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0062380257
Hardback:True letters from a fictional life:2016 Hardback
Author: Logan, Kenneth
Year: 2016
Language: English
Interest category: Young adult novels
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: HarperTeen
Resource type: Physical
Note: Published outside the British Isles If you asked anyone in his small Vermont town, they'd tell you the facts: James Liddell, star athlete, decent student and sort-of boyfriend to cute, peppy Theresa, is a happy, funny, carefree guy. But whenever James sits down at his desk to write, he tells a different story. As he fills his drawers with letters to the people in his world - letters he never intends to send - he spills the truth: he's trying hard, but he just isn't into Theresa. It's his friend, a boy, who lingers in his thoughts. James's secret letters are his safe space - but his truth can't stay hidden for long. Will he come clean to his parents, his teammates and himself, or is he destined to live a life of fiction? Teenagers
336 pages ; 21 cm (hbk)
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0062418351
Hardback:Ramona Blue:2017 Hardback
Author: Murphy, Julie
Year: 2017
Language: English
Interest category: Young adult novels
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Resource type: Physical
Note: Published outside the British Isles Ramona was only 5 years old when Hurricane Katrina changed her life forever. Since then, it's been Ramona and her family against the world. Standing over 6 feet tall with unmistakable blue hair, Ramona is sure of three things: she likes girls, she's fiercely devoted to her family and she knows she's destined for something bigger than the trailer she calls home in Eulogy, Mississippi. But juggling multiple jobs, her flaky mom and her well-meaning but ineffectual dad forces her to be the adult of the family. Now, with her sister, Hattie, pregnant, responsibility weighs more heavily than ever. Teenagers
432 pages ; 21 cm (hbk)
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1481475460
Paperback:The Great American Whatever Paperback
Author: Federle, Tim
Language: English
Interest category: Young adult novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Resource type: Physical
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1509805141
Paperback:Fans of the impossible life:2015 Paperback
Author: Scelsa, Kate
Year: 2015
Language: English
Interest category: Young adult novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Macmillan
Resource type: Physical
Note: Mira is trying to pretend that she's a fully functioning human - rather than a girl who can't get out of bed for days on end. Jeremy is a painfully shy art nerd in self-imposed isolation aften an incident that ruined his last year of school. And Sebby the charming gay foster kid who seems to carry sunlight around with him. For Jeremy, it's as if he has always been expecting Sebby, though they have only just met. For Mira, she finally feels awak when she's with him. But Sebby has his own secrets, and it's only together that the three of them can fix their broken selves - and live their impossible lives. Teenagers
326 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1780621639
Paperback:Far from you:2015 Paperback
Author: Sharpe, Tess
Year: 2015
Language: English
Interest category: Young adult novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Indigo
Resource type: Physical
Note: Nine months. Two weeks. Six days. That's how long recovering addict Sophie's been drug-free. Four months ago her best friend Mina died in what everyone believes was a drug deal gone wrong - a deal they think Sophie set up. Only Sophie knows the truth. She and Mina shared a secret, but there was no drug deal. Mina was deliberately murdered. Forced into rehab for a drug addiction she'd already beaten, Sophie's finally out and on the trail of the killer. But can she track them down before they come for her? Teenagers
341 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1908844361
Paperback:Pantomime:2013 Paperback
Author: Lam, Laura
Year: 2013
Language: English
Interest category: Young adult novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Resource type: Physical
Note: Iphigenia Laurus, or Gene, is uncomfortable in corsets and crinoline, and prefers climbing trees to debutante balls. Micah Grey, a runaway living on the streets, joins the circus as an aerialist's apprentice and soon becomes the circus's rising star. Gene and Micah have a secret in their blood that could unlock the mysteries of Ellada. Teenagers
394 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0316011274
Paperback:Luna:2006 Paperback
Author: Peters, Julie Anne
Year: 2006
