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A Name on the Quilt: A Story of Remembrance

Lauren and her family reminisce as they work together creating a panel for the AIDS Memorial Quilt in honor of her Uncle Ron.

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Amy Asks a Question: Grandma, What's a Lesbian?

Amy asks her Grandma Bonnie, who has been in a lesbian relationship for over 20 years, what it's like to be a lesbian.

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Better Nate than Ever

Thirteen-year-old Nate runs away from his small town in Pennsylvania to New York City to audition for E.T. the Musical. With the help of his best friend, can he come back home before anyone notices he's gone?

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Fabulous!: A Portrait of Andy Warhol

Focusing on the first half of Warhol's life, author and illustrator Bonnie Christensen shows how the lonely outsider in Pittsburgh became a successful artist in New York City in the 1960s.

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Families

Children from a diverse selection of American families share their insights.

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Five, Six, Seven, Nate!

In the sequel to Better Nate Than Ever, Nate Foster's Broadway dreams are finally coming true.

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From Alice to Zen and Everyone in Between

Eleven-year-old Alice Bunt has just moved to the suburbs from Boston and will be attending middle school in the fall. Before school starts she befriends Zen, a boy from the neighborhood who is her polar opposite. Stay tuned as Alice and Zen navigate their way through middle school.

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Holly's Secret

When she moves from Manhattan to rural Massachusetts and starts middle school, eleven-year-old Holly reinvents her life, deciding to change her name to Yvette and hide the fact that her two moms are lesbians.

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In Our Mothers' House

Although Marmee , Meema, and their three kids have a happy home life with many similarities to their neighbor's experiences -- dinnertime, fooling around, getting ready for parties -- some in their community can see only the differences.

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Keeper

Accompanied by her dog and a seagull, ten-year-old Keeper sneaks away late at night in a small rowboat, searching for her mother, a mermaid, who left her many years ago to return to the ocean.

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Leonardo da Vinci

Employing a warm conversational tone, Kathleen Krull chronicles the many accomplishments and endeavors of artist, scientist, and inventor Leonardo da Vinci. Social and political issues such as Leonardo's homosexuality, family status, and pacifism are discussed frankly and grounded firmly within historical context.

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Mary Walker Wears the Pants: The True Story of the Doctor, Reformer, and Civil War Hero

Mary Walker broke barriers by championing women’s rights, bravely serving in the Civil War, and being the only woman to earn the Medal of Honor — and she wore pants!

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My Mixed-Up Berry Blue Summer

Twelve-year-old June dislikes her mother's new partner Eva and is dismayed when the two adults plan to marry. When a movement to repeal Vermont's civil union law exposes the family to bitter homophobia June discovers an inner courage that surprises her family, her community, and herself.

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Nurse, Soldier, Spy: The Story of Sarah Edmonds, a Civil War Hero

Courageous and resourceful Sarah Edmonds enlisted as "Frank Thompson" in the Union Army during the Civil War, serving as a soldier, nurse, and ultimately a spy behind enemy lines.

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Say Something

A girl remains silent while others around her are bullied or teased. But one day she finds herself the target of jokes and no one speaks up for her.

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The Accidental Adventures of India McAllister

An illustrated diary-like account of things that India McAllister loves like her dog Tofu, her best friend, Colby, and other things... well, she's not so sure about, like Amanda the Rodent and Richard, her dad's boyfriend.

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The Boy in the Dress

Twelve-year-old Dennis finds his family, friends, and townspeople initially resistant to his desire to wear dresses, but they become his biggest fans on and off the soccer field.

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The Misfits

Tired of bullying and harassment, four seventh graders decide to run for their middle school student council with a platform targeted at stamping out name calling. This book is the inspiration behind GLSEN's (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) "No Name Calling Week."

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The Popularity Papers: Research for the Social Improvement and General Betterment of Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang

Best friends, Julie and Lydia, try to determine the secrets to popularity and record their observations and schemes in a secret notebook. The result is a hilarious, delightfully illustrated guide to surviving middle school and figuring out what friendship really means.

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Uncle Andy's: A Faabbbulous Visit With Andy Warhol

Seven-year-old James and his family make a surprise visit to Grandma and Uncle Andy at their Manhattan townhouse. But when your uncle is Andy Warhol, you're in for lots of surprises yourself!

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Who Was Sally Ride?

Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, was a scientist and university professor, with a passion for interesting girls in studying science.

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