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Header Image Great Summer Reading 2020
Smith Library Center is committed to celebrating diverse stories. Check out these titles recommended by our own SU community members!
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"I love the story and Luna's character. A transgender female that only shows herself at night because of her father trying to make her a man, thus naming herself "Luna" which means moon in spanish. It also relatable as I've had to hide a LGBTQIA+ secret that my sibling had from my own parents."
Openly Straight by
"I read this book in middle school, and I really enjoyed it. There are not enough examples of diverse experiences for LGBTQIA+ relationships in media, and this novel tells a touching story about a guy navigating his personal relationship with his own identity. Its a book about not only about romance but also self-discovery.
Red, White and Royal Blue by
A ridiculously charming story of two guys who hate each other until they realize they're actually crazy about each other. This cross-Atlantic love story features behind-the-scenes looks at the White House and Buckingham Palace as well as containing a Texas Hill Country connection.
I read this last summer (twice!) and couldn't put it down.
--Theresa Zelasko, Library
Keeping You a Secret by
By the author of Luna
"This moving love story between two girls is for fans of Nancy Garden's classic young adult coming out novel, Annie on My Mind. With her characteristic humor and breezy style, Peters has captured the compelling emotions of young love." - Amazon description
"A graphic novel that combines fantasy and sci fi, to show the gray between the lines of good and bad. A great quick read! "
Stone Butch Blues by
"As a semi-autobiographical glimpse into the historical intersection between gender and sexuality, this book is a stark reminder of the need for solidarity between the various identities under the LGBTQ+ umbrella, and a proclamation to the world that queer people of all stripes have always existed."
Confessions of a Mask by
"This story is fiction, yet mirrors Mishima's own experience with his sexuality. This gives it a deeply personal, realistic, and authentic feel which is so hard to find in modern novels."
And Tango Makes Three by
Publication Date: 2005-06-01
This "heartwarming true story of two penguins who create a nontraditional family" is a perennial favorite during SLC's annual Banned Books read out.
This One Summer by
It's a summer of secrets, and sorrow, and growing up, and it's a good thing Rose and Windy have each other.
This One Summer is a tremendously exciting new teen graphic novel from two creators with true literary clout. Cousins Mariko and Jillian Tamaki, the team behind Skim, have collaborated on this gorgeous, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful story about a girl on the cusp of childhood - a story of renewal and revelation.
This title also got some love during the 2022 Banned Books read out.