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Ms. Marvel
by G. Willow Wilson

MoreScore: 4 non-white cis female undisclosed coming-of-age graphic novel muslim american women 120 pages Lexile: GN420L

Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City - until she is suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the all-new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm!

Ms. Marvel
by G. Willow Wilson

MoreScore: 4 non-white cis female undisclosed coming-of-age graphic novel muslim american women 120 pages Lexile: GN420L

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Girl Mans Up
by M-E Girard

Featured Book Lambda Literary Award MoreScore: 5 non-white cis female non-straight coming-of-age realistic Canada Protuguese Lesibans 384 pages

All Pen wants is to be the kind of girl she’s always been. So why does everyone have a problem with it? They think the way she looks and acts means she’s trying to be a boy — that she should quit trying to be something she’s not. If she dresses like a girl, and does what her folks want, it will show respect. If she takes orders and does what her friend Colby wants, it will show her loyalty.But respect and loyalty, Pen discovers, are empty words. Old-world parents, disintegrating friendships, and strong feelings for other girls drive Pen to see the truth — that in order to be who she truly wants to be, she’ll have to man up.

Girl Mans Up
by M-E Girard

Featured Book Lambda Literary Award MoreScore: 5 non-white cis female non-straight coming-of-age realistic Canada Protuguese Lesibans 384 pages

All Pen wants is to be the kind of girl she’s always been. So why does everyone have a problem with it? They think the way she looks and acts means she’s trying to be a boy — that she should quit trying to be something she’s not. If she dresses like a girl, and does what her folks want, it will show respect. If she takes orders and does what her friend Colby wants, it will show her loyalty.But respect and loyalty, Pen discovers, are empty words. Old-world parents, disintegrating friendships, and strong feelings for other girls drive Pen to see the truth — that in order to be who she truly wants to be, she’ll have to man up.

Juliet Takes a Breath
by Gabby Rivera

MoreScore: 5 non-white cis female non-straight coming-of-age realistic New York Lesbians Puerto Rican 128 pages

Juliet Milagros Palante is leaving the Bronx and headed to Portland, Oregon. She just came out to her family and isn’t sure if her mom will ever speak to her again. But Juliet has a plan, sort of, one that’s going to help her figure out this whole “Puerto Rican lesbian” thing. She’s interning with the author of her favorite book: Harlowe Brisbane, the ultimate authority on feminism, women’s bodies, and other gay-sounding stuff.

Juliet Takes a Breath
by Gabby Rivera

MoreScore: 5 non-white cis female non-straight coming-of-age realistic New York Lesbians Puerto Rican 128 pages

Juliet Milagros Palante is leaving the Bronx and headed to Portland, Oregon. She just came out to her family and isn’t sure if her mom will ever speak to her again. But Juliet has a plan, sort of, one that’s going to help her figure out this whole “Puerto Rican lesbian” thing. She’s interning with the author of her favorite book: Harlowe Brisbane, the ultimate authority on feminism, women’s bodies, and other gay-sounding stuff.

M+O 4EVR
by Tonya Hegamin

MoreScore: 5 non-white cis female non-straight coming-of-age magical realism slavery lesbians 165 pages Lexile: 910L

There are two constants in Opal’s life: her dad’s grungy green baseball cap, and her troubled pal, Marianne, whom Opal loves as a best friend . . . and even more. But nothing stays the same forever. When Opal receives the horrifying news that Marianne is dead, she suddenly must live her life and make decisions based on the needs of one person instead of two. Only with the help of her family and the story of Hannah, a runaway slave, can Opal begin to free herself from the weight of her memories, her ghosts, and her own truth.

M+O 4EVR
by Tonya Hegamin

MoreScore: 5 non-white cis female non-straight coming-of-age magical realism slavery lesbians 165 pages Lexile: 910L

There are two constants in Opal’s life: her dad’s grungy green baseball cap, and her troubled pal, Marianne, whom Opal loves as a best friend . . . and even more. But nothing stays the same forever. When Opal receives the horrifying news that Marianne is dead, she suddenly must live her life and make decisions based on the needs of one person instead of two. Only with the help of her family and the story of Hannah, a runaway slave, can Opal begin to free herself from the weight of her memories, her ghosts, and her own truth.

Moon at Nine
by Deborah Ellis

MoreScore: 5 non-white cis female non-straight coming-of-age realistic Iran Lesbians Politics 224 pages Lexile: HL700L

Fifteen-year-old Farrin has many secrets. Although she goes to a school for gifted girls in Tehran, she must keep a low profile. It is 1988; a deeply conservative and religious government controls Iran. The day she meets Sadira, Farrin's life changes forever. Sadira is funny, wise and outgoing; the two girls become inseparable. Their friendship deepens into a romance the must hide from everyone. Homosexuality is punishable by death in Iran. How with the girls find peace?

Moon at Nine
by Deborah Ellis

MoreScore: 5 non-white cis female non-straight coming-of-age realistic Iran Lesbians Politics 224 pages Lexile: HL700L

Fifteen-year-old Farrin has many secrets. Although she goes to a school for gifted girls in Tehran, she must keep a low profile. It is 1988; a deeply conservative and religious government controls Iran. The day she meets Sadira, Farrin's life changes forever. Sadira is funny, wise and outgoing; the two girls become inseparable. Their friendship deepens into a romance the must hide from everyone. Homosexuality is punishable by death in Iran. How with the girls find peace?

The Porcupine of Truth
by Bill Konigsberg

Stonwall Award MoreScore: 5 non-white cis female non-straight coming-of-age realistic Montana African Americans Dysfunctional Families 336 pages Lexile: HL670L

Carson Smith is resigned to spending his summer in Billings, Montana, helping his mom take care of his father, a dying alcoholic he doesn't really know. Then he meets Aisha Stinson who has run away from her difficult family, and discovers a secret regarding his grandfather, who disappeared without warning or explanation decades before. Together, Carson and Aisha embark on an epic road trip to try and save Carson's dad.

The Porcupine of Truth
by Bill Konigsberg

Stonwall Award MoreScore: 5 non-white cis female non-straight coming-of-age realistic Montana African Americans Dysfunctional Families 336 pages Lexile: HL670L

Carson Smith is resigned to spending his summer in Billings, Montana, helping his mom take care of his father, a dying alcoholic he doesn't really know. Then he meets Aisha Stinson who has run away from her difficult family, and discovers a secret regarding his grandfather, who disappeared without warning or explanation decades before. Together, Carson and Aisha embark on an epic road trip to try and save Carson's dad.

Akata Witch
by Nnedi Okorafor

Featured Book MoreScore: 4 non-white cis female undisclosed coming-of-age fantasy nigeria magic women 384 pages Lexile: HL590L

Akata Witch weaves together a heart-pounding tale of magic, mystery, and finding one's place in the world. Twelve-year-old Sunny lives in Nigeria, but she was born American. Her features are African, but she's albino. She discovers she is a "free agent" with latent magical power. Soon she's part of a quartet of magic students, studying the visible and invisible, learning to change reality.

Akata Witch
by Nnedi Okorafor

Featured Book MoreScore: 4 non-white cis female undisclosed coming-of-age fantasy nigeria magic women 384 pages Lexile: HL590L

Akata Witch weaves together a heart-pounding tale of magic, mystery, and finding one's place in the world. Twelve-year-old Sunny lives in Nigeria, but she was born American. Her features are African, but she's albino. She discovers she is a "free agent" with latent magical power. Soon she's part of a quartet of magic students, studying the visible and invisible, learning to change reality.

Ash
by Malinda Lo

MoreScore: 4 undisclosed cis female non-straight coming-of-age fantasy love lesbians hunting 272 pages Lexile: 1050L

In this variation on the Cinderella story, Ash grows up believing in the fairy realm that the king and his philosophers have sought to suppress, until one day she must choose between a handsome fairy cursed to love her and the King's Huntress whom she loves.

Ash
by Malinda Lo

MoreScore: 4 undisclosed cis female non-straight coming-of-age fantasy love lesbians hunting 272 pages Lexile: 1050L

In this variation on the Cinderella story, Ash grows up believing in the fairy realm that the king and his philosophers have sought to suppress, until one day she must choose between a handsome fairy cursed to love her and the King's Huntress whom she loves.

Being Emily
by Rachel Gold

MoreScore: 4 white trans female non-straight coming-of-age realistic Minnestoa Teenagers Gender Identity 210 pages

They say that whoever you are it's okay, you were born that way. Those words don't comfort Emily, because she wasn't born Emily. She desperately wants high school in her small Minnesota town to get better. She wants to be the woman she knows is inside, but it's not until a substitute therapist and a girl named Natalie come into her life that she believes she has a chance of actually Being Emily.

