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8th Nov 16

We apologize for making everyone wait for the list, but at last!  We have the full roster of nominees for the 2017 Rainbow Book List.  Stay tuned for the completed Rainbow Book List, to be posted after the Youth Media Awards are announced on January 23, 2017.  Until then, read and enjoy!

Anderson, Kirsten. Who Is Elton John? Written by Kirsten Anderson; illus. by Joseph J. M Qiu. 2016. 105p. Penguin/Grosset & Dunlap, $5.99 (9780448488462). Gr. 3-7.

Austrian, J.J. Worm Loves Worm. Written by J.J. Austrian; illus. by Mike Curato. 2016. 32p.  HarperCollins/Balzer & Bray, $17.99 (9780062386335). Age 3-8.

Bardugo, Leigh. Crooked Kingdom. 2016. 546p. Macmillan/Henry Holt and Co.,  $18.99 (9781627792134). Grade 7+.   

Bow, Erin. The Scorpion Rules. 2015. 374p. Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry Books, $17.99 (9781481442718). Grades 9+.

Brothers, Meagan. Weird Girl and What’s His Name. 2015. 320p. Three Rooms Press, $16.95 (9781941110270). Gr. 9+.

Brown, Jaye Robin. Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit. 2016. 419p. HarperCollins/HarperTeen, $17.99 (9780062270986) Gr. 10+.

Cassidy, Yvonne. How Many Letters are in Goodbye? 2016. 427p. North Star Editions/Flux, $11.99 (9780738747453). Grades 9+.

Chase, Dakota. Mad About the Hatter. 2015. 176p. Harmony Ink Press, $14.99 (9781634761482). Grade 9+.

Cherry, Allison. Look Both Ways. 2016. 296p. Random House/Delacorte, $17.99 (9780553511864). Grades 9+.

Clark, Kristin Elizabeth. Jess, Chunk, and the Road Trip to Infinity. 2016. 256p. Macmillan/Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $17.99 (9780374380069). Grades 9+.

Conley, Garrard. Boy Erased: A memoir.  2016. 340p. Penguin/Riverhead Books, $27.00 (9781594633010). Gr. 10+.  

Cooper, Alex. Saving Alex: When I Was Fifteen I Told My Mormon Parents I Was Gay, and That’s When My Nightmare Began. 2016. 248p. HarperCollins/HarperOne, $24.99 (9780062374608).  Grades 9+.

Córdova, Zoraida.  Labyrinth Lost. 2016. 324p. Sourcebooks/Sourcebooks Fire, $17.99 (9781492620945). Grade 9+.  

Cronn-Mills, Kirstin, and Alex Nelson. LGBTQ+ Athletes Claim the Field: Striving for Equality. 2016. 103p. Lerner Publishing Group/Twenty First Century Books, $34.65 (9781467780124). Grades 9+.

Curtis, Simon. Boy Robot. 2016. 415p. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse, $17.99 (9781481459297). Grade 9+.

Downham, Jenny. Unbecoming. 2016. 375. Scholastic/David Fickling Books, $17.99 (9780545907170). Grades 9+.

Duncan, Alexandria. Sound. 2015. 489p. HarperCollins/Greenwillow, $17.99 (9780062220172). Grades 9+.

Federle, Tim. The Great American Whatever. 2016. 278p. Simon & Schuster, $17.99 (9781481404099). Gr. 9+.  

Garvin, Jeff. Symptoms of Being Human. 2016. 335p. HarperCollins/Balzar + Bray, $17.99 (9780062382863). Gr. 9+.

Gephart, Donna. Lily and Dunkin. 2016. 340p. Random House Children’s/Delacorte, $16.99 (9780553536744). Grades 4-6.

Girard, M.E. Girl Mans Up. 2016. 373p. HarperCollins/HarperCollins Children’s Books, $17.99 (9780062404176). Grades 9+.

Gold, Rachel. My Year Zero. 2016. 278p. Bella Books, $16.95 (9781594934827). Grades 9+.

Gordon, Meryl G. The Flower Girl Wore Celery. 2016. 32p. Lerner/Kar-Ben Publishing, $17.99 (9781467778442). Ages 4-7.

