Books for LGBT Youth in Grades 9-12

Click here for a list of books for youth in grades 9-12.  It was compiled with
the help of a school librarian/media specialist.
GLYS Booklist

(Note to high school media specialists or public librarians:
Upon request GLYS will donate this set of books to your library.)

We are working on a list of 6-12 titles for middle school students.  When it is complete you will find it available here. . . .

“It Gets Better”/YouTube video by Alex Sanchez, author of several LGBTQ books for youth including:
Rainbow Boys
Rainbow High
Rainbow Road
So Hard to Say
Getting It
The God Box

Listed below are other books for LGBTQ youth – there are others, but we have read and like these:
Some new titles will be featured in The Book Corner of our homepage.

Am I Blue?  Coming out from the Silence
by Marion Dan Bauer (Harper Trophy, 1995)

Becoming Bobbie
by R.J. Stevens (Kensington Books, 2003)

Does Your Mama Know?  An Anthology of Black Lesbian Coming Out Stories edited by Lisa C. Moore (Redbone Press, 1998)

Eight Seconds
by Jean Ferris (Harcourt, 2000)
Eighteen-year-old John must confront his own sexuality when he goes to rodeo school and finds himself strangely attracted to an older boy who is smart, tough, complicated, gorgeous and gay.

Far from Xanadu
by Julie Anne Peters (Megan Tingley Books, 2005)
In small Kansas town, sixteen-year-old Mary-Elizabeth “Mike” Szabo tries to come to terms with her father’s suicide and her own homosexuality.

Gravel Queen
by Tea Benduhn (Simon & Schuster, 2003)
All Aurin wants to do the summer before her senior year in high school is hang out with friends Kenney and Fred, but when she falls in love with Neila, everything changes.

Kissing Kate
by Lauren Myracle (Penguin Putnam Books, 2003)
Sixteen-year-old Lissa’s relationship with her best friend changes after they kiss at a party and Lissa does not know what to do, until she gets help from an unexpected new friend.

M or F?
by Lisa Papademetriou and Christopher Tebbetts
(Penguin Putnam Books, 2005)
Gay teen Marcus helps his friend Frannie chat up her crush online, but then becomes convinced that the crush is falling for him instead.

The Misfits
by James Howe (Simon & Schuster, 2001)
Four students who do not fit in at their small-town middle school decide to create a third party for the student counsel elections to represent all students who have ever been called names.  [GLYS recommends for middle school libraries & reading projects.]

My Heartbeat
by Garrett Freymann-Weyr (Houghton-Mifflin, 2002)
As she tries to understand the closeness between her older brother and his best friend, fourteen-year-old Ellen finds her relationship with each of them changing.

Not the Only One – Lesbian and Gay Fiction for Teens
edited by Tony Grima (Alyson Books, 1995)

Order of the Poison Oak
by Brent Hartinger (Harper Collins, 2005) – author of The Geography Club
Russell, having endured the antagonism of his classmates since admitting he is homosexual, decides to take a counselor job at a summer camp for burn victims, but finds ten-year-old boys have just as many problems as he does.

Queer 13 – Lesbian and Gay Writers Recall Seventh Grade
edited by Clifford Chase (Rob Weisbach Book, 1999)

Rainbow High
by Alex Sanchez (Simon & Schuster, 2003)          The 2nd in the Rainbow Boys trilogy.
Three high school seniors, a jock with a girlfriend and an alcoholic father, a closeted gay and a flamboyant gay rights advocate, struggle with family issues, gay bashers, first sex, and conflicting feelings about each other.

Rainbow Road
by Alex Sanchez (Simon & Schuster, 2005)          The 3rd in the Rainbow Boys trilogy.
While driving across the United States during the summer after high school graduation, three young gay men encounter various bisexual and homosexual people and make some decisions about their own relationships and lives.

Sugar Rush
by Julie Burchill (HarperTempest, 2005)
After fifteen-year-old Kim transfers to a new school, she finds herself falling in love with the glamorous Maria “Sugar” Sweet.

by Kathe Koja (Frances Foster Books, 2005)
Hoping to escape from himself for a while, Kit auditions for a controversial school play and discovers his talent for acting, struggles with coming out, and both he and his costar face crises in their view of themselves and in their close relationships.  Told from two points of view.

by Kathleen Jeffrie Johnson (Roaring Book Press, 2003)
After being raped, Grady goes to a new high school where he meets an outgoing African American and several other students who try to help him deal with the horrible secret.

What Happened to Lani Garver
by Carol Plum-Ucci
Sixteen-year-old Claire is unable to face her fears about a recurrence of her leukemia, her eating disorder, her need to fit in with the popular crowd on Hackett Island, and her mother’s alcoholism until the enigmatic Lani Garver helps her get control of her life at the risk of her own.