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Megan Tingley Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Published outside the British Isles Regan's brother Liam can't stand the person he is during the day but at night he transforms himself into Luna, with the help of Regan's clothes and makeup. Now everything is about to change, as Luna is preparing to emerge from her cocoon. Are Liam's family and friends ready to welcome her into their lives? Teenagers
248 pages ; 21 cm (pbk)
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1583227202
Paperback:Hello, cruel world, 101 alternatives to teen suicide:2006 Paperback
Author: Bornstein, Kate
Year: 2006
Language: English
Interest category: Health & welfare
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Seven Stories
Resource type: Physical
Note: Published outside the British Isles This self-help manual centres on real and difficult issues experienced by teenagers on the margins of society today and offers alternatives to suicide that range from the playful (moisturise) to the irreverent (shatter family values). General adult
192 p. ; 18 cm (pbk)
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1407194259
Paperback:Heartbreak boys:2020 Paperback
Author: Green, Simon James
Year: 2020
Language: English
Interest category: Young adult novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Scholastic
Resource type: Physical
Note: Jack and Nate find themselves dumped as their respective exes start up a new relationship together and start posting pics showing the world how fabulous their new life together is. Jack and Nate decide to make it look like they're having an even better time. But faking the best summer ever is harder than it looks! Teenagers
405 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1406331171
Hardback:Release:2017 Hardback
Author: Ness, Patrick
Year: 2017
Language: English
Interest category: Young adult novels
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Walker Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Today will change Adam Thorn's life. Between his religious family, unpleasant boss and his ex-boyfriend, the bindings of his world are coming undone. And way across town, a ghost has risen from the lake. Is there time for Adam to find his release? Teenagers
286 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
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1474923836
Paperback:If I was your girl:2016 Paperback
Author: Russo, Meredith
Year: 2016
Language: English
Interest category: Young adult novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Usborne
Resource type: Physical
Note: My name is Amanda. I'm 18. When you look at me, you might see that I'm pretty and popular, you might think my life is easy. But being me has never been easy - because I haven't always been Amanda. When I was born, I was named Andrew. Now, at my new school, I finally feel like myself. But do I owe my new friends the truth about my past? Teenagers
292 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1444956485
Paperback:Only mostly devastated:2020 Paperback
Author: Gonzales, S.
Year: 2020
Language: English
Interest category: Young adult novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Hodder
Resource type: Physical
Note: When Ollie meets Will over the summer break, he thinks he's found his Happily Ever After. But once summer's ended, Will stops texting him back, and Ollie finds himself short of his fairy-tale ending. A family emergency sees Ollie uprooted and enrolled at a new school across the country - Will's school - and Ollie finds that the sweet, affectionate and comfortably queer guy he knew from summer isn't the same one attending Collinswood High. This Will is a class clown, a basketball jock and, well, a bit of a jerk. Ollie isn't going to pine after a guy who isn't ready for a relationship. But as school life repeatedly throws them together, from music class to the lunch table, Ollie finds his resolve weakening. With the noisy drama of their friends as the backdrop - from ambitious Juliette and frosty Lara, to big-hearted Darnell and king-jock Matt - Ollie has a decision to make. Teenagers
281 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1534420371
Paperback:Autoboyography:[2017]:First edition Paperback
Author: Lauren, Christina
Year: [2017]
Language: English
Interest category: Young adult novels
Media class: Paperback
Edition: First edition
Publisher: Simon & Schuster BFYR
Resource type: Physical
Note: Published outside the British Isles A funny and poignant coming-of-age novel from New York Times bestselling author Christina Lauren about two boys who fall in love in a writing class, one from a progressive family and the other from a conservative religious community. 14+. Teenagers
407 pages ; 21 cm (pbk)
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1405273410
Paperback:Grasshopper jungle:2014 Paperback
Author: Smith, Andrew
Year: 2014
Language: English
