Thursday, January 13, 2011

"Almost Perfect" Tops 2011 Stonewall Book Awards

The Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Literature Awards are given to books relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experiences. This year's list includes lots of amazing books (click on any title to check it out of your favorite Charleston County Public Library).

The top winner is:

By Brian Katcher

Sage Hendricks is the new girl at Logan Witherspoon’s small-town school. Tall, unconventionally pretty, and a bit awkward, she appeals to Logan even at a time when he trusts no one. He's drawn to her intelligence and humor. But Sage’s life is a mystery -- until she reveals that she was born a boy. Outraged, Logan questions his own sexuality and cuts ties with his friend just when she needs him most. Can Logan accept and love Sage for who she is?

Author Brian Katcher also wrote Playing with Matches, about a high school junior who befriends a lonely, disfigured female classmate.

And the four Stonewall Honor books are....

When two teens, one gay and one straight, meet accidentally and discover that they share the same name, their lives become intertwined as one begins dating the other's best friend, who produces a play revealing his relationship with them both.
This raw, moving novel follows two teenagers -- one, a Mohawk-wearing 17-year-old violent misfit; the other, a gay 13-year-old cast out by his family -- hustling on the streets and trying to survive. This narrative is told in the alternating perspectives of their lives before and after the violent hate crime that changed both their futures. This tragic but ultimately inspirational journey of two polarized teens, their violent first meeting, and their peaceful reunion years later is an unforgettable story of survival and forgiveness.

Dennis is a bit surprised -- but not terribly upset -- to discover that he enjoys wearing dresses. The 12-year-old does, however, realize this is not the kind of revelation he wants to share with his truck-driving dad, his older brother or his friends on the school football team, where he is a star player. But these things have a way of getting out, and Dennis finds himself both exposed and expelled. Is this the end?

Terrified that his classmates will discover he's gay, high-school freshman Jamie decides his best cover is to start dating a girl. Even better, the beautiful and wealthy Celia expresses an interest in him. However, it evolves into a sexual interest that Jamie cannot reciprocate. But wait: Celia’s father is a doctor who develops behavior-modification drugs and is experimenting with one that will “cure” homosexuality. Should Jamie risk taking it?

Click on any titles to reserve them at your favorite Charleston County Public Library branch!

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