A queer, black teenager finds herself stranded in a dangerous and unfamiliar place: an all-white Christian youth backpacking camp.
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When Jory transfers to an all-boys private high school, he’s taken in by the only ones who don’t treat him like a new kid, the lowly stage crew known as the Backstagers. Not only does he gain great, lifetime friends, Jory is also introduced to an entire magical world that lives beyond the curtain. You can also check out this title as eBook on Hoopla.
An autobiographical graphic novel in which the author recounts her younger years and having to deal with her own asexuality in a sex-obsessed world.
Seventeen-year-old Mandy, who dyes her hair black and hates almost everyone, is not like her mother, the tall, sparkly alien superhero Starfire, so when someone from Starfire’s past arrives, Mandy must make a choice about who she is and if she should risk everything to save her mom. You can also check out this title as an eBook on Hoopla.
Mads is pretty happy with her life. She goes to church with her family, and minor league baseball games with her dad. She goofs off with her best friend Cat, and has thus far managed to avoid getting kissed by Adam, the boy next door. It’s everything she hoped high school would be… until all of a sudden, it’s not. You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby.
Laura Dean, the most popular girl in high school, was Frederica Riley’s dream girl, but Freddy is learning Laura is not the best girlfriend, so she seeks help from a mysterious medium and advice columnists to help her through being a teenager in love. This title received Eisner Awards for “Best Publication for Teens,” “Best Writer” and “Best Penciller/Inker.” You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby.
Prince Sebastian has a secret. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia. Sebastian’s secret weapon, and best friend, is the brilliant dressmaker Frances, but how long can Frances defer her dreams to protect a friend. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby.
The beloved coming-out and coming-of-age manga about a broad LGBT+ community.
This brief, light-hearted comics-style guide offers an introduction to a wide-range of nontraditional choices and identities.
Jake Hyde yearns for the ocean and is determined to leave his hometown in New Mexico for a college on the coast, and while his family and friends encourage him to stay, he must deal with his secrets of being gay and some strange new blue markings on his skin giving him a glow when he touches water. You can also check out this title as an eBook on Hoopla.