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If you are looking for books that explore diversity in identity, sexuality and relationships, sometimes the best thing to do is to check out some teen titles. Authors and publishers have been deliberately expanding the spectrum of experiences reflected in teen fiction for quite some time, making space for all readers to find themselves in fiction. 

That includes some (possibly) less familiar lived realities. The A in LGBTQIA+ is often used to mean Ally, but it has other meanings, including Asexual (sometimes shortened to Ace.) You can learn more here 

Want a look into this particular window or mirror? Check out these books for teens featuring asexual characters. And don’t miss the new nonfiction graphic novel that explores and explains even more. 

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Beneath the Citadel

In the city of Eldra, people are ruled by ancient prophecies. For centuries the high council has stayed in power by virtue of the prophecies of the elder seers. After the last infallible prophecy came to pass, growing unrest led to murders and an eventual rebellion that raged for more than a decade. In the present day, Cassa, the orphaned daughter of rebels, is determined to fight back against the high council, which governs Eldra from behind the walls of the citadel. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby or as eAudio on Hoopla.

If It Makes You Happy

When Winnie is crowned Summer Queen in the small town of Misty Haven, she has to balance her new responsibilities with her friendships, a new romance and her job at her granny’s diner. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby.

Sawkill Girls

Three girls, drawn together on remote Sawkill Rock, are affected in different ways by a bloodthirsty power that inhabits its forest. Val, the heiress of the island, has a long history with it. Zoey knows something is wrong with Val but not what. And Marion, newly arrived with her mother and sister after a tragic loss, only knows that the island makes her feel sick. Together they will discover who they really are and what powers they hold. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby, as eAudio on OverDrive/Libby or as eAudio on Hoopla.

Summer Bird Blue

After her sister and songwriting partner, Lee, dies in an automobile accident, seventeen-year-old Rumi is sent to Hawaii with an aunt she barely knows while she and her mother grieve separately. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby or as eAudio on Hoopla.