Interest category: Young adult novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Electric Monkey
Resource type: Physical
Note: In the small town of Ealing, Iowa, Austin and his best friend Robby have accidentally unleashed an unstoppable army. An army of hungry, six-foot-tall praying mantises. This is the truth. This is history. It's the end of the world. And nobody knows anything about it. Teenagers
394 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1471403955
Paperback:This book is gay:2014 Paperback
Author: Dawson, James
Author: Dawson, Juno
Year: 2014
Language: English
Interest category: Living & learning
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Former PSHCE teacher and acclaimed YA author James Dawson gives an uncensored look at sexual orientation and gender identity. Including testimonials from people across the gender and sexual spectrums, this frank, funny, fully inclusive book explores everything anyone who ever dared to wonder wants to know - from sex to politics, how to pull, stereotypes, how to come-out and more. For children
270 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1910200646
Hardback:Unbecoming:2015 Hardback
Author: Downham, Jenny
Year: 2015
Language: English
Interest category: Young adult novels
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: David Fickling Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Spanning three generations of women in one family, Jenny sensitively addresses dementia, single motherhood and teenage angst. Teenagers
436 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
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1781125856
Paperback:Unboxed:2016 Paperback
Author: Pratt, Non
Year: 2016
Language: English
Interest category: Young adult novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Barrington Stoke
Resource type: Physical
Note: Dyslexic-friendly Four friends meet up at their old school to open the memory box they stowed there years ago - with five letters inside for four them, because their friend Millie has died. When they open the box they find a new letter from Millie and discover that she has left them special instructions: permission to open her letter only if they all read aloud the letters they wrote to their older selves, revealing their deepest secrets. Teenagers
139 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1910200328
Hardback:The art of being normal:2015 Hardback
Author: Williamson, Lisa
Year: 2015
Language: English
Interest category: Young adult novels
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: David Fickling Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: David is funny and quirky and has always felt different from other people - but he also has a huge secret that only his two best friends know. Ever since he can remember, he has felt like a girl trapped in the body of a boy. Teenagers
357 pages ; 22 cm (hbk)
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I loved this book and couldn’t put it down. The characters were amazing and very believable. David wants to be a girl and struggles with school, friends and his parents as he tries to conform to being a boy but he know this isn’t what he wants to be. He is bullied at school and called a freak, he has two friends who know the truth and stand by him throughout the book. Leo joins the school in Year 11 and comes from a totally different background to David where money is thin on the ground and his home life is challenging with a father who has walked out on him years ago and a mother who doesn’t give him much emotional support. David tries to befriend Leo but is rejected, however, as times goes on Leo ends up sticking up for David and a relationship is formed. The author captures feelings of isolation and loneliness within David has he tries to understand his gender identity. David is trying on women’s clothes and it just isn’t working, he looks in the mirror and realises that he is lon
01/12/15
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1788950607
Paperback:Proud:2019 Paperback
Editor: Dawson, Juno, (Young adult fiction writer)
Author: Bird, Caroline
Illustrator: Khan, Saffa
Year: 2019
Language: English
Interest category: Young adult novels
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Bibliography, Poetry
Publisher: Stripes
Resource type: Physical
Note: This is an anthology of stories and poetry by top LGBTQ+ YA authors and new talent, responding to the broad theme of pride. Each story has an illustration by an artist identifying as part of the LGBTQ+ community. Teenagers
351 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Oh, how happy it makes me to have such incredible LGBTQ+ books being published! This one was a delight, made me smile, cry, and even laugh out loud. The art is a big plus. It might be YA literature, but it should be read by everyone!
