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June is LGBTQIA+ Pride Month and we've gathered a selection of books highlighting LGBTQIA+ history, voices, characters, and stories to add to your collection just in time for Pride! From fiction to nonfiction and across all genres, these Gold Standard Selections deliver great reads your students will enjoy for summer and all year long. Prep your shelves with these titles, on sale the entire month of May for just $10 or less each using coupon code PRIDE21.

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      The Fascinators

      by Andrew Eliopulos

      Sep 2020

      Mature Young Adults Plus

      Living in a small town where magic is frowned upon, Sam needs his friends James and Delia—and their time together in their school’s magic club—to see him through to graduation.

      But as soon as senior year starts, little cracks in their group begin to show. Sam may or may not be in love with James. Delia is growing more frustrated with their amateur magic club. And James reveals that he got mixed up with some sketchy magickers over the summer, putting a target on all their backs.

      With so many fault lines threatening to derail his hopes for the year, Sam is forced to face the fact that the very love of magic that brought his group together is now tearing them apart—and there are some problems that no amount of magic can fix.

      The State of Us

      by Shaun David Hutchinson

      Sep 2020

      High-Interest High Plus

      Red, White, and Royal Blue meets What If It’s Us? in The State of Us, the story of Dean and Dre, the seventeen-year-old sons of the Republican and Democratic candidates for president of the United States, who fall in love on the sidelines of their parents’ presidential campaigns.

      When Dean Arnault’s mother decided to run for president, it wasn’t a surprise to anyone, least of all her son. But that doesn’t mean Dean was ready for the public scrutiny or the 24-hour news cycle that comes along with it. As far as everyone knows, Dean is button-down shirt wearing, church-going, straight A-high school student. Yet no one knows who Dean really is, not even himself—at least not until Dean meets Dre Rosario. Finally, there’s someone in Dean’s life who actually understands him. The only problem: Dre’s the son of the Democratic opposition.

      But when Dean and Dre find themselves locked together in the green room before the start of that first debate, they’re surprised at their instant connection. And as their meet-ups on the campaign trail become less left to chance, their friendship quickly becomes the deepest connection either of the boys have ever known. But if it wasn’t hard enough being on opposite sides of the aisle, a shady third-party candidate suddenly claims to have “pictures that will change everything,” pictures that could cause Dean and Dre’s world to explode around them.

      It’s a new modern-day, star-crossed romance about what it really means to love your country—and yourself—from acclaimed author Shaun David Hutchinson.

      You Should See Me in a Crown

      by Leah Johnson

      Sep 2020

      Young Adults Plus

      Liz Lighty has always believed she's too black, too poor, too awkward to shine in her small, rich, prom-obsessed midwestern town. But it's okay—Liz has a plan that will get her out of Campbell, Indiana, forever: attend the uber-elite Pennington College, play in their world-famous orchestra, and become a doctor.

      But when the financial aid she was counting on unexpectedly falls through, Liz's plans come crashing down…until she's reminded of her school's scholarship for prom king and queen. There's nothing Liz wants to do less than endure a gauntlet of social media trolls, catty competitors, and humiliating public events, but despite her devastating fear of the spotlight she's willing to do whatever it takes to get to Pennington.

      The only thing that makes it halfway bearable is the new girl in school, Mack. She's smart, funny, and just as much of an outsider as Liz. But Mack is also in the running for queen. Will falling for the competition keep Liz from her dreams…or make them come true?

      Beetle & the Hollowbones

      by Aliza Layne

      Sep 2020

      Graphic Novels Middle Plus

      In the eerie town of Allows, some people get to be magical sorceresses, while other people have their spirits trapped in the mall for all ghastly eternity.

      Then there’s twelve-year-old goblin-witch Beetle, who’s caught in between. She’d rather skip being homeschooled completely and spend time with her best friend, Blob Glost. But the mall is getting boring, and B.G. is cursed to haunt it, tethered there by some unseen force. And now Beetle’s old best friend, Kat, is back in town for a sorcery apprenticeship with her Aunt Hollowbone. Kat is everything Beetle wants to be: beautiful, cool, great at magic, and kind of famous online. Beetle’s quickly being left in the dust.

      But Kat’s mentor has set her own vile scheme in motion. If Blob Ghost doesn’t escape the mall soon, their afterlife might be coming to a very sticky end. Now, Beetle has less than a week to rescue her best ghost, encourage Kat to stand up for herself, and confront the magic she’s been avoiding for far too long. And hopefully ride a broom without crashing.

      You Don’t Live Here

      by Robyn Schneider

      Aug 2020

      Young Adults

      In Southern California, no one lives more than thirty miles from the nearest fault line. Sasha Bloom is standing right on top of one when her world literally crumbles around her. With her mother now dead and father out of the picture, Sasha moves in with her estranged grandparents. Living in her mom’s old bedroom, Sasha has no idea who she is anymore. Luckily, her grandparents are certain they know who she should be: A lawyer in the making. Ten pounds skinnier. In a socially advantageous relationship with a boy from a good family—a boy like Cole Edwards. And Cole has ideas for who Sasha should be, too. His plus-one at lunch. His girlfriend. His.

      Sasha tries to make everything work, but that means folding away her love of photography, her grief for her mother, and the growing interest in the magnificently clever Lily Chen. Sasha wants to follow Lily off the beaten path, to discover hidden beaches, secret menus, and the truth about dinosaur pee. But being friends with Lily might lead somewhere new. Is Sasha willing to stop being the girl everyone expects and let the girl beneath the surface break through?

