June 21, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

25 LGBTQAI+ Titles for Pride Month—and Onward

The 25 books here have received glowing reviews from SLJ throughout the previous year.

The Stars at Oktober Bend by Glenda Millard | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –Fifteen-year-old Alice does not communicate the way most girls her age do. Because of a physically and emotionally traumatic injury, she must find alternative ways to express herself.

Anger Is a Gift by Mark Oshiro | SLJ Review

Gr 8 Up –High schooler Moss is a survivor.

All That I Can Fix by Crystal Chan | SLJ Review

Gr 7 Up –Exotic animals have been released by the owner of a local zoo, moments before he shoots himself dead in the small town of Makersville, IN. This is probably the last thing that teenager Ronney needs in his neighborhood.

Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –A glimpse into the lives of teens who are dealing with issues surrounding academic excellence and parental pressure.

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black | SLJ Audio Review

Gr 9 Up –Jude Duarte, her twin sister Taryn, and her half-fey, half-human sister Vivienne are taken to be raised in Faerieland by Vivienne’s father, Madoc, after he kills their parents.

Rebound by Kwame Alexander | SLJ Review

Gr 6 Up –In this prequel/companion to the acclaimed The Crossover, readers meet a young Charlie Bell, father of the twins from the first book.

Out of the Blue by Sophie Cameron | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –When the first Being crashed to Earth in December, it was brushed off as a hoax.

The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik by David Arnold | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –It’s nearly the end of summer before senior year, and introspective David Bowie fan Noah Oakman feels stuck.

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez | SLJ Audio Review

Gr 10 Up–Olga was always the good girl. She stayed home after high school, got a job as a receptionist, took classes at the local college, and always helped her family—until she died in a car crash.

Learning to Breathe by Janice Lynn Mather | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –The tale of a teen struggling to define her own boundaries.

A Lite Too Bright by Samuel Miller | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –Arthur Louis Pullman wrote one novel that became a classic. He never wrote again and shied away from the limelight.

Monday’s Not ­Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –Galvanized by real-life accounts of black girls whose disappearances went unnoticed, the author depicts a young African American teen unwilling to let her best friend fall through the cracks.

Give Me Some Truth by Eric Gansworth | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –Carson is a senior in high school. He loves his Chevelle, his imperfect family, and music.

Moonrise by Sarah Crossan | SLJ Review

Gr 10 Up –This exquisitely well-balanced novel-in-verse is painful to read yet almost impossible to put down.

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings by Ellen Oh & Elsie Chapman | SLJ Review

Gr 8 Up –Fifteen well-known young adult authors retell myths and legends from a variety of Asian countries and regions.

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –Zélie Adebola, 17, remembers the night of the raid in her village 11 years earlier.

Flights of Fancy: Magical Realism in YA | SLJ Spotlight

Two new young adult titles that blur the boundaries of realism and fantasy.

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The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –Leigh comes home to the unimaginable—her mother, who has always been depressed, has committed suicide.

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo | SLJ Review

Gr 7 Up –Magnificently crafted, Acevedo’s bildungsroman in verse is a stunning account of a teen girl’s path to poetry.