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Then Everything Happens at Once

by M-E Girard
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: new experience, dating & sex, lgbt

From the Lambda Award-winning author of Girl Mans Up comes an empowering, sex-positive coming-of-age story about a teen exploring first love and desire, as her rocky relationship with her own body and a pandemic threaten to sabotage everything. Perfect for fans of Fat Chance, Charlie Vega and Cool for the Summer.  

Baylee has never been kissed but s …

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The Big Reveal

by Jen Larsen
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: dating & sex

The Big Reveal asks hard-hitting feminist questions while reveling in some of life's greatest joys: chasing your passions, falling in love, and embracing yourself exactly as you are.
Addie is a talented dancer, a true-blue friend, and a fat, fierce, and driven young woman. When she's accepted into the prestigious dance company of her dreams, she …

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The Book of Us

by Shane Peacock
edition: eBook
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: coming of age, dating & sex, boys & men

It’s the summer before grade twelve, and sixteen-year-old Noah Greene is in the relationship of a lifetime with his brilliant and book-smart girlfriend, Miranda Owens. But when Miranda overhears his private conversation with another girl, what he says destroys everything they’ve built, shattering Noah’s world.

Determined to make amends, Noah s …

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Union

by Sara Cassidy
edition: eBook
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: self-esteem & self-reliance, contemporary, dating & sex, sexual abuse, novels in verse

Tuck navigates new love, past trauma and standing up for what's right in this novel in verse.

Grace has caught my eye
I stare and stare
at this girl I’ve missed
since we were five

Abuse at the hands of his mother's boyfriend has left fifteen-year-old Tuck broken and untrusting. But then he falls hard for his childhood friend Grace and starts to …

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Righting Canada's Wrongs: The LGBT Purge and the fight for equal rights in Canada

by Ken Setterington
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: prejudice & racism, politics & government, canada, lgbt, civil & human rights

From the 1950s to 1980s, the Canadian government persecuted LGBTQ2+ employees and tried to erase them from the military, the RCMP and the civil service under the guise that they were a “security risk,” an event that became known as the LGBT Purge. Those who were suspected of being homosexual were put under government surveillance, interrogated …

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Denial

by Lorna Schultz Nicholson
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: pregnancy, law & crime, general (see also headings under social themes), dating & sex, emotions & feelings

It’s Nova’s final year of high school and everything is on track for an amazing year. She’s going to ace all her studies and go on to be a doctor. She’s got a spot on the swim team. And she’s in love for the first time — with Leo, the captain of the swim team.
But things don’t turn out quite like Nova had planned. As her relationship …

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Funny Gyal

My Fight Against Homophobia in Jamaica

by Angeline Jackson, with Susan McClelland, foreword by Diana King
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: lgbtq+, caribbean & latin america, social activists

“Instead of remaining silent, she chose to speak out … That’s the power of one person.” — Barack Obama
The inspiring story of Angeline Jackson, who stood up to Jamaica’s oppression of queer youth to demand recognition and justice.

When Angeline Jackson was a child, she wondered if there was something wrong with her for wanting to kiss th …

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