The Vast Fields of Ordinary

Author: Nick Burd
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0803733402
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

The summer after graduating from an Iowa high school, eighteen-year-old Dade Hamilton watches his parents' marriage disintegrate, ends his long-term, secret relationship, comes out of the closet, and savors first love.

The Vast Fields of Ordinary

Author: Nick Burd
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101050804
Release Date: 2009-05-14
Genre: Young Adult Fiction

It's Dade's last summer at home, and things are pretty hopeless. He has a crappy job, a "boyfriend" who treats him like dirt, and his parents' marriage is falling apart. So when he meets and falls in love with the mysterious Alex Kincaid, Dade feels like he's finally experiencing true happiness. But when a tragedy shatters the final days of summer, he realizes he must face his future and learn how to move forward from his past.

The Mariposa Club

Author: Rigoberto González
Publisher: Lethe Press
ISBN: 9781590213506
Release Date: 2010-10-01
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Incoming seniors, Maui, Trini, Isaac, and Liberace, known as the Fierce Foursome, decide to create a gay/straight alliance at Caliente Valley High School.

The Boys on the Rock

Author: John Fox
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 0312104332
Release Date: 1994-01-15
Genre: Fiction

Written with exceptional precision and humour, this is the story of Billy Connors, a high school student in the Bronx, member of the swimming team and an all round regular teenager, who, in his sixteenth year has to face the fact that he's a little 'different' from everyone else. Struggling with his secret fantasies about men he faces up to life and what it means to be an adult in an imperfect world.

The Final Four

Author: Paul Volponi
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101566954
Release Date: 2012-03-01
Genre: Young Adult Fiction

"Volponi, a multiple award-winning author, keeps the tension high from the first to last page ...The Final Four is definitely a winner." —VOYA, starred review March Madness is in full swing, and there are only four teams let in the NCAA basketball championship. The heavily favored Michigan Spartans and the underdog Troy Trojans meet in the first game in the seminfinals, and it's there that the fates of Malcolm, Roko, Crispin, and M.J. intertwine. As the last moments tick down on the game clock, you'll learn how each player went from being a kid who loves to shoot hoops to a powerful force in one of the most important games of the year. Which team will leave the Superdome victorious? In the end it will come down to who has the most skill, the most drive, and the most heart. "Volponi nails it when it counts in this dynamic story." —Booklist, starred review "Volponi adroitly renders authentic and inspired basketball action." —The New York Times Book Review From the Trade Paperback edition.

Muchacho

Author: LouAnne Johnson
Publisher: Ember
ISBN: 9780375859038
Release Date: 2011-05
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Living in a neighborhood of drug dealers and gangs in New Mexico, high school junior Eddie Corazon, a juvenile delinquent-in-training, falls in love with a girl who inspires him to rethink his life and his choices.

The Life Project

Author: Helen Pearson
Publisher: Soft Skull Press
ISBN: 9781619028104
Release Date: 2016-04-18
Genre: Social Science

On March 3, 1946, a survey began that is, today, the longest-running study of human development in the world, growing to encompass six generations of children, 150,000 people, and some of the best-studied people on the planed. The simple act of observing human life has changed the way we are born, schooled, parent and die, irrevocably altering our understanding of inequality and health. This is the tale of these studies, the scientists who created them, sustained them, and perhaps most importantly, the remarkable discoveries that have come from them. The envy of scientists around the world, The Life Project is one of Britain’s best-kept secrets.

The Lover s Dictionary

Author: David Levithan
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 9781429994309
Release Date: 2011-01-21
Genre: Fiction

basis, n. There has to be a moment at the beginning when you wonder whether you're in love with the person or in love with the feeling of love itself. If the moment doesn't pass, that's it—you're done. And if the moment does pass, it never goes that far. It stands in the distance, ready for whenever you want it back. Sometimes it's even there when you thought you were searching for something else, like an escape route, or your lover's face. How does one talk about love? Do we even have the right words to describe something that can be both utterly mundane and completely transcendent, pulling us out of our everyday lives and making us feel a part of something greater than ourselves? Taking a unique approach to this problem, the nameless narrator of David Levithan's The Lover's Dictionary has constructed the story of his relationship as a dictionary. Through these short entries, he provides an intimate window into the great events and quotidian trifles of being within a couple, giving us an indelible and deeply moving portrait of love in our time.