Goslee, S.J. Whatever. 2016. 266p. Macmillan/Henry Holt & Co./Roaring Brook, $17.99 (9781626723993). Grades 9+.

Hartinger, Brent. Three Truths and a Lie. 2016. 261p. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse, $17.99 (9781481449601). Grades 9+.

Harvey, Sarah N. Spirit Level. 2016. 233p. Orca Book Publishers, $14.95 (9781459808164). Grades 9+.

Hennessey, M. G. The Other Boy. 2016. 234p. HarperCollins, $16.99 (9780062427663). Grades 9+.

Heppermann, Christine. Ask Me How I Got Here. 2016. 225p. HarperCollins/Greenwillow, $17.99 (9780062387950). Grades 9+.

Howe, James. Big Bob, Little Bob. Written by James Howe; , illus. by Laura Ellen Anderson. 2016. 32p. Candlewick, $15.99 (9780763644369). Ages 3-7.

Hutchinson, Shaun David. We Are the Ants. 2016. 451p. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse, $17.99 (9781481449632). Grades 9+.

Ingram, Dayna. All Good Children. 2016. 202p. Lethe Press, $15.00 (9781590215890). Gr. 10+.

Ismail, Yasmeen. I’m a Girl. 2016. 32p. Bloomsbury, $16.99 (9781619639751). Ages 3-7.

Jacobs, Evan. FatherSonFather. 2015. 199p. Saddleback Educational Publishing, $9.95 (9781680210385). Gr. 9+.

Jaffe, Sara. Dryland. 2015. 216p. Tin House Books, $14.95 (9781941040133). Grade 9+.

Jennings, Jazz. Being Jazz: My life as a (Transgender) Teen. 2016. 265p. Random House/Crown, $17.99 (9780399554643). Grades 7+.

Kessler, Liz. Read Me Like A Book. 2016. 297p. Candlewick, $16.99 (9780763681319). Gr. 9+.

Keyser, Amber J. The V-Word. 2016. 197p. Simon & Schuster/Beyond Words, $10.99 (9781582705217). Grades 9+.

Kulling, Monica. Happy Birthday, Alice Babette. Written by Monica Kulling; illus. by Qin Leng. 2016. 32p. Groundwood Books, $16.95 (9781554988204). Grades Pre-K-2.

Lambert, Megan Dowd. Real Sisters Pretend. Written by Megan Dowd Lambert, illus. by Nicole Tadgell. 2016. 32p. Tilbury House, $16.95 (9780884484417) Grades PreK-2.

Levithan, David, and Nina LaCour. You Know Me Well. 2016. 250p. Macmillan/St. Martin’s/Griffin, $18.99 (9781250098641). Grades 9+.

Levy, Dana Alison. The Family Fletcher Takes Rock Island.  2016.  259p. Random House/Delacorte Books for Young Readers, $16.99 (9780553521306). Gr. 4-6.

Litten, Kristyna. Blue & Bertie. 2016. 32p. Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books, $17.99 (9781481461542). Ages 2-6.

Logan, Kenneth. True Letters from a Fictional Life. 2016. 323p. HarperCollins Children’s Books/HarperTeen, $17.99 (9780062380258). Grades 9+.

Manushkin, Fran.  Happy in Our Skin. 2015. 32p. Written by Fran Manushkin, illus. by Lauren Tobia. Candlewick Press, $15.99 (9780763670023). Ages 2-5.

Mason, Jane B. Without Annette. 2016. 325p. Scholastic, $18.99 (9780545819954). Grades 9+.

McGoon, Gregory. The Royal Heart. 2015. 32p. Pelekinesis Publishing Group, $19.95 (9781938349423). Ages 3-5.  

McGuire, Seanan. Every Heart a Doorway. 2016. 173p. Macmillan/St. Martin’s Press/Tom Doherty Associates, $17.99 (9780765385505). Grades 9+.

McLemore, Anna-Marie. When the Moon Was Ours. 2016. 273p. Macmillan/St. Martin’s/Griffin/Thomas Dunne, $18.99 (9781250058669). Grades 9+.

Monster, Sfe R., ed. Beyond:  The Queer Sci-Fi and Fantasy Anthology. 2015.  $20.00, (9780990995692). Grades 9+.

