PRIDE! Ebooks with LGBTQ+ Characters and Themes

You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah JohnsonBook Cover: You should see me in a crown

“Liz Lighty has always done her best to avoid the spotlight in her small, wealthy, and prom-obsessed midwestern high school, after all, her family is black and rather poor, especially since her mother died; instead she has concentrated on her grades and her musical ability in the hopes that it will win her a scholarship to elite Pennington College and their famous orchestra where she plans to study medicine–but when that scholarship falls through she is forced to turn to her school’s scholarship for prom king and queen, which plunges her into the gauntlet of social media which she hates and leads her to discoveries about her own identity and the value of true friendships.” Available as: Overdrive eBook & eAudiobook

Book Cover: Black FlamingoBlack Flamingo by Dean Atta

Michael is a mixed-race gay teen growing up in London. All his life, he’s navigated what it means to be Greek-Cypriot and Jamaican–but never quite feeling Greek or Black enough. As he gets older, Michael’s coming out is only the start of learning who he is and where he fits in. When he discovers the Drag Society, he finally finds where he belongs–and the Black Flamingo is born. Told with raw honesty, insight, and lyricism, this debut explores the layers of identity that make us who we are–and allow us to shine.

Summer bird blueSummer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman

“Rumi’s world falls apart when her sister dies suddenly. To make things worse, her mother ships her off to live with an aunt in Hawaii. She struggles to navigate her grief and sense of abandonment with the help of her new neighbors, a teenage surfer and a taciturn 80-year-old.” Available as: Overdrive eAudiobook 

Last Bus to EverlandLast Bus to Everland by Sophie Cameron

“Brody feels alone in his apartment he shares with his stressed mom, agoraphobic dad, genius older brother, and theatrical younger sister. So when his cat runs off and leads him to meet a handsome, costumed stranger, he’ll take whatever escape he can get. The door to Everland only opens at 11:21 on Thursdays. But will he choose to stay or go when the doors start closing for good?” Available as: Overdrive eAudiobook / eBook

Kiss Number 8Kiss Number 8 by Colleen AF Venable, Illustrated by Ellen T. Crenshaw 

“Mads is pretty happy with her life. She goes to church with her family, and minor league baseball games with her dad. She goofs off with her best friend Cat, and has managed to avoid getting kissed by Adam, the boy next door. It’s everything she hoped high school would be. Until suddenly, it’s not. Her dad is hiding something big—so big it could tear her family apart. And that’s just the beginning of her problems. Mads is starting to figure out that the only person she wants to kiss is Cat.” Available as: eBook

Red Scrolls of Magic The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare

“Part of the Shadowhunters universe, The Red Scrolls of Magic features High Warlock Magnus Bane and his new boyfriend, Alec Lightwood. Readers don’t need to have read previous books in this universe to enjoy the wild ride as Bane, Lightwood and a cast of diverse characters tear through Europe on a quest to stop a demon-worshipping cult so they can go back to enjoying their vacation together.” Available as: Overdrive eAudiobook / eBook 

Book Cover: I''ll Be The OneI’ll Be The One by Lyla Lee

Skye Shin has heard it all. Fat girls shouldn’t dance. Wear bright colors. Shouldn’t call attention to themselves. But Skye dreams of joining the glittering world of K-Pop, and to do that, she’s about to break all the rules that society, the media, and even her own mother, have set for girls like her. But Skye has her sights on becoming the world’s first plus-sized K-pop star, and that means winning the competition, without losing herself.

book cover: MooncakesMooncakes by Suzanne Walker

Nova Huang knows more about magic than your average teen witch. One fateful night, she follows reports of a white wolf into the woods, and she comes across the unexpected: her childhood crush, Tam Lang, battling a horse demon in the woods. As a werewolf, Tam has been wandering from place to place for years, unable to call any town home. Pursued by dark forces eager to claim the magic of wolves and out of options, Tam turns to Nova for help. Their latent feelings are rekindled against the backdrop of witchcraft, untested magic, occult rituals, and family ties both new and old in this enchanting tale of self-discovery.

Last True Poets of the SeaThe Last True Poets of the Sea by Julia Drake

“Violet’s hard-partying ways escalate the same time her brother, Sam, attempts to take his life. Her parents send her to stay with her uncle in a small Maine town where she and Sam used to spend summers. There, she immerses herself in the mission to locate the shipwreck in which her ancestor was the sole survivor. She is joined by a group of local teens, led by the enigmatic Liv. As Violet untangles the threads of her family’s past, she finds herself falling for Liv.” Available as: eBook 

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking up With meLaura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki, Illustrated by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell

“Laura Dean was Frederica Riley’s dream girl. But Laura Dean is not the greatest girlfriend. So Freddy’s best friend introduces her to a mysterious medium, who leaves Freddy some cryptic parting words. ‘Break up with her.’ But Laura Dean keeps coming back. As their relationship spirals further out of her control, Freddy has to wonder if it’s really Laura Dean that’s the problem. Maybe it’s Freddy, who is rapidly losing her friends, including Doodle, who needs her now more than ever.” Available as: eBook

Pet Pet by Akwaeke Emezi

“In Jam and Redemption’s hometown, there are no monsters anymore — or so they’ve been taught. But when a creature emerges from Jam’s mother’s painting and claims it’s here to hunt a monster, Jam and Redemption must reconsider what they thought they knew. The question: how do you hunt monsters if no one will admit they even exist?” Available as: Overdrive eAudiobook / eBook 

All the Bad ApplesAll the Bad Apples by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

“The women in the Rys family have always been labeled as “bad apples.” When Deena Rys receives letters from her sister who jumped off a cliff, she and her friends set off on a journey across Ireland. Together they trace the path of the Rys women’s history and the curse that’s always followed them. Deena struggles to find a way to heal her family and give voice to the horrific abuse her ancestors endured.” Available as: Overdrive eAudiobook / eBook

Bloom Bloom by Kevin Panetta, Illustrated by Savanna Ganucheau 

“High school is over, and Ari is dying to move to the big city—if he can persuade his dad to let him quit his job at their bakery. Though he loved working there as a kid, Ari cannot fathom a life wasting away over rising dough and hot ovens. But while interviewing candidates for his replacement, Ari meets Hector. As they become closer, love is ready to bloom . . .if Ari doesn’t ruin everything.” Available as: eBook

Out of SalemOut of Salem by Hal Schrieve

“Genderqueer fourteen-year-old Z Chilworth must adjust to their new status as a zombie after surviving a car crash that killed their family. Z moves in with their mother’s friend, Mrs. Dunnigan, and befriends Aysel. As Z struggles to repair the broken magical seal holding their body together, Aysel fears that her classmates will discover her status as an unregistered werewolf. So when a local psychiatrist is murdered by what seems to be werewolves, Z and Aysel are driven together in an attempt to survive a place where most people wish that neither of them existed.” Available as: eBook

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