Gay & Lesbian Services of Western New York


The books listed below are just a few of the many books written about youth and sexual orientation or gender identity for GLBTQ youth.

Books can be purchased at:
Talking Leaves Books
3158 Main Street/716.837.8554
914 Elmwood (near Bidwell Park)/716.884.9524

Borders Books
near the Galleria Mall

Barnes and Noble
Niagara Falls Boulevard near the 290

Absolutely, Positively, Not by David LaRochelle (Scholastic, 2005)
Steve is a 16 year old with two things on his mind: sex and getting his drivers license.  However, he is not thinking about girls when he’s thinking of sex.  Could he be gay?

Alt Ed by Catherine Atkins (Penguin Putnam Books, 2003)
Participating in a special after-school counseling class with other troubled students, including a sensitive gay classmate, helps Susan, and overweight tenth grader, develop a better sense of herself.

Am I Blue? Coming out from the Silence by Marion Dan Bauer (Harper Trophy, 1995)

Becoming Bobbie by R.J. Stevens (Kensington Books, 2003)

Boy Girl Boy by Ronald Koertge (Harcourt, 2005)
Three trouble high school seniors, who plan to run away together from Illinois to California after graduation, try to figure out who they are and who they want to be.

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan (Alfred A. Knopf, 2003)
Follow the story of Paul, a sophomore, who meets a boy, falls in love, loses love, and tries to get it back.  The novel is set in a place unlike any other.

Does Your Mama Know? An Anthology of Black Lesbian Coming Out Stories edited by Lisa C. Moore (Redbone Press, 1998)

Eight Seconds by Jean Ferris (Harcourt, 2000)
Eighteen-year-old John must confront his own sexuality when he goes to rodeo school and finds himself strangely attracted to an older boy who is smart, tough, complicated, gorgeous and gay.

Empress of the World by Sara Ryan (Viking, 2001)
While attending a summer institute, fifteen-year-old Nic meets another girl named Battle, falls in love with her, and find the relationship to be difficult and confusing.

Far from Xanadu by Julie Anne Peters (Megan Tingley Books, 2005)
In small Kansas town, sixteen-year-old Mary-Elizabeth “Mike” Szabo tries to come to terms with her father’s suicide and her own homosexuality.

The Geography Club by Brent Hartinger (Harper/Tempest, 2003)
A group of gay and lesbian teenagers find mutual support when they form the “Geography Club” at their high school.

Gravel Queen by Tea Benduhn (Simon & Schuster, 2003)
All Aurin wants to do the summer before her senior year in high school is hang out with friends Kenney and Fred, but when she falls in love with Neila, everything changes.

Keeping you a Secret by Julie Anne Peters (Little, Brown & Co., 2003)
As she beings a very touch last semester of high school, Holland finds herself puzzled about her future and intrigued by a transfer student who wants to start a Lesbigay Club at school.

Kissing Kate by Lauren Myracle (Penguin Putnam Books, 2003)
Sixteen-year-old Lissa’s relationship with her best friend changes after they kiss at a party and Lissa does not know what to do, until she gets help from an unexpected new friend.

Luna by Julie Anne Peters (Little, Brown & Company, 2004)
Fifteen-year-old Regan’s life, which has always revolved around keeping her older brother Liam’s transsexuality a secret, changes when Liam decides to start the process of “transitioning” by first telling his family and friends that he is a girl who was born in a boy’s body.

M or F? by Lisa Papademetriou and Christopher Tebbetts
(Penguin Putnam Books, 2005)
Gay teen Marcus helps his friend Frannie chat up her crush online, but then becomes convinced that the crush is falling for him instead.

The Misfits by James Howe (Simon & Schuster, 2001)
Four students who do not fit in at their small-town middle school decide to create a third party for the student counsel elections to represent all students who have ever been called names.

My Heartbeat by Garrett Freymann-Weyr (Houghton-Mifflin, 2002)
As she tries to understand the closeness between her older brother and his best friend, fourteen-year-old Ellen finds her relationship with each of them changing.

Not the Only One- Lesbian and Gay Fiction for Teens edited by Tony Grima (Alyson Books, 1995)

Order of the Poison Oak by Brent Hartinger (Harper Collins, 2005)
Russell, having endured the antagonism of his classmates since admitting he is homosexual, decides to take a counselor job at a summer camp for burn victims, but finds ten-year-old boys have just as many problems as he does.

Queer 13- Lesbian and Gay Writers Recall Seventh Grade
edited by Clifford Chase (Rob Weisbach Book, 1999)

Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez (Simon & Schuster, 2001)
Follows three high school seniors as they struggle with issues of coming out, safe sex, homophobia, being in love, and college choices.

Rainbow High by Alex Sanchez (Simon & Schuster, 2003)
Three high school seniors, a jock with a girlfriend and an alcoholic father, a closeted gay and a flamboyant gay rights advocate, struggle with family issues, gay bashers, first sex, and conflicting feelings about each other.

Rainbow Road by Alex Sanchez (Simon & Schuster, 2005)
While driving across the United States during the summer after high school graduation, three young gay men encounter various bisexual and homosexual people and make some decisions about their own relationships and lives.

So Hard to Say by Alex Sanchez (Simon & Schuster, 2004)
Thirteen-year-old Xio, a Mexican American girl, and Frederick, who has just moved to California from Wisconsin, quickly become close friends, but when Xio starts thinking of Frederick as her boyfriend, he must confront his feelings of confusion and face the fear that he might be gay.

Sugar Rush by Julie Burchill (HarperTempest, 2005)
After fifteen-year-old Kim transfers to a new school, she finds herself falling in love with the glamorous Maria “Sugar” Sweet.

Talk by Kathe Koja (Frances Foster Books, 2005)
Hoping to escape from himself for a while, Kit auditions for a controversial school play and discovers his talent for acting, struggles with coming out, and both he and his costar face crises in their view of themselves and in their close relationships.  Told from two points of view.

Target by Kathleen Jeffrie Johnson (Roaring Book Press, 2003)
After being raped, Grady goes to a new high school where he meets an outgoing African American and several other students who try to help him deal with the horrible secret.

Totally Joe by James Howe
As a school assignment, a thirteen-year-old boy writes and alphabiography, and explores issues of friendship, family, school, and the challenges of being a gay teenager.

What Happened to Lani Garver by Carol Plum-Ucci
Sixteen-year-old Claire is unable to face her fears about a recurrence of her leukemia, her eating disorder, her need to fit in with the popular crowd on Hackett Island, and her mother’s alcoholism until the enigmatic Lani Garver helps her get control of her life at the risk of her own.


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