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A Perfect Snow

When 17-year-old Ben and his 16-year-old brother David move to rural Montana trailer park after their father loses his job, their anger and resentment lead them to join a White-supremacy group whose intolerance is directed towards Jews, gays, and racial groups. At first both boys feel empowered by the escalating acts of vandalism encouraged by the hate group. But over time the brothers drift apart as Ben begins to question the group's beliefs and values, while David becomes even more embroiled in the group's violent activities.

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Almost Perfect

Beautiful newcomer Sage is perfect for Logan ... but then he discovers her secret.

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Ask the Passengers

There's only one thing Astrid Jones can do when a growing attraction to her co-worker Dee becomes too big and too confusing: send her love to airplane passengers flying overhead while she tries to figure out who she is down here on the ground.

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Cinnamon Toast and the End of the World

Stephen Shulevitz has three months to go before his high school graduation, when he’s faced with the end of the world–realizing he’s in love with very straight and very homophobic best friend. With only a few months left to go in his small town, Stephen tries to figure out who he is and who he wants to be.

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Cissy Funk

Caught in a struggle between her mother and her aunt, Depression-era teen Cissy Funk uncovers shocking family secrets.

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Deliver Us from Evie

Sixteen year old Parr Burrman narrates this story about how his sister Evie's lesbianism affects his family and their small Midwestern rural community.

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Don't Let Me Go

When Adam moves to New York to follow his dreams, Nate's belief about their one true love is put to the test not only by the distance, but Adam's roommates, the harassment in school, and a new boy at school who looks for more than just friendship.

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Evil?

Being gay and summoning demons don't provide Stuart with any problem in his small, conservative Canadian town, but everyone gets caught up in an anti-masturbation crusade when Stuart commits the sin of Onan.

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Far from Xanadu

Mike Szabo - ace softball player, weightlifter, a.k.a. Mary Elizabeth - has enough trouble surviving in her small town before a new girl, Xanadu, turns Mike's life upside down. [Re-issued as "Pretend You Love Me"]

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Finding H. F.

Raised by her devout Southern Baptist grandmother, 16-year-old H.F. (short for "Heavenly Faith"), a budding lesbian, and her gay friend Bo take a road trip to Florida to reunite with her mother.

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Geography Club

Several closeted students start a secret support group at their high school that they call the "Geography Club" in order to discourage others from joining and to hide its true purpose.

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Girl from Mars

At fifteen, Miriam's life in a small German town lacks excitement and meaning until she meets Laura and begins to discover how full her life already is.

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Good Moon Rising

Jan's senior year in high school is not what she expected. She lost the starring role in the school play to the new girl. She has to take on directing responsibilities when her teacher becomes ill. And she's discovered she's a lesbian.

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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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Homo

When Will gets outed on Facebook and everything in his life starts spinning out of control, can he discover who he truly is, or will his life be defined by what everyone else thinks?

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If I Lie

Everyone in town is calling Quinn a whore and a slut because she's been caught cheating on her boyfriend Casey, who is serving in the Marines overseas. What they don't know is that Quinn is keeping Casey's secret, a secret that would prove her innocence.

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If I Told You So

A summer job at a dockside ice cream shop dishes up more excitement than 16 year old Sean expected: late night pranks, a bold new friend from New York, and a serious crush on his supervisor, Jay. Young love and ice cream combine in this sweet and witty summer romance.

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Leap

In the summer of 1979, Rowan Marks is just waiting to leave for college. In the meantime, she deals with her disconnected family, her best friend Danny who is in love with her, and stuck up, closed-off Catherine.

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Looking for Jamie Bridger

Fourteen-year-old Jamie Bridger is determined to find out who her real parents are despite her grandparents' opposition.

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M+O 4EVR

After the death of Marianne, Opal's best friend -- and more -- Opal deals with her loss through the life of Hannah, a runaway slave who died in 1842.

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Magic and Misery

With frank discussions of relationships and sex, both straight and gay, Toni Jo, who befriends new student Pan (short for Pansy) in the hopes that he will be her boyfriend, gives a humorous portrayal of high school life.

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My Father's Scar

College freshman Andy Logan reflects on events in his past life set against the loneliness and isolation he felt growing up with an alcoholic, abusive father in a homophobic town.

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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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My Tiki Girl

After once-popular Maggie, 15, is left with an injured leg when a car accident kills her mother, she finds solace with Dahlia, the new girl at school, and her unconventional family, including a mentally-ill mother. Set in the 1990s in a small town in Connecticut.