Moskowitz, Hannah, and Kat Helgeson. Gena/Finn. 2016. 287p. Chronicle Books, $17.99 (9781452138398). Grades 9+.

Nicholson, Hope, ed. The Secret Loves of Geek Girls: Expanded Edition. 2016. 279p. Random House/Dark Horse Comics, $14.99 (9781506700991). Grades 10+.

Nijkamp, Marieke. This Is Where it Ends. 2016. 285p. Sourcebooks/Sourcebooks Fire, $17.99 (9781492622468). Grades 9+.

Nowlin, Laura. This Song Is (Not) for You. 2016. 230p. Sourcebooks/Sourcebooks Fire, $9.99 (9781492602903). Gr. 8+.

O’Neill, Katie. Princess Princess Ever After. 2016. 53p. Oni Press, $12.99 (9781620103401). Grades 3-6.

Ottaviani, Jim. The Imitation Game: Alan Turing Decoded. Written by Jim Ottaviani, illus. by Leland Purvis. 2016. 217p. Abrams/Harry N. Abrams, $24.95 (9781419718939).  Grades 9+.  

Peeples, Jase. Square Zair Pair. Written by Jase Peeples; illus. by Christine Knopp. 2016. 48p. Zair Pair Books, $14.99 (9780996826303). Ages 3-6.

Pelleschi, Andrea. Transgender Rights and Issues. 2016. 112p. Abdo/Essential Library, $35.64 (9781624039034). Grades 7+.

Peppermint, Aurora.  Beneath the Scales. 2015. 150p. Harmony Ink, $14.99 (9781634760676). Grades 9+.

Phillips, Rebecca. Any Other Girl. 2016. 261p. Kensington, $9.95 (9781617738821). Grades 9+.

Poole, H.W. LGBT Families. 2016. 48p. Mason Crest, $20.95 (9781422236192). Grades 3-5.

Redgate, Riley. Seven Ways We Lie. 2016. 343p. Abrams/Harry N. Abrams, $17.95 (9781419719448). Grades 9+.

Riordan, Rick. The Hidden Oracle. 2016. 376p. Disney, $19.99 (9781484732748). Grades 6-10.

Rivera, Gabby. Juliet Takes a Breath. 2016. 266p. Riverdale Ave. Books, $19.99 (9781626012516).  Gr. 10+.

Rodi, Robert & Ross, Laura. Living Proud! Growing Up LGBTQ: Being Transgender. 2017. 64p. Mason Crest, $23.95 (9781422235027). Grades 6+.

Rodi, Robert & Ross, Laura. Living Proud! Growing Up LGBTQ: Keeping Physically Healthy. 2017. 64p. Mason Crest, $23.95 (9781422235065). Grades 6+.  

Rodi, Robert & Ross, Laura. Living Proud! Growing Up LGBTQ: Living with Religion and Faith. 2017. 64p. Mason Crest, $23.95 (9781422235072). Grades 6+.  

Rodi, Robert & Ross, Laura. Living Proud! Growing Up LGBTQ: Understanding Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. 2017. 64p. Mason Crest, $23.95 (9781422235119). Grades 6+.

Rossing, Nina. Fjord Blue. 2016. 256p. Harmony Ink, $16.99 (9781634763851). Grades 9+.

Russo, Meredith. If I Was Your Girl. 2016. 280p. Macmillan/Flatiron Books, $17.99 (9781250078407). Grades 9+.

Self, Jeffrey. Drag Teen. 2016. 261p. Scholastic/Push, $17.99 (9780545829939). Grades 9+.

Selzer, Adam.  Just Kill Me. 2016. 325p. Simon & Schuster, $17.99 (9781481434942).  Gr. 9+.

Shraya, Vivek. The Boy and the Bindi. Written by Vivek Shraya; illus. by Rajini Perera. 2016. 32p. Arsenal Pulp Press, $17.95 (9781551526683). Ages 4-8.

Siegert, Mia. Jerkbait. 2016. 244p. Jolly Fish Press, $14.99 (9781631630668). Grades 9+.

