Today we’re talking about the kind of books where you can really put yourself in the story. The kind of stories that might just be playing out in the world somewhere even while I am writing this or you are reading it. That’s right. It’s realistic fiction day. And there’s something for kids of all ages. Check them out. No really, go your your library and check them out! And then come back and tell me how awesome they are. And, as always, drop me a note in the comments or on the contact page if there’s something you’d like to see included in the future. Happy reading!
First, for some of my awesome young readers.
So what’s it about? This book is about a young person who was born male, but really enjoys wearing a fancy orange dress from the play center at school.
What makes it queer? Morris doesn’t act like the world expects a little boy to act, so he is teased for it and rejected by his friends. A lot of kids, queer or not, go through similar experiences when they are young.
How awesome is it? Let’s just say you’ll be rooting for Morris from the moment you meet him.
I didn’t forget about my Middle Grade friends!
So what’s it about? If you ask Lily she’ll tell you, she is a girl through and through. Unfortunately the rest of the world sees her as Tim. Fortunately she finds a friend she can be honest with in Dunkin, who knows how it feels to worry that people will judge you for something you can’t help. Unfortunately life is never simple and Lily and Dunkin face some real challenges and setbacks in their friendship.
What makes it queer? The lead character is a young transgender female in the early stages of coming out.
How awesome is it? I don’t give many 5 star ratings on Goodreads, but I would give this 6 stars if I could.
And for those of you heading pretty quickly toward adulthood, a little romance today.
So what’s it about? Leila is a pretty typical high school junior. She works hard and has fun and tries to keep her parents off her back. There’s just one problem. Leila’s been keeping a little secret. And with the arrival of a new classmate, that secret is about to be blown right out of the water.
What makes it queer? The main character is a Persian-American lesbian trying to figure out how to come out to a conservative family and community. (And also trying to figure out how to get the new girl’s attention…) Bonus- she’s not the only queer character in the book!
How awesome is it? If you love romance, you’ll love this. If you love books with interesting queer characters, you’ll love this. If you’ve ever struggled with being yourself for fear that that self wouldn’t be accepted, you’ll love this. Pretty much, if you are (or ever have been) a teenager, this is a book you will dig.