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Dreadnought: Nemesis - Book One by April Daniels
“I didn’t know how much I needed this brave, thrilling book until it rocked my world. Dreadnought is the superhero adventure we all need right now.”―Charlie Jane Anders, author of All the Birds in the Sky “A thoroughly enjoyable, emotionally rich, action-packed story with the most exciting new superheroes in decades. Unmissable.”―Kirkus Starred Review
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Guyliner by j. leigh bailey
17-yo Connor works his butt off to maintain the golden-boy persona he’s created. He has the grades, the extracurriculars, the athletics, and a part-time job at his dad’s shop… every detail specifically chosen to ensure the college scholarships he needs to get the hell out of the Podunk town where he lives. The last thing he needs is an unexpected attraction to Graham, the eyeliner-wearing soccer phenom on his team.
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by j. leigh bailey
Reviewers are loving this action-packed, page-turning adventure about a 17-yo who ends up kidnapped by militant forces in Cameroon. There are twists at every turn & through it all, a bond forged between Isaiah & Henry that's almost too sweet for diabetic Isaiah to handle.
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by Sean Kennedy
What do you when you're 17, openly gay footballer in the AFL and have Declan Tyler, retired professional AFL footballer for a mentor? You do what you can to get out of your own way but when you're Micah Johnson, that's easier said than done.
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Gravity by Juliann Rich
A shot at Olympic gold in ski jumping. It’s a dream that has been the exclusive property of male athletes. Until now. For seventeen-year-old Ellie Engebretsen, the 2011 decision to include women’s ski jumping in the Olympics is a game changer. She’d love to bring home the gold for her father. But can she defy the pull of gravity drawing her to Kate Moreau, her biggest competition and the girl of her dreams?
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We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
Since the suicide of his boyfriend Jesse, Henry Denton has felt lost. His family are completely oblivious, he’s become estranged from his best friend, and he’s started hooking up with his sworn enemy. Then there’s the big red button the aliens gave him. Press it and the world is saved. The question is: Is a world without Jesse worth saving?
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Any Other Girl by Rebecca Phillips
Kat Henley has a new plan: When it comes to boys – especially other people’s – keep away. With two gay parents, Kat’s spent years trying to prove she’s just like everybody else, until she meets someone who wants her because she’s not. Only, to get him, Kat might have to break her resolution—and betray her cousin’s trust.
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Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace
When seventeen-year-old Breezy Lin wakes up in a grave with no memory of her murder and an ability to sense those around her who are hiding a murderous past, she sets out looking for answers and to discover what is to become of her in the dangerous world to which she now belongs.
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Tagged Out (Lorimer Sports Stories) by Joyce Grant
With all-star player Jock joining the Toronto Blues, Nash and the team hope he’ll be the change they need to turn the season around. Arch-rivals Parkhill Pirates have other ideas when they find out Jock is gay, ambushing the players and forcing Nash to decide whether or not to stand by his team-mate.
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Spirit Level by Sarah N. Harvey
After breaking up with her boyfriend, donor-conceived Harriet (known as Harry) tracks down her half-siblings—Lucy, a half-Japanese dancer, and Meredith, an accomplished liar. Harry becomes determined to get to the bottom of Meredith’s hostility, but her investigation reveals a bigger secret: Alex, Meredith’s best friend and Harry’s new crush, was born female. As the sisters get to know each other and discuss meeting
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Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin
Gender fluid, punk rock Riley Cavanaugh identifies as a boy on some days and as a girl on others. On a therapist’s advice, Riley starts a blog about what it’s really like to be a gender-fluid teen. But when an anonymous commenter threatens to expose Riley’s identity, Riley faces a choice: abandon their new outlet or come out and risk everything?
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Bleeding Earth by Kaitlin Ward
All Lea wants to do is spend time with her new girlfriend Aracely, but the earth has started to bleed, and the blood has made Lea a prisoner in her own home. Can Lea save herself and Aracely and continue their relationship in spite of Aracely’s disapproving father?
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Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate
At Paloma High School, the lives of seven unlikely allies - all with something to hide - are changed after rumors of a student-teacher affair spread around the school.
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My Year Zero by Rachel Gold
When Lauren meets a group of kids writing a sci-fi story online, she gets attention from two very different girls—charming Sierra and troublesome Blake. Blake’s insights into living with bipolar disorder help Lauren understand she’s not alone, but her attention might just destroy everything Lauren knows, including her relationship with Sierra.