Being Emily
by Rachel Gold

MoreScore: 4 white trans female non-straight coming-of-age realistic Minnestoa Teenagers Gender Identity 210 pages

They say that whoever you are it's okay, you were born that way. Those words don't comfort Emily, because she wasn't born Emily. She desperately wants high school in her small Minnesota town to get better. She wants to be the woman she knows is inside, but it's not until a substitute therapist and a girl named Natalie come into her life that she believes she has a chance of actually Being Emily.

The Bluest Eye
by Toni Morrison

MoreScore: 4 non-white cis female undisclosed coming-of-age realistic african americans women beauty 224 pages Lexile: 920L

Pecola Breedlove, a young black girl, prays every day for beauty. Mocked by other children for the dark skin, curly hair, and brown eyes that set her apart, she yearns for normalcy, for the blond hair and blue eyes that she believes will allow her to finally fit in.Yet as her dream grows more fervent, her life slowly starts to disintegrate in the face of adversity and strife. A powerful examination of our obsession with beauty and conformity.

The Bluest Eye
by Toni Morrison

MoreScore: 4 non-white cis female undisclosed coming-of-age realistic african americans women beauty 224 pages Lexile: 920L

Pecola Breedlove, a young black girl, prays every day for beauty. Mocked by other children for the dark skin, curly hair, and brown eyes that set her apart, she yearns for normalcy, for the blond hair and blue eyes that she believes will allow her to finally fit in.Yet as her dream grows more fervent, her life slowly starts to disintegrate in the face of adversity and strife. A powerful examination of our obsession with beauty and conformity.

The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
by Junot Díaz

Featured Book MoreScore: 4 non-white cis male non-straight coming-of-age realistic dominican republic fantasy fiction spanglish 339 pages Lexile: 1010L

Oscar is a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd. From his home in New Jersey, where he lives with his old-world mother and rebellious sister, Oscar dreams of becoming the Dominican J. R. R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the curse that has haunted Oscar's family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love.

The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
by Junot Díaz

Featured Book MoreScore: 4 non-white cis male non-straight coming-of-age realistic dominican republic fantasy fiction spanglish 339 pages Lexile: 1010L

Oscar is a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd. From his home in New Jersey, where he lives with his old-world mother and rebellious sister, Oscar dreams of becoming the Dominican J. R. R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the curse that has haunted Oscar's family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love.

Chulito
by Charles Rice González

Stonwall Award MoreScore: 4 non-white cis male non-straight coming-of-age South Bronx Latino Coming Out 317 pages

Set against a vibrant South Bronx neighborhood and the queer youth culture of Manhattan's piers, Chulito is a coming-of-age, coming out love story of a sexy, tough, hip hop-loving, young Latino man and the colorful characters who populate his block. Chulito, which means "cutie," is one of the boys. As Chulito comes to understand his love for Carlos, the must learn again how to be in love and a man in a macho culture.

Chulito
by Charles Rice González

Stonwall Award MoreScore: 4 non-white cis male non-straight coming-of-age South Bronx Latino Coming Out 317 pages

Set against a vibrant South Bronx neighborhood and the queer youth culture of Manhattan's piers, Chulito is a coming-of-age, coming out love story of a sexy, tough, hip hop-loving, young Latino man and the colorful characters who populate his block. Chulito, which means "cutie," is one of the boys. As Chulito comes to understand his love for Carlos, the must learn again how to be in love and a man in a macho culture.

Desert Boys
by Chris McCormick

Stonwall Award MoreScore: 4 non-white cis male non-straight coming-of-age realistic Coming Out Mojave Desert Armenia 224 pages

This book follows the life of a young man growing up, leaving home, and coming back again, marked by the stark beauty of California's Mojave Desert and the various fates of those who leave and those who stay behind. This series of powerful, intertwining stories illuminates Daley Kushner's world - the family, friends and community that have both formed and constrained him, and his new life in San Francisco.

Desert Boys
by Chris McCormick

Stonwall Award MoreScore: 4 non-white cis male non-straight coming-of-age realistic Coming Out Mojave Desert Armenia 224 pages

This book follows the life of a young man growing up, leaving home, and coming back again, marked by the stark beauty of California's Mojave Desert and the various fates of those who leave and those who stay behind. This series of powerful, intertwining stories illuminates Daley Kushner's world - the family, friends and community that have both formed and constrained him, and his new life in San Francisco.

The First Rule of Punk
by Celia C. Pérez

MoreScore: 4 non-white cis female undisclosed coming-of-age realistic mexican-americans punk rock friendship 336 pages Lexile: 670L

There are no shortcuts to surviving your first day at a new school—you can’t fix it with duct tape like you would your Chuck Taylors. On Day One, twelve-year-old Malú (María Luisa, if you want to annoy her) inadvertently upsets Posada Middle School’s queen bee, violates the school’s dress code with her punk rock look, and disappoints her college-professor mom in the process.

The First Rule of Punk
by Celia C. Pérez

MoreScore: 4 non-white cis female undisclosed coming-of-age realistic mexican-americans punk rock friendship 336 pages Lexile: 670L

There are no shortcuts to surviving your first day at a new school—you can’t fix it with duct tape like you would your Chuck Taylors. On Day One, twelve-year-old Malú (María Luisa, if you want to annoy her) inadvertently upsets Posada Middle School’s queen bee, violates the school’s dress code with her punk rock look, and disappoints her college-professor mom in the process.

Fledgling
by Octavia E Butler

MoreScore: 4 non-white cis female undisclosed coming-of-age fantasy Vampires Amnesia 320 pages Lexile: 730L

An apparently young, amnesiac girl whose alarmingly un-human needs and abilities lead her to a startling conclusion: she is in fact a genetically modified, 53-year-old vampire. Forced to discover what she can about her stolen former life, she must at the same time learn who wanted—and still wants—to destroy her and those she cares for, and how she can save herself. Fledgling is a captivating novel that tests the limits of "otherness" and questions what it means to be truly human.

Fledgling
by Octavia E Butler

MoreScore: 4 non-white cis female undisclosed coming-of-age fantasy Vampires Amnesia 320 pages Lexile: 730L

An apparently young, amnesiac girl whose alarmingly un-human needs and abilities lead her to a startling conclusion: she is in fact a genetically modified, 53-year-old vampire. Forced to discover what she can about her stolen former life, she must at the same time learn who wanted—and still wants—to destroy her and those she cares for, and how she can save herself. Fledgling is a captivating novel that tests the limits of "otherness" and questions what it means to be truly human.

Funny Boy
by Shyam Selvadurai

MoreScore: 4 non-white cis male non-straight coming-of-age realistic Sri Lanka Tamil Gay Teens 310 pages Lexile: 780L

The second son of a privileged family in Sri Lanka, Arjie prefers staging make-believe weddings with his female cousins than batting balls with the other boys. When his parents discover his innocent pastime, Arjie is forced to abandon his idyllic childhood games and adopt the rigid rules of the adult world. Bewildered by his incipient sexual awakening, Arjie painfully grows toward manhood and an understanding of his own "different" identity.

Funny Boy
by Shyam Selvadurai

MoreScore: 4 non-white cis male non-straight coming-of-age realistic Sri Lanka Tamil Gay Teens 310 pages Lexile: 780L

The second son of a privileged family in Sri Lanka, Arjie prefers staging make-believe weddings with his female cousins than batting balls with the other boys. When his parents discover his innocent pastime, Arjie is forced to abandon his idyllic childhood games and adopt the rigid rules of the adult world. Bewildered by his incipient sexual awakening, Arjie painfully grows toward manhood and an understanding of his own "different" identity.

Inside Out and Back Again
by Thanhha Lai

MoreScore: 4 non-white cis female undisclosed coming-of-age realistic vietnam american south immigration 276 pages Lexile: 800L

Moving to America turns Ha's life inside out. For all the 10 years of her life, Ha has only known Saigon: the thrills of its markets, the joy of its traditions, the warmth of her friends close by, and the beauty of her very own papaya tree. But now the Vietnam War has reached her home. Ha and her family are forced to flee as Saigon falls, and they board a ship headed toward hope. In America, Ha discovers the foreign world of Alabama: the coldness of its strangers, the dullness of its food, the strange shape of its landscape.

Inside Out and Back Again
by Thanhha Lai

MoreScore: 4 non-white cis female undisclosed coming-of-age realistic vietnam american south immigration 276 pages Lexile: 800L

Moving to America turns Ha's life inside out. For all the 10 years of her life, Ha has only known Saigon: the thrills of its markets, the joy of its traditions, the warmth of her friends close by, and the beauty of her very own papaya tree. But now the Vietnam War has reached her home. Ha and her family are forced to flee as Saigon falls, and they board a ship headed toward hope. In America, Ha discovers the foreign world of Alabama: the coldness of its strangers, the dullness of its food, the strange shape of its landscape.

