Stonewall Book Award Winners



Alsenas, Linas
Gay America: Struggle for Equality
JUV 306.76.A4612g
Milestones of gay and lesbian life in the United States are brought together in the first-ever nonfiction book published specifically for teens. 2008.

Andrews, Arin
Some Assembly Required
JUV 306.76.A5651s YA
"Seventeen-year-old Arin Andrews shares all the hilarious, painful, and poignant details of undergoing gender reassignment as a high school student in this winning teen memoir"-- Provided by publisher. 2014

Bausum, Ann
Stonewall: Breaking Out In the Right For Gay Rights
JUV 306.76.B3285s
"A dramatic retelling of the Stonewall riots of 1969, introducing teen readers to the decades-long struggle for gay rights"-- Provided by publisher. 2015


Belge, Kathy
QUEER: The Ultimate LGBT Guide for Teens
JUV 306.76.B411q YA
A guide that helps LGBT teens come out to friends and family, navigate their new LGBT social life, figure out if a crush is also queer, and rise up against bigotry and homophobia.  2011.

Hill, Katie
Rethinking Normal
JUV 306.76.H553r YA
"In this Young Adult memoir, a transgender girl shares her personal journey of growing up as a boy and then undergoing gender reassignment during her teens"-- Provided by publisher. 2014

Moon, Sarah
The Letter Q
JUV 306.766.L5697.l YA
Collects letters from such famous contributors as Brian Selznick, Michael Cunningham, and Amy Bloom to offer hope and support in the face of prejudice.  2013

Prager, Karen
Queer, There & Everywhere
JUV 306.766.P8844q YA
A LGBTQ chronicle for teens shares facts about 23 influential gay and gender-ambiguous notables from the era of the Roman Empire to the present, exploring how they defied convention to promote civil rights, pursue relationships on their own terms and shape culture. 2017

Stevenson, Robin
Pride: Celebrating Diversity and Community
JUV 306.766.S9486p
"This work of nonfiction for middle readers examines what -- and why -- gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and their supporters celebrate on Pride Day every June"--Title page. 2016

Coe, Alexis
Alice & Freda Forever: a Murder in Memphis
JUV 306.7663.C6501a YA
In 1892, America was obsessed with a teenage murderess, but it wasn't her crime that shocked the nation--it was her motivation. Nineteen-year-old Alice Mitchell had planned to pass as a man in order to marry her seventeen-year-old fiancée Freda Ward, but when their love letters were discovered, they were forbidden from ever speaking again. Freda adjusted to this fate with an ease that stunned a heartbroken Alice. Her desperation grew with each unanswered letter--and her father's razor soon went missing. 2014

Jennings, Jazz
Being Jazz
JUV 306.768.J444b YA
Teen activist and trailblazer Jazz Jennings--named one of "The 25 most influential teens" of the year by Time--shares her very public transgender journey, as she inspires people to accept the differences in others while they embrace their own truths. 2016

Kaye, Julia
Super Late Bloomer: My Early Years in Transition
JUV 306.768.K182s YA
In 2016, during Kaye's gender transition, she turned to art as a means of self-reflection. She decided to use her webcomic, Up and Out, to process her journey and help others with similar struggles realize they weren't alone. In depicting her personal ups and downs while dealing with the various issues involved in transitioning, Kaye both educates and inspires, facing her difficulties head-on and committing to being wholly, authentically who she was always meant to be. -- adapted from back cover. 2018

Kuklin, Susan
Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out
JUV 306.768.K958b YA
"Author and photographer Susan Kuklin met and interviewed six transgender or gender-neutral young adults and used her considerable skills to represent them thoughtfully and respectfully before, during, and after their personal acknowledgment of gender preference. Portraits, family photographs, and candid images grace the pages, augmenting the emotional and physical journey each youth has taken. Each honest discussion and disclosure, whether joyful or heartbreaking, is completely different from the other because of family dynamics, living situations, gender, and the transition these teens make in recognition of their true selves."  2014

Merey, Llike
a+e 4ever
JUV 741.5.m541a YA
"Asher Machnik is a teenage boy cursed with a beautiful androgynous face. Guys punch him, girls slag him and by high school he's developed an intense fear of being touched. Art remains his only escape from an otherwise emotionally empty life. Eulalie Mason is the lonely, tough-talking dyke from school who befriends Ash. The only one to see and accept all of his sides as a loner, a fellow artist and a best friend, she's starting to wonder if Ash is ever going to see all of her ... a + e 4EVER is a graphic novel set in that ambiguous crossroads where love and friendship, boy and girl, straight and gay meet. It goes where few books have ventured, into genderqueer life, where affections aren't black and white"--Provided by publisher.  2011.

