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GLBTQ Books for Grades 6-8

Recommended books concerning gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning identities. To find more books, including those in the Teen Room, try a subject search for “gay youth,” “lesbian youth,” “transsexual youth,” “transgender people,” or “gay parents” in the library catalog. Click here for a print-friendly version of this list.

Junior High Fiction (Y)


Adams Sparks: The Epic, Completely True Blue, (Almost) Holy Quest of Debbie    (Debbie tries to get over a crush on her best friend by embarking on a “holy quest” with a couple of misfits.)
Burch The Manny Files    (Shy Keats, overshadowed by his sisters, learns how to be more outgoing and self-confident from his male nanny. )
Desai Born Confused    (Dimple feels conflicted as she sees her hypnotically beautiful, manipulative best friend taking possession of both her Indian heritage and the boy she likes. )
Federle Better Nate Than Ever    (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.)
Gennari My Mixed-Up Berry Blue Summer    (June spends the summer at her Vermont home, getting used to the woman her mother is planning to marry.)
Goldman Two Parties, One Tux, and a Very Short Film About The Grapes of Wrath    (Mitch negotiates the difficult social situations he encounters, both with girls and with his gay best friend David. )
Horner A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend    (As she tries to sort out her feelings of love, Cass, a spunky math genius with an introverted streak, finds a way to memorialize her dead best friend. )
Howe Totally Joe    (Joe writes an alphabiography—life from A to Z—and explores issues of friendship, family, school, and the challenges of being gay.)
Jahn-Clough Country Girl, City Girl    (When city girl Melita comes to visit farm girl Phoebe, Phoebe has confusing feelings about their new friendship. )
Kluger My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, & Fenway Park    (Three teenagers in Boston narrate their experiences of a year of new friendships, first loves, and coming into their own. )
LaRochelle Absolutely, Positively Not    (Chronicles a teenage boy’s humorous attempts to fit in at his high school by becoming a macho, girl-loving, Playboy pinup-displaying heterosexual. )
Lo Ash    (Ash must choose between a handsome fairy cursed to love her and the King's Huntress whom she loves.)
Moskowitz Marco Impossible    (Stephen and Marco attempt to break into the prom so Marco can confess his love for the adorable bass player of the band.)
Y paperback RU The Four Dorothys    (Dorothys keep dropping out of The Wizard of Oz school musical. Bryan must find out why or the show will be canceled.)
Y paperback ST Out of Order    (When Sophie moves to Victoria, she hopes to leave the bullying she experienced in Ontario behind, but when she makes two new friends who are polar opposites, she finds that friendships can both help and harm her sense of self.)
Y paperback TR Witch Eyes    ( After a terrifying vision, Braden retreats to an old city divided by two feuding witch dynasties, where he learns that the head of one dynasty is his father and the guy for whom he is falling is the son of the head of the other dynasty.)
Rudetsky My [Awesome] Awful Popularity Plan     (Chubby, Jewish, and gay, Justin Goldblatt plans to become popular and date the star quarterback.)
Sanchez So Hard to Say    (When Xio starts thinking of Frederick, the new boy, as her boyfriend, Frederick must confront his fear that he might be gay. )
Trueman 7 Days at the Hot Corner    (Varsity baseball player Scott Latimer struggles with his own prejudices and those of others when his best friend reveals that he is gay. )
Walliams The Boy in the Dress    (Dennis' life is boring and lonely. His mother left two years ago, his truck driver father is depressed, his brother is a bully and, worst of all, "no hugging" is one of their household rules. But one thing Dennis does have is soccer---he's the leading scorer on his team. Oh, and did we mention his secret passion for fashion?)
Woodson The House You Pass on the Way    (When Staggerlee spends a summer with her cousin Trout, she begins to question her sexuality. )

Nonfiction, Folktales & Poetry


Y305.9 AL Gay America: Struggle for Equality    (Describes how gay women and men have gone from being socially invisible to becoming a strong political force and proud members of the American public. )
Y306.874 SN How It Feels to Have A Gay or Lesbian Parent: A Book by Kids for Kids of All Ages    (Children of different ages talk about the experience of having gay or lesbian parents. )
Y612.6BA The Underground Guide to Teenage Sexuality    (Presents facts about human sexuality, including anatomy, sexually transmitted diseases, contraception, homosexuality, and sexual intercourse. )
Y921 Milk No Compromise: The Story of Harvey Milk    (Explores the life and legacy of the first openly gay man elected to public office in California.)

Last Updated: 11/14

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