It Ain't So Awful, Falafel
by Firoozeh Dumas

MEOC Award MoreScore: 4 non-white cis female undisclosed coming-of-age historical California Iranian 224 pages

Zomorod (Cindy) Yousefzadeh is the new kid on the block . . . for the fourth time. California’s Newport Beach is her family’s latest perch, and she’s determined to shuck her brainy loner persona and start afresh with a new Brady Bunch name—Cindy. It’s the late 1970s, and fitting in becomes more difficult as Iran makes U.S. headlines with protests, revolution, and finally the taking of American hostages. Even mood rings and puka shell necklaces can't distract Cindy from the anti-Iran sentiments that creep way too close to home.

It Ain't So Awful, Falafel
by Firoozeh Dumas

MEOC Award MoreScore: 4 non-white cis female undisclosed coming-of-age historical California Iranian 224 pages

Zomorod (Cindy) Yousefzadeh is the new kid on the block . . . for the fourth time. California’s Newport Beach is her family’s latest perch, and she’s determined to shuck her brainy loner persona and start afresh with a new Brady Bunch name—Cindy. It’s the late 1970s, and fitting in becomes more difficult as Iran makes U.S. headlines with protests, revolution, and finally the taking of American hostages. Even mood rings and puka shell necklaces can't distract Cindy from the anti-Iran sentiments that creep way too close to home.

My Antonia
by Willa Cather

MoreScore: 4 non-white cis female undisclosed coming-of-age historical nebraska pioneer women immigration 416 pages Lexile: 1010L

James Burden writes to a friend about a girl, Antonia whom he met when he was ten and she was thirteen, and the influence she had on his life.

My Antonia
by Willa Cather

MoreScore: 4 non-white cis female undisclosed coming-of-age historical nebraska pioneer women immigration 416 pages Lexile: 1010L

James Burden writes to a friend about a girl, Antonia whom he met when he was ten and she was thirteen, and the influence she had on his life.

Nevada
by Imogen Binnie

Lambda Literary Award MoreScore: 4 white trans female non-straight coming-of-age realistic New York, New York Gender Identity Road Trip 243 pages

Maria Griffiths is a young trans woman living in New York City and trying to stay true to her punk values while working retail. When she finds out her girlfriend has lied to her, the world she thought she'd carefully built for herself begins to unravel, and Maria sets out on a journey across the country that will most certainly change her forever.

Nevada
by Imogen Binnie

Lambda Literary Award MoreScore: 4 white trans female non-straight coming-of-age realistic New York, New York Gender Identity Road Trip 243 pages

Maria Griffiths is a young trans woman living in New York City and trying to stay true to her punk values while working retail. When she finds out her girlfriend has lied to her, the world she thought she'd carefully built for herself begins to unravel, and Maria sets out on a journey across the country that will most certainly change her forever.

Purple Hibiscus
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Featured Book MoreScore: 4 non-white cis female undisclosed coming-of-age realistic Nigeria Coup Fanaticism 307 pages Lexile: 920L

Fifteen-year-old Kambili and her older brother Jaja lead a privileged life in Enugu, Nigeria. They live in a beautiful house, with a caring family, and attend an exclusive missionary school. They're completely shielded from the troubles of the world. Yet, as Kambili reveals in her tender-voiced account, things are less perfect than they appear.

Purple Hibiscus
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Featured Book MoreScore: 4 non-white cis female undisclosed coming-of-age realistic Nigeria Coup Fanaticism 307 pages Lexile: 920L

Fifteen-year-old Kambili and her older brother Jaja lead a privileged life in Enugu, Nigeria. They live in a beautiful house, with a caring family, and attend an exclusive missionary school. They're completely shielded from the troubles of the world. Yet, as Kambili reveals in her tender-voiced account, things are less perfect than they appear.

Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy
by Bil Wright

Stonwall Award MoreScore: 4 non-white cis male non-straight coming-of-age realistic New York Makeup Artists High School 219 pages Lexile: 820L

Carlos Duarte knows that he's fabulous. He's got a better sense of style than half the fashionistas in New York City, and he can definitely apply makeup like nobody's business. He may only be in high school, but when he lands the job of his dreams--makeup artist at the FeatureFace counter in Macy's--he's sure that he's finally on his way to great things.

Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy
by Bil Wright

Stonwall Award MoreScore: 4 non-white cis male non-straight coming-of-age realistic New York Makeup Artists High School 219 pages Lexile: 820L

Carlos Duarte knows that he's fabulous. He's got a better sense of style than half the fashionistas in New York City, and he can definitely apply makeup like nobody's business. He may only be in high school, but when he lands the job of his dreams--makeup artist at the FeatureFace counter in Macy's--he's sure that he's finally on his way to great things.

The Road to Paris
by Nikki Grimes

Coretta Scott King Award MoreScore: 4 non-white cis female undisclosed coming-of-age realistic New York City African American Racial Identity 153 pages Lexile: 700L

Paris has just moved in with the Lincoln family, and she isn't thrilled to be in yet another foster home. She has a tough time trusting people, and she misses her brother, who's been sent to a boys' home. Over time, the Lincolns grow on Paris. But no matter how hard she tries to fit in, she can't ignore the feeling that she never will, especially in a town that's mostly white while she is half black. It isn't long before Paris has a big decision to make about where she truly belongs.

The Road to Paris
by Nikki Grimes

Coretta Scott King Award MoreScore: 4 non-white cis female undisclosed coming-of-age realistic New York City African American Racial Identity 153 pages Lexile: 700L

Paris has just moved in with the Lincoln family, and she isn't thrilled to be in yet another foster home. She has a tough time trusting people, and she misses her brother, who's been sent to a boys' home. Over time, the Lincolns grow on Paris. But no matter how hard she tries to fit in, she can't ignore the feeling that she never will, especially in a town that's mostly white while she is half black. It isn't long before Paris has a big decision to make about where she truly belongs.

Symptoms of Being Human
by Jeff Garvin

MoreScore: 4 white non-binary non-straight coming-of-age realistic Politics Gender Identity Internet 352 pages Lexile: HL760L

Riley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. Gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. Between starting a new school and having a congressman father running for reelection in conservative Orange County, the pressure is building up. On the advice of a therapist, Riley starts an anonymous blog to vent those pent-up feelings and tell the truth of what it's really like to be a gender fluid teenager. The blog, however, goes viral, and Riley's real identity is threatened.

Symptoms of Being Human
by Jeff Garvin

MoreScore: 4 white non-binary non-straight coming-of-age realistic Politics Gender Identity Internet 352 pages Lexile: HL760L

Riley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. Gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. Between starting a new school and having a congressman father running for reelection in conservative Orange County, the pressure is building up. On the advice of a therapist, Riley starts an anonymous blog to vent those pent-up feelings and tell the truth of what it's really like to be a gender fluid teenager. The blog, however, goes viral, and Riley's real identity is threatened.

A Visitation of Spirits
by Randall Kenan

MoreScore: 4 non-white cis male non-straight coming-of-age domestic North Carolina African American Gay Teens 257 pages

Horace Cross, the 16-year-old descendent of slaves and deacons of the church, spends a horror-filled spring night wrestling with the demons and angels of his brief life. Brilliant, popular, and the bright promise of his elders, Horace struggles with the guilt of discovering who he is, a young man attracted to other men and yearning to escape the narrow confines of Tim's Creek.

A Visitation of Spirits
by Randall Kenan

MoreScore: 4 non-white cis male non-straight coming-of-age domestic North Carolina African American Gay Teens 257 pages

Horace Cross, the 16-year-old descendent of slaves and deacons of the church, spends a horror-filled spring night wrestling with the demons and angels of his brief life. Brilliant, popular, and the bright promise of his elders, Horace struggles with the guilt of discovering who he is, a young man attracted to other men and yearning to escape the narrow confines of Tim's Creek.

Wanting Mor
by Rukhsana Khan

MEOC Award MoreScore: 4 non-white cis female undisclosed coming-of-age perseverance Kabul, Afghanistan Orphans 190 pages Lexile: 540L

Based on a true story, Jameela, a young girl living in war-torn Afghanistan, must struggle to find her place in the world after her mother dies and she is moved to Kabul with her drunken father where she clashes with her mean stepmother and ends up in an orphanage run by the same army who was responsible for killing members of her family.

Wanting Mor
by Rukhsana Khan

MEOC Award MoreScore: 4 non-white cis female undisclosed coming-of-age perseverance Kabul, Afghanistan Orphans 190 pages Lexile: 540L

Based on a true story, Jameela, a young girl living in war-torn Afghanistan, must struggle to find her place in the world after her mother dies and she is moved to Kabul with her drunken father where she clashes with her mean stepmother and ends up in an orphanage run by the same army who was responsible for killing members of her family.

