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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As Hazel struggles to cope after entering the eighth grade, she comes to realize that sometimes you have to look within yourself– instead of the pages of a book– to find the answer to life’s most important questions. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby, as eBook on Hoopla or as eAudio on Hoopla.
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.
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.
This is a bold heartfelt story about a trans girl solving a cyber mystery and coming into her own.