Gender Queer and LGBT Books for Younger Readers

By Book Moon

By Book Moon

Whether you have children or not, you'll love these new and exciting middlegrade and young adult LGBTQ books. 

 

Happy Pride! 

Peasprout Chen, Future Legend of Skate and Sword (Book 1)

Henry Lien

$16.99 $15.63

I'll just say one thing: Martial Arts Figure Skating Academy. (Middlegrade, queer)

My Life as a Diamond

Jenny Manzer

$10.95 $10.07

A good read even if you don't like baseball. The main character, Caz, loves baseball and has a secret. He desperately wants to be on the team, on and off the field. Will his team support him no-matter what? (Middlegrade, trans MTF)

Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World

Ashley Herring Blake

$7.99 $7.35

A super cute story about a girl with a crush and a missing notebook of her drawings. A cute coming-of-age story. (Middlegrade, lesbian)

The Parker Inheritance

Varian Johnson

$7.99 $7.35

Two friends in the Jim Crow South work to solve a family secret hidden away in a letter. If they can solve the mystery, the will be rewarded with a fortune. (Middlegrade, deals with homophobia and racism)

Drum Roll, Please

Lisa Jenn Bigelow

$6.99 $6.43

Two friends go to Rock Camp and their friendship develops into something they didn't expect. (Middlegrade, lesbian)

The Best Man

Richard Peck

$16.99 $15.63

"A fun, easy read about Archer, a witty and thoughtful 6th grader. When his favorite teacher marries his uncle, it allows him to examine his role models and how he wants to move forward in the world. This is a feel-good novel, and Peck was a Newbery Medal–winning author with over 80 books to his credit. I can’t imagine anyone not falling in love with Archer and his awesome family, so I recommend it as often as possible."--Bookriot (Middlegrade, gay role model)

Hurricane Child

Kheryn Callender and Kacen Callender

$7.99 $7.35

"This gorgeous, complex novel, set on Water Island in the Caribbean, follows a 12-year-old misfit who struggles with friendship, grief, family connections, queer crushes, bullying, and maybe even ghosts. Written descriptively and with a touch of magical realism, the character felt very realistic and relatable. This is the 2019 winner of the Stonewall Book Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature."--Bookriot (Middlegrade, queer)

Zenobia July

Lisa Bunker

$17.99 $16.55

"After the death of her parents, Zenobia moves to Maine so that she can live with her two aunts. She meets a diverse and supportive crew, and is trying to decide if she wants to tell them that she used to be a boy. There is a mystery at the center of this book, so the strong characterizations come with a fun, interesting plot."--Bookriot (Middlegrade, MTF Trans)

The Stars and the Blackness Between Them

Junauda Petrus

$17.98 $16.54

"Like Toni Morrison, who redrew the narrative of black experience with novels set in Midwestern small towns, Petrus is redrawing a map, creating an Eden where Caribbean, black and LGBT culture can find beauty and lushness, spirituality, history and sustenance."--Minneapolis Star Tribune (Young Adult, Lesbian)

The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives

Dashka Slater

$17.98 $16.54

A good exploration of trans / NB identity alongside racial injustice and incarceration. "With a journalist's eye for overlooked details, Slater does a masterful job debunking the myths of the hate-crime monster and the African-American thug, probing the line between adolescent stupidity and irredeemable depravity. Few readers will traverse this exploration of gender identity, adolescent crime, and penal racism without having a few assumptions challenged. An outstanding book that links the diversity of creed and the impact of impulsive actions to themes of tolerance and forgiveness." --Kirkus. (Young Adult, queer)

Dreadnought

April Daniels

$14.99 $13.79

Book 1 of a series. "Dreadnought is a coming-of-age story: it's all about Danny coming to terms with her own power and her own agency, not just as a superhero, but as a person (and as a person who chooses to be a superhero), and it's one that doesn't shy away from consequences, either. People get hurt, sometimes badly--sometimes killed, and it's this willingness to highlight the fact that standing up doesn't come without real cost that gives Dreadnought its real heart."--Locus Magazine (Young Adult, MTF Trans)

Sovereign: Nemesis - Book Two

April Daniels

$14.99 $13.79

Sequel to Dreadnought

Not Your Villain

C. B. Lee

$16.99 $15.63

Another super-hero book but this time the protagonist is the villain, or is he? "Both the action and the tweaks to typical world-building make this charmingly fresh. VERDICT: A fun choice for action-adventure shelves." --Francisca Goldsmith, School Library Journal (Young Adult, queer)

Ash

Malinda Lo

$10.99 $10.11

Malinda Lo's YA novel, "Ash", is a queer retelling of a cinderella story. Ash hopes to be saved from her miserable circumstances, trapped with her evil step-mother. She wishes to be saved by the fairies, but her wishes don't quite go as planned, for there are evil fairies in this world as well as good. She finds hope in the King's daughter and huntress, Kaisa. Romantic and empowering, this fairytale story is poignant and complex in its themes of grief, life, and true love. (Young Adult, Lesbian)

Bloom

Kevin Panetta and Savanna Ganucheau

$17.98 $16.54

"Now that high school is over, Ari is dying to move to the big city with his ultra-hip band—if he can just persuade his dad to let him quit his job at their struggling family bakery. Though he loved working there as a kid, Ari cannot fathom a life wasting away over rising dough and hot ovens. But while interviewing candidates for his replacement, Ari meets Hector, an easygoing guy who loves baking as much as Ari wants to escape it. As they become closer over batches of bread, love is ready to bloom . . . that is, if Ari doesn’t ruin everything."--Kirkus review (Young Adult ages 12 and up, Gay)

Crier's War

Nina Varela

$17.98 $16.54

"Dizzying political machinations intertwine with a burgeoning romance. The plot zooms ahead with nail-biting tension. A fresh, suspenseful take on the robot apocalypse."--Kirkus Reviews (Young Adult, Lesbian)

Many moons ago, Amanda first worked as a bookseller at Buffalo Street Books Co-Op in Ithaca, NY. She’s thrilled to be back among the books, especially here in Easthampton where she’s lived for two years. Amanda holds a B.M. in Music Composition and a minor in English Lit. from Ithaca College. She enjoys all kinds of books but is especially partial to anything involving science fiction, speculative fiction, feminist/LGBTQ themes, and writers of color. She’s a nerd’s nerd and loves being a part of this amazing community of book lovers. Come talk to her about her strange taste in music (jazz fusion, anyone?), books, artsy films, and the Fermi Paradox.