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Nelson, Theresa Earthshine
Slim's father, a charismatic actor named Mack, is dying of AIDS. Slim and Mack's companion, Larry, help care for Mack. Soon Slim joins a support group for family members who live with people who have AIDS. There she meets Isaiah, who believes their parents can be cured by the Miracle Man in the "Hungry Valley" north of Los Angeles. Slim believes only what she sees: that her father and others are dying and no one is trying to stop it. But Isaiah's faith in miracles rubs off on Slim, and with their family and friends they journey into the mountains to find their own moment of magic.


Peters, Julie Anne Keeping You a Secret
Expectations.  A girl meets a guy, falls in love, gets married, has sex, not necessarily in that order.  Holland Jaeger is living up to the expectations.  But when she meets Cece, the course of her life is changed forever.  She loves this girl—this out-and-proud lesbian.  Holland’s awakening to her own sexuality is the key to setting her free.  Can Holland trust that the people she counts on most in her life will accept and embrace her newfound identity?  Keeping their relationship a secret may prove to be the worst mistake Holland and Cece could ever make.


Pierce, David M. Elf Child

Russ, a twentysomething-looking gay man, is searching for his true identity while he struggles with keeping an otherworldly secret. Russ is a changeling... a shape-shifter who will never age, and who, perhaps, will never die. Living a carefree beach life in San Diego, he uses his uncanny abilities to feed his desire for men of all shapes and sizes--but something important is missing. This suspenseful novel unfolds as Russ realizes that his obsession with image has become empty and that what he really needs is a relationship with another man that will encompass more than the satisfaction of his sexual needs.

In the spirit of Gabriel García Márquez and other authors whose stories bring an element of magic into an otherwise very real universe, David M. Pierce uses Russ's supernatural abilities to underscore Elf Child's true-to-life themes: the search for identity, personal growth and transformation, and being the "outsider"--which are all central to the struggles of those of us who have grown up gay in a straight world.


Plum-Ucci, Carol What Happened to Lani Garver

Lani Garver’s arrival on Hackett Island creates quite a stir.  The Island’s residents have never been particularly welcoming to strangers, but in the case of Lani, it’s even worse.  Everything about this new kid is a mystery: Where does Lani come from?  How old is Lani?  And most disturbing of all, is Lani a girl or a boy?

Popular Claire McKenzie isn’t up to tormenting Lani along with the rest of the high school elite.  With real troubles of her own, Claire reluctantly befriends the intriguing outcast.  Instantly, her entire world is turned upside down.

Within days of Lani’s arrival, torment turns to tragedy, and Claire is left wondering just who—or what—Lani was.


Quinn, Jay Metes and Bounds

In this unusual coming-of-age novel, author Jay Quinn surveys the expanding emotional and sexual boundaries of Matt, an eighteen-year-old surfer in coastal North Carolina. Set against the broad skies and beaches of North Carolina's Outer Banks, Matt's story of claiming his place as a surfer and as a gay man in the small and large worlds of construction sites, fishing piers, and surf breaks, is a triumph of storytelling.

As Matt's dedication to surfing and learning the nuances of the technical aspects of his job join seamlessly, he also learns of his own capacity for erotic adventure and need for emotional connection. Matt's many layers of learning to be a man are the stuff of hard-earned experience and a textured reading experience that is rare in the coming-of-age genre.


Reynolds, Marilyn Love Rules
This young adult novel accurately portrays the widespread effects of a young lesbian's decision to come out of the closet and live openly and honestly while still in high school. The story line revolves around Kit Dandridge-a young lesbian struggling to be herself in a repressive environment-her best friend Lynn, and their families and friends. Included are plot elements seen in recent headlines that include the often tragic consequences of high school intolerance and bullying as well as the development of support group networks for gay and lesbian students and their heterosexual allies.


Reyvor, Nina The Necessary Hunger

As a star basketball player in her last year of high school, Nancy Takahiro’s life is about to change forever.  Faced with the college recruitment process and unsure of where her skill will take her, Nancy is not prepared for meeting Raina Webber, an All-State shooting guard whoe passion for basketball is matched only by her talent for it

When Nancy’s father and Raina’s mother move in together, the girls are faced with the challenge of negotiation their already intense friendship and rivalry.  As Nancy’s love for Raina grows and both prepare to leave the inner city neighborhood that has nurtured them, they find themselves looking toward a future that is no longer easily defined.


Rice, Christopher A Density of Souls
A Density Of Souls is the story of four high school friends in present-day New Orleans who are torn apart by envy, passion, and a secret murder. Meredith, Brandon, Greg, and Stephen quickly discover the fragile boundaries between friendship and betrayal as they enter high school and form new allegiances. Brandon and Greg gain popularity as football jocks and Meredith joins the bulimic in-crowd, while Stephen is treated as an outcast and is the target of homophobia. Then two violent deaths disrupt the core of what they once shared.

