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Three Tiptree Award–Winning Novels: A Woman of the Iron People, Waking the Moon, and Larque on the Wing
By Eleanor Arnason, Nancy Springer, Elizabeth Hand. 2018
Groundbreaking, provocative novels that challenge gender assumptions—in stories of aliens and humans, women and men, and the shifting nature of… identity. The James Tiptree, Jr. Award was established to acknowledge works of science fiction or fantasy that expand or explore our understanding of gender. The three novels in this collection each embody that continually evolving challenge in boldly original and highly imaginative ways. A Woman of the Iron People: The inaugural winner of the Tiptree Award in 1991, this “excellent, anthropologically oriented SF tale” (Publishers Weekly) examines the fear and fascination on both sides when a group of human scientists discovers an advanced yet seemingly primitive alien culture. “Fascinating . . . Very wise and funny . . . Full of complicated and irresistible people, some of them human.” —Ursula K. Le Guin Waking the Moon: Nebula Award–winning author Elizabeth Hand serves up a seductive, post-feminist thriller in which a college freshman accidentally discovers the existence of the Benandanti, a clandestine order devoted to suppressing the powerful Moon Goddess and secretly manipulating the world’s governments and institutions. “A potent socio-erotic ghost story.” —William Gibson Larque on the Wing: A middle-aged housewife’s thoughts become reality when her rebellious inner child takes control, and she transforms herself into a fearless gay man. This is a moving, funny, surprising, and transcendent tale of one woman’s unusual quest to come to terms with who she truly is. “Springer effectively uses fantasy to evoke midlife soul-searching. . . . An engrossing novel about gender and self-formation.” —Publishers Weekly
By Aminah Mae Safi. 2019
Aminah Mae Safi's Tell Me How You Really Feel is an ode to romantic comedies, following two girls on opposite… sides of the social scale as they work together to make a movie and try very hard not to fall in love.The first time Sana Khan asked out a girl–Rachel Recht--it went so badly that she never did it again. Rachel is a film buff and aspiring director, and she’s seen Carrie enough times to learn you can never trust cheerleaders (and beautiful people). Rachel was furious that Sana tried to prank her by asking her on a date.But when it comes time for Rachel to cast her senior project, she realizes that there’s no more perfect lead than Sana--the girl she's sneered at in the halls for the past three years. And poor Sana--she says yes. She never did really get over that first crush, even if Rachel can barely stand to be in the same room as her.Told in alternative viewpoints and set against the backdrop of Los Angeles in the springtime, when the rainy season rolls in and the Santa Ana's can still blow--these two girls are about to learn that in the city of dreams, anything is possible--even love.
By Danika Stone. 2019
An epic YA adventure story about two friends lost in the Canadian wilderness from Danika Stone, the author of All… the Feels.Vale loves to hike, but kind of hates her classmates. Ash is okay with his classmates, but kind of hates the outdoors. So, needless to say they are both fairly certain that the overnight nature hike with their PE class is going to be a hellish experience. But when they get separated from the group during a storm, they have worse things to worry about than bullies and blisters. Lost in the Canadian wilderness with limited supplies, caught in dangerous weather conditions, and surrounded by deadly wildlife, it's going to take every bit of strength, skill, and luck they can muster to survive.Praise for Danika Stone: "An enjoyable, fast-paced read." — School Library Journal on Internet Famous "The book is a dream. I loved absolutely everything about it. ... From the chapter headers to every mention of nerd culture, All the Feels is a blast!" —Seeking Book Boyfriends on All the Feels
By Cat Sebastian. 2020
Will Sedgwick can’t believe that after months of searching for his oldest friend, Martin Easterbrook is found hiding in an… attic like a gothic nightmare. Intent on nursing Martin back to health, Will kindly kidnaps him and takes him to the countryside to recover, well away from the world. Martin doesn’t much care where he is or even how he got there. He’s much more concerned that the man he’s loved his entire life is currently waiting on him hand and foot, feeding him soup and making him tea. Martin knows he’s a lost cause, one he doesn’t want Will to waste his life on. As a lifetime of love transforms into a tender passion both men always desired but neither expected, can they envision a life free from the restrictions of the past, a life with each other?
By Agnes Borinsky. 2020
*An Amazon Best Book of the Month!*Transgender author Agnes Borinsky deftly explores gender identity and queer romance in this heart-wrenching… debut novel.Alex feels like he is in the wrong body. His skin feels strange against his bones. And then comes Tracy, who thinks he's adorably awkward, who wants to kiss him, who makes him feel like a Real Boy. But it is not quite enough. Something is missing. As Alex grapples with his identity, he finds himself trying on dresses and swiping on lipstick in the quiet of his bedroom. He meets Andre, a gay boy who is beautiful and unafraid to be who he is. Slowly, Alex begins to realize: maybe his name isn't Alex at all. Maybe it's Sasha Masha.