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Pretend You Love Me

Mike Szabo - ace softball player, weightlifter, a.k.a. Mary Elizabeth - has enough trouble surviving in her small town before a new girl, Xanadu, turns Mike's life upside down. [Originally published as "Far from Xanadu"]

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She Loves You, She Loves You Not...

After her father discovers she is gay and disowns her, can Alyssa pick up the pieces of her life and believe in herself again, in a new town, living with a mother she never knew?

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Shine

After her once-best friend, Patrick, falls victim to a vicious hate crime and neither local nor federal law enforcement seems interested finding the culprits, Cat sets out to discover who in her town could have hated Patrick enough to have beaten him and left him for dead.

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Sister Mischief

Sixteen-year-old Esme is a witty, wisecracking out lesbian with a tight circle of accepting friends. Together they form a hip-hop crew called "Sister Mischief."

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Soames on the Range

When his father comes out, Cisco is suspended from school for fighting and then accused of putting old man Patterson into a coma. For his own protection, his parents send the non-violent, budding gourmet chef to live with his uncle on a dude ranch in the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia.

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Tessa Masterson Will Go to Prom

Lucas and Tessa have been friends forever, and now Lucas realizes they are something more - until his prom invitation is Tessa's cue to come out to him, and put the entire town on notice that she wants a date of her own.

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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 Blue Lawn

Newcomer Theo Meyer and 15-year-old David Mason clash in the locker room when they first meet, but later their relationship blooms into something more. Set in rural New Zealand.

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The Drowning of Stephan Jones

While her mother, a librarian, struggles with a citizens' group whose aim is to ban all "anti-Christian" books from the library, 16-year-old Carla must deal with her own problems when her boyfriend, Andy, starts harassing Stephan Jones and Frank Montgomery, the gay couple who own a local antiques store.

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The Evolution of Ethan Poe

The question of teaching intelligent design brings Ethan Poe's rural Maine town to crisis, with science on one side and fundamentalist Christians on the other. As Ethan begins a relationship with handsome classmate Max Modine, he also deals with his parents' divorce, his brother's increasingly self-destructive behavior, and the fundamentalist Christian beliefs of both his brother and his best friend Jorja, while violence erupts around the local school board election.

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The House You Pass On The Way

As the daughter of a black father and a white mother, fourteen-year-old Evangeline Ian Canan, better known as "Staggerlee," leads a lonely and isolated existence in rural South Carolina. But Staggerlee has secret that sets her further apart -- her feelings for girls.

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The Last Exit to Normal

Ben Campbell and his family move to rural Montana where Ben absolutely does not fit in and finds it harder to deal with having two dads than he did in their previous urban home.

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The Miseducation of Cameron Post

When Cam's conservative aunt discovers her niece is a lesbian, she sends Cam to God's Promise, a church camp that promises to "cure" young people of their homosexuality. Cam's engaging voice tells her story with wry humor, intelligence, and a strong sense of place in eastern Montana.

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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 Waiting Tree

Simon and Stephen get caught "in the act" by Stephen's dad, but that's just one of Simon's many problems. Simon has been ostracized by his church community, he has a going-nowhere job at the local Stop 'n Save, and he is the sole caretaker of his brother, Jude.

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Tillmon County Fire

Eight teens give their perspectives about an anti-gay hate crime that ignites fear, homophobia, grief, and loss.

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Tips on Having a Gay (Ex) Boyfriend

Senior Belle Philbrick and her boyfriend, Dylan, are among the most popular couples in their Maine high school. But when Dylan comes out to Belle and they break up, Belle is on an emotional roller coaster.

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Way to Go

Seventeen-year-old high school junior Danny looks forward to a relaxing summer vacation with his two best friends, but a run-in with the local police has his mother insisting he find a summer job. Work in the new restaurant in town brings friendship with Lisa, a tattooed free spirit who helps him accept his true self.

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What Happened to Lani Garver

Clare had leukemia in junior high. But now she's in high school, a cheerleader who hangs out with the popular kids. One day Lani Garver mysteriously shows up at school. No one is sure if Lani is a girl or a boy, which Clare's friends find disturbing. Clare, however, is drawn to Lani, and the two of them become good friends.

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What They Always Tell Us

Isolated and unsure of his place in his family and at school after an attempted suicide Alex is encouraged to try out for cross-country by his brother's friend, Nathen, and discovers more than just a supportive teammate.

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What's in a Name

Residents are considering changing the name of their town from Scrub Harbor to Folly Bay, polarizing the local population. Against this backdrop, local high school students explore their identities, including a boy who is about to come out. Each chapter is narrated by a different teen.

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