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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)


Author Title Call Number
AdamsSparks: 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. (256 pp.)
Y Adams
BurchThe Manny Files
Shy Keats, overshadowed by his sisters, learns how to be more outgoing and self-confident from his male nanny. (296 pp.)
Y Burch
DesaiBorn 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. (413 pp.)
Y Desai
FederleBetter 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. (275 pp.)
Y Federle
GennariMy Mixed-Up Berry Blue Summer
June spends the summer at her Vermont home, getting used to the woman her mother is planning to marry. (119 pp.)
Y Gennari
GoldmanTwo 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. (307 pp.)
Y Goldman
HornerA 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. (259 pp.)
Y Horner
HoweTotally Joe
Joe writes an alphabiography—life from A to Z—and explores issues of friendship, family, school, and the challenges of being gay. (189 pp.)
Y Howe
Jahn-CloughCountry Girl, City Girl
When city girl Melita comes to visit farm girl Phoebe, Phoebe has confusing feelings about their new friendship. (185 pp.)
Y Jahn-Clough
KlugerMy 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. (403 pp.)
Y Kluger
LaRochelleAbsolutely, 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. (219 pp.)
Y LaRochelle
LoAsh
Ash must choose between a handsome fairy cursed to love her and the King's Huntress whom she loves. (264 pp.)
Y Lo
MoskowitzMarco Impossible
Stephen and Marco attempt to break into the prom so Marco can confess his love for the adorable bass player of the band. (247 pp.)
Y Moskowitz
RudetskyMy [Awesome] Awful Popularity Plan
Chubby, Jewish, and gay, Justin Goldblatt plans to become popular and date the star quarterback. (211 pp.)
Y Rudetsky
RuditisThe Four Dorothys
Dorothys keep dropping out of The Wizard of Oz school musical. Bryan must find out why or the show will be canceled. (236 pp.)
Y paperback RU
SanchezSo 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. (230 pp.)
Y Sanchez
StevensonOut 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. (221 pp.)
Y paperback ST
TraceyWitch 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. (330 pp.)
Y paperback TR
Trueman7 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. (150 pp.)
Y Trueman
WalliamsThe 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? (231 pp.)
Y Walliams
WoodsonThe House You Pass on the Way
When Staggerlee spends a summer with her cousin Trout, she begins to question her sexuality. (99 pp.)
Y Woodson

Nonfiction, Folktales & Poetry


Author Title Call Number
AlsenasGay 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. (160 pp.)
Y305.9 AL
ArethaNo Compromise: The Story of Harvey Milk
Explores the life and legacy of the first openly gay man elected to public office in California. (128 pp.)
Y921 Milk
BassoThe Underground Guide to Teenage Sexuality
Presents facts about human sexuality, including anatomy, sexually transmitted diseases, contraception, homosexuality, and sexual intercourse. (230 pp.)
Y612.6BA
SnowHow 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. (110 pp.)
Y306.874 SN

Last Updated: 11/14

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