By Kristy Dallas Alley. 2020
A teen girl on a quest to find her long-lost mother finds herself on a journey of self-discovery in Kristy… Dallas Alley's moving YA debut, The Ballad of Ami Miles.Raised in isolation at Heavenly Shepherd, her family’s trailer-dealership-turned-survival compound, Ami Miles knows that she was lucky to be born into a place of safety after the old world ended and the chaos began. But when her grandfather brings home a cold-eyed stranger, she realizes that her “destiny” as one of the few females capable of still bearing children isn’t something she’s ready to face.With the help of one of her aunts, she flees the only life she’s ever known and sets off on a quest to find her long-lost mother (and hopefully a mate of her own choosing). But as she journeys, Ami discovers many new things about the world...and about herself.
By Julia Ember. 2020
In Julia Ember's dark and lush LGBTQ+ romantic fantasy Ruinsong, two young women from rival factions must work together to… reunite their country, as they wrestle with their feelings for each other.Her voice was her prison…Now it’s her weapon. In a world where magic is sung, a powerful mage named Cadence has been forced to torture her country's disgraced nobility at her ruthless queen's bidding. But when she is reunited with her childhood friend, a noblewoman with ties to the underground rebellion, she must finally make a choice: Take a stand to free their country from oppression, or follow in the queen’s footsteps and become a monster herself.
By David Levithan. 2020
The New York Times bestselling author of Every Day, Someday, and Two Boys Kissing is back with a short story… collection about love--perfect for Valentine's Day or year-round reading! <P><P>A resentful member of a high school Quiz Bowl team with an unrequited crush. A Valentine's Day in the life of Every Day's protagonist "A." <P><P>A return to the characters of Two Boys Kissing.19 Love Songs, from New York Times bestselling author David Levithan, delivers all of these stories and more. <P><P>Born from Levithan's tradition of writing a story for his friends each Valentine's Day, this collection brings all of them to his readers for the first time. With fiction, nonfiction, and a story in verse, there's something for every reader here. Witty, romantic, and honest, teens (and adults) will come to this collection not only on Valentine's Day, but all year round.
By Robin Talley. 2020
Perfect for fans of Becky Albertalli and Nina LaCour, this #ownvoices romantic comedy from New York Times bestselling author Robin… Talley has something for everyone: backstage rendezvous, deadly props, and a seemingly insurmountable obstacle to True Love.Melody McIntyre, stage manager extraordinaire, has a plan for everything. What she doesn’t have? Success with love. Every time she falls for someone during a school performance, both the romance and the show end in catastrophe. So, Mel swears off any entanglements until their upcoming production of Les Mis is over. Of course, Mel didn’t count on Odile Rose, rising star in the acting world, auditioning for the spring performance. And she definitely didn’t expect Odile to be sweet and funny, and care as much about the play’s success as Mel. Which means that Melody McIntyre’s only plan now is trying desperately not to fall in love.
By Magdalena Trimarchi. 2020
Magdalena Trimarchi publicó en Wattpad su primera novela Más allá de la realidad y fascinó a miles de lectores. En… 2015 ganó el premio Watty. Con El escuadrón de los marginados tocará las fibras más íntimas y sensibles de quienes alguna vez se sintieron solos, desorientados o que el mundo era un lugar hostil donde encontrar el equilibro personal y el amor era un desafío casi imposible. Margaery fumaba, sus pitadas eran como soles. Con cada pitada acababa con su vida, pero nunca ver a alguien acabar con su vida fue algo tan hermoso para mí. A veces me pregunto si lo que realmente me atrae es ella o la máscara que se construye de sí misma para ocultar su verdadero agujero negro. Pero lo interesante de Margaery es que nada parece importarle, y ahí es donde mis teorías se congelan, se ponen en duda. Margaery White cree que es invisible, sin embargo, todo en ella exige cierta atención. Y la mía la tiene de sobra. Para todo aquel que se sienta incomprendido, solo, imperfecto, miserable. Todos ustedes merecen ser comprendidos. Y esta es mi prueba: El escuadrón de los marginados, The Outcast Squad (TOS).Tyler Dobson
By Danielle K. Roux. 2020
The second installment of the SHADES OF THE CITY SeriesWelcome back to District City, a place haunted by a tragic… past, ravaged by monsters, and divided into rival factions by mysterious aura Colors. In the aftermath of the events at the Blue Embassy, murderous Calen plots revenge and uses his dark power to further his influence. New trials bring Alan and Kazuki closer together as they continue their quest to unlock the secrets of the city. Mysterious newcomer, Tanith might have all the answers, if they can figure out how to get rid of the voices in their head. As relationships are torn apart, sacrifices must be made to gain power over others to survive. In this city, the dead don’t stay dead, and dreams reveal fragments of truth. The world may have ended once, but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen again. The Shades of the City Series is best enjoyed in the following order Book 1: This Will Kill That Book 2: Shades of the City Book 3: A King and a Monster