Five years later the friends are drawn back together and what was held to be a tragic accident is discovered to be murder. Other secrets begin to unravel and the casual cruelties of high school develop into acts of violence that threaten an entire city.


Rice, Christopher The Snow Garden
In the darkening chill of winter, three Atherton University freshmen are being mysteriously drawn together by fate, and a compulsion they cannot comprehend. Though they come from vastly differing backgrounds, the college holds the promise of a better life for each of them -- and an opportunity to break away from the anguish and desolation of their former lives.

But the past does not die so easily, and the intricate webs of deceit that they have spun to protect themselves are slowly twisted into shackles that chain them to their doom. Snowbound and trapped on the campus, the friends find themselves unwilling pawns in the machinations of a malevolent force that has taken hold of Atherton -- and all their oldest fears, veiled passions, and secret nightmares are about to come to life in...The Snow Garden.


Rice, Christopher Light Before Day
Twenty-six-year-old journalist Adam Murphy is chasing a career-making story when he is suspiciously fired by the magazine that employs him.  Scarred by the failure of a recent relationship and haunted by the violent death of his alcoholic mother, Adam fins himself cut adrift in the city of West Hollywood.  Determined to expose the facts behind the suicide of the Marine pilot, he discovers that his estranged lover has vanished without a trace, and that his disappearance matches several other recent missing persons cases.  Working with his new boss, James Wilton--a famously curmudgeonly mystery novelist with his own battle scars, who is eager for a new case to write about--Adam begins to suspect a serial killer is preying on the city's young gay men.

Meanwhile, Caroline Hughes, an intense young surgical resident, scours central California, also seeking a serial killer: an avenger of such legendary violence he seems more demon than man.

The truth that Adam, Caroline, and James Wilton discover  is far more diabolical than they could ever have imagined.

From the mansion-strung Hollywood Hills to the drug-ravaged hamlets of the Central Valley, they enter a labyrinth that leads to the darkest core of the human heart--uncovering a conspiracy so extraordinary that it threatens both their sanity and their lives.

Light Before Day is a riveting and complex mystery set within a gothic twenty-first-century California landscape that Rice makes his own.


Roeder, Mark A. Ancient Prejudice, Break to New Mutiny
Mark is an eighteen-year-old boy who wants what we all want: to love and be loved. His dreams are realized when he meets Taylor, the boy of his dreams. The boys struggle to keep their love hidden from a world that cannot understand, but ultimately, no secret is safe in a small Midwestern town.

Ancient Prejudice is a story of love, friendship, understanding, and an age-old prejudice that still has the power to kill. It is a story for young and old, gay and straight. It reminds us all that everyone should be treated with dignity and respect and that there is nothing greater than the power of love.


Roeder, Mark A. The Soccer Field is Empty
The Soccer Field Is Empty is the story of teen love, steamy romance, friendship, loyalty, understanding, and ancient prejudice. Here is a tale that breaks the stereotypes of the ignorant and peers into the soul of two boys who want what we all want; to love and be loved. The story of Mark and Taylor, two sixteen-year-old high school athletes, is a tale of love and happiness torn asunder by a world that understands too late.

(Note: this is an expanded version of Ancient Prejudice, Break to New Mutiny)


Roeder, Mark A. A Better Place

What do the poorest boy in town and the captain of the football team have in common? More than you might think. Casper has nothing, but a trio of bullies who hound him, a distant father and an older brother who makes his life a living hell. Brendan has it all; muscles, money, fame and popularity. The boys come from different worlds, but both share a constant desire.

A Better Place is the story of an unlikely pair, who struggle through friendship and betrayal, hardships and heartbreaks, to find the desire of their hearts, to find a better place.


Roeder, Mark A. The Summer of My Discontent: A Better Place II
"The Summer of My Discontent" is a tapestry of tales delving into life as a gay teen in a small Midwestern town. Dane is a sixteen-year-old runaway determined to start a new life of daring, love, and sex--no matter the cost to himself, or others. His actions bring him to the brink of disaster and only those he sought to prey upon can save him. Among Dane's new found "friends" are a young male prostitute and the local grave robber who becomes his despised employer. The boys of "A Better Place" are back--Ethan, Nathan, Brendan, and Casper are once again dealing with trouble in Verona, Indiana. Drought and circumstance threaten their existence and they struggle together to save themselves from blackmail, financial collapse, and temptation. Brendan must cope with anonymity after being one of the most popular boys in school. Casper must face his own past--the loss of his father and the fate of his abusive brother, who is locked away in the very hospital of horrors from which Brendan escaped. Letters from his brother force Casper to question his feelings--is Jason truly a monster or can he change?


