Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becki Albertalli – For pure fun, this gorgeous read is perhaps my favourite YA of the year so far, and the two gay teens at the centre of the story are DEFINITELY my favourite couple for ages.
The Last Leaves Falling by Sarah Benwell – Heartbreaking, but incredible, story of a Japanese teen dying of ALS and coping with his diagnosis by turning to new friends met on the internet, but also the wisdom of the samurai.
Pea’s Book of Holidays by Susie Day – The entire quartet of Pea’s Books is fabulous, and great at celebrating diversity casually – Pea’s sister Tinkerbell is mixed race, while the twins next door have two mums. This is my favourite story – I love the way it celebrates AND critiques Enid Blyton – and also has an excellent portrayal of Ryan, a boy with hemiplegia.
Cowgirl by GR Gemin – a lovely MG about the community that builds up on a council estate when a...
Simon Spier is sixteen, gay, and not out yet. But he IS enjoying a rather wonderful e-mail flirtation with Blue, another student at his school – it’s just that neither of them know the other’s identity offline. Simon is hoping that the secretive Blue will eventually let him in – and then things take a turn for the worst, as fellow student Martin gets his hands on an e-mail, decides he can use this knowledge to pressure Simon into hooking him up with Simon’s friend Abby. Can Simon manage to come out on his own terms and win the boy of his dreams? And how will his friends and family react?
I have read a lot of amazing books with LGBT characters over the last few years, and would have immense difficulty picking the absolute best. How can you compare Lisa Williamson’s stunning contemporary The Art Of Being Normal with BR Collins’s gorgeous historical romance Love In Revolution, or Holly Black’s fabulous fantasy The Darkest Part of the Forest, and say one is better than the other when they –...
The Glass Sentence by S.E.Grove
The Uncommoners: The Crooked Sixpence by Jennifer Bell