By Saundra Mitchell, Bob Martin, Chad Beguelin, Matthew Sklar. 2019
Based on the Tony-nominated musicalSoon to be a Netflix film starring Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Awkwafina, and more!Seventeen-year-old Emma Nolan… wants only one thing before she graduates: to dance with her girlfriend at the senior prom. But in her small town of Edgewater, Indiana, that's like asking for the moon. Alyssa Greene is her high school's "it" girl: popular, head of the student council, and daughter of the PTA president. She also has a secret. She's been dating Emma for the last year and a half. When word gets out that Emma plans to bring a girl as her date, it stirs a community-wide uproar that spirals out of control. Now, the PTA, led by Alyssa's mother, is threatening to cancel the prom altogether.Enter Barry Glickman and Dee Dee Allen, two Broadway stars who decide to take up the cause and get a little publicity along the way. But when they arrive in Indiana to fight on Emma's behalf, their good intentions go quickly south. Between Emma facing the fray head-on, Alyssa wavering about coming out, and Barry and Dee Dee basking in all the attention, it's the perfect prom storm. Only when this unlikely group comes together do they realize that love is always worth fighting for.
By Aiden Thomas. 2020
A trans boy determined to prove his gender to his traditional Latinx family summons a ghost who refuses to leave… in Aiden Thomas's New York Times-bestselling paranormal YA debut Cemetery Boys, described by Entertainment Weekly as "groundbreaking." Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can't get rid of him. When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his true gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free. However, the ghost he summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school's resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He's determined to find out what happened and tie off some loose ends before he leaves. Left with no choice, Yadriel agrees to help Julian, so that they can both get what they want. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants to let him leave. Praise for Cemetery Boys: Longlisted for the National Book Award "The novel perfectly balances the vibrant, energetic Latinx culture while delving into heavy topics like LGBTQ+ acceptance, deportation, colonization, and racism within authoritative establishments." —TeenVogue.com "This stunning debut novel from Thomas is detailed, heart-rending, and immensely romantic. I was bawling by the end of it, but not from sadness: I just felt so incredibly happy that this queer Latinx adventure will get to be read by other kids. Cemetery Boys is necessary: for trans kids, for queer kids, for those in the Latinx community who need to see themselves on the page. Don’t miss this book." —Mark Oshiro, author of Anger is a Gift
By Courtney Milnestein. 2020
Above, us, in the dark shadows of the outer solar system, there is the shape of something unknown, something unspeakable.… It waits, it bides its time, and as the days of summer grow longer, so does its voice grow louder.On the quiet island of Sarah Ann in the Pacific Ocean, home of the renowned Firmament Foundation, awkward teenager Eirian Calohan has come in search of the mystery of their father's recent demise. Instead, they are confronted with the stark contrast between languid life on the tiny island and an unspeakable cosmic horror.Together with their new friends, they set out to unravel the truth surrounding the death of their father and to also uncover just what it is that the Foundation has reached out to in the dark eternal night of the distant void.
By Carla Calvo. 2020
Sam tenía todo lo que siempre había soñado, Lily tiene todo lo que necesita. Pero cuando se vuelven a encontrar,… diez años después, descubren que a veces eso no es suficiente. A pesar de haber conseguido cada cosa con la que había soñado, Sam vive una vida vacía. Una carrera de éxito, dinero y reputación no compensan que, cuando se marchó a perseguir su sueño, lo dejó todo atrás. Abandonó su casa, su familia y sus amigos, pero sobre todo a Lily... y, aunque en su momento parecía una buena decisión, al volver a su ciudad natal años después se da cuenta de que los fantasmas del pasado no la han abandonado en ningún momento. Lily no pudo cumplir sus sueños. La vida tenía otros planes para ella: tras el último verano de instituto tuvo que hacerse cargo de su hermana pequeña, sacrificando sus planes de futuro. Y, sin embargo, ha aprendido a ser feliz con lo que tiene. Es entonces cuando Sam aparece frente a su puerta, diez años después, como la primera vez que se conocieron. Y Lily se da cuenta de que tiene que arriesgarse... pero no sabe si está dispuesta a correr el riesgo de enamorarse otra vez. Aunque tendrán que aprender a conocerse de nuevo, basta con una sonrisa para que los diez años que las separan se desvanezcan.
