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The Ooze

by Tash McAdam
edition: eBook
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: alien contact, thrillers & suspense, lgbt

Bran's taking the recycling down to the basement when the lights go out and the elevator stalls.

Bran's phone's dead, he can hear screaming, but he can't get out. Eventually, he manages to pry the doors open to find that something's very wrong. His own mother can't remember his name, there is this black slime dripping out of her ear and then she kil …

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Bruised

by Tanya Boteju
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook Hardcover
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: lgbt, self-esteem & self-reliance, death & dying

“A searing portrait of self-discovery; soulful and captivating.” —Kirkus Reviews
Whip It meets We Are Okay in this vibrant coming-of-age story about a teen girl navigating first love, identity, and grief as she immerses herself in the colorful, brutal, beautiful world of roller derby—from the acclaimed author of Kings, Queens, and In-Betwee …

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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 LGBTQ+ 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 a …

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The Story of My Life Ongoing, by C.S. Cobb

by Candas Jane Dorsey
edition: Paperback
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: lgbt, coming of age, friendship

Corey Cobb was born intersex, but because Corey's father and stepmother didn't make a big deal of it, it isn't until Corey's dad dies suddenly and Corey is back with a disapproving mother that making a gender choice becomes an issue. Corey is now legally old enough to refuse medical intervention--but not old enough to prevent "choosing not to choos …

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I Hope You're Listening

by Tom Ryan
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: thrillers & suspense, lgbt, mysteries & detective stories

2021 Lambda Literary Award - LGBTQ Mystery

In her small town, seventeen year-old Delia "Dee" Skinner is known as the girl who wasn't taken. Ten years ago, she witnessed the abduction of her best friend, Sibby. And though she told the police everything she remembered, it wasn’t enough. Sibby was never seen again. At night, Dee deals with her guilt …

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Both Sides Now

by Peyton Thomas
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: lgbt, coming of age

A witty and warm-hearted novel about a trans teen finding his place in the world perfect for fans of Red, White and Royal Blue
 

There’s only one thing standing between Finch Kelly and a full-blown case of high school senioritis: the National Speech & Debate Tournament. Taking home the gold would not only be the pinnacle of Finch’s debating car …

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In a Heartbeat

by Markus Harwood-Jones
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 4
tagged: lgbt, new experience, dating & sex

Set in a small BC town, this is not a typical LGBTQ+ romance. Seventeen-year-old Lucien has a supportive family and community in Toronto but wants to make a new start somewhere nobody knows him. Going to stay with his aunt in Vernon, BC, presents challenges to fitting in — he is not comfortable with his hockey-watching, hard-partying cousins or t …

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Walk This Way

by Tony Correia
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 3
tagged: lgbt, dating & sex

Drag has never been so popular, and this LGBTQ+ romance takes a look at how a teen embraces the drag queen dream. Sixteen-year-old Joshua does drag on social media but wants to have the full drag performance experience. Trouble is, he’s attracted to guys who don’t like drag and want nothing to do with gay men they think are feminine and have a …

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