Where the Streets Had a Name
by Randa Abdel Fattah

MEOC Award MoreScore: 4 non-white cis female undisclosed coming-of-age realistic Israeli Palestinian Conflict Palestinians 313 pages Lexile: 740L

Thirteen-year-old Hayaat is on a mission. She believes a handful of soil from her grandmother's ancestral home in Jerusalem will save her beloved Sitti Zeynab's life. The only problem is that Hayaat and her family live behind the impenetrable wall that divides the West Bank, and they're on the wrong side of checkpoints, curfews, and the travel permit system. Plus, Hayaat's best friend, Samy, always manages to attract trouble.

Where the Streets Had a Name
by Randa Abdel Fattah

MEOC Award MoreScore: 4 non-white cis female undisclosed coming-of-age realistic Israeli Palestinian Conflict Palestinians 313 pages Lexile: 740L

Thirteen-year-old Hayaat is on a mission. She believes a handful of soil from her grandmother's ancestral home in Jerusalem will save her beloved Sitti Zeynab's life. The only problem is that Hayaat and her family live behind the impenetrable wall that divides the West Bank, and they're on the wrong side of checkpoints, curfews, and the travel permit system. Plus, Hayaat's best friend, Samy, always manages to attract trouble.

Annabel
by Kathleen Winter

Stonwall Award MoreScore: 3 white non-binary undisclosed coming-of-age historical Newfoundland, Canada Gender Identity Intersex Teens 480 pages

In 1968, into rural Labrador, Canada, a child is born: a baby who appears to be neither fully boy nor fully girl, but both at once. The baby's father insists that the child be raised as a boy named Wayne. Yet, the child's mother continues to quietly nurture the the child's female side. And as Wayne grows into adulthood within a hyper-masculine hunting society, a shadow-self, an inner girl named "Annabel,” is never entirely extinguished.

Annabel
by Kathleen Winter

Stonwall Award MoreScore: 3 white non-binary undisclosed coming-of-age historical Newfoundland, Canada Gender Identity Intersex Teens 480 pages

In 1968, into rural Labrador, Canada, a child is born: a baby who appears to be neither fully boy nor fully girl, but both at once. The baby's father insists that the child be raised as a boy named Wayne. Yet, the child's mother continues to quietly nurture the the child's female side. And as Wayne grows into adulthood within a hyper-masculine hunting society, a shadow-self, an inner girl named "Annabel,” is never entirely extinguished.

Bud, Not Buddy
by Christopher Paul Curtis

Coretta Scott King Award MoreScore: 3 non-white cis male undisclosed coming-of-age historical Michican African Americans Depression 256 pages Lexile: 950L

It’s 1936, in Flint Michigan. Times may be hard, and ten-year-old Bud may be a motherless boy on the run, but Bud’s got a few things going for him. He has his own suitcase full of special things. He’s the author of Bud Caldwell’s Rules and Things for Having a Funner Life and Making a Better Liar Out of Yourself. His momma never told him who his father was, but she left a clue: flyers advertising Herman E. Calloway and his famous band, the Dusky Devastators of the Depression.

Bud, Not Buddy
by Christopher Paul Curtis

Coretta Scott King Award MoreScore: 3 non-white cis male undisclosed coming-of-age historical Michican African Americans Depression 256 pages Lexile: 950L

It’s 1936, in Flint Michigan. Times may be hard, and ten-year-old Bud may be a motherless boy on the run, but Bud’s got a few things going for him. He has his own suitcase full of special things. He’s the author of Bud Caldwell’s Rules and Things for Having a Funner Life and Making a Better Liar Out of Yourself. His momma never told him who his father was, but she left a clue: flyers advertising Herman E. Calloway and his famous band, the Dusky Devastators of the Depression.

Cutting for Stone
by Abraham Verghese

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis male undisclosed coming-of-age realistic ethiopia new york surgeons 556 pages

Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon. Orphaned by their mother’s death and their father’s disappearance and bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Moving from Addis Ababa to New York City and back again, Cutting for Stone is an unforgettable story of love and betrayal, medicine and ordinary miracles—and two brothers whose fates are forever intertwined.

Cutting for Stone
by Abraham Verghese

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis male undisclosed coming-of-age realistic ethiopia new york surgeons 556 pages

Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon. Orphaned by their mother’s death and their father’s disappearance and bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Moving from Addis Ababa to New York City and back again, Cutting for Stone is an unforgettable story of love and betrayal, medicine and ordinary miracles—and two brothers whose fates are forever intertwined.

Girls Like Us
by Gail Giles

MoreScore: 3 undisclosed cis female undisclosed coming-of-age realistic Neurodiversity Developmental Disability Sexual Assault 224 pages Lexile: HL570L

Quincy and Biddy are both graduates of their high school’s special ed program, but they couldn’t be more different: suspicious Quincy faces the world with her fists up, while gentle Biddy is frightened to step outside her front door. When they’re thrown together as roommates in their first apartment, it initially seems to be an uneasy fit. But life soon teaches them they might have more in common than they thought.

Girls Like Us
by Gail Giles

MoreScore: 3 undisclosed cis female undisclosed coming-of-age realistic Neurodiversity Developmental Disability Sexual Assault 224 pages Lexile: HL570L

Quincy and Biddy are both graduates of their high school’s special ed program, but they couldn’t be more different: suspicious Quincy faces the world with her fists up, while gentle Biddy is frightened to step outside her front door. When they’re thrown together as roommates in their first apartment, it initially seems to be an uneasy fit. But life soon teaches them they might have more in common than they thought.

The House on Mango Street
by Sandra Cisneros

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis female straight coming-of-age realistic chicago mexican-americans women 144 pages Lexile: 870L

The House on Mango Street is the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero, a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become. Told in a series of vignettes, sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous, it's a story of childhood and self-discovery.

The House on Mango Street
by Sandra Cisneros

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis female straight coming-of-age realistic chicago mexican-americans women 144 pages Lexile: 870L

The House on Mango Street is the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero, a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become. Told in a series of vignettes, sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous, it's a story of childhood and self-discovery.

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
by Julia Alvarez

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis female straight coming-of-age historical New York City Dominican Americans Acculturation 250 pages Lexile: 950L

The García sisters—Carla, Sandra, Yolanda, and Sofía—and their family must flee their home in the Dominican Republic after their father’s role in an attempt to overthrow a tyrannical dictator is discovered. They arrive in New York City in 1960 to a life far removed from their existence in the Caribbean. In the wild and wondrous and not always welcoming U.S.A., their parents try to hold on to their old ways, but the girls try find new lives.

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
by Julia Alvarez

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis female straight coming-of-age historical New York City Dominican Americans Acculturation 250 pages Lexile: 950L

The García sisters—Carla, Sandra, Yolanda, and Sofía—and their family must flee their home in the Dominican Republic after their father’s role in an attempt to overthrow a tyrannical dictator is discovered. They arrive in New York City in 1960 to a life far removed from their existence in the Caribbean. In the wild and wondrous and not always welcoming U.S.A., their parents try to hold on to their old ways, but the girls try find new lives.

I Am J
by Cris Beam

MoreScore: 3 non-white trans male straight coming-of-age realistic transgender friendship 326 pages Lexile: HL710L

J had always felt different. He was certain that eventually everyone would understand who he really was: a boy mistakenly born as a girl. Yet as he grew up, his body began to betray him; eventually J stopped praying to wake up a "real boy" and started covering up his body, keeping himself invisible -- from his parents, from his friends, from the world. But after being deserted by the best friend he thought would always be by his side, J decides that he's done hiding.

I Am J
by Cris Beam

MoreScore: 3 non-white trans male straight coming-of-age realistic transgender friendship 326 pages Lexile: HL710L

J had always felt different. He was certain that eventually everyone would understand who he really was: a boy mistakenly born as a girl. Yet as he grew up, his body began to betray him; eventually J stopped praying to wake up a "real boy" and started covering up his body, keeping himself invisible -- from his parents, from his friends, from the world. But after being deserted by the best friend he thought would always be by his side, J decides that he's done hiding.

I Love I Hate I Miss My Sister
by Amélie Sarn

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis female straight coming-of-age realistic France Islam Death 160 pages Lexile: HL560L

Two sisters. Two lives. One future. Sohane loves no one more than her beautiful, carefree younger sister, Djelila. And she hates no one as much. They used to share everything. But now, Djelila is spending more time with her friends, partying, and hanging out with boys, while Sohane is becoming more religious. When Sohane starts wearing a head scarf, her school threatens to expel her. Meanwhile, Djelila is harassed by neighborhood bullies for not being Muslim enough. Sohane can't help thinking that Djelila deserves what she gets.

