Category Archives: 2011

Pearl

Jo Knowles, July 2011. Henry and Bean are BFFs partly because they both have strange family lives.  Henry lives with his mom, who never leaves the house and spends her days eating Doritos and watching soaps. Bean lives with her … Continue reading

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Speaking Out: Stories of Overcoming Adversity and Experiencing Life After ‘Coming Out’

Steve Berman, ed., September 2011. This volume of short stories (by multiple authors) includes both typical problem-novel-type coming-out stories and also empowerment stories.  It’s a mixed bag in that sense, and in terms of quality too, which you’d expect when … Continue reading

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Shadow Walkers

Brent Hartinger, 2011.  Zach might be gay – he thinks he probably is – but right now he has something more important on his mind.  His little brother is missing, and Zach’s the only one who can find him, with … Continue reading

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Huntress

Malinda Lo, 2011.  Kaede and Taisin are students at the Academy of Sages, where they’ll learn to use powerful magic for the good of their people.  Taisin is talented and shy; Kaede has no natural ability as a sage, but … Continue reading

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Pink

Lili Wilkinson, 2011.  I have a soft spot for books about high-school theater, and this one was no exception. The hook is great, too: teenage Ava is an out lesbian with an intellectual, bitchy girlfriend named Chloe with whom she … Continue reading

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Crossing Lines

Paul Volponi, 2011. Adonis (yes) is a football player whose only interests are the next big game, getting the hot girl, and bonding with his teammates over burgers and bigotry. When new kid Alan dares to not only be openly … Continue reading

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I Am J

Cris Beam, March 2011. Beam wrote the excellent Transparent: Love, Family, and Living the T with Transgender Teenagers, a nonfiction look at MTF kids in LA.  I couldn’t put that one down, so was delighted to hear about Beam’s foray … Continue reading

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