Sorese, Jeremy. Curveball. 2015. 420p. Nobrow, $19.95 (97819106200520) Grades 9+.

Sotira, Trina. In Her Skin: Growing Up Trans. 2016. 211p. MuseWrite Press, $15.00 (9780989960922). Grades 9+.  

Spangler, Brie. Beast. 2016. 330p. Random House/Alfred A. Knopf, $17.99 (9781101937167). Grades 9+.

Spotswood, Jessica, ed. A Tyranny of Petticoats: 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers, & Other Badass Girls. 2016. 354p. Candlewick, $17.99 (9780763678487). Grade 9+.  

Stevenson, Noelle, and Grace Ellis. Lumberjanes, Vol. 2: Friendship to the Max. Written by Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis; illus. by Brooke Allen. 2015. 112p. Simon & Schuster/Boom Studios/BOOM! Box, $14.99 (9781608867370). Gr. 5-12.

Stevenson, Noelle, Shannon Watters, Carolyn Nowak, Maarta Laiho, and others. Lumberjanes Volume 3: A Terrible Plan. 2016. 112p. Simon & Schuster/Boom Studios, $14.99 (9781608868032). Grades 6-12.

Stevenson, Robin. Pride: Celebrating Diversity and Community. 2016. 119p. Orca Books,  $24.95 (9781459809932). Grades 4-8.

Stiefvater, Maggie. The Raven King. 2016. 439p. Scholastic, $18.99 (9780545424981). Grades 8+.  Stevenson, Robin. Under Threat. 2016. 129p. Orca Books, $9.95 (9781459811317). Grades 9+.

Sugar, Rebecca. The Answer. Written by Rebecca Sugar, illus. by Elle Michalka and Tiffany Ford. 2016. 30p. Penguin/Cartoon Network Books, $9.99 (9780399541704). Grades K-4.

Tamaki, Mariko. Saving Montgomery Sole. 2016. 228p. Macmillan/Henry Holt/Roaring Brook Press, $17.99 (9781626722712). Gr. 7+.

Testa, Rylan J., Deborah Coolhart, Jayme Peta. The Gender Quest Workbook: A Guide for Teens & Young Adults Exploring Gender Identity. 2015. 169p. New Harbinger/Instant Help, $16.95 (9781626252974). Grades 9+.

Thompson, Kelly. Jem and the Holograms, Volume 1:  Showtime. Written by Kelly Thompson; illus. by Sophie Campbell.  2015. 152p. IDW, $19.99 (9781631403958). Grades 9+.

Thorne, Jenn Marie. The Inside of Out. 2016. 425p. Penguin Books/Dial Books for Young Readers, $17.99 (9780803740587). Grades 9+.

Tilahun, Na’amen Gobert. The Root. 2016. 411p. Skyhorse Publishing/Night Shade Books, $14.99 (9781597808637). Grades 9+.

Van, Andi. Magic Fell (The Mages’ Guild Trilogy Book 1). 2016. 190p. Harmony Ink Press, $14.99 (9781634768801).  Grades 9+.

Wagner, Cody.  The Gay Teen’s Guide to Defeating a Siren: Book One: The Seeker. 2015.  322p. Cody Wagner, $10.95 (9780996713504). Grade 8+.   

Walton, Jessica. Introducing Teddy: A Gentle Story About Gender and Friendship. Written by Jessica Walton; illus. by  Dougal MacPherson. 2016. 32p. Bloomsbury, $16.99 (9781681192109). Ages 3-6.

Whaley, John Corey. Highly Illogical Behavior. 2016. 249p. Dial Books, $17.99 (9780525428183). Gr. 8+.

White, Kiersten. And I Darken. 2016. 486p. Random House Children’s Books/Delacorte, $18.99 (9780553522310). Grades 9+.

Williams, Vera and Chris Raschka. Home at Last. 2016. 40p. HarperCollins/Greenwillow, $17.99 (9780061349737). Age 5-8.  

Williamson, Lisa. The Art of Being Normal. 2016. 344p. Macmillan/Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $17.99 (9780374302375). Grades 8+.

Winters, Cat. The Steep and Thorny Way. 335p. 2016. Abrams/Amulet, $17.95, (9781419719158). Grade 9+.

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