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June is LGBT Pride Month and to celebrate we are highlighting some of our books that feature LGBT characters.
by James Dawson
Lesbian. Bisexual. Queer. Transgender. Straight. Curious. This book is for everyone, regardless of gender or sexual preference. This book is for anyone who’s ever dared to wonder. This book is for YOU.
There’s a long-running joke that, after “coming out,” a lesbian, gay guy, bisexual, or trans person should receive a membership card and instruction manual. THIS IS THAT INSTRUCTION MANUAL. You’re welcome.
Inside you’ll find the answers to all the questions you ever wanted to ask: from sex to politics, hooking up to stereotypes, coming out and more. This candid, funny, and uncensored exploration of sexuality and what it’s like to grow up LGBT also includes real stories from people across the gender and sexual spectrums, not to mention hilarious illustrations.
You will be entertained. You will be informed. But most importantly, you will know that however you identify (or don’t) and whomever you love, you are exceptional. You matter. And so does this book.
Beyond Magenta Transgender Teens Speak Out
A 2015 Stonewall Honor Book. A groundbreaking work of LGBT literature takes an honest look at the life, love, and struggles of transgender teens. Author and photographer Susan Kuklin met and interviewed six transgender or gender-neutral young adults and used her considerable skills to represent them thoughtfully and respectfully before, during, and after their personal acknowledgment of gender preference. Portraits, family photographs, and candid images grace the pages, augmenting the emotional and physical journey each youth has taken. Each honest discussion and disclosure, whether joyful or heartbreaking, is completely different from the other because of family dynamics, living situations, gender, and the transition these teens make in recognition of their true selves.
Celebrated children’s and young adult author Jacqueline Woodson, winner of the National Book Award and Newbery Honor Medal, will present the 39th annual Marian McFadden Memorial Lecture on Friday, April 15, 2016 at 7 p.m. at Northview Middle School auditorium.
The event is free and open to the public with seating on a first-come, first served basis. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Preferred seating is available for Friends of the Library cardholders until 6:45 p.m. Books sales and signing will follow the lecture.
Made possible through gifts from Friends of the Library to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.
ABOUT THE MCFADDEN LECTURE
The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation, Inc. was established in 1969 to promote the development and improvement of Library facilities and services, and to support and enhance Library programs and projects by raising private contributions. All gifts to the Library Foundation assure the continuation of support for children’s reading programs, lecture series, and other special events and programs presented by the Library for the benefit of the community.
The Marian McFadden Memorial Lecture Series was established after the Library Foundation received a gift from the estate of Marian McFadden, Director of Public Libraries from 1945-1956. This annual author lecture series was named in her honor.
Undone by Cat Clark
Available in Print.
So this book was kind of slow at times, but not enough to deter me from reading it quickly. I guess the reason I liked this book so much was the ending, which I won’t go into here because it is spoilery.
Jem is in love with Kai, but he is gay. Then, something happens and affects Kai so deeply that he kills himself. Jem is left to pick up the pieces, which is difficult for her to do. She wants revenge on the people she thinks pushed Kai to suicide. The rest of the story is all about her carrying out her revenge plans (which involves a lot of set-up), and the resulting aftermath of the plans coming to fruition. Unfortunately, in the end, she learns she was manipulated and is surprised to discover who is behind the manipulation. The letters from Jem’s best friend, Kai, set the pace, which is roughly a month per chapter. This books deals with topics like bullying, homosexuality, rape, and suicide, so not necessarily a cheerful read.
-Review by Michelle Frost