Roeder, Mark A. Someone is Killing the Gay Boys of Verona
Someone is killing the gay boys of Verona, Indiana, and only one gay youth stands in the way. He finds himself pitted against powerful foes, but finds allies in places he did not expect.

Sixteen-year-old Sean sets out on a quest that takes him into the supernatural and beyond. A haunted mansion, gay ghosts, a cult of hate, and a hundred year old ax murder all await Sean as he races to discover the murderer before he strikes again.

Someone is Killing the Gay Boys of Verona is a supernatural murder mystery that goes where no gay novel has set foot before. It is a tale of love, hate, friendship, and revenge.


Roeder, Mark A. Do You Know That I Love You
In Do You Know That I Love You, Ralph, a young gay teen living on a farm in Indiana, has an aching crush on a rock star and wants nothing more than to see his idol in concert. Meanwhile, Jordan, the rock star, is lonely and sometimes confused with his success, because all he wants is someone to love him and feels he will never find the love he craves.


Roeder, Mark A. This Time Around
This Time Around follows Jordan and Ralph as they become involved in a struggle with Reverend Wellerson, a TV evangelist, over the fate of gay youth centers. Wellerson is willing to stop at nothing to crush gay rights and who better to halt his evil plans than the most famous rock star in the entire world? While battling Wellerson, Jordan seeks to come to terms with his own past and learn more about the father he never knew. The excitement builds when an assassin is hired and death becomes a real possibility for Jordan and those around him. Jordan is forced to face his own fears and doubts and the battle within becomes more dangerous than the battle without. Will Jordan be able to turn from the path of destruction, or is he doomed to follow in the footsteps of his father? This time around, things will be different.


Roeder, Mark A. Keeper of Secrets

Sixteen year old Avery is in trouble, yet again, but this time he’s in over his head. On the run, Avery is faced with hardships and fear. He must become what he’s always hated, just to survive. He discovers new reasons to hate, until fate brings him to Graymoor Mansion and he discovers a disturbing connection to the past. Through the eyes of a boy, murdered more than a century before, Avery discovers that all is not as he thought. Avery is soon forced to face the greatest challenge of all; looking into his own heart.

Sean is head over heels in love with his new boyfriend, Nick. There is trouble in paradise, however. Could a boy so beautiful really love plain, ordinary Sean? Sean cannot believe it and desperately tries to transform himself into the ideal young hunk, only to learn that it’s what’s inside that matters.

Keeper of Secrets is the story of two boys, one a gay youth, the other an adolescent gay basher. Fate and the pages of a hundred year old journal bring them together and their lives are forever changed.


Roeder, Mark A. Someone is Watching

It's hard hiding a secret. It's even harder keeping that secret when someone else knows.

Someone is watching. Someone knows. It was a nightmare come true for seventeen year-old Ethan. It's hard hiding a secret. It's even harder keeping that secret when someone else knows. Who is the mysterious note-writer, the secret tormentor? Who is the enemy that hides among Ethan's friends and teammates? Who holds Ethan's secret over his head, threatening to destroy his entire world?

Someone Is Watching is the story of a young high school wrestler who must come to terms with being gay. He struggles first with himself, then with an unknown classmate that hounds his every step. While struggling to discover the identity of his tormentor, Ethan must discover his own identity and learn to live his life as his true self. He must choose whether to give up what he wants the most, or face his greatest fear of all.


Roeder, Mark A. The Vampire's Heart
Ever wonder what it would be like to be fifteen-years-old forever? Ever wonder how it would feel to find out your best friend is not what he seems? Graham Granger is intrigued by the new boy in school. Graham’s heart aches for a friend, and maybe a boyfriend, but is Josiah the answer to his dreams? Why is Bry Hartnett, the school hunk, taking an interest in Graham as well? When strange happenings begin to occur at Griswold Jr./Sr. High, Graham’s once boring life becomes more exciting than he can handle.


Ryan, Sarah Empress of the World
Nicola Lancaster is spending eight weeks at the Siegel Institute Summer Program for Gifted Youth, a hothouse of smart, articulate, intense teenagers. She soon falls in with Katrina (Manic Computer Chick), Isaac (Nice-Guy-Despite-Himself), Kevin (Inarticulate Composer) . . . and Battle. Battle Hall Davies is a beautiful blonde dancer, and everything Nic isn't. The two become friends-and then, startlingly, more than friends. What do you do when you think you're attracted to guys, and then you meet a girl who steals your heart?