      Rainbow Revolutionaries: Fifty LGBTQ+ People Who Made History

      by Sarah Prager

      Aug 2020

      Biography Middle Plus

      Rainbow Revolutionaries brings to life the vibrant histories of fifty pioneering LGBTQ+ people our history books forgot to mention. Through Sarah Prager’s (Queer, There, and Everywhere) short, engaging bios, and Sarah Papworth’s bold, dynamic art, readers can delve into the lives of Wen of Han, a Chinese emperor who loved his boyfriend as much as his people; Martine Rothblatt, a trans woman who’s helping engineer the robots of tomorrow, and so many more! This book is a celebration of the many ways these hidden heroes have made a difference and will inspire young readers to make a difference, too.

      This Coven Won’t Break

      by Isabel Sterling

      Aug 2020

      Current Trends High Plus

      Hannah Walsh just wants a normal life. It’s her senior year, so she should be focusing on classes, hanging out with her best friend, and flirting with her new girlfriend, Morgan. But it turns out surviving a murderous Witch Hunter doesn’t exactly qualify as a summer vacation, and now the rest of the Hunters seem more intent on destroying her magic than ever.

      When Hannah learns the Hunters have gone nationwide, armed with a serum capable of taking out entire covens at once, she’s desperate to help. Now, with witches across the country losing the most important thing they have—their power—Hannah could be their best shot at finally defeating the Hunters. After all, she’s one of the only witches to escape a Hunter with her magic intact.

      Or so everyone believes. Because as good as she is at faking it, doing even the smallest bit of magic leaves her in agony. The only person who can bring her comfort, who can make her power flourish, is Morgan. But Morgan’s magic is on the line, too, and if Hannah can’t figure out how to save her—and the rest of the Witches—she’ll lose everything she’s ever known. And as the Hunters get dangerously close to their final target, will all the Witches in Salem be enough to stop an enemy determined to destroy magic for good?

      The List of Things That Will Not Change

      by Rebecca Stead

      Aug 2020

      Upper Elementary & Junior High

      “Things are changing, Bea. But there’s still a lot you can count on. Okay? Things that won’t EVER change.”

      After her parents’ divorce, Bea’s life became different in many ways. But she can always look back at the list she keeps in her green notebook to remember the things that will stay the same. The first and most important: Mom and Dad will always love Bea, and each other.

      When Dad tells Bea that he and his boyfriend, Jesse, are getting married, Bea is thrilled. Bea loves Jesse, and when he and Dad get married, she’ll finally (finally!) have what she’s always wanted—a sister. Even though she’s never met Jesse’s daughter, Sonia, Bea is sure that they’ll be “just like sisters anywhere.”

      As the wedding day approaches, Bea will learn that making a new family brings questions, surprises, and joy, and readers will discover why the New York Times called Rebecca Stead a “writer of great feeling.”

      Music from Another World

      by Robin Talley

      Aug 2020

      City High School

      It's 1978 and Tammy Larson, a closeted lesbian from Orange County California, copes with a life dominated by her conservative, religious Aunt Margaret and her anti-gay political campaigns by writing letters in her diary to Harvey Milk. Sharon Hawkins lives in San Francisco with her mother and closeted older brother and finds herself drawn to the pro-gay activism happening in her city.

      Matched up as pen pals, Sharon and Tammy find themselves developing a long distance friendship based on a mutual interest in punk music. And as anti-gay political fervor sweeps across the nation, the two girls must use their newfound friendship to explore who they really are and what they truly stand for.

      The Boy in the Red Dress

      by Kristin Lambert

      Jul 2020

      Mystery High Plus

      New Year’s Eve, 1929.
      Millie is the emcee of the Cloak & Dagger, an LGTQ-friendly speakeasy deep in the heart of the French Quarter, full of bootleg booze, cabaret acts, and where the New Orleans elite comes out to play. Her best friend, Marion, is the star of the show—his diehard fans wouldn’t miss a performance from the boy in the red dress. And together they rule the underground scene.

      Then a young socialite draped in furs starts asking questions, wielding a photograph of a boy who looks a lot like Marion. When the socialite’s body is found slumped in the back alley, all signs point to Marion as the murderer. Millie is determined to prove her best friend’s innocence, even if that means risking her own life. As she chases clues that lead to cemeteries and dead ends, Millie’s attention is divided between the wry and beautiful Olive, a waitress at the Cloak & Dagger, and Bennie, the charming bootlegger who’s offered to help her find the murderer. The clock is ticking for the fugitive Marion, but the truth of who the killer is might be closer than Millie thinks.

      The Ballad of Ami Miles

      by Kristy Dallas Alley

      Jul 2020

      Young Adults

      Raised in isolation at Heavenly Shepherd, her family’s trailer-dealership-turned-survival compound, Ami Miles knows that she was lucky to be born into a place of safety after the old world ended and the chaos began. But when her grandfather arranges a marriage to a cold-eyed stranger, she realizes that her “destiny” as one of the few females capable of still bearing children isn’t something she’s ready to face.

      With the help of one of her aunts, she flees the only life she’s ever known and sets off on a quest to find her long-lost mother (and hopefully a mate of her own choosing). But as she journeys, Ami discovers many new things about the world—and about herself.

      LGBTQ Service in the Armed Forces

      by Duchess Harris, JD, PHD

      Jul 2020

      Series Nonfiction
      History Grades 6-8

      LGBTQ Service in the Armed Forces looks at enlisted LGBTQ people and legislation that made their experience in the US military difficult. It also discusses how LGBTQ soldiers served during times of war but were often discharged for their gender identity or sexuality after the war. Features include a glossary, further readings, websites, source notes, and an index.
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