I Love I Hate I Miss My Sister
by Amélie Sarn

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis female straight coming-of-age realistic France Islam Death 160 pages Lexile: HL560L

Two sisters. Two lives. One future. Sohane loves no one more than her beautiful, carefree younger sister, Djelila. And she hates no one as much. They used to share everything. But now, Djelila is spending more time with her friends, partying, and hanging out with boys, while Sohane is becoming more religious. When Sohane starts wearing a head scarf, her school threatens to expel her. Meanwhile, Djelila is harassed by neighborhood bullies for not being Muslim enough. Sohane can't help thinking that Djelila deserves what she gets.

Lockdown
by Walter Dean Myers

Coretta Scott King Award MoreScore: 3 non-white cis male undisclosed coming-of-age realistic New York City African American Old Age 272 pages Lexile: 730L

When I first got to Progress, it freaked me out to be locked in a room and unable to get out. But after a while, when you got to thinking about it, you knew nobody could get in, either. It seems as if the only progress that's going on at Progress juvenile facility is moving from juvy jail to real jail. Reese wants out early, but is he supposed to just sit back and let his friend Toon get jumped? Then Reese gets a second chance when he's picked for the work program at a senior citizens' home. He doesn't mean to keep messing up, but it's not so easy, at Progress or in life.

Lockdown
by Walter Dean Myers

Coretta Scott King Award MoreScore: 3 non-white cis male undisclosed coming-of-age realistic New York City African American Old Age 272 pages Lexile: 730L

When I first got to Progress, it freaked me out to be locked in a room and unable to get out. But after a while, when you got to thinking about it, you knew nobody could get in, either. It seems as if the only progress that's going on at Progress juvenile facility is moving from juvy jail to real jail. Reese wants out early, but is he supposed to just sit back and let his friend Toon get jumped? Then Reese gets a second chance when he's picked for the work program at a senior citizens' home. He doesn't mean to keep messing up, but it's not so easy, at Progress or in life.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post
by Emily M. Danforth

MoreScore: 3 white cis female non-straight coming-of-age realistic montana lesbians christianity 480 pages Lexile: 1120L

Cameron Post feels a mix of guilt and relief when her parents die in a car accident. Their deaths mean they will never learn the truth she eventually comes to: that she's gay. Orphaned, Cameron comes to live with her old-fashioned grandmother and ultraconservative aunt Ruth. There she falls in love with her best friend, a beautiful cowgirl. When she’s eventually outed, her aunt sends her to God’s Promise, a religious conversion camp that is supposed to “cure” her homosexuality. At the camp, Cameron comes face to face with the cost of denying her true identity.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post
by Emily M. Danforth

MoreScore: 3 white cis female non-straight coming-of-age realistic montana lesbians christianity 480 pages Lexile: 1120L

Cameron Post feels a mix of guilt and relief when her parents die in a car accident. Their deaths mean they will never learn the truth she eventually comes to: that she's gay. Orphaned, Cameron comes to live with her old-fashioned grandmother and ultraconservative aunt Ruth. There she falls in love with her best friend, a beautiful cowgirl. When she’s eventually outed, her aunt sends her to God’s Promise, a religious conversion camp that is supposed to “cure” her homosexuality. At the camp, Cameron comes face to face with the cost of denying her true identity.

One Crazy Summer
by Rita Williams-Garcia

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis female straight coming-of-age historical sisters civil rights black panthers 224 pages Lexile: 750L

Delphine has it together. Even though her mother, Cecile, abandoned her and her younger sisters, Vonetta and Fern, seven years ago. Even though her father and Big Ma send them from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to stay with Cecile for the summer. Cecile sends Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern to a summer camp sponsored by a revolutionary group, the Black Panthers, where the girls get a radical new education.

One Crazy Summer
by Rita Williams-Garcia

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis female straight coming-of-age historical sisters civil rights black panthers 224 pages Lexile: 750L

Delphine has it together. Even though her mother, Cecile, abandoned her and her younger sisters, Vonetta and Fern, seven years ago. Even though her father and Big Ma send them from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to stay with Cecile for the summer. Cecile sends Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern to a summer camp sponsored by a revolutionary group, the Black Panthers, where the girls get a radical new education.

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
by Jeanette Winterson

MoreScore: 3 white cis female non-straight coming-of-age realistic England Evangelical Christians Lesbians 192 pages

Jeanette grows up in her adopted family knowing she is destined to be a Christian missionary. When Jeanette meets Melanie at the market one day, it slowly dawns on Jeanette that she loves Melanie. To her great joy, Melanie loves her back. Jeanette's mother is not so happy. The relationship Melanie ends, but other relationships begin. Ultimately, Jeanette is banished from her home and church community. She leaves to live on her own in the city, returning eventually to try to repair her relationship with her mother.

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
by Jeanette Winterson

MoreScore: 3 white cis female non-straight coming-of-age realistic England Evangelical Christians Lesbians 192 pages

Jeanette grows up in her adopted family knowing she is destined to be a Christian missionary. When Jeanette meets Melanie at the market one day, it slowly dawns on Jeanette that she loves Melanie. To her great joy, Melanie loves her back. Jeanette's mother is not so happy. The relationship Melanie ends, but other relationships begin. Ultimately, Jeanette is banished from her home and church community. She leaves to live on her own in the city, returning eventually to try to repair her relationship with her mother.

Rebels by Accident
by Patricia Dunn

MEOC Award MoreScore: 3 non-white cis female straight coming-of-age realistic Cairo, Egypt Muslim Arab Spring 320 pages Lexile: HL610L

Mariam just wants to fit in. That's not easy when she's the only Egyptian at her high school and her parents are super traditional. So when she sneaks into a party that gets busted, Mariam knows she's in trouble...big trouble. Convinced she needs more discipline and to reconnect with her roots, Mariam's parents send her to Cairo to stay with her grandmother, her sittu. As Mariam searches for the courage to be true to herself, a teen named Asmaa calls on the people of Egypt to protest their president. The country is on the brink of revolution—and now, in her own way, so is Mariam.

Rebels by Accident
by Patricia Dunn

MEOC Award MoreScore: 3 non-white cis female straight coming-of-age realistic Cairo, Egypt Muslim Arab Spring 320 pages Lexile: HL610L

Mariam just wants to fit in. That's not easy when she's the only Egyptian at her high school and her parents are super traditional. So when she sneaks into a party that gets busted, Mariam knows she's in trouble...big trouble. Convinced she needs more discipline and to reconnect with her roots, Mariam's parents send her to Cairo to stay with her grandmother, her sittu. As Mariam searches for the courage to be true to herself, a teen named Asmaa calls on the people of Egypt to protest their president. The country is on the brink of revolution—and now, in her own way, so is Mariam.

Savvy
by Ingrid Law

MoreScore: 3 undisclosed cis female undisclosed coming-of-age fantasy Magic Voyages Birthdays 272 pages Lexile: 1070L

For Mibs Beaumont's family, the day of their thirteenth birthday could be an adventure or a disaster. It's when they get their savvy - an extra-special talent and know-how. Her brother Rocket is Mr Electric, he can send static shocks from the other side of the room, just for fun. But on Mibs's special day, their Poppa lies in a coma in hospital, and she has to reach him. The only way to get there is on the pink Bible bus, so, adventure or disaster, Mibs is getting on that bus. And who could guess what might happen then?

Savvy
by Ingrid Law

MoreScore: 3 undisclosed cis female undisclosed coming-of-age fantasy Magic Voyages Birthdays 272 pages Lexile: 1070L

For Mibs Beaumont's family, the day of their thirteenth birthday could be an adventure or a disaster. It's when they get their savvy - an extra-special talent and know-how. Her brother Rocket is Mr Electric, he can send static shocks from the other side of the room, just for fun. But on Mibs's special day, their Poppa lies in a coma in hospital, and she has to reach him. The only way to get there is on the pink Bible bus, so, adventure or disaster, Mibs is getting on that bus. And who could guess what might happen then?

Seraphina
by Rachel Hartman

MoreScore: 3 undisclosed cis female undisclosed coming-of-age fantasy Dragons Music Monarchy 368 pages Lexile: 760L

Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty's anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high. Seraphina has reason to fear both sides.

Seraphina
by Rachel Hartman

MoreScore: 3 undisclosed cis female undisclosed coming-of-age fantasy Dragons Music Monarchy 368 pages Lexile: 760L

Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty's anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high. Seraphina has reason to fear both sides.

The Servant
by Fatima Sharafeddine

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis female straight coming-of-age realistic Beirut, Lebanon Education Women's Rights 144 pages Lexile: HL770L

Faten’s happy life in her village comes to an abrupt end when her father arranges for her to work as a servant for a wealthy Beirut family with two spoiled daughters. What does a bright, ambitious seventeen-year-old do when she is suddenly deprived of her friends, family, education and freedom? Could the mysterious, wealthy young man who lives in the next apartment building help? When Faten finally manages to make contact with Marwan, a musician and engineering student, he helps her figure out a way to pursue her studies in secret.

