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Teen and YA books with LGBT characters

Stay A Little Longer

Representation is so important, both for teens who are themselves LGBT and also for others to gain more empathy and understanding.

These books for teens and young adults all feature lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender characters and relationships.

  • The Shell House

    Author: Linda Newbery

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • The Shell House

    Author: Linda Newbery

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 12+

    Graveney Hall is a beautiful home that burned down during the First World War. It links the stories of Greg, a photography student…

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  • Sugar Rush

    Author: Julie Burchill

    Interest level: 14+

    Reading age: 11+

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  • Sugar Rush

    Author: Julie Burchill

    Interest level: 14+

    Reading age: 11+

    Shortlisted for the 2005 Booktrust Teenage Prize, this is a controversial and daring look at the gritty reality of teenage experie…

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  • City of Bones

    Author: Cassandra Clare

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • City of Bones

    Author: Cassandra Clare

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 9+

    When Clary visits a nightclub, she discovers that she is one of the Shadowhunters - a group of demon-hunters living in a worl…

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  • Kiss

    Author: Jacqueline Wilson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Kiss

    Author: Jacqueline Wilson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 9+

    Wilson skilfully combines an approachable and involving teenage story with a debate about true friendship, sexual identity and gro…

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  • Out of the Blue

    Author: Sophie Cameron

    Interest level: 14+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Out of the Blue

    Author: Sophie Cameron

    Interest level: 14+

    Reading age: 10+

    Angels are falling from the sky, and it is 17-year-old Jaya who finds a live one. The urgent drama of saving the angel plays out a…

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  • The Traitor Game

    Author: B R Collins Illustrator: Peter Bailey

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • The Traitor Game

    Author: B R Collins Illustrator: Peter Bailey

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 9+

    Set in two worlds, both real and fantasy, this intelligent and moving story of friendship, fear, misunderstanding and forgiveness,…

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  • Inheritance

    Author: Balli Kaur Jaswal

    Interest level: 14+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Inheritance

    Author: Balli Kaur Jaswal

    Interest level: 14+

    Reading age: 10+

    As a newly-independent Singapore struggles to establish its own identity and economic stability, a single father in the Punjabi Si…

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  • Boys Don't Cry

    Author: Malorie Blackman

    Interest level: 14+

    Reading age: 11+

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  • Boys Don't Cry

    Author: Malorie Blackman

    Interest level: 14+

    Reading age: 11+

    Dante is waiting for the postman. It's 'A' level results day and he has high hopes, but a knock on the door brings an old girlfrie…

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  • Hollow Pike

    Author: Juno Dawson

    Interest level: 14+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Hollow Pike

    Author: Juno Dawson

    Interest level: 14+

    Reading age: 10+

    Lis London had hoped that a move to the country would allow her to escape not only the bullies but also her recurring nightmares

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  • Stay A Little Longer

    Author: Bali Rai

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Stay A Little Longer

    Author: Bali Rai

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 8+

    Since Aman’s father died, nothing has been the same. Then she befriends a new neighbour, who is lonely too. This warm, o…

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  • Pretty Things

    Author: Sarra Manning

    Interest level: 15+

    Reading age: 13+

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  • Pretty Things

    Author: Sarra Manning

    Interest level: 15+

    Reading age: 13+

    Sarra Manning cleverly conveys the confusion and uncertainty of adolescence, revealing that sexuality is not always as straightfor…

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  • Out

    Author: Joanna Kenrick

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Out

    Author: Joanna Kenrick

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 9+

    A quick and simple read which nonetheless does justice to the complex feelings and emotions of the characters, as they deal with t…

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  • Noteworthy

    Author: Riley Redgate

    Interest level: 14+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Noteworthy

    Author: Riley Redgate

    Interest level: 14+

    Reading age: 10+

    Presenting herself as Julian, Jordan successfully auditions for an all-male a capella group and is forced to consider what it mean…

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  • Ash

    Author: Malinda Lo

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • Ash

    Author: Malinda Lo

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 12+

    In this bewitching and sophisticated re-interpretation of the Cinderella story, lonely orphan Ash falls in love not with a handsom…

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  • What is Gender?

    Author: Juno Dawson

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • What is Gender?

    Author: Juno Dawson

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

    An informative, no-nonsense guide looking at the concept of gender and the different issues surrounding it, featuring personal sto…

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  • Undone

    Author: Cat Clarke

    Interest level: 14+

    Reading age: 14+

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  • Undone

    Author: Cat Clarke

    Interest level: 14+

    Reading age: 14+

    Jem and Kai have always been best friends - until Kai commits suicide and Jem's world collapses.

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  • Boy Meets Boy

    Author: David Levithan

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 13+

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  • Boy Meets Boy

    Author: David Levithan

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 13+

    This delightful high-school story is set in a town in which being a gay teenager is no more fraught with difficulty than being str…

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