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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 who have invented a wacky, made-up faith called the Church of Blue.)
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. )
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 best friend David, after David reveals to him that he is gay. )
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 Melita, the daughter of a New York actress, comes to visit Phoebe, who has been raised on a farm in Maine, Phoebe discovers she has confusing feelings about their developing 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.)
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. )
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    (Demonstrates how, within one century, gay women and men have gone from being socially invisible to becoming a political force to be reckoned with 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: 4/12

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