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Lambda Literary: Finalists for Best LGBT Young Adult Novels

By Storycarnivores @storycarnivores

From the web site: “The Lambda Literary Foundation nurtures, celebrates, and preserves LGBT literature through programs that honor excellence, promote visibility and encourage development of emerging writers.”

The Lambda Literary Foundation has been on my radar for just a months now, and I’m in awe of it. For writers of LGBT fiction, this is the premiere organization that honors us, respects us, tries to make us the best we can be. I’m so excited to announce this year’s nominees for best LGBT Children / Young Adult novels. Some I’ve read, some I’ve heard of, and many I will be seeking out. Some pictures and descriptions below…

Above, Leah Bobet, Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic

Adaptation, Malinda Lo, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers


The Adventure of Tulip, Birthday Wish Fairy, S. Bear Bergman and Suzy Malik, Flamingo Rampant

Andy Squared, Jennifer Lavoie, Bold Strokes Books

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Benjamin Alire Saenz, Simon & Schuster/ Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. A Michael L. Printz honor book!!

Ask the Passengers, A.S. King, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Backwards Day, S. Bear Bergman and KD Diamond, Flamingo Rampant

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children, Kirstin Cronn-Mills, Flux Books

Beneath a Meth Moon, Jacqueline Woodson, Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group

Between You & Me, Marisa Calin, Bloomsbury Children’s Books


Boys of Summer, Steve Berman, ed., Bold Strokes Books

The Chaos, Nalo Hopkinson, Simon & Schuster/ McElderry

Confessions of a Teenage Hermaphrodite, Lianne Simon, Faie Miss Press

Cursed, H. Rachelle Graham, Bella Books

The Difference Between You and Me, Madeleine George, Viking Children’s Books


Drama, Raina Telgemeier, Scholastic/Graphix

The Education of Queenie McBride, Lyndsey D’Arcangelo, Publishing Syndicate

Every Day, David Levithan, Knopf Books for Young Readers. Read our review here!

Fangs and Stilettos, Anthony DiFiore, inGroup Press

For Mature Teens Only: An LGBT Novel, B.L.Fowler, Positive Light for Positive Living

The Girls of No Return, Erin Saldin, Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic


Going, Going, Gone: Susie’s Story, Barbara L. Clanton, Regal Crest Enterprises, LLC

Gone, Gone, Gone, Hannah Moskowitz, Simon & Schuster/ Simon Pulse

Hugs of Three: My Daddies and Me, Dr. Stacey Bromberg and Dr. Joe Taravella, Forward Footsteps, LLC

Hugs of Three: My Mommies and Me, Dr. Stacey Bromberg and Dr. Joe Taravella, Forward Footsteps, LLC

I Swear, Lane Davis, Simon & Schuster/ Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

If Boys Could Hold Hands, David J. Lavallee, CreateSpace

If I Lie, Corrine Jackson, Simon & Schuster/ Simon Pulse


In Stone: A Grotesque Faerie Tale, Jeremy Jordan King, Bold Strokes Books

Kiss the Morning Star, Elissa Janine Hoole, Amazon Children’s Publishing. Read my review here!

The Letter Q: Queer Writers’ Notes to Their Younger Selves, Ed. by Sarah Moon, James Lecesne, Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine Books

[email protected], KE Payne, Bold Strokes Books

The Miseducation of Cameron Post, emily m. danforth, Balzer + Bray. Read my review here!


The Most Popular Guy in the School: Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover, Robbie Michaels, Harmony Ink Press

Never Enough, Denise Jaden, Simon & Schuster/ Simon Pulse

Northern Lights, James Matthew Green, Create Space

October Mourning: A Song For Matthew Shepard, Lesléa Newman, Candlewick Press

OMGqueer, eds. Radclyffe and Katherine E. Lynch, PhD., Bold Strokes Books

One in Every Crowd, Ivan E. Coyote, Arsenal Pulp Press

Personal Effects, E.M. Kokie, Candlewick Press

The Prospect, Jason Glaser, Darby Creek

The Rainbow Curriculum: Teaching Teens About LGBT Issues, Hal W. Lanse, PhD, Queer Street Books, Inc.

Sara, Greg Herren, Bold Strokes Books

Secret of Othello: A Fisher Key Adventure, Sam Cameron, Bold Strokes Books

Seidman, James Erich, Harmony Ink Press


Silhouette of a Sparrow, Molly Beth Griffin, Milkweed Editions

Starting from Here, Lisa Jenn Bigelow, Amazon Children’s Publishing

Street Dreams, Tama Wise, Bold Strokes Books

Suddenly, M. E. Tudor, Itoh Press

This High School Has Closets, Robert Joseph Greene, Icon Empire Press

Tilt, Ellen Hopkins, Simon & Schuster/ McElderry. One of the new YA novels from the bestselling author of Crank!

Timothy, Greg Herren, Bold Strokes Books

Way to Go, Tom Ryan, Orca Book Publishers

What She Left Behind, Tracy Bilen, Simon & Schuster/ Simon Pulse

The You Know Who Girls: Freshman Year, Annameekee Hesik, Bold Strokes Books

So tell us! Have you read any of these books? Any you’re looking forward to?

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