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LGBT Teen Fiction

There's lots of great teen books about hetero romance (mostly written for girls) and coming-of-age stories, but not as many for LGBT kids. Here are a few I've found, in no particular order. All are for and about teens, and some are better written than others. If you don't find them in your local or school library, most can be found online at gayteenbookstore.com, along with hundreds more and some movies too. Some may be out of print, but used and sometimes pricey copies can often be found on sites like eBay. GTBS has good descriptions and reviews for each book, so I won't attempt that here. Feel free to let me know of any others you find or like, and I'll add them so everyone can enjoy them. If it's a total bomb, tell me that too. If it has a star next to it, I've read and recommend it.

Gay

The Boys and the Bees * - Joe Babcock 2006 - Carroll & Graff, publishers - Age: Middle school

Adam * - Anthony McDonald 2006 - BigFib Books - Age: High school

A Summer's Exile * - Andre Gould 1996 - The Gay Men's Press (London) - Age: Middle & high school

Exiled In Iowa - Send Help - And Couture - Chris O'Guinn 2010 - Amazon Kindle - Age: High school

Not the Only One (LGB short story collection) - Jane Summer 2004 - Alyson Books - Age: Middle & high school

Miss Me? - Mel Spenser 2008 - Torquere Press - Age: High school

Tale of Two Summers * - Brian Sloan 2006 - Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing - Age: High school

The Vast Fields of Ordinary - Nick Burd 2009 - Dial Publishing - Age: High school

A Better Place - Mark Roeder 2001 - iUniverse - Age: High school

In Mike We Trust * - P.E. Ryan 2009 - Harper Teen - Middle & high school

Changing Jamie * - Dakota Chase 2008 - Prizm Books - Age: High school

Thinking Straight * - Robin Reardon 2008 - Kensington - Age: High school

A Secret Edge - Robin Reardon 2007 - Kensingtion - Age: High school

Am I Blue? Coming Out of the Silence - (LGBT short story collection) - 1995 - Age: High school

David - Inside Out * - Lee Bantle 2009 - Henry Holt & Co. - Age: High school

Desert Sons * - Mark Kendrick 2001 - iUniverse Star - Age: High school, college

Sprout * - Dale Peck 2009 - Bloomsbury USA - Age: Middle & high school

Just a Boy * - Rob Clinger 2007 - Haworth Press - Age: High school

Josef Jaeger - Jere M. Fishback 2009 - Torquere Press - Age: Middle school

Gay Like Me - (Gay short story collection) - Matthew Sparks 2009 - Publish America - Age: High school, college

Along Heber Road - Ricardo Villa 2007 - Publish America - Age: High school

Vintage - a Ghost Story - Steve Berman 2008 - Lethe Press - Age: High school

Billy's Boy * - Patricia Nell Warren 1997 - Wildcat Press - Age: High school

Boy Meets Boy * - David Levithan 2005 - Knopf - Age: Middle & high school

Out of the Pocket - Bill Konigsberg 2008 - Dutton Juvenile - Age: High school

The God Box * - Alex Sanchez 2009 - Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing - Age: High school

The Geography Club - Brent Hartinger 2004 - Harper Teen - Age: High school

The Order of the Poison Oaks (Sequel to The Geography Club) - Brent Hartinger 2006 - Harper Teen - Age: High school

Drama Queers * - Frank Anthony Polito 2009 - Kensington - Age: High school

Band Fags * - Frank Anthony Polito 2009 - Kensington - Age: High school

The Screwed Up Life of Charlie the Second * - Drew Ferguson 2008 - Kensington - Age: High school

Running with Scissors - A Memoir * (non-fiction) - Augusten Burroughs 2002 - Picador - Age: High school to adult

Hard Love - Ellen Wittlinger - 2001 - Age: High school 

Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You: A Novel * - Peter Cameron 2009 - Picador - Age: High school

Author Mark Roeder has written more than 17 novels for gay youth, but some of them are pretty strange.

Author Alex Sanchez has written many novels for gay youth. Look for his books on Amazon.com.

 

Lesbian

Not the Only One (LGB short story collection) - Jane Summer 2004 - Alyson books - Age: Middle & high school

Down to the Bone - Mayra Lazara Dole 2008 - Harper Teen - Age: High school, college

For the May Queen - Kate Evans 2008 - Vanilla Heart Publishing - Age: College

Keeping You a Secret - Julie Ann Peters - 2005 - Age: Middle & high school

Alice on the Outside - Phyllis Reynolds Naylor - 2000 - Age: Middle & high school

Alice Alone - Phyllis Reynolds Naylor - 2002 - Age: Middle & high school

Out of the Shadows - Sue Hines - 2001 - Age: High school 

Tutus Aren't My Style - Linda Skeers - 2010 - Age: K-3

Finding H.F. - Julia Watts - 2001 - Age: Middle & high school

Orphea Proud - Sharon Dennis Wyeth - 2006 - Age: High school

My Tiki Girl - Jennifer McMahon - 2008 - Age: High school

Am I Blue? Coming Out of the Silence - (LGBT short story collection) - 1995 - Age: High school

Very LeFreak - Rachel Cohn - 2010 - Age: Grade 10 up

Deliver Us From Evie - M.E. Kerr - 1995 - Ages: Middle & high school

The House You Pass On The Way - Jacqueline Woodson - 2003 - Age: Middle & high school

Ash - Melinda Lo - 2009 - Age: Middle & high school

Good Moon Rising - Nancy Garden - 2005 - Middle & high school 

Gravel Queen - Tea Benduhn - 2003 - Middle & high school

Rules for Hearts - Sarah Ryan - 2009 - Age: High school

Far From Xanadu - Julie Anne Peters - 2007 - Age: High school

grl2grl (Short story anthology) - Julie Anne Peters - 2007 - Age: High school

Hard Love - Ellen Wittlinger - 2001 - Age: High school

Empress of the World - Sarah Ryan - 2009 - Age: High school

 

Transgender

Choir Boy * - Charlie Anders - 2005 - Soft Shell Press - Age: Middle & high school

Luna - Julie Anne Peters - 2006 - Age: Grade 9 up

If You Believe in Mermaids, Don't Tell - A.A. Philips - 2007- Age: Middle & high school 

Parrotfish - Ellen Wittlinger - 2007 - Age: Middle & high school

Almost Perfect * - Brian Katcher - 2009 - Age: Middle school and up (An amazing book!)

Only five? C'mon folks - someone write a few more!

 

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