Sunday, June 27, 2010

LBGT YA novels W/ Characters of Color

I haven't done a list in a while. After reading Nathalie's post about LBGT week (June 25 - July 4th, @ Mutliculturalism Rocks, I decided to list a few YA novel that feature gay and lesbian characters of color.

Down to the Bone by Mayra Lazara Dole

Touching Snow by M. Sindy Felin

Say the Word by Jeannine Garsee

The Mariposa Club by Rigoberto Gonzalez

M+O 4EVR by Tonya Hegamin

A Map of Home by Randa Jarrar

My Most Excellent Year: by Steve Kluger

Love Is the Higher Law by David Levithan

Dramarama by E Lockhart

Fat Hoochie Prom Queen by Nico Medina

Ash by Malinda Lo

The Necessary Hunger by Nina Revoyr

Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood by Benjamin Alire Saenz

The God Box by Alex Sanchez

The It Chicks by Tia Williams

Love & Lies: Marisol's Story by Ellen Wittlinger

After Tupac and D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson

No Such Thing as the Real World: by Various Authors

Woodson's "The Company" is abouta Black gay male dancer in New York

Orphea Proud by Sharon Dennis Wyeth

There's good news and bad news with this list. The bad news, its small. The good news, its all quality. I find many of these titles gush worthy. If I started to talk about how much I loved one, I had have to say that about several others.

If you know of any other titles, please leave them in the comment box. I got three titles thanks to Ari's sidebar under the challenge that dare not speak its name


Charlotte said...

It might be a small list, but it's actually longer than I was expecting! Thanks for pulling this together.

I had to grin when I was reminded of Dramarama--that's such a fun one!

rhapsodyinbooks said...

I'd rather have quality than quantity anyway on a group of books that is apt to be contested for inclusion! Thanks for compiling this!

Anonymous said...

Don't forget Big Fat Hoockie Prom Queen

Doret said...

Charlotte - I loved Dramarama.

Jill - I think it this way better as well.

Thanks Edi I did forget and I need to add My Most Excellent Year by Kluger

Anonymous said...

Thank you for putting the list together, Doret. I'm always looking for LGBT book recommendations.

evelyn.n.alfred said...

Great list. I need to read more on this list. Frick and I just saw Ash in the bookstore today.

Also, several of Jacqueline Woodson's books have at least one LBGT character in it like: The Notebooks of Melanin Sun, The House You Pass on the Way, and If You Come Softly.

Jodie said...

Is it Jacqueline Woodson who wrote The Company (can't seem to find it by googling)? That sounds interesting. I just finished Down to The Bone, but I have lots more to go from this list - wuhuh.

Doret said...

Nathalie - Your post is the reason why did this.

Evelyn - with Sanchez and Woodson, it was simply a matter of which book to list. Hopefully when people click book listed by either authors they will find the others.

Jodie - "The Company" is a short story in The No Such Thing As the Real World Collection.

Its a great collection. Chris Lynch, Beth Kephart and K.L Going have stories in it, and there are a few other authors.