Some Girls Do by Jennifer Dugan; narrated by Nora Hunter & Bailey Carr Penguin Random House Published: May 18, 2021 ISBN: 9780593397862
After track star Morgan is kicked out of her religious school for being queer, she wants a fresh, proud, start. However she finds that being openly queer and an elite athlete can be a complicated mix. All Ruby wants is to fix cars, but her overbearing mother has pageant dreams for her. When the two find their feelings growing they must contend with the dynamics of a relationship where only one person is out.
Each quarter, the Selected Lists teams compile the titles that have been officially nominated to date. These books have been suggested by the team or through the title suggestion form, read by multiple members of the team, and received approval to be designated an official nomination. At the end of the year, the final list of nominations and each Selected List’s Top Ten will be chosen from these titles.
Amari and the Night Brothers. By B.B. Alston. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, $17.99 (9780062975164).
Amari’s brother Quinton has disappeared, and her only hope of finding him is to follow in his footsteps and become a Junior Agent with the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs.
Amber and Clay. By Laura Amy Schlitz. Candlewick Press, $22.99 (9781536201222).
In ancient Greece, two unlikely friends Rhaskos and Melisto find their lives intertwined in a search for freedom and purpose. As a ghost bound to Rhaskos, Melisto must help free him before she can find her own rest in the Halls of Hades.
Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo Penguin Random House / Dutton Books Publication Date: January 19, 2021 ISBN: 978-0525555254
17-year-old Chinese American Lily Hu has always felt a little bit different. Growing up in San Francisco’s Chinatown provides Lily with a sense of community, but the strict social mores of 1954 frequently leave her feeling stifled in ways she can’t quite put her finger on. Even more confusing for Lily is her new preoccupation with an advertisement she has stumbled upon featuring a male impersonator at the Telegraph Club. When she accidentally drops the ad in front of her white friend Kath, she’s shocked when Kath tells her that she’s been before and would be willing to go again with Lily. When Lily finally visits the Telegraph Club with Kath, she discovers not only that lesbian women exist outside of pulpy thrillers, but that she might be one.
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Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan; Narrated by Brittany Pressley G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers / Listening Library Publication Date: April 30, 2019 ISBN: 9780593104477
This summer Lou Parker is determined to catch the eye and fancy of her long-time crush, Nick, as they both work at Magic Castle Playland amusement park. Hoping to get the role of princess, she gets assigned to be costumed hot dog for the year, and the odds don’t seem to be in her favor. Plus, now the park might be closing, and Lou’s best friend, Seely, isn’t very supportive of her scheme to get Nick to notice her.
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It’s Trevor Noah: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (Adapted for Young Readers) by Trevor Noah Delacorte Press April 9th 2019 ISBN: 9780525582175
Trevor Noah, host of the Daily Show, recounts his childhood growing up in South Africa, shortly after the end of Apartheid. He was born of a black mother and white father, which was an illegal relationship under Apartheid. He grows up not really fitting in anywhere. With his usual combination of humor and deep insight into humanity’s senseless behavior, Noah gives an uncomfortable piece of history a human face.