Read Harder 2017: YA/Middle Grade Novel by an LGBTQ+ Author

This week’s Read Harder challenge is a little trickier than usual: Read a young adult or middle grade novel by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+.  (This means that we’re considering the authors for this challenge, not just the titles.) But we’ve still managed to put together a fun list of books for younger readers!  Click on a cover or a title to place a hold.

Better Nate Than Never by Tim Federle
J FEDERLE

“An eighth-grader who dreams of performing in a Broadway musical concocts a plan to run away to New York and audition for the role of Elliot in the musical version of “E.T.”

 

 

 

 

 


George by Alex Gino
J GINO

“When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she’s not a boy. She knows she’s a girl. George thinks she’ll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte’s Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can’t even try out for the part . . . because she’s a boy. With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte — but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all.”

 

 

 


Every Day by David Levithan
YA FICTION LEVITHAN

“Every morning A wakes in a different person’s body, in a different person’s life, learning over the years to never get too attached, until he wakes up in the body of Justin and falls in love with Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon.”

 

 

 

 

 


Ash by Malinda Lo
YA FICTION LO

“In this variation on the Cinderella story, Ash grows up believing in the fairy realm that the king and his philosophers have sought to suppress, until one day she must choose between a handsome fairy cursed to love her and the King’s Huntress whom she loves.”

 

 

 

 

 


When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
YA FICTION MCLEMORE

“To everyone who knows them, best friends Miel and Sam are as strange as they are inseparable. Roses grow out of Miel’s wrists, and rumors say that she spilled out of a water tower when she was five. Sam is known for the moons he paints and hangs in the trees and for how little anyone knows about his life before he and his mother moved to town. But as odd as everyone considers Miel and Sam, even they stay away from the Bonner girls, four beautiful sisters rumored to be witches. Now they want the roses that grow from Miel’s skin, convinced that their scent can make anyone fall in love. And they’re willing to use every secret Miel has fought to protect to make sure she gives them up.”

 

 


If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
YA FICTION RUSSO

“Amanda Hardy only wants to fit in at her new school, but she is keeping a big secret, so when she falls for Grant, guarded Amanda finds herself yearning to share with him everything about herself, including her previous life as Andrew.”

 

 

 

 

 


Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
TEEN SAENZ

“Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.”

 

 

 

 

 


Lizard Radio by Pat Schmatz
YA FICTION SCHMATZ

“Fifteen-year-old bender Kivali has had a rough time in a gender-rigid culture. Abandoned as a baby and raised by Sheila, an ardent nonconformist, Kivali has always been surrounded by uncertainty. Where did she come from? Is it true what Sheila says, that she was deposited on Earth by the mysterious saurians? What are you? people ask, and Kivali isn’t sure. Boy/girl? Human/lizard? Both/neither? Now she’s in CropCamp, with all of its schedules and regs, and the first real friends she’s ever had. Strange occurrences and complicated relationships raise questions Kivali has never before had to consider. But she has a gift–the power to enter a trancelike state to harness the “knowings” inside her. She has Lizard Radio. Will it be enough to save her?”

 

 

Happy reading!

—Katie, Adult Reference