The Rainbow List


Created by the Gay Straight Alliance at Western High School. Our GSA passed out this list on Valentine's Day:

Love is for ANYONE
Annie On My Mind by Nancy Garden. Two high school girls discover each other and later suffer the consequences of their being discovered.
Bad Boy by Diana Wieler. A.J. Brandiosa becomes the bad boy of the Cyclone hockey team, and learns that his best friend is gay, as he tries to cope with his own sexuality during his senior year in high school.
Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan. As a gay high school sophomore, Paul struggles with friendships, an ex-boyfriend who keeps hanging on, and a new love interest.
The Blue Lawn by William Taylor. A fifteen-year-old boy acknowledges his attraction to an older rugby teammate, as he also begins to break out of the preconceived notions his family and others have about him.
Eight Seconds by Jean Ferris. John finds riding bulls at a rodeo camp easy compared to the friendship he has formed with Kit, who is gay.
Geography Club by Bret Hartinger is a novel that entails how hard it is for teenagers to feel accepted at the high school level, and Russel wants to be someplace where he and others like him can be themselves.
Hard Love by Ellen Wittlinger. When John and Marisol share a love of ‘zines, John falls in love with Marisol, who is a lesbian.
Kissing Kate by Lauren Myracle. Sixteen-year-old Lissa's relationship with her best friend changes after they kiss at a party and Lissa does not know what to do, until she gets help from an unexpected new friend.
My Father’s Scar by Michael Cart. Alienated at home and at school, college freshman Andy Logan finds support for his own feelings when he learns about his uncle’s life-long friendship with another man.
Rainbow Boys, Rainbow High, and Rainbow Road. by Alex Sanchez is a novel that details three teenaged boy’s life and their struggle to find their own comfort with themselves along with finding out where they fit in with the rest of the world.
So Hard to Say by Alex Sanchez Thirteen-year-old Xio, a Mexican American girl, and Frederick, who has just moved to California from Wisconsin, quickly become close friends, but when Xio starts thinking of Frederick as her boyfriend, he must confront his feelings of confusion and face the fear that he might be gay.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. The main character, whose friend is gay, examines his own confusing sexual feelings.
True Believer by Virginia Euwer Wolff. Fifteen year old LaVaughn is in love with the boy upstairs, but he’s not who he seems to be.
The year they Burned the Books by Nancy Garden. The high school protagonist deals with school newspaper censorship as she tries to come to terms with her sexual identity.

Kathi Appelt's Keeper is a great middle-grade read with a gay secondary character.
My Most Excellent Year by Steve Klueger.
Wide Awake by David Levithan
I Am J by Chris Beam
Hold Still, by Nina LaCour.
Sister Mischief by Laura Goode
Wildthorn by Jane Eagland
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan
The House You Pass on the Way by Jacqueline Woodson
David LaRochelle's Absolutely, Positively Not...Gay is also wonderful.
The Misfits/ Totally Joe and the recently released Addie on the Inside by James Howe
Pink by Wilkinson
Freak Show by St. James

