Serving Trans* Teens (Summer 2013)

In the summer 2013 issue of YALS, Talya Sokoll wrote about literature for trans* young adults. In this blog post, Talya covers ways in which libraries can reach out and serve trans* teens beyond putting books on the library’s shelves.

Much has happened in the nine months since I wrote the article for YALS, Representations of Trans* Youth in Young Adult Literature.

Trans* Titles for Young Adults (Summer 2013)

In the summer 2013 issue of YALS, Talya Sokoll writes about the state of young adults in trans* literature. As a companion to that article she put together a booklist of titles for library staff working with teens to know about.

Talya used several resources to develop the list. These are:
Booklist for Trans Youth
Lambda Literary Awards
Rainbow Books
The Stonewall Award
Transgender Book Lists
Transgender Literature for Young Adults

You can check out the list below. (A .pdf version is also available.)

Young adult novels with main and supporting characters who identify as Transgender

Luna by Julie Anne Peters
Regan is an average sixteen-year-old who is keeping secret the fact that her brother Liam is really a Transgender girl named Luna.

Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher
When Logan meets Sage he is instantly attracted to her, but how will he react when he learns that Sage was born male?

I Am J by Cris Beam
J has always known that was a boy who happened to be born into a girl’s body by mistake. Now he just has to convince everyone else.

Parrotfish by Ellen Wittlinger
Just like the parrotfish that is born female but becomes male later in life, teenager Grady knows that even though he was born Angela, on the inside he is a boy. He is happy but not everyone else is, especially his family, and he must rely on the people in his life who support him to move forward.

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
The story of a group of teen beauty queens marooned on a desert island, one of them is a former boy band member who has transitioned.
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Summer 2013 Issue: Teen Reading

summer 2013 yals cover - teen readingIn just a few days you’ll find in your mailbox the latest issue of YALS. Summer 2013 is all about teen reading and includes articles on:

  • How to use action research to discover what teens really want to read and how to tie that into Teen Read Week
  • Young adults in trans* lit
  • Religion and spirituality in young adult literature
  • Fan fiction and fan culture
  • Transmedia
  • Genrefying library collections

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