09/06/19
MorganeBr
1423185277
Hardback:Gracefully Grayson:2014 Hardback
Author: Polonsky, Ami
Year: 2014
Language: English
Interest category: Young adult novels
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Resource type: Physical
Note: Published outside the British Isles Grayson Sender has been holding onto a secret for what seems like forever: 'he' is a girl on the inside, stuck in the wrong gender's body. The weight of this secret is crushing, but sharing it would mean facing ridicule, scorn, rejection or worse. Despite the risks, Grayson's true self itches to break free. Will new strength from an unexpected friendship and a caring teacher's wisdom be enough to help Grayson step into the spotlight she was born to inhabit? Teenagers
208 pages ; 20 cm (hbk)
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1405264438
Paperback:Two boys kissing:2014 Paperback
Author: Levithan, David
Year: 2014
Language: English
Interest category: Young adult novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Electric Monkey
Resource type: Physical
Note: The two boys kissing are Craig and Harry. They're hoping to set the world record for the longest kiss. They're not a couple, but they used to be. Peter and Neil are a couple. Their kisses are different. Avery and Ryan have only just met and are trying to figure out what happens next. Cooper is alone. He's not sure how he feels. As the marathon progresses, these boys, their friends and families evaluate the changing nature of feelings, behaviour and this crazy thing called love. 12+. Teenagers
243 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1471171035
Paperback:The inexplicable logic of my life:2017 Paperback
Author: Sáenz, Benjamin Alire
Year: 2017
Language: English
Interest category: Young adult novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Resource type: Physical
Note: Sal used to know his place with his adoptive gay father, their loving Mexican-American family, and his best friend, Samantha. But it's senior year, and suddenly Sal is throwing punches, questioning everything, and realising he no longer knows himself. If Sal's not who he thought he was, who is he? 14+. Teenagers
445 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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000824409X
Paperback:I was born for this:2018 Paperback
Author: Oseman, Alice
Year: 2018
Language: English
Interest category: Young adult novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: For Angel Ahmadi, life is only about one thing: The Ark - a pop-rock trio of teenage boys who are currently taking the world by storm. Being part of The Ark's fandom has given her everything - her friendships, her dreams, her place in the world. Jimmy Kaga-Ricci owes everything to The Ark too. He's their frontman - and playing in a band is all he's ever dreamed of doing. It's just a shame that recently everything in his life seems to have turned into a bit of a nightmare. Because that's the problem with dreaming - eventually, inevitably, real life arrives with a wake-up call. And when Angel and Jimmy are unexpectedly thrust together, they will discover just how strange and surprising facing up to reality can be. Teenagers
394 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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I personally hate fandom culture and think it can easily become super toxic. So I assumed I'd hate this book, however that was not the case. I fell in love with this book and its characters, and being honest it was through their self hatred that I saw myself. I related so much, and then with the character Jimmy's anxiety. This book just handled mental health, I cannot say well because neither of the characters were getting treated, but it was very authentic! As much as this book is about fandom culture, and fame, its just so much more. I would highly recommend this!
24/06/19
C. B.
1407194240
Paperback:Alex in Wonderland:2019 Paperback
Author: Green, Simon James
Year: 2019
Language: English
Interest category: Young adult novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Scholastic
Resource type: Physical
Note: Painfully shy Alex lands a summer job at Wonderland, a run-down seaside arcade. He gets to know the other teen misfits who work there, and he even starts developing feelings for co-worker Ben. Then, as debtors close in, Alex and his new friends take it on themselves to save their employer. But in Wonderland nothing is quite what it seems. Teenagers
387 pages, illustration (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1444948601
Paperback:The black flamingo:[2020] Paperback
Author: Atta, Dean
Illustrator: Khullar, Anshika
Year: [2020]
Language: English
Interest category: Young adult novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Hodder
Resource type: Physical
Note: A boy comes to terms with his identity as a mixed-race gay teen - then at university he finds his wings as a drag artist, The Black Flamingo. A bold story about the power of embracing your uniqueness. Sometimes, we need to take charge, to stand up wearing pink feathers - to show ourselves to the world in bold colour. 'I masquerade in makeup and feathers and I am applauded'. Teenagers
356 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
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This novel in verse was an absolute joy to read! Telling the coming of age story of Michael, a mixed-race gay guy who makes his way in the word by first navigating his own identity and exploring all aspects of his individuality. We follow Michael's journey of self discovery from childhood to adulthood as he deals with incidents of racism and homophobia in amongst all the good stuff of life, that all inform the development of his onstage drag persona The Black Flamingo! Loved it - would highly recommend.
19/08/20
Carly Robinson
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