7 Days at the Hot Corner by Trueman
Absolute Brightness by James Lecesne
Absolutely Maybe by Lisa Yee
Absolutely Positively Not by David LaRochelle (upper-el or middle school)
Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher
Am I Blue? Coming out From the Silence edited by Marion Dane Bauer
And Tango Makes 3 Parnell and Richardson (Elem)
Another Kind of Cowboy, Susan Juby
Ash, by Malinda Lo (a great adaptation of the Cinderella story with a lesbian twist).
Baby Be-Bop by Francesca Lia Block
Boy Girl Boy by Ron Koertge
Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
Crash Into Me by Albert Borris
Dare Truth or Promise, by Paula Boock
David Inside Out, Lee Bantle
Debbie Harry Sings in French by Megan Brothers
Eight Seconds by Jean Ferris
The Flip Side by Andrew Matthews
Freak Show by James St. James
From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun by Jacqueline Woodson
The Geography Club by Brent Hartinger
Getting It by Alex Sanchez
The God Box by Sanchez HS
Going Bovine by Libba Bray
Grl2grl by Julie Ann Peters
Hard Love by Ellen Wittlinger
The Heart Has Its Reasons
Heart on my sleeve by Ellen Wittlinger
Hero (2007), by Perry Moore
The House You Pass on the Way by Jacqueline Woodson
How Beautiful The Ordinary: Twelve Stories of Identity edited by Michael Cart
Is He or Isn't He? by John Hall
King of the Screw-Ups by KL Going
Kissing Kate by Lauren Myracle
The Last Exit to Normal by Harmon
Love & Lies: Marisol's Story by Ellen Wittlinger
Love is the Higher Law, David Levithan
A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend by Emily Horner (June 2010)
Luna by Julie Anne Peters
The Manny Diaries and HIT THE ROAD, MANNY (Year of the Coconut) by Christian Burch
Misfits and by James Howe
My Heartbeat
My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kruger
Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn
Off Season by Murdock HS –
The Order of the Poison Oak by Brent Hartinger
PEter by Kate Walker
Rage & Luna by Julie Ann Peters (high school)
The Rainbow Boys Trilogy by Alex Sanchez
Realm of Possibility by David Levithan
Secrets of Truth & Beauty by Megan Frazer has a few gay supporting characters (and is an excellent book!). Copyright 2009.
So Hard to Say by Alex Sanchez
The Straight Road to Kylie by Nico Medina
Two Parties, One Tux and a Very Short Film about the Grapes of Wrath
Totally Joe by James Howe (upper-el or middle school)
The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd
Whistle Me Home and Holly's Secret by Nancy Garden
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

“I am J” by Cris Beam

And these 2009 titles have gay supporting characters:
Absolutely Maybe by Lisa Yee
City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
Crash Into Me by Albert Borris
Going Bovine by Libba Bray
King of the Screw-Ups by KL Going
Secrets of Truth & Beauty by Megan Frazer has a few gay supporting characters (and is an excellent book!). Copyright 2009.

GLBTQ: The Survival Guide for Queer and Questioning Teens by Kelly Huegel
S.E.X. by Heather Corinna (a great book for all teens)
The Little Black Book for Guys &
The Little Black for Girlz, both from St. Stephen's Community House, published by Annick Press, 2008
Is It a Choice? by Eric Marcus
Hooking Up: a girl's all-out guide to sex & sexuality, by Amber Madison
What if Someone I Know Is Gay?by Eric Marcus
The Man I Might Become by Holleran and Shenitz

Commitment Hour by James Alan Gardner
Magic's Pawn/Promise/Price by Mercedes Lackey
Tanya Huff The Smoke Trilogy
Smoke and Shadows
Smoke and Mirrors
Smoke and Ashes

Mark Roeder
The Soccer Field is Empty
Someone Is Watching
Someone is Killing the Gay Boys of Verona
The Vampire's Heart
Dead Het Boys
Altered Realities

Lynn Flewelling Nightrunner series
Luck in the Shadows,
Stalking Darkness,
Traitor's Moon, and soon
Shadows Return)

Tithe, Valiant, Ironside by Holly Black
One for Sorrow by Christopher Barzak
The Darkover series by MZ Bradley
Daughters of a Coral Dawn by Katherine V. Forrest
Will of the Empress by Tamora Pierce
Big Big Sky by Kristyn Dunnion

The Necessary Hunger
Geography Club
Annie on My Mind
Boy Meets Boy
Dare Truth or Promise
My Father's Scar
Hello, I Lied
Paintings of You
M or F
Pretty Things
Another Kind of Cowboy
Totally Joe
So Hard to Say
Swimming in the Moonson Sea
Wide Awake
Far from Xanadu
The Center of the World
The Last Exit to Normal
Down to the Bone
Between Mom and Jo
Someday this Pain May Be Useful to You
Empress of the World
Kissing Kate
Tomorrow Wendy
Absolutely Positively Not
Hello Groin
Freak Show
Whistle Me Home

Manga (Posted on YALSABK)
After School Nightmare by Setona Mizushiro
Gravitation (Does anyone know if it gets graphic at the end of the series?)
Only the Ring Finger Knows (Both in manga and novel format)
Loveless (Oh so twisted, but not graphic)
Black Sun, Silver Moon
Legal Drug (The first volume, at least)
Devil Within (Not yaoi, but written for yaoi fangirls)
Gorgeous Carat
From Eroica With Love
La Esperanca by Chigusa Kawai (7 volumes)
Antique Bakery by Fumi Yoshinaga (4 volumes: not 100% yaoi but has some yaoi elements)
Time Lag by Shinobu Goto (1 volume)
Eerie Queerie by Shuri Shiozu (4 volumes)
Tokyo Babylon by Clamp (7 volumes)

The ALA's GLBTRT group:

Michael Cart's books, The Heart Has Its Reasons : Young Adult Literature with Gay/Lesbian/Queer Content 1969-2004 and Necessary Noise.