The Servant
by Fatima Sharafeddine

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis female straight coming-of-age realistic Beirut, Lebanon Education Women's Rights 144 pages Lexile: HL770L

Faten’s happy life in her village comes to an abrupt end when her father arranges for her to work as a servant for a wealthy Beirut family with two spoiled daughters. What does a bright, ambitious seventeen-year-old do when she is suddenly deprived of her friends, family, education and freedom? Could the mysterious, wealthy young man who lives in the next apartment building help? When Faten finally manages to make contact with Marwan, a musician and engineering student, he helps her figure out a way to pursue her studies in secret.

Their Eyes Were Watching God
by Zora Neale Hurston

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis female straight coming-of-age realistic african americans women jim crow laws 231 pages Lexile: 890L

Fair and long-legged, independent and articulate, Janie Crawford sets out to be her own person -- no mean feat for a black woman in the '30s. Janie's quest for identity takes her through three marriages and into a journey back to her roots.

Their Eyes Were Watching God
by Zora Neale Hurston

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis female straight coming-of-age realistic african americans women jim crow laws 231 pages Lexile: 890L

Fair and long-legged, independent and articulate, Janie Crawford sets out to be her own person -- no mean feat for a black woman in the '30s. Janie's quest for identity takes her through three marriages and into a journey back to her roots.

Unbecoming
by Jenny Downham

Stonwall Award MoreScore: 3 white cis female non-straight coming-of-age realistic England Grandmothers Alzheimer's 384 pages Lexile: HL700L

Three women. Three generations. Three secrets. Katie's life is falling apart: her best friend thinks she's a freak, her mother, Caroline, controls every aspect of her life, and her estranged grandmother, Mary, appears as if out of nowhere. Mary has dementia and needs lots of care, and when Katie starts putting together Mary's life story, secrets and lies are uncovered: Mary's illegitimate baby, her zest for life and freedom and men; the way she lived her life to the full yet suffered huge sacrifices along the way. As the relationship between Mary and Caroline is explored, Katie begins to understand her own mother's behavior in a new light.

Unbecoming
by Jenny Downham

Stonwall Award MoreScore: 3 white cis female non-straight coming-of-age realistic England Grandmothers Alzheimer's 384 pages Lexile: HL700L

Three women. Three generations. Three secrets. Katie's life is falling apart: her best friend thinks she's a freak, her mother, Caroline, controls every aspect of her life, and her estranged grandmother, Mary, appears as if out of nowhere. Mary has dementia and needs lots of care, and when Katie starts putting together Mary's life story, secrets and lies are uncovered: Mary's illegitimate baby, her zest for life and freedom and men; the way she lived her life to the full yet suffered huge sacrifices along the way. As the relationship between Mary and Caroline is explored, Katie begins to understand her own mother's behavior in a new light.

Whale Talk
by Chris Crutcher

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis male undisclosed coming-of-age realistic sports 304 pages Lexile: 1000L

A varsity letter jacket: it's exclusive, nearly unattainable, revered . . . and everything that's screwed up about Cutter High, as far as T. J. Jones is concerned. That's why T. J. is determined to have the Cutter All Night Mermen—the unlikeliest swim team a high school has ever seen—earn letter jackets of their own.

Whale Talk
by Chris Crutcher

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis male undisclosed coming-of-age realistic sports 304 pages Lexile: 1000L

A varsity letter jacket: it's exclusive, nearly unattainable, revered . . . and everything that's screwed up about Cutter High, as far as T. J. Jones is concerned. That's why T. J. is determined to have the Cutter All Night Mermen—the unlikeliest swim team a high school has ever seen—earn letter jackets of their own.

The World Beneath
by Janice Warman

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis male undisclosed coming-of-age realistic South Africa Black South Africans Apartheid 176 pages Lexile: HL650L

South Africa, 1976. Joshua lives with his mother in the maid’s room, in the backyard of their wealthy white employers’ house in the city by the sea. He doesn’t quite understand the events going on around him. But when he rescues a stranger and riots begin to sweep the country, Joshua has to face the world beneath—the world deep inside him—to make heartbreaking choices that will change his life forever. Genuine and quietly unflinching, this beautifully nuanced novel from a veteran journalist captures a child’s-eye view of the struggle that shaped a nation and riveted the world.

The World Beneath
by Janice Warman

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis male undisclosed coming-of-age realistic South Africa Black South Africans Apartheid 176 pages Lexile: HL650L

South Africa, 1976. Joshua lives with his mother in the maid’s room, in the backyard of their wealthy white employers’ house in the city by the sea. He doesn’t quite understand the events going on around him. But when he rescues a stranger and riots begin to sweep the country, Joshua has to face the world beneath—the world deep inside him—to make heartbreaking choices that will change his life forever. Genuine and quietly unflinching, this beautifully nuanced novel from a veteran journalist captures a child’s-eye view of the struggle that shaped a nation and riveted the world.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
by Sherman Alexie

MoreScore: 2 non-white cis male straight coming-of-age humor native americans cartoons racism 272 pages Lexile: 600L

Junior is a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Illustrated with great cartoons from the protagonist.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
by Sherman Alexie

MoreScore: 2 non-white cis male straight coming-of-age humor native americans cartoons racism 272 pages Lexile: 600L

Junior is a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Illustrated with great cartoons from the protagonist.

Anne of Green Gables
by L M Montgomery

MoreScore: 2 white cis female undisclosed coming-of-age historical Canada Farm Life Imagination 296 pages

Farm-owning siblings Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert hope to adopt a boy to help them around the farm. In a mix-up, the orphanage sends them the talkative and athletic Anne Shirley instead. Anne's talent for imagination and storytelling is prodigious and she quickly becomes a beloved part of the family and community.

Anne of Green Gables
by L M Montgomery

MoreScore: 2 white cis female undisclosed coming-of-age historical Canada Farm Life Imagination 296 pages

Farm-owning siblings Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert hope to adopt a boy to help them around the farm. In a mix-up, the orphanage sends them the talkative and athletic Anne Shirley instead. Anne's talent for imagination and storytelling is prodigious and she quickly becomes a beloved part of the family and community.

Counting by 7s
by Holly Goldberg Sloan

MoreScore: 2 white cis female undisclosed coming-of-age realistic genius autism school 369 pages Lexile: 770L

Willow Chance is a twelve-year-old genius who is obsessed with diagnosing medical conditions and finds comfort in counting by 7s. It has never been easy for her to connect with anyone other than her adoptive parents, but that hasn't kept her from leading a quietly happy life until now. Suddenly Willow's world is tragically changed when her parents both die in a car crash, leaving her alone in a baffling world. Her journey to find a fascinatingly diverse and fully believable surrogate family is a joy and a revelation to read.

Counting by 7s
by Holly Goldberg Sloan

MoreScore: 2 white cis female undisclosed coming-of-age realistic genius autism school 369 pages Lexile: 770L

Willow Chance is a twelve-year-old genius who is obsessed with diagnosing medical conditions and finds comfort in counting by 7s. It has never been easy for her to connect with anyone other than her adoptive parents, but that hasn't kept her from leading a quietly happy life until now. Suddenly Willow's world is tragically changed when her parents both die in a car crash, leaving her alone in a baffling world. Her journey to find a fascinatingly diverse and fully believable surrogate family is a joy and a revelation to read.

The First Part Last
by Angela Johnson

Coretta Scott King Award MoreScore: 2 non-white cis male straight coming-of-age realistic New York City African Americans Fatherhood 131 pages Lexile: 790L

This little thing with the perfect face and hands doing nothing but counting on me. And me wanting nothing else but to run crying into my own mom's room and have her do the whole thing. It's not going to happen. Bobby is your classic urban teenager boy -- impulsive, eager, restless. On his sixteenth birthday he gets some news from his girlfriend, Nia, that changes his life forever. She's pregnant. Bobby steps up and accepts his responsibilities, no matter the cost.

The First Part Last
by Angela Johnson

Coretta Scott King Award MoreScore: 2 non-white cis male straight coming-of-age realistic New York City African Americans Fatherhood 131 pages Lexile: 790L

This little thing with the perfect face and hands doing nothing but counting on me. And me wanting nothing else but to run crying into my own mom's room and have her do the whole thing. It's not going to happen. Bobby is your classic urban teenager boy -- impulsive, eager, restless. On his sixteenth birthday he gets some news from his girlfriend, Nia, that changes his life forever. She's pregnant. Bobby steps up and accepts his responsibilities, no matter the cost.

Handbook for Dragon Slayers
by Merrie Haskell

MoreScore: 2 pending cis female undisclosed coming-of-age fantasy Dragons Writing 336 pages Lexile: 770L

Political upheaval sends Princess Tilda fleeing from her kingdom in the company of two hopeful dragon slayers. The princess never had any interest in chasing dragons. The pain from her crippled foot was too great, and her dream was to write a book. But the princess finds herself making friends with magical horses, facing the Wild Hunt, and pointing a sword at fire-breathing dragons. While doing things she never imagined, Tilda finds qualities in herself she never knew she possessed.