Salat, Cristina Living in Secret
Ever since Amelia's parents got divorced, she has wished she could live with her mother and her mother's girlfriend, Janey, but a judge gave her father custody. Finally, after years of living apart, Amelia, and her mom decide there is only one thing to do. On a cold October night, Amelia's mother comes to steal her away. For Amelia, living in secret means changing her name, not going to school, and pretending she is twelve instead of eleven. The adventure of beginning a whole new life, with brand new family and friends, is marred only by the shadow of a past that could shatter the present in an instant, should anyone find out who Amelia really is.


Sanchez, Alex Rainbow Boys
Jason Carrillo is a jock with a steady girlfriend, but he can't stop dreaming about sex...with other guys.

Kyle Meeks doesn't look gay, but he is. And he hopes he never has to tell anyone -- especially his parents.

Nelson Glassman is "out" to the entire world, but he can't tell the boy he loves that he wants to be more than just friends.

Three teenage boys, coming of age and out of the closet. In a revealing debut novel that percolates with passion and wit, Alex Sanchez follows these very different high-school seniors as their struggles with sexuality and intolerance draw them into a triangle of love, betrayal, and ultimately, friendship.


Sanchez, Alex Rainbow High
NELSON GLASSMAN may have been exposed to the HIV virus and is terrified of testing positive...but what if being positive is the only way to keep the guy of his dreams?

KYLE MEEKS finally has the guy of his dreams and is ready to do anything to stay by his side...but will "anything" include sabotaging his own future?

JASON CARRILLO knows he has to face his future and is prepared to face it out and gay...but is he prepared to let go of the dream that has sustained him all of his life?

As their high school days draw to a close and these three friends move toward one of life's most defining crossroads, each will be compelled to choose his own direction -- and prepare for the consequences.


Scott, Melissa Night Sky Mine Night Sky Mine, Scott weaves another complex future society, rich in political and economic detail, that contours the life of young Ista Kelly, a foundling, the only survivor of a pirate raid on an asteroid mine.  Ista is now a teenager, hip and computerwise.  In fact, Ista spends a lot of her time in cyberspace, where AI programs reproduce themselves like rabbits and chickens and cats and sometimes like dinosaurs and mythical monsters.  Scott has taken the cyberpunk subgenre of SF to another stage in Night Sky Mine, to a universe of cyberspace rich in self-replicating programs in danger of evolving out of human contrul.

This is the story of Ista's quest for her true identity in a future where you cannot live without an official identity.  She must leave the security of her home on a trading ship and return in secret to the isolated mine where she was discovered as a baby.  There she encounters and must overcome a menace hidden by the huge interstellar Night Sky Mining Corporation.


Shannon, George Unlived Affections
Willie Ramsey is lonely; he was raised by his grandmother--Grom, as he calls her--a silent, bitter woman.  Her only response to Willie's frequent questions about his mother, who died when he was two, is to tell stories of her as a little girl, when she had "the most beautiful hair" and Grom would brush it "a hundred strokes every night."  To questions about his father he gets nothing but a tight-lipped "unfit to be a father.  He's better off dead."

But now Grom is dead, and Willie is selling the contents of the house at auction and going off to college.  While cleaning out his mother's old room (always kept locked and still as a shrine), Willie discovers a box of old letters.  In them he finds some answers to the secrets that have surrounded him all his live, and new questions only he can answer.

Unlived Affections is a strongly felt, painfully honest novel about one young man's search for his place in the world.


Springer, Nancy Looking for Jamie Bridger
When Jamie Bridger decides to ask who her real parents are, she is met with the unthinkable: Her grandfather explodes in a rage and her grandmother's memory is mysteriously blank.  Is it too much for a fourteen-year-old girl to know?  Jamie is determined to find out on her own.  In the chaotic aftermath that follows her grandfather's sudden death, she sets out to discover the secret denied to her about her past.

Jamie's compelling search for origins brings her unexpected answers along with an awakened sense of confidence and independence that startles everyone, including herself.

Acclaimed author Nancy Springer's mastery of suspense underlined her understanding of the need to ,now oneself and sweeps the reader along to the exciting and unexpected conclusion.


Stoehr, Shelley Tomorrow Wendy

I've discovered that if you wear a big enough hat, no one worries much about what's going on inside your head.

Cary should know. Her head is a mess behind the floppy Audrey Hepburn hat she wears. Her best friend is a boy who speaks to her in song lyrics--a boy that only she can see. And no one, not even Cary's boyfriend Danny, knows about the things inside Cary's head. Especially the feelings she has for Wendy, a girl with bright green hair and hard-candy sadness in her eyes. Wendy is sexy and dangerous. Cary thinks that Wendy could love her the way Danny does. There's just one problem. Wendy is Danny's sister.


Sweeney, Joyce Face the Dragon
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After skipping the ninth grade and entering high school in an accelerated program for gifted students, fourteen-year-old Eric and his best friend Paul seem to undergo a dynamic change in their relationship.


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