• By Jacquelyn White
  • Posted Saturday, June 1, 2019

Read the Rainbow

The public library is for everyone and that's one of the tenents we celebrate in Teen Central. Rather you identify as LGBTQIA or are a supporter for someone who does, here are some books to help you celebrate Pride month.

"The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali" by Sabina Khan

After her conservative Muslim parents catch her kissing her girlfriend Ariana, Rukhsana Ali finds herself whisked off to Bangladesh and must find the courage to fight for the right to choose her own path.

"The Music of What Happens" by Bill Konigsberg

A cool and popular gay teen who harbors a secret, intense crush and a poetic youth who is looking for Mr. Right in spite of his troubled family weigh what they are willing to risk while working together at an organic food truck during a blistering Arizona summer.

"Once & Future" by Amy Rose Capetta

Resets the Arthurian legend in outer space, with King Arthur reincarnated as seventeen-year-old Ari, a female king whose quest is to stop a tyrannical corporate government, aided by a teenaged Merlin.

"The Dark Beneath the Ice" by Amelinda Berube

Marianne has felt a supernatural presence since she stopped dancing, and is afraid that she is following her mother into mental illness until a new friend, Ron, helps her find the truth.

"Runebreaker" by Alex R. Kahler

Driven by bloodlust and an insatiable desire to rule, Aidan, partnered by his magic-eschewing friend Kianna, will do whatever it takes to bring the evil Howls that destroyed Scotland to their knees and liberate their broken world.

"A Very, Very Bad Thing" by Jeffery Self

Marley is comfortable with being gay in Winston-Salem, but he never had any real passions until he met Christopher, son of a bigoted television evangelist; the two become an inseparable couple until Christopher's parents send him to a religious program intended to "cure" him of being gay, and outraged Marley tells a very big lie--and then has to deal with the repercussions.

"Pulp" by Robin Talley

Duel narratives follow an eighteen-year-old closeted lesbian in 1955 keeping a secret romance and wanting to write her own stories and another young woman sixty-two years later studying 1950s lesbian pulp fiction for her senior project.

"Girls of paper and fire" by Natasha Ngan

Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It’s the highest honor they could hope for…and the most cruel. But this year, there’s a ninth girl. And instead of paper, she’s made of fire.