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The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle
Before losing his sister in a car accident, Quinn Roberts was a smart aleck whose only worry was writing dialogue for the films they made together. Now Quinn’s stopped going to school and his mom sleeps on the sofa. Enter Geoff, the best friend who drags Quinn to his first college party, where he falls hard for a guy. Could the new romance be the new start Quinn needs?
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South of Sunshine by Dana Elmendorf
Kaycee Jean McCoy lives in Sunshine, Tennessee—which means attending church, dealing with the bigots in her mother’s cosmetics salon, and dating guys she has no interest in. When cool girl Bren Dawson joins the school and nobody seems to give her any trouble for being herself, Kaycee allows herself to get close to Bren—but at what cost?
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Saving Montgomery Sole by Mariko Tamaki
Montgomery Sole and her best friends Thomas and Naoki are the only members of Jefferson High’s Mystery Club, dedicated to exploring the unexplained. There’s also the Eye of Know, a crystal amulet whose (possible) powers Monty hopes will help fight against the ignoramuses who tease Thomas for being gay and Monty for having two moms. And it may be that the Eye arrived just in time, as the town’s newest resident is scar
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Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann
Addie’s life changes after a careless night with her boyfriend leads to an abortion. Though she knows it was the right decision for her, nothing is the same. She no longer wants to run cross-country and she can’t bring herself to be excited about anything. That is, until she reconnects with former team-mate Juliana, who has struggles of her own.
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If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
New girl Amanda just wants to make friends and fit in, but keeping her secret means not getting too close to anyone. Anyone except sweet, easy-going Grant, who she can’t help but let in. As the pair grow closer, Amanda yearns to share with him everything about herself – including that she used to be Andrew. But will telling him cost Amanda her new love—and new life?
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Jerkbait by Mia Siegert
Until his identical twin Robbie attempted suicide, Tristan and his brother weren’t what you’d call close. But once the two are forced to share a room together, Tristan begins to see his brother not as an NHL prospect, but as a gay teen plagued by the fear of coming out in the sports world. When Robbie suggests running away with someone he’s been speaking to online, Tristan must decide whether to break his brother’s t
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The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude
To the other kids at school, sixteen-year-old Ivy and her cousin Heather are weird. They live in Rowan’s Glen, an old-fashioned farming community full of superstitions and traditions. But Ivy doesn’t mind – she loves it there, and the two girls share everything with each other. Or so Ivy thought. When Heather disappears after a May Day celebration, Ivy discovers her home town and her cousin are actually as secretive
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Draw the Line by Laurent Linn
Talented artist, sci-fi geek, and gay – not the kind of traits you want to draw attention to in a Texas high school. The only way Adrian Piper feels comfortable expressing himself is through the secret world of his Renaissance-inspired superhero, Graphite—until a hate crime in real life forces Adrian to reconsider how visible he wants to be in the real world.
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Without Annette by Jane B. Mason
Josie Little and her girlfriend Annette are moving half-way across the country to attend prestigious boarding school Brookwood Academy. But when they arrive and Josie struggles to fit in, a sense of elitism threatens to destroy the girl’s relationship. There’s also Penn, a boy whose feelings for Josie confuse things further. When her need for approval gets Annette into trouble, Josie isn’t sure she can save her this
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True Letters from a Fictional Life by Kenneth Logan
Ask anyone in his small Vermont town and they’d tell you James Liddell – star athlete and sort of boyfriend to peppy Theresa – is a happy, carefree guy. The letters James fills his desk with tell a different story: He tries, but he just isn’t into Theresa. Instead it’s a friend – a boy – who lingers in his thoughts. When someone at school leaks his secret letters, James has to make a decision: Come clean or continue
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You Know Me Well: A Novel by David Levithan
Kate is lost after running from the chance to finally meet the girl she’s loved from afar. Mark is in love with his best friend Ryan, who may or may not love him back. A wild night in the city brings together these two classmates, who sat next to each other for a year without speaking, and it’s not long before they know each other better than any of the people who are supposed to know them more.
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Look Both Ways by Alison Cherry
Brooklyn Shepard’s friendship with her roommate Zoe turns into something more during her theater apprenticeship at Allerdale, but as their relationship intensifies, so do Brooklyn’s doubts: She’s happier now than she’s ever been, but is it because of her new relationship or is she becoming the independent woman she set out to be?
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