Young Adult LGBTQIA+ Reads for Pride Month

By White Birch Books

By White Birch Books

Stay Gold

Tobly McSmith

$18.99 $17.47

Content Warning: Transphobic slurs, transphobic parents, deadnames, and violence against trans people. As a trans boy, Pony wants nothing more than to blend in at his new school and remain fully in the closet. Georgia, the popular pretty cheerleader, wants nothing more than to stay popular - even though she hates cheerleading and would rather write in the school newspaper. These two meet and the rest is history.

You Should See Me in a Crown

Leah Johnson

$17.99 $16.55

Liz Lighty has always done her best to avoid the spotlight in her small, wealthy, and prom-obsessed midwestern high school. After all, her family is black and rather poor, especially since her mother died; instead, she has concentrated on her grades and her musical ability in the hopes that it will win her a scholarship to elite Pennington College and their famous orchestra where she plans to study medicine. But when that scholarship falls through, she is forced to turn to her school's scholarship for prom king and queen, which plunges her into the gauntlet of social media which she hates and leads her to discoveries about her own identity and the value of true friendships.

Heartstopper, Volume 1

Alice Oseman

$14.99 $13.79

The only graphic novel on the list! Shy and softhearted Charlie Spring sits next to rugby player NIck Nelson in class one morning. A warm and intimate friendship follows, and that soon develops into something more for Charlie, who doesn't think he has a chance. But Nick is struggling with feelings of his own, and as the two grow closer and take on the ups and downs of high school, they come to understand the surprising and delightful ways in which love works.

The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea

Maggie Tokuda-Hall

$18.99 $17.47

The pirate Florian, born Flora, has always done whatever it takes to survive--including sailing under false flag on the Dove as a marauder, thief, and worse. Lady Evelyn Hasegawa, a highborn Imperial daughter, is on board as well--accompanied by her own casket. But Evelyn's one-way voyage to an arranged marriage in the Floating Islands is interrupted when the captain and crew show their true colors and enslave their wealthy passengers. Both Florian and Evelyn have lived their lives by the rules, and whims, of others. But when they fall in love, they decide to take fate into their own hands--no matter the cost. Maggie Tokuda-Hall's sweeping fantasy debut, full of stolen memories, illicit mermaid's blood, double agents, and haunting mythical creatures conjures an extraordinary cast of characters and the unforgettable story of a couple striving to stay together in the face of myriad forces wishing to control their identities and destinies.

The House in the Cerulean Sea

Tj Klune

$26.99 $24.83

Good news! This book is one that we typically keep in stock at the store. Call 603-356-3200 to check stock. This book is actually adult fantasy, but we think teens and young adults will fall in love with it too! With quirky endearing characters reminiscent of a Wes Anderson movie crossed with UMBRELLA ACADEMY, laugh-out-loud humor from magical children, and a slow-burn romance, THE HOUSE IN THE CERULEAN SEA is the book that everyone in the world needs to read right this instant. Linus Baker is not one to take unnecessary risks as a case manager for magical youth, but when he travels to Marysas Island and meets Arthur Parnassus and the magical children in his charge, his world is changed forever. Although this case worker deals with potentially dangerous magical kids, he soon learns that sometimes humans can be most dangerous of all. This book is full of heart, will restore your faith in humanity, cure your longing for a beachside getaway, and make you fall in love! Read it now or Lucifer will open up a pit to Hell in Talia's garden and toss you in.

Almost, Maine

John Cariani

$18.99 $17.47

While this book isn't as queer as the others on this list, it is a sweet, heartwarming, funny collection of people falling in love. Welcome to Almost, Maine, a town that's so far north, it's almost not in the United States--it's almost in Canada. And it almost doesn't exist, because its residents never got around to getting organized. So it's just . . . Almost. One cold, clear Friday night in the middle of winter, while the northern lights hover in the sky above, Almost's residents find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. Love is lost and found. And life for the people of Almost, Maine will never be the same.

The Gravity of Us

Phil Stamper

$17.98 $16.54

Good news! This book is one that we typically keep in stock at the store. Call 603-356-3200 to check stock. When his volatile father is picked to become an astronaut for NASA's mission to Mars, seventeen-year-old Cal, an aspiring journalist, reluctantly moves from Brooklyn to Houston, Texas, and looks for a story to report, finding an ally (and crush) in Leon, the son of another astronaut.

The Last True Poets of the Sea

Julia Drake

$17.99 $16.55

Good news! This book is one that we typically keep in stock at the store. Call 603-356-3200 to check stock. Readers will ride waves of heartbreaking despair and pure joy as they navigate through the one-of-a-kind voyage that is THE LAST TRUE POETS OF THE SEA. Violet is a teenager who is whisked away to Maine to live with her uncle for the summer after her younger brother attempts suicide. This summer in Maine becomes a defining experience for Violet, and she discovers the meaning of family, identity, true friendships, and first love. I LOVED this book and the raw realness of each character. With lyrical writing and sharp wit, this book dives deep into topics like depression, mental health, and sexual orientation. Julia Drake is one to watch!

Once & Future

Cori McCarthy and A. R. Capetta

$10.99 $10.11

Ari is the first female reincarnation of King Arthur, and has some issues with authority, specifically Mercer Corporation: a capitalist monopoly that has a stranglehold over the universe for essential resources. Joining forces with a Merlin who ages backwards, the ghost of an enchantress, and her friends, Ari vows to take down Mercer and free her moms from prison. I LOVED this gay King Arthur in space so much, themes of unity through diversity, resistance against capitalism, and found family made this book unputdownable!

