotte's Web, but her courage is soon put to the test when tragedy strikes outside the family restaurant and her life is turned upside-down.

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Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You

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 mother's art gallery.

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Stick

Born with just one ear, 13-year-old Stick faces daily harassment at school. But his home life is worse. His abusive parents not only beat him and his brother Bosten, but lock them in rooms with only a cot and a bucket for days at a time. And when they find out that Bosten is gay ...

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Street Dreams

Life, love, and hip-hop mix to push gay Maori teen Tyson to places he's afraid to go when he suddenly starts crushing on a straight guy he meets through his involvements in the local scene.

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Sunday You Learn How to Box

In the late 1960s, 14-year-old Louis Bowman, who lives in a Connecticut housing project, deals with his dysfunctional family as he comes out.

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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 Center of the World

Seventeen-year-old Phil navigates his complicated family dynamics and his first sexual relationship in a lyrical novel first published in Germany.

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The Daddy Machine

Two kids with lesbian moms wonder what it would be like to have a dad. So they build a daddy machine, turn it on, and a dad pops out. Then comes another, and another, and another ...

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The Evolution of Ethan Poe

The question of teaching intelligent design brings Ethan Poe's rural Maine town to crisis, with science on one side and fundamentalist Christians on the other. As Ethan begins a relationship with handsome classmate Max Modine, he also deals with his parents' divorce, his brother's increasingly self-destructive behavior, and the fundamentalist Christian beliefs of both his brother and his best friend Jorja, while violence erupts around the local school board election.

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The FitzOsbornes in Exile

After the Germans bomb their beloved castle on the tiny island nation of Montmaray, the young royal family flees to pre-war England, carrying the horrifying awareness of Hitler's deadly potential with them. As conscience and conventions collide, each struggles to fight their individual battles for love and truth.

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The Full Spectrum: A New Generation of Writing About Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Other Identities

This collection of 40 essays and poetry from a wide variety of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning teens and young adults ranging in age from 13 to 23 shows the complexity of contemporary LGBTQ life.

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The House You Pass On The Way

As the daughter of a black father and a white mother, fourteen-year-old Evangeline Ian Canan, better known as "Staggerlee," leads a lonely and isolated existence in rural South Carolina. But Staggerlee has secret that sets her further apart -- her feelings for girls.

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The Keeping Quilt: 25th Anniversary Edition

In the 25th anniversary edition of this classic children's book, Polacco expands upon the earlier story of her celebrated family heirloom quilt. The current edition includes the role the quilt plays as a "huppa" (the traditional canopy) in the Jewish weddings of her straight son and her lesbian daughter.

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The Last Exit to Normal

Ben Campbell and his family move to rural Montana where Ben absolutely does not fit in and finds it harder to deal with having two dads than he did in their previous urban home.

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The Meaning of Matthew: My Son's Murder in Laramie, and a World Transformed

Judy Shepard offers her personal account of the heartrending 1998 murder of her gay son Matthew in Laramie, Wyoming, a tragedy that inspired the powerful play The Laramie Project and led to federal anti-hate legislation.

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The Memoirs of a Beautiful Boy

Hilarious stories of a comically dysfunctional family describe growing up gay in Texas.

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The Off Season

In this sequel to Dairy Queen, D.J. Schwenk is now a junior, playing linebacker on her high school football team. In the roller-coaster year ahead, D.J. must cope with injuries plus problems with her family, boyfriend, and lesbian best friend.

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The Shared Heart: Portraits and Stories Celebrating Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Young People

In this celebrated collection of photographs and text, meet 40 young people from all walks of life ranging in age from their teens until their twenties and read their first-person accounts about the challenges of growing up bisexual, lesbian, and gay.

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The Thunder in His Head

Openly gay sixteen-year-old Kyle Manning's life at home and school starts to fall apart when his parents' divorce, and becomes more complicated when he meets and falls in love with the mysterious Dwight.

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The Vast Fields of Ordinary

During his last summer before college, Dade juggles his divorcing parents and dysfunctional closeted boyfriend until he meets Alex and gains the courage to declare his sexuality.

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The Waiting Tree

Simon and Stephen get caught "in the act" by Stephen's dad, but that's just one of Simon's many problems. Simon has been ostracized by his church community, he has a going-nowhere job at the local Stop 'n Save, and he is the sole caretaker of his brother, Jude.

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The Year of Ice

Struggling with coming out, 17-year-old high school senior Kevin Doyle finds his strained relationship with his father further challenged when he learns the truth about his mother's death.

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Tilt

Sixteen-year-old Shane, in love with HIV-positive Alex, is one of three teens sharing their fears and whispered secrets as they navigate life's toughest decisions.

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Totally Joe

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.

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Touching Snow

Karina's mother has remarried and moved the family, Haitian immigrants, to the suburbs to get away from the dangers of Brooklyn, NY. But for Karina and her sisters their new home is far more dangerous, living with an abusive stepfather who brutally beats them. Told in flashbacks, the story shows how Karina's struggles at home and at school, as well as her burgeoning relationship with Rachel, a girl she meets at the community center.

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Transparent: Love, Family, and Living the T with Transgender Teenagers

Author Beam, who volunteers at a gay and transgender school in Los Angeles, recounts her experiences working with the students - with a focus on four transgirls: Christina, Domineque, Foxxjazell, and Ariel.

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Tricks

Five teens find themselves selling their bodies in Las Vegas due to circumstances and decisions, both within and well beyond their control.

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Uncle Andy's Cats

In the further adventures of the author's Uncle Andy (Warhol), the New York house is overrun with cats - 25 to be exact -- all but one of whom are named Sam.

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Uncle Andy's: A Faabbbulous Visit With Andy Warhol

Seven-year-old James and his family make a surprise visit to Grandma and Uncle Andy at their Manhattan townhouse. But when your uncle is Andy Warhol, you're in for lots of surprises yourself!

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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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Way to Go

Seventeen-year-old high school junior Danny looks forward to a relaxing summer vacation with his two best friends, but a run-in with the local police has his mother insisting he find a summer job. Work in the new restaurant in town brings friendship with Lisa, a tattooed free spirit who helps him accept his true self.

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We the Animals

Torres' acclaimed first novel is an impressionistic examination of a family of mixed race and ethnicity. Though fiercely loving, how will the family react to the youngest son's growing awareness of his homosexuality?

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Where's My Wand? One Boy's Magical Triumph Over Alienation and Shag Carpeting

Poole's witty memoir of growing up as a gay, Bewitched-obsessed boy in 1970s St. Louis recalls David Sedaris' unfailingly funny takes on family wackiness.

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