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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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      A Quick & Easy Guide to Queer & Trans Identities

      by Mady G.

      Jul 2019

      Paperbacks High

      In this quick and easy guide to queer and trans identities, cartoonists Mady G and JR Zuckerberg guide you through the basics of the LGBT+ world! Covering essential topics like sexuality, gender identity, coming out, and navigating relationships, this guide explains the spectrum of human experience through informative comics, interviews, worksheets, and imaginative examples. A great starting point for anyone curious about queer and trans life, and helpful for those already on their own journeys!

      Foreword. Introduction. Afterword. Activity pages. Instructions to make a mini zine. Full-color illustrations.

      Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me

      by Mariko Tamaki

      Jun 2019

      Graphic Novels High Plus

      Laura Dean, the most popular girl in high school, was Frederica Riley's dream girl: charming, confident, and SO cute. There's just one problem: Laura Dean is maybe not the greatest girlfriend. Reeling from her latest break up, Freddy's best friend, Doodle, introduces her to the Seek-Her, a mysterious medium who leaves Freddy some cryptic parting words: Break up with her. But Laura Dean keeps coming back, and as their relationship spirals further out of her control, Freddy has to wonder if it's really Laura Dean that's the problem.

      Two-color illustrations penciled with graphite, then inked and colored in Photoshop.

      The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried

      by Shaun David Hutchinson

      Jun 2019

      Mature Young Adults Plus

      Dino doesn’t mind spending time with the dead. His parents own a funeral home, and death is literally the family business. He’s just not used to them talking back. Until Dino’s ex-best friend July dies suddenly—and then comes back to life. Except not exactly. Somehow July is not quite alive, and not quite dead. As Dino and July attempt to figure out what’s happening, they must also confront why and how their friendship ended so badly, and what they have left to understand about themselves, each other, and all those grand mysteries of life.

      Cub

      by Paul Coccia

      May 2019

      Hi-Lo Mature

      In the gay community, a young, husky man is known as a cub. Seventeen-year-old Theo fits the definition perfectly, but he is very self-conscious about his body. So when his best friend signs him up for a cooking competition at Heat, the city's newest trendy restaurant, Theo is nervous. He's confident in his baking ability, and dreams of opening his own bakery one day, but he's not a chef, and he hates being in the spotlight.

      As Theo survives round after round, he gains the admiration of both the audience and the restaurant owner, a sexy celebrity chef known as KCC. When the owner makes it clear he is more interested in what Theo might do outside the kitchen, Theo has to decide how far he is willing to go to launch his career.

      To Night Owl From Dogfish

      by Holly Goldberg Sloan

      May 2019

      Advanced Readers

      Avery Bloom, who’s bookish, intense, and afraid of many things, particularly deep water, lives in New York City. Bett Devlin, who’s fearless, outgoing, and loves all animals as well as the ocean, lives in California. What they have in common is that they are both twelve years old, and are both being raised by single, gay dads. When their dads fall in love, Bett and Avery are sent, against their will, to the same sleepaway camp. Their dads hope that they will find common ground and become friends—and possibly, one day, even sisters. But things soon go off the rails for the girls (and for their dads too), and they find themselves on a summer adventure that neither of them could have predicted.

      We Set the Dark on Fire

      by Tehlor Kay Mejia

      Apr 2019

      Current Trends High Plus

      At the Medio School for Girls, distinguished young women are trained for one of two roles in their polarized society. Depending on her specialization, a graduate will one day run a husband’s household or raise his children, but both are promised a life of comfort and luxury, far from the frequent political uprisings of the lower class. Daniela Vargas is the school’s top student, but her bright future depends upon no one discovering her darkest secret—that her pedigree is a lie. Her parents sacrificed everything to obtain forged identification papers so Dani could rise above her station. Now that her marriage to an important politico’s son is fast approaching, she must keep the truth hidden or be sent back to the fringes of society, where famine and poverty rule supreme. Will Dani cling to the privilege her parents fought to win for her or give up everything she’s strived for in pursuit of a free Medio—and a chance at a forbidden love?

      Bloom

      by Kevin Panetta

      Apr 2019

      Graphic Novels High Plus

      Now that high school is over, Ari is dying to move to the big city with his ultra-hip band, if he can just convince his dad to let him quit their struggling family bakery. Though he loved working there as a kid, Ari cannot fathom a life wasting away his days over rising doughs and hot ovens. But in the midst of interviewing candidates for his replacement, Ari meets Hector, an easy-going guy who loves baking as much as Ari wants to escape it. As they become closer over batches of breads, love begins to bloom . . . that is, if Ari doesn’t ruin everything.
      Two-color illustrations rendered in Photoshop.

      Pulp

      by Robin Talley

      Mar 2019

      Mature Young Adults Plus

      In dual narratives alternating between 1955 and the present day, this story of McCarthyism, the "lavender scare," and lesbian pulp fiction weaves together the lives of two, bold young women.

      Note on the real books mentioned in the novel.

      Meal

      by Blue Delliquanti

      Mar 2019

      Graphic Novels High Plus

      Yarrow is a young chef determined to make her mark on the cutting edge of cookery with her insect-based creations. Though her enthusiasm is infectious, it rubs some of her fellow cooks the wrong way, especially Chanda Flores, Yarrow's personal hero and executive chef of an exciting new restaurant. Her people have been eating bugs for centuries, and she's deeply suspicious of this newbie's attempt to turn her traditions into the next foodie trend. While Chanda and her scrappy team of talented devotees struggle to open on time, Yarrow must win over Chanda—and Milani, the neighbor she's been crushing on for weeks—or lose this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to achieve her dreams.

      Essay by Soleil Ho. Recipes. Character sketches. Black-and-white illustrations.

      The Lotterys More or Less

      by Emma Donaghue

      Feb 2019

      Intermediate Readers Plus

      Sumac Lottery is the keeper of her family's traditions -- from Pow Wow to Holi, Carnival to Hogmanay, Sumac's on guard to make sure that no Lottery celebration gets forgotten. But this winter all Sumac's seasonal plans go awry when a Brazilian visitor overstays his welcome. A terrible ice storm grounds all flights, so one of her dads and her favorite brother can't make it home from India. And then the power starts going out across the city...
      Can Sumac hang on to the spirit of the season, even if nothing is going like a Lottery holiday should?
      Black-and-white illustrations.

      Dodger Boy

      by Sarah Ellis

      Jan 2019

      Advanced Readers Plus

      Vancouver, 1970: when a draft dodger from Texas comes to stay with Charlotte’s family, Charlotte and her best friend’s “Unteen Pact”—which includes not allowing a boy to come between them—is tested. Author’s note.

      An Assassin's Guide to Love and Treason

      by Virginia Boecker

      Jan 2019

      Mystery High Plus

      London: Queen Elizabeth I commands her spy, Toby, to stage a Shakespearean play as a trap for Catholic rebels. Or, if Katherine has her way, it will be where she kills the queen. Author’s note. Bibliography.
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