Handbook for Dragon Slayers
by Merrie Haskell

MoreScore: 2 pending cis female undisclosed coming-of-age fantasy Dragons Writing 336 pages Lexile: 770L

Political upheaval sends Princess Tilda fleeing from her kingdom in the company of two hopeful dragon slayers. The princess never had any interest in chasing dragons. The pain from her crippled foot was too great, and her dream was to write a book. But the princess finds herself making friends with magical horses, facing the Wild Hunt, and pointing a sword at fire-breathing dragons. While doing things she never imagined, Tilda finds qualities in herself she never knew she possessed.

The Namesake
by Jhumpa Lahiri

MoreScore: 2 non-white cis male straight coming-of-age realistic massachusetts india immigration 291 pages Lexile: 1140L

On the heels of their arranged wedding, Ashoke and Ashima Ganguli settle together in Cambridge, Massachusetts. An engineer by training, Ashoke adapts far less warily than his wife, who resists all things American and pines for her family. When their son is born, the task of naming him betrays the vexed results of bringing old ways to the new world. Named for a Russian writer by his Indian parents in memory of a catastrophe years before, Gogol Ganguli knows only that he suffers the burden of his heritage as well as his odd name.

The Namesake
by Jhumpa Lahiri

MoreScore: 2 non-white cis male straight coming-of-age realistic massachusetts india immigration 291 pages Lexile: 1140L

On the heels of their arranged wedding, Ashoke and Ashima Ganguli settle together in Cambridge, Massachusetts. An engineer by training, Ashoke adapts far less warily than his wife, who resists all things American and pines for her family. When their son is born, the task of naming him betrays the vexed results of bringing old ways to the new world. Named for a Russian writer by his Indian parents in memory of a catastrophe years before, Gogol Ganguli knows only that he suffers the burden of his heritage as well as his odd name.

None of the Above
by I W Gregorio

MoreScore: 2 white non-binary straight coming-of-age realistic Intersex Teens Gender Identity High School 352 pages Lexile: HL770L

When Kristin Lattimer is voted homecoming queen, it seems like another piece of her ideal life has fallen into place. She's a champion hurdler with a full scholarship to college and she's madly in love with her boyfriend. In fact, she's decided that she's ready to take things to the next level with him. But Kristin's first time isn't the perfect moment she's planned.

None of the Above
by I W Gregorio

MoreScore: 2 white non-binary straight coming-of-age realistic Intersex Teens Gender Identity High School 352 pages Lexile: HL770L

When Kristin Lattimer is voted homecoming queen, it seems like another piece of her ideal life has fallen into place. She's a champion hurdler with a full scholarship to college and she's madly in love with her boyfriend. In fact, she's decided that she's ready to take things to the next level with him. But Kristin's first time isn't the perfect moment she's planned.

To Kill A Mockingbird
by Harper Lee

MoreScore: 2 white cis female undisclosed coming-of-age realistic american south criminal justice racism 336 pages Lexile: 790L

Scout Finch is witness to the power of the law and the power of systemic racism as her father tries to defend the falsely accused Tom Robinson, a black resident of the town of Maycomb, Alabama.

To Kill A Mockingbird
by Harper Lee

MoreScore: 2 white cis female undisclosed coming-of-age realistic american south criminal justice racism 336 pages Lexile: 790L

Scout Finch is witness to the power of the law and the power of systemic racism as her father tries to defend the falsely accused Tom Robinson, a black resident of the town of Maycomb, Alabama.

True Letters from a Fictional Life
by Kenneth Logan

MoreScore: 2 white cis male non-straight coming-of-age realistic homosexuality vermont sports 336 pages Lexile: HL690L

If you asked anyone in his small Vermont town, they’d tell you the facts: James Liddell, star athlete, decent student, and sort-of boyfriend to cute, peppy Theresa, is a happy, funny, carefree guy. But whenever James sits down at his desk to write, he tells a different story. As he fills his drawers with letters to the people in his world letters he never intends to send he spills the truth: he’s gay.

True Letters from a Fictional Life
by Kenneth Logan

MoreScore: 2 white cis male non-straight coming-of-age realistic homosexuality vermont sports 336 pages Lexile: HL690L

If you asked anyone in his small Vermont town, they’d tell you the facts: James Liddell, star athlete, decent student, and sort-of boyfriend to cute, peppy Theresa, is a happy, funny, carefree guy. But whenever James sits down at his desk to write, he tells a different story. As he fills his drawers with letters to the people in his world letters he never intends to send he spills the truth: he’s gay.

The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov
by Paul Elliott Russell

Stonwall Award MoreScore: 2 white cis male non-straight coming-of-age historical Fame Russians Brothers 381 pages

Sergey Nabokov's brother Vladimir is a famous novelist. So it should come as no surprise that Sergey is the basis for numerous gay characters in Vladimir's fiction. That doesn't mean they loved each other. Quite the contrary is seems. The story explores this tense fraternal relationship, beginning with their childhood, when the Nabokov family were forced to flee Russia during the Revolution. It's an important window into both the Nabokov family and the gay experience.

The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov
by Paul Elliott Russell

Stonwall Award MoreScore: 2 white cis male non-straight coming-of-age historical Fame Russians Brothers 381 pages

Sergey Nabokov's brother Vladimir is a famous novelist. So it should come as no surprise that Sergey is the basis for numerous gay characters in Vladimir's fiction. That doesn't mean they loved each other. Quite the contrary is seems. The story explores this tense fraternal relationship, beginning with their childhood, when the Nabokov family were forced to flee Russia during the Revolution. It's an important window into both the Nabokov family and the gay experience.

A White Heron
by Sarah Orne Jewett

MoreScore: 2 white cis female undisclosed coming-of-age realistic norway women 32 pages

A nine-year-old New England girl has to decide whether or not she will help the ornithologist who is searching for the rare white heron.

A White Heron
by Sarah Orne Jewett

MoreScore: 2 white cis female undisclosed coming-of-age realistic norway women 32 pages

A nine-year-old New England girl has to decide whether or not she will help the ornithologist who is searching for the rare white heron.

Wrinkle in Time
by Madeleine L'Engle

MoreScore: 2 undisclosed cis female straight coming-of-age science fiction time travel 216 pages Lexile: 740L

It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger. "Wild nights are my glory," the unearthly stranger told them. "I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I'll be on my way. Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract.

Wrinkle in Time
by Madeleine L'Engle

MoreScore: 2 undisclosed cis female straight coming-of-age science fiction time travel 216 pages Lexile: 740L

It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger. "Wild nights are my glory," the unearthly stranger told them. "I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I'll be on my way. Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract.

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children
by Kirstin Cronn Mills

Stonwall Award MoreScore: 1 white trans male straight coming-of-age realistic Gender Identity High School DJs 271 pages Lexile: HL600L

"This is Beautiful Music for Ugly Children, on community radio 90.3, KZUK. I'm Gabe. Welcome to my show." My birth name is Elizabeth, but I'm a guy. Gabe. My parents think I've gone crazy and the rest of the world is happy to agree with them, but I know I'm right. I've been a boy my whole life. When you think about it, I'm like a record. Elizabeth is my A side, the song everybody knows, and Gabe is my B side—not heard as often, but just as good. It's time to let my B side play.

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children
by Kirstin Cronn Mills

Stonwall Award MoreScore: 1 white trans male straight coming-of-age realistic Gender Identity High School DJs 271 pages Lexile: HL600L

"This is Beautiful Music for Ugly Children, on community radio 90.3, KZUK. I'm Gabe. Welcome to my show." My birth name is Elizabeth, but I'm a guy. Gabe. My parents think I've gone crazy and the rest of the world is happy to agree with them, but I know I'm right. I've been a boy my whole life. When you think about it, I'm like a record. Elizabeth is my A side, the song everybody knows, and Gabe is my B side—not heard as often, but just as good. It's time to let my B side play.

A Doll's House
by Henrik Ibsen

MoreScore: 1 white cis female straight coming-of-age drama norway women 96 pages

Nora Helmer has secretly (and deceptively) borrowed a large sum of money to pay for her husband, Torvald, to recover from illness on a sabbatical in Italy. Torvald's perception of Nora is of a silly, naive spendthrift, so it is only when the truth begins to emerge, and Torvald appreciates the initiative behind his wife, that unmendable cracks appear in their marriage.

A Doll's House
by Henrik Ibsen

MoreScore: 1 white cis female straight coming-of-age drama norway women 96 pages

Nora Helmer has secretly (and deceptively) borrowed a large sum of money to pay for her husband, Torvald, to recover from illness on a sabbatical in Italy. Torvald's perception of Nora is of a silly, naive spendthrift, so it is only when the truth begins to emerge, and Torvald appreciates the initiative behind his wife, that unmendable cracks appear in their marriage.

