Contemporary Middle Grade Fiction With LGBTQ Characters

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Each year more fiction is published for teenagers and middle grade readers wherein characters exploring or realizing their sexuality and/or gender identity is just one aspect of their lives and one aspect of the story. Seeing more well-rounded and realistic storytelling with LGBTQ+ characters is welcomed on our shelves!

Here are some recent contemporary fiction titles aimed at middle grade level readers with LGBTQ+ characters.

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A High Five for Glenn Burke

After researching Glenn Burke, the first major league baseball player to come out as gay, sixth-grader Silas Wade slowly comes out to his best friend Zoey, then his coach, with unexpected consequences. You can also check out this title as an eBook on OverDrive/Libby.


The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James

Twelve-year-old Sunny St. James must navigate heart surgery, reconnections with a lost mother, the betrayal of a former best friend, first kisses and emerging feelings for another girl. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby.


When Mattie is cast as Romeo in an eighth-grade play, she is confused to find herself increasingly attracted to Gemma, a new classmate who is playing Juliet. 

Zenobia July

This is a bold heartfelt story about a trans girl solving a cyber mystery and coming into her own.