Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Top 250 LGBTQ Books for Teens

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Top 250 LGBTQ Books for Teens

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Top 250 LGBTQ Books for Teens. Michael Cart and Christine A. Jenkins. Chicago: American Library Association, 2015. I64 p. $21.95 (ISBN: 978-1-9375-8956-1).

This book should be required reading for anyone working with teens. Cart and Jenkins have compiled a list of LGBTQ-themed books comprising fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, and professional resources. Both the fiction and graphic novel sections include codes to indicate whether the book's themes include "homosexual visibility," "gay assimilation," and/or "queer consciousness." Additional information about the meaning and use of these codes is presented in the appendix.

The book's introduction includes a brief history of LGTBQ novels for young adults and historical publishing trends and changes. The authors also describe the criteria they used to choose the 250 books. The Fiction section of the book comprises 195 titles. These titles include both historically significant titles as well as newly published. Each entry includes the author, title, publication information, a summary of the novel, and fiction code(s). The Graphic Novel section includes the same information as the Fiction section, including the fiction code(s). The Nonfiction section includes books that, in the authors' opinion, will stand the test of time. The Professional Resources section consists of a list of titles with publication information. As previously mentioned, the appendix includes information about the fiction codes and more history about LGTBQ books. …

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