Five Flavors of Dumb
by Antony John

MoreScore: 1 white cis female straight coming-of-age realistic High School Deafness Rock Band 352 pages Lexile: 890L

Eighteen-year-old Piper has one month to get her high school’s coolest rock band Dumb a paying gig.The Deal: If she does it, Piper will become the band’s manager and get her share of the profits.The Catch: How can Piper possibly manage a band made up of an egomaniacal pretty boy, a talentless piece of eye candy, a silent rocker, an angry girl, and a crush-worthy nerd boy? Oh, and Piper's deaf. With growing self-confidence, a budding romance, and a new understanding of her parent’s decision to buy a cochlear implant for her deaf baby sister, she discovers her own inner rock star.

Five Flavors of Dumb
by Antony John

MoreScore: 1 white cis female straight coming-of-age realistic High School Deafness Rock Band 352 pages Lexile: 890L

Eighteen-year-old Piper has one month to get her high school’s coolest rock band Dumb a paying gig.The Deal: If she does it, Piper will become the band’s manager and get her share of the profits.The Catch: How can Piper possibly manage a band made up of an egomaniacal pretty boy, a talentless piece of eye candy, a silent rocker, an angry girl, and a crush-worthy nerd boy? Oh, and Piper's deaf. With growing self-confidence, a budding romance, and a new understanding of her parent’s decision to buy a cochlear implant for her deaf baby sister, she discovers her own inner rock star.

A Great and Terrible Beauty
by Libba Bray

MoreScore: 1 white cis female straight coming-of-age fantasy england magic boarding school 416 pages Lexile: 700L

It's 1895, and after the death of her mother, 16-year-old Gemma Doyle is shipped off from the life she knows in India to Spence, a proper boarding school in England. Lonely, guilt-ridden, and prone to visions of the future that have an uncomfortable habit of coming true, Gemma must unravel the mystery of her past and future.

A Great and Terrible Beauty
by Libba Bray

MoreScore: 1 white cis female straight coming-of-age fantasy england magic boarding school 416 pages Lexile: 700L

It's 1895, and after the death of her mother, 16-year-old Gemma Doyle is shipped off from the life she knows in India to Spence, a proper boarding school in England. Lonely, guilt-ridden, and prone to visions of the future that have an uncomfortable habit of coming true, Gemma must unravel the mystery of her past and future.

Jane Eyre
by Charlotte Brontë

MoreScore: 1 white cis female straight coming-of-age romance england governess women 480 pages Lexile: 810L

Bronte’s novel about a shy, quiet governess who becomes a tutor in a great house and falls in love with its lonely and mysterious master is one of the great classics of English literature. Unique in its attention to the thoughts and feelings of a female protagonist, Jane Eyre was ahead of its time as a proto-feminist text. When it was published in 1847, however, Bronte was attacked by critics for what they felt was anti-Christian sentiment in her unflinching critique of the oppressions of Victorian society.

Jane Eyre
by Charlotte Brontë

MoreScore: 1 white cis female straight coming-of-age romance england governess women 480 pages Lexile: 810L

Bronte’s novel about a shy, quiet governess who becomes a tutor in a great house and falls in love with its lonely and mysterious master is one of the great classics of English literature. Unique in its attention to the thoughts and feelings of a female protagonist, Jane Eyre was ahead of its time as a proto-feminist text. When it was published in 1847, however, Bronte was attacked by critics for what they felt was anti-Christian sentiment in her unflinching critique of the oppressions of Victorian society.

Little Women
by Louisa May Alcott

MoreScore: 1 white cis female straight coming-of-age historical New England Poverty American Civil War 525 pages Lexile: 950L

The beautiful Meg, artistic tomboy Jo, doomed Beth, and selfish Amy are the 4 sisters of Little Women. Set in New England during the Civil War, the novel follows the adventures of the March sisters as they struggle to pursue their dreams.

Little Women
by Louisa May Alcott

MoreScore: 1 white cis female straight coming-of-age historical New England Poverty American Civil War 525 pages Lexile: 950L

The beautiful Meg, artistic tomboy Jo, doomed Beth, and selfish Amy are the 4 sisters of Little Women. Set in New England during the Civil War, the novel follows the adventures of the March sisters as they struggle to pursue their dreams.

Out of Shadows
by Jason Wallace

MoreScore: 1 white cis male undisclosed coming-of-age historical Zimbabwe African Post-revolution 288 pages Lexile: HL710L

For Robert Jacklin - packed off without warning to boarding school in Zimbabwe - everything is terrifyingly new. Branded an outsider from the moment he opens his mouth and unable to decode the subtle power struggles of the classroom, he longs for the safety of his old life in England. And then he meets Ivan. Clever, cunning, seductive Ivan, who offers him not only friendship, but power. As Robert is drawn slowly into Ivan's destructive web, he begins to question things he'd always held true and, as Ivan's grip tightens, he finds himself caught up in something far more dangerous than he could have imagined.

Out of Shadows
by Jason Wallace

MoreScore: 1 white cis male undisclosed coming-of-age historical Zimbabwe African Post-revolution 288 pages Lexile: HL710L

For Robert Jacklin - packed off without warning to boarding school in Zimbabwe - everything is terrifyingly new. Branded an outsider from the moment he opens his mouth and unable to decode the subtle power struggles of the classroom, he longs for the safety of his old life in England. And then he meets Ivan. Clever, cunning, seductive Ivan, who offers him not only friendship, but power. As Robert is drawn slowly into Ivan's destructive web, he begins to question things he'd always held true and, as Ivan's grip tightens, he finds himself caught up in something far more dangerous than he could have imagined.

Shiloh
by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

MoreScore: 1 white cis male undisclosed coming-of-age rural West Virginia Dogs Rescue 173 pages Lexile: 780L

When Marty Preston comes across a young beagle in the hills behind his home, it's love at first sight -- and also big trouble. It turns out the dog, which Marty names Shiloh, belongs to Judd Travers, who drinks too much and has a gun -- and abuses his dogs. So when Shiloh runs away from Judd to Marty, Marty just has to hide him and protect him from Judd. But Marty's secret becomes too big for him to keep to himself, and it exposes his entire family to Judd's anger.

Shiloh
by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

MoreScore: 1 white cis male undisclosed coming-of-age rural West Virginia Dogs Rescue 173 pages Lexile: 780L

When Marty Preston comes across a young beagle in the hills behind his home, it's love at first sight -- and also big trouble. It turns out the dog, which Marty names Shiloh, belongs to Judd Travers, who drinks too much and has a gun -- and abuses his dogs. So when Shiloh runs away from Judd to Marty, Marty just has to hide him and protect him from Judd. But Marty's secret becomes too big for him to keep to himself, and it exposes his entire family to Judd's anger.

Trickster's Choice
by Tamora Pierce

MoreScore: 1 white cis female straight coming-of-age fantasy royalty 448 pages Lexile: 790L

Alianne is the teenage daughter of the famed Alanna, the first lady knight in Tortall. Young Aly follows in the quieter footsteps of her father, however, delighting in the art of spying. When she is captured and sold as a slave to an exiled royal family in the faraway Copper Islands, it is this skill that makes a difference in a world filled with political intrigue, murderous conspiracy, and warring gods.

Trickster's Choice
by Tamora Pierce

MoreScore: 1 white cis female straight coming-of-age fantasy royalty 448 pages Lexile: 790L

Alianne is the teenage daughter of the famed Alanna, the first lady knight in Tortall. Young Aly follows in the quieter footsteps of her father, however, delighting in the art of spying. When she is captured and sold as a slave to an exiled royal family in the faraway Copper Islands, it is this skill that makes a difference in a world filled with political intrigue, murderous conspiracy, and warring gods.

Trickster's Queen
by Tamora Pierce

MoreScore: 1 white cis female straight coming-of-age fantasy royalty 467 pages Lexile: 840L

Sequel to Trickster's Choice. No longer a slave, Alanna’s daughter is now spying as part of an underground rebellion against the colonial rulers of the Copper Isles. The people in the rebellion believe that a prophecy in which a new queen will rise up to take the throne is about to be realized. Aly is busy keeping the potential teenage queen and her younger siblings safe, while also keeping her in the dark about her future.

Trickster's Queen
by Tamora Pierce

MoreScore: 1 white cis female straight coming-of-age fantasy royalty 467 pages Lexile: 840L

Sequel to Trickster's Choice. No longer a slave, Alanna’s daughter is now spying as part of an underground rebellion against the colonial rulers of the Copper Isles. The people in the rebellion believe that a prophecy in which a new queen will rise up to take the throne is about to be realized. Aly is busy keeping the potential teenage queen and her younger siblings safe, while also keeping her in the dark about her future.