We Are the Ants

Author: Shaun David Hutchinson
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781481449656
Release Date: 2016-01-19
Genre: Young Adult Fiction

From the “author to watch” (Kirkus Reviews) of The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley comes an “equal parts sarcastic and profound” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) novel about a teenage boy who must decide whether or not the world is worth saving. Henry Denton has spent years being periodically abducted by aliens. Then the aliens give him an ultimatum: The world will end in 144 days, and all Henry has to do to stop it is push a big red button. Only he isn’t sure he wants to. After all, life hasn’t been great for Henry. His mom is a struggling waitress held together by a thin layer of cigarette smoke. His brother is a jobless dropout who just knocked someone up. His grandmother is slowly losing herself to Alzheimer’s. And Henry is still dealing with the grief of his boyfriend’s suicide last year. Wiping the slate clean sounds like a pretty good choice to him. But Henry is a scientist first, and facing the question thoroughly and logically, he begins to look for pros and cons: in the bully who is his perpetual one-night stand, in the best friend who betrayed him, in the brilliant and mysterious boy who walked into the wrong class. Weighing the pain and the joy that surrounds him, Henry is left with the ultimate choice: push the button and save the planet and everyone on it…or let the world—and his pain—be destroyed forever.

King of the Screwups

Author: Kelly L. Going
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0152062580
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

After getting in trouble yet again, popular high school senior Liam, who never seems to live up to his wealthy father's expectations, is sent to live in a trailer park with his gay "glam-rocker" uncle.

What They Always Tell Us

Author: Martin Wilson
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0375848924
Release Date: 2008-08-12
Genre: Young Adult Fiction

JAMES AND ALEX have barely anything in common anymore—least of all their experiences in high school, where James is a popular senior and Alex is suddenly an outcast. But at home, there is Henry, the precocious 10-year-old across the street, who eagerly befriends them both. And when Alex takes up running, there is James’s friend Nathen, who unites the brothers in moving and unexpected ways. From the Hardcover edition.

Breakfast Served Anytime

Author: Sarah Combs
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 9780763670474
Release Date: 2014-04-08
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

A coming-of-age debut evokes the bittersweet joys and pangs of finding independence in one unforgettable summer away at "geek camp." When Gloria sets out to spend the summer before her senior year at a camp for gifted and talented students, she doesn’t know quite what to expect. Fresh from the heartache of losing her grandmother and missing her best friend, Gloria resolves to make the best of her new circumstances. But some things are proving to be more challenging than she expected. Like the series of mysterious clues left by a certain Professor X before he even shows up to teach his class, Secrets of the Written Word. Or the very sweet, but very conservative, roommate whose coal-industry family champions mountaintop removal. Not to mention the obnoxious Mason, who dresses like the Mad Hatter and immediately gets on Gloria’s nerves — but somehow won’t escape her thoughts. Beautifully told by debut author Sarah Combs, this honest and touching story of growing up is imbued with the serene atmosphere of Kentucky’s natural landscape.

Beyond Magenta

Author: Susan Kuklin
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 9780763656119
Release Date: 2014
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

Shares insights into the teen transgender experience, tracing six individual's emotional and physical journey as it was shaped by family dynamics, living situations, and the transition each teen made during the personal journey.

The Full Spectrum

Author: David Levithan
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0307485196
Release Date: 2008-12-24
Genre: Young Adult Nonfiction

Teens are more aware of sexuality and identity than ever, and they’re looking for answers and insights, as well as a community of others. In order to help create that community, YA authors David Levithan and Billy Merrell have collected original poems, essays, and stories by young adults in their teens and early 20s. The Full Spectrum includes a variety of writers—gay, lesbian, bisexual, straight, transitioning, and questioning—on a variety of subjects: coming out, family, friendship, religion/faith, first kisses, break-ups, and many others. This one of a kind collection will, perhaps, help all readers see themselves and the world around them in ways they might never have imagined. We have partnered with the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and a portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated to them. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Like No Other

Author: Una LaMarche
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781595146748
Release Date: 2014-07-24
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Living on opposite sides of their Brooklyn neighborhood, strict Hasidic Devorah and fun-loving nerd Jaxon forge an unexpected connection when they become trapped in an elevator during a hurricane, after which they pursue a secret romance. Simultaneous eBook.