Rainbow Reads for Grades 6-8

Recommended books concerning gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning identities. To find more books, try a subject search for “gay youth,” “lesbian youth,” “transsexual youth,” “transgender people,” or “gay parents” in the library catalog. Click here for a print-friendly version of this list.

Junior High Fiction (Y)

Author Title Call Number
AdamsSparks: The Epic, Completely True Blue, (Almost) Holy Quest of Debbie
Debbie tries to get over a crush on her best friend by embarking on a “holy quest” with a couple of misfits. (256 pp.)
Y Adams
BarakivaOne Man Guy
When Alek’s parents send him to summer school, he thinks his summer is ruined. And then he meets Ethan... (255 pp.)
Y Barakiva
BurchThe Manny Files
Shy Keats, overshadowed by his sisters, learns from his male nanny how to be more outgoing and self-confident. (296 pp.)
Y Burch
DesaiBorn Confused
Shy Dimple comes into her own as she explores her Indian heritage and the exciting world of New York City. (413 pp.)
Y Desai
FederleBetter Nate Than Ever
Nate, who dreams of performing on Broadway, concocts a plan to run away to New York and audition for E.T.: The Musical. (275 pp.)
Y Federle
GennariMy Mixed-Up Berry Blue Summer
June spends the summer at her Vermont home, getting used to the woman her mother is planning to marry. (119 pp.)
Y Gennari
GoldmanTwo Parties, One Tux, and a Very Short Film about The Grapes of Wrath
Mitch negotiates the difficult social situations he encounters, both with girls and with his gay best friend, David. (307 pp.)
Y Goldman
HornerA Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend
As she tries to sort out her feelings of love, Cass, a spunky math genius with an introverted streak, finds a way to memorialize her dead best friend. (259 pp.)
Y Horner
HoweTotally Joe
Joe writes an alphabiography—life from A to Z—and explores issues of friendship, family, school, and the challenges of being gay. (189 pp.)
Y Howe
Jahn-CloughCountry Girl, City Girl
When city girl Melita comes to visit farm girl Phoebe, Phoebe has confusing feelings about their new friendship. (185 pp.)
Y Jahn-Clough
LaRochelleAbsolutely, Positively Not
Steven attempts to fit in at school by becoming a macho, girl-loving, Playboy pinup-displaying heterosexual, with hilarious results. (219 pp.)
Y LaRochelle
Ash must choose between a handsome fairy cursed to love her and the King's Huntress whom she loves. (264 pp.)
Y Lo
MoskowitzMarco Impossible
Stephen and Marco attempt to break into the prom so Marco can confess his love for the adorable bass player of the band. (247 pp.)
Y Moskowitz
PetersBetween Mom and Jo
When Nick’s mom and her partner Jo split up, he faces unexpected and difficult choices. (232 pp.)
Y paperback PE
PolonskyGracefully Grayson
With the help of a school play, Grayson, a transgender twelve-year-old, learns to accept her true identity and share it with the world. (243 pp.)
Y Polonsky
RudetskyMy [Awesome] Awful Popularity Plan
Chubby, Jewish, and gay, Justin Goldblatt plans to become popular and date the star quarterback. (211 pp.)
Y Rudetsky
SanchezSo Hard to Say
When Xio starts thinking of Frederick, the new boy, as her boyfriend, Frederick must confront his fear that he might be gay. (230 pp.)
Y Sanchez
StevensonOut of Order
Sophie’s new school is bully-free, but she soon learns that even friends can harm your sense of self. (221 pp.)
Y paperback ST
TraceyWitch Eyes
After a terrifying vision, Braden learns the guy he’s falling for is the son of a rival witch dynasty. (330 pp.)
Y paperback TR
Trueman7 Days at the Hot Corner
Varsity baseball player Scott Latimer struggles with his own prejudices and those of others when his best friend reveals that he is gay. (150 pp.)
Y Trueman
WalliamsThe Boy in the Dress
Dennis is the leading scorer on his soccer team...and also has a secret passion for fashion. (231 pp.)
Y Walliams
WoodsonThe House You Pass on the Way
When Staggerlee spends a summer with her cousin Trout, she begins to question her sexuality. (99 pp.)
Y Woodson

Nonfiction, Folktales & Poetry

Author Title Call Number
AlsenasGay America: Struggle for Equality
How gay women and men have gone from social invisibility to becoming a strong political force and proud members of the American public. (160 pp.)
Y305.9 AL
ArethaNo Compromise: The Story of Harvey Milk
The life and legacy of the first openly gay man elected to public office in California. (128 pp.)
Y921 Milk
BassoThe Underground Guide to Teenage Sexuality
Facts about human sexuality, including anatomy, health, contraception, homosexuality, and sexual intercourse. (230 pp.)
Y612.6 BA
SnowHow It Feels to Have a Gay or Lesbian Parent
Kids talk about the experience of having gay or lesbian parents. (110 pp.)
Y306.874 SN

Last Updated: 1/15


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