By K. Ancrum. 2017
The Wicker King is a psychological young adult thriller that follows two friends struggling as one spirals into madness. Jack… once saved August's life…now can August save him?August is a misfit with a pyro streak and Jack is a golden boy on the varsity rugby team—but their intense friendship goes way back. Jack begins to see increasingly vivid hallucinations that take the form of an elaborate fantasy kingdom creeping into the edges of the real world. With their parents’ unreliable behavior, August decides to help Jack the way he always has—on his own. He accepts the visions as reality, even when Jack leads them on a quest to fulfill a dark prophecy. August and Jack alienate everyone around them as they struggle with their sanity, free falling into the surreal fantasy world that feels made for them. In the end, each one must choose his own truth.Written in vivid micro-fiction with a stream-of-consciousness feel and multimedia elements, K. Ancrum's The Wicker King touches on themes of mental health and explores a codependent relationship fraught with tension, madness and love.
By Kheryn Callender. 2018
<P>Caroline Murphy is a Hurricane Child. <P>Being born during a hurricane is unlucky, and twelve-year-old Caroline has had her share… of bad luck lately. <P>She's hated and bullied by everyone in her small school on St. Thomas of the US Virgin Islands, a spirit only she can see won't stop following her, and -- worst of all -- Caroline's mother left home one day and never came back. <P>But when a new student named Kalinda arrives, Caroline's luck begins to turn around. Kalinda, a solemn girl from Barbados with a special smile for everyone, becomes Caroline's first and only friend -- and the person for whom Caroline has begun to develop a crush. <P>Now, Caroline must find the strength to confront her feelings for Kalinda, brave the spirit stalking her through the islands, and face the reason her mother abandoned her. <P>Together, Caroline and Kalinda must set out in a hurricane to find Caroline's missing mother -- before Caroline loses her forever.
By John Boyne. 2017
From the beloved New York Times bestselling author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, a sweeping, heartfelt saga about… the course of one man's life, beginning and ending in post-war Ireland.Cyril Avery is not a real Avery--or at least that's what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn't a real Avery, then who is he? Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community, and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamorous and dangerous Julian Woodbead. At the mercy of fortune and coincidence, he will spend a lifetime coming to know himself and where he came from and--over his many years--will struggle to discover an identity, a home, a country and much more. In this, Boyne's most transcendent work to date, we are shown the story of Ireland from the 1940s to today through the eyes of one ordinary man. The Heart's Invisible Furies is a novel to make you laugh and cry while reminding us all of the redemptive power of the human spirit.
By Lianne Simon. 2020
Respaldada por una de las investigadoras líderes en desórdenes del desarrollo sexual, Confesiones de una adolescente hermafrodita, es una novela… para jóvenes adultos. Un retrato auténtico acerca de los problemas enfrentados por una adolescente intersexual. Jamie nació con un testículo, un ovario y un rostro angelical. Luego de una cirugía menor y un par de años de testosterona, puede ser varón. Bueno, al menos eso es lo que siempre dicen sus padres. Pero en el espejo, él ve a una princesa elfa. Para convertirse en el hombre que sus padres pretenden, Jamie deberá renunciar los sueños y esperanzas de una niñita. A los dieciséis años, la soprano de un metro y medio, abandona un protegido entorno escolar doméstico para irse a un dorm de varones en la universidad. La princesa elfa puede vivir en los libros que lee Jameson y nadie tiene que enterarse que no es como los otros chicos. Cuando una estudiante de medicina le dice que tendría que haber sido criado como mujer, afloran recuerdos infantiles suprimidos. Una vez más, Jamie ve en el espejo a una princesa elfa y recuerda quién era de niña. ¿Qué tienen de malo los sueños de Jamie que no pueden ser su vida?
By Bernardine Evaristo. 2019
The novel's twelve central characters lead vastly different lives. Amma is an acclaimed playwright whose work explores her Black lesbian… identity; her friend Shirley is a teacher, jaded after decades of work in London's underfunded schools; Carole, one of Shirley's former students, is a successful investment banker; Carole's mother Bummi works as a cleaner and worries about her daughter's lack of rootedness. These unforgettable characters, from a nonbinary social-media influencer to a ninety-three-year-old woman living on a farm, intersect in shared aspects of their identities, from age to race to sexuality to class