Gideon the Ninth

Tamsyn Muir

$27.99 $25.75

Good news! This book is one that we typically keep in stock at the store. Call 603-356-3200 to check stock.Brought up by unfriendly, ossifying nuns, ancient retainers, and countless skeletons, Gideon is ready to abandon a life of servitude and an afterlife as a reanimated corpse. She packs up her sword, her shoes, and her dirty magazines, and prepares to launch her daring escape. But her childhood nemesis won't set her free without a service. Enemies become frenemies when they're forced to solve a murder mystery.

I Wish You All the Best

Mason Deaver

$10.99 $10.11

When Ben De Backer comes out to their parents as nonbinary, they're thrown out of their house and forced to move in with their estranged older sister, Hannah, and her husband, Thomas, whom Ben has never even met. Struggling with an anxiety disorder compounded by their parents' rejection, they come out only to Hannah, Thomas, and their therapist and try to keep a low profile in a new school. But Ben's attempts to survive the last half of senior year unnoticed are thwarted when Nathan Allan, a funny and charismatic student, decides to take Ben under his wing. As Ben and Nathan's friendship grows, their feelings for each other begin to change, and what started as a disastrous turn of events looks like it might just be a chance to start a happier new life.

Darius the Great Is Not Okay

Adib Khorram

$10.99 $10.11

Darius Kellner speaks better Klingon than Farsi, and he knows more about Hobbit social cues than Persian ones. He's a Fractional Persian--half, his mom's side--and his first-ever trip to Iran is about to change his life. Darius has never really fit in at home, and he's sure things are going to be the same in Iran. His clinical depression doesn't exactly help matters, and trying to explain his medication to his grandparents only makes things harder. Then Darius meets Sohrab, the boy next door, and everything changes. Soon, they're spending their days together, playing soccer, eating faludeh, and talking for hours on a secret rooftop overlooking the city's skyline. Sohrab calls him Darioush--the original Persian version of his name--and Darius has never felt more like himself than he does now that he's Darioush to Sohrab. Adib Khorram's brilliant debut is for anyone who's ever felt not good enough--then met a friend who makes them feel so much better than okay.

Lumberjanes Vol. 1, 1: Beware the Kitten Holy

Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters, et al.

$14.99 $13.79

Friendship to the max! Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley are five best pals determined to have an awesome summer together...and they're not gonna let any insane quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way! Not only is it the second title launching in our new BOOM! Box imprint but LUMBERJANES is one of those punk rock, love-everything-about-it stories that appeals to fans of basically all excellent things. It's Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Gravity Falls and features five butt-kicking, rad teenage girls wailing on monsters and solving a mystery with the whole world at stake.

Seafire

Natalie C. Parker

$10.99 $10.11

Good news! This book is one that we typically keep in stock at the store. Call 603-356-3200 to check stock. After her family is killed by corrupt warlord Aric Athair and his bloodthirsty army of Bullets, Caledonia Styx is left to chart her own course on the dangerous and deadly seas. She captains her ship, the Mors Navis, with a crew of girls and women just like her, who have lost their families and homes because of Aric and his men. The crew has one mission: stay alive, and take down Aric's armed and armored fleet. But when Caledonia's best friend and second-in-command barely survives an attack thanks to help from a Bullet looking to defect, Caledonia finds herself questioning whether to let him join their crew. Is this boy the key to taking down Aric Athair once and for all...or will he threaten everything the women of the Mors Navis have worked for? The first in a heart-stopping trilogy that recalls the undeniable feminine power of Wonder Woman and the powder-keg action of Mad Max: Fury Road , Seafire reminds us of the importance of sisterhood and unity in the face of oppression and tyranny.

Carry on

Rainbow Rowell

$10.99 $10.11

Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who's ever been chosen. That's what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he's probably right. Half the time, Simon can't even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor's avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there's a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon's face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here--it's their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon's infuriating nemesis didn't even bother to show up. Carry On is a ghost story, a love story and a mystery. It has just as much kissing and talking as you'd expect from a Rainbow Rowell story - but far, far more monsters.

Bonds of Brass: Book One of the Bloodright Trilogy

Emily Skrutskie

$27.00 $24.84

Basically the FinnPoe that we deserved but never received. Ettian's life was shattered when the merciless Umber Empire invaded his world. He's spent seven years putting himself back together under its rule, joining an Umber military academy and becoming the best pilot in his class. Even better, he's met Gal--his exasperating and infuriatingly enticing roommate who's made the academy feel like a new home. But when dozens of classmates spring an assassination plot on Gal, a devastating secret comes to light: Gal is the heir to the Umber Empire. Ettian barely manages to save his best friend and flee the compromised academy unscathed, rattled that Gal stands to inherit the empire that broke him, and that there are still people willing to fight back against Umber rule. As they piece together a way to deliver Gal safely to his throne, Ettian finds himself torn in half by an impossible choice. Does he save the man who's won his heart and trust that Gal's goodness could transform the empire? Or does he throw his lot in with the brewing rebellion and fight to take back what's rightfully theirs?

The Stars and the Blackness Between Them

Junauda Petrus

$17.99 $16.55

Told in two voices, sixteen-year-old Audre and Mabel, both young women of color from different backgrounds, fall in love and figure out how to care for each other as one of them faces a fatal illness.