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Moon at Nine

by Deborah Ellis
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: middle east, self-esteem & self-reliance, homosexuality

 

Based on interviews with a young woman forced to flee Iran because of her sexual orientation, Moon at Nine is a tense and riveting novel that shines a light on an issue of social injustice that continues to this day.

Fifteen-year-old Farrin has grown up with secrets: ten years after the overthrow of the Shah, her aristocratic mother is still workin …

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When We Were Good

by Suzanne Sutherland
edition: Paperback
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: homosexuality, death & dying, music

The year 2000 isn't starting out too well for Toronto high school senior Katherine Boatman. Not only has her oldest friend ditched her for yet another boyfriend, her beloved grandmother died on New Year's Eve leaving a void of goodness in her life that Katherine's not sure how to fill. While overwhelmed with sadness and self-doubt, Katherine unexpe …

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One in Every Crowd

Stories

by Ivan Coyote
edition: Paperback
tagged: homosexuality, self-esteem & self-reliance

Ivan E. Coyote is one of Canada's best-loved storytellers; their honest, wry, plain-spoken tales of growing up in the Yukon and living out loud on the west coast have attracted readers and live audiences around the world. For many years, Ivan has performed in high schools, where their talks have inspired and galvanized many young people to embrace …

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Soames On The Range

by Nancy Belgue
edition: Paperback
also available: Paperback
  • age: 13 to 16
  • Grade: 8 to 11
tagged: adolescence, homosexuality

Fifteen-year-old Cisco Soames knows he doesn’t come from a normal family. His first name is San Francisco, his younger twin sisters are called Paris and India. All are named after places his hippy parents, Delta and Rocky, visited back in the days when they were young and in love. Which they aren’t anymore—in fact, Cisco’s dad is not only m …

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In the Garage

by Alma Fullerton
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 15
  • Grade: 7 to 10
tagged: homosexuality, lgbt, coming of age

Truth and rumour, fantasy and reality, love and prejudice.

Barbara Jean (BJ) Belanger has always suffered from low self-esteem: she has a portwine birthmark on her face, she feels overweight, and has repeatedly suffered the taunts of others her age for which she is a natural target, a victim. One of the very few who have treated her with respect, un …

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Blackbird

by Larry Duplechan, introduction by Michael Nava
edition: Paperback
tagged: gay, homosexuality

First published by St. Martin's Press in 1986, Blackbird is a funny, moving, coming-of-age novel about growing up black and gay in southern California. The lead character, Johnnie Ray Rousseau, is a high school student upset over losing the lead role in the school staging of Romeo and Juliet. As if that weren't enough, his best friend has been beat …

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Box Girl

by Sarah Withrow
edition: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 12
  • Grade: 5 to 7
tagged: homosexuality, friendship, adolescence

Gwen's mother ran away five years ago. Now Gwen is receiving postcards from her that promise a reunion -- postcards with French stamps and no return address. Gwen is sure that it is only a matter of time before her mother sends for her. Until then, she plans to be a loner. After all, there's no point in making friends you are just going to leave be …

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