The Letter Q – Sara Moon and James Lecesne

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe - Benjamin Saenz
The House You Past on the Way - Jacqueline Woodson
Boyfriends with Girlfriends - Alex Sanchez
Down to the Bone - Mayra Doyle
Tommy Stands Alone - Gloria Velásquez
Blue Coyote - Liza Ketchum
Love & lies : Marisol's story - Ellen Witlinger
Sprout: Or My Salad Days When I Was Green In Judgement - Dale Peck
Will Grayson, Will Grayson – John Green
Beauty Queens – Libba Bray
Eight Seconds – Jean Ferris
Tessa Masterson Will Go to Prom – Emily Franklin
Annie on My Mind – Nancy Garden
The Year they Burned the Books – Nancy Garden
Perfect – Ellen Hopkins
Pearl – Johanna Knowles
The Will of the Empress – Tamora Pierce
Soames on the Range – Nancy Belgue
Huntress – Malinda Lo
Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy – Bil Wright
I Am J – Cris Beam
Brooklyn Burning – Steve Brezenoff
Sister Mischief – Laura Goode
Hidden- Tomas Mourian
She Loves You, She Loves You Not – Julie Anne Peters
Far From Xanadu – Julie Anne Peters
Deliver Us from Evie – M. E. Kerr
Down to the Bone – Mayra Dole
Getting It – Alex Sanchez
God Box – Alex Sanchez
Ash – Malinda Lo
What Happened to Lani Garver – Carol Plum-Ucci
From the notebook of Melanin Sun – Jacqueline Woodson

When I knew – Robert Trachtenberg
Finlater - Shawn Stewart Ruff

Updated from YALSABK 09/22/08

Books for Gay Families

Debbie Harry Sings in French
Meagan Brothers
The God Box
Alex Sanchez
And Tango Makes Three
Parnell and Richardson
Totally Joe
James Howe
The Man I Might Become
Andrew Holleranand Bruce Shenitz
Freak Show
James St. James
The Off Season
Catherine Murdock
Boy Meets Boy
David Levithan
Between Mom and Jo
Julie Ann Peters
E. Lockhart
The Necessary Hunger
Nina Revoyr
Geography Club
Brent Hartinger
Annie on My Mind
Nancy Garden
Dare, Truth or Promise
Paula Boock
My Father's Scar
Michael Cart
Hello, I Lied
M. E. Kerr
Paintings of You
Mia Paluzzi and Chris Delk
M or F
Lisa Papademetriouand Christopher Tebbetts
Pretty Things
Sarra Manning
Perry Moore
Another Kind of Cowboy
Susan Juby
So Hard to Say
Alex Sanchez
Swimming in the Monsoon Sea
Shyam Selvadurai
Wide Awake
David Levithan
Far From Xanadu
Julie Ann Peters
The Center of the World
Andreas Steinhofel
The Last Exit to Normal
Michael Harmon
Down to the Bone
Mayra Lazara Dole
Someday This Pain May Be Useful to You
Peter Cameron
Empress of the World
Sara Ryan
Kissing Kate
Lauren Myracle
Tomorrow, Wendy
Shelley Stoehr
Absolutely, Positively Not
David LaRochelle
Mariko and Jillian Tamaki
Hello, Groin
Beth Goobie
Ellen Wittlinger
Whistle Me Home
Barbara Wersba
Julie Ann Peters
Keeping You A Secret
Julie Ann Peters
Hard Love
Ellen Wittlinger
Family Outing
Troy Johnson
Eight Seconds
Jean Farris
King and King
Linda de Haan and Stern Nijland
King and King and Family
Linda de Haan and Stern Nijland
I'm Here. I'm Queer. What the Hell Do I Read?
The Rainbow List
Daisy Porter's site ( is great for reviews of fiction.

Updated from YALSABK 2-21-2010