Panetta, Kevin
JUV 741.5973.P1945b YA
"Baked with love! Now that high school is over, Ari is dying to move to the big city with his ultra-hip band--if he can just persuade his dad to let him quit his job at their struggling family bakery. Though he loved working there as a kid, Ari cannot fathom a life wasting away over rising dough and hot ovens. But while interviewing candidates for his replacement, Ari meets Hector, an easygoing guy who loves baking as much as Ari wants to escape it. As they become closer over batches of bread, love is ready to bloom...that is, if Ari doesn't ruin everything."--Page [2] of cover. 2019.


Telgemeier, Raina
JUV 741.5973.T2374.d YA
Callie rides an emotional roller coaster while serving on the stage crew for a middle school production of Moon over Mississippi as various relationships start and end, and others never quite get going.  2012.

Adrian and the Tree of Secrets
JUV 741.5944H8612.a YA
Adrian isn't very happy. He lives in a small town, goes to a Catholic high school, wears glasses, and wishes he were more muscular. He's dogged by a strict mother and bullied by the kids at school. But he's also friends with a cool kid who takes him on scooter rides and whisks him up to a secret treehouse where they steal kisses. Adrian finds himself falling in love until his friend's girlfriend rats them out and sends both boys into a tailspin of embarrassment and concern.  2014.

Mitchell, Saundra
All Out
JUV 813.608.A416a YA
From a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood set in war-torn 1870s Mexico featuring a transgender soldier, to an asexual girl discovering her identity amid the 1970s roller-disco scene, this collection of short stories crosses cultures and time periods to shed light on a world where queer figures live, love and shape the world round them. 2018




Adams, S.J.
Sparks: The Epic, Completely True Blue, (Almost) Holy Quest of Debbie
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A sixteen-year-old lesbian tries to get over a crush on her religious best friend by embarking on a "holy quest" with a couple of misfits who have invented a wacky, made-up faith called the Church of Blue.  2011.

Albertalli, Becky
The Upside of Unrequited
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Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can't stomach the idea of rejection. So she's careful. Fat girls always have to be careful. Then a cute new girl enters Cassie's orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly's cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly's totally not dying of loneliness -- except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie's new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she'll get her first kiss and she'll get her twin back. There's only one problem: Molly's coworker, Reid. He's a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there's absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?. 2017

Beam, Chris
I Am J
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J, who feels like a boy mistakenly born as a girl, runs away from his best friend who has rejected him and the parents he thinks do not understand him when he finally decides that it is time to be who he really is.  2011.

Brown, Jaye Robin
Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit
JUV B8175.g YA
Joanna Gordon has been out and proud for years, but when her popular radio evangelist father remarries and decides to move all three of them from Atlanta to the more conservative Rome, Georgia, he asks Jo to do the impossible: to lie low for the rest of her senior year. And Jo reluctantly agrees. Although it is (mostly) much easier for Jo to fit in as a straight girl, things get complicated when she meets Mary Carlson, the oh-so-tempting sister of her new friend at school. But Jo couldn't possibly think of breaking her promise to her dad. Even if she's starting to fall for the girl. Even if there's a chance Mary Carlson might be interested in her, too. Right? 2016

Burd, Nick
The Vast Fields of Ordinary
JUV B88526.b YA
The summer after graduating from an Iowa high school, eighteen-year-old Dade Hamilton watches his parents' marriage disintegrate, ends his long-term, secret relationship, comes out of the closet, and savors first love. 2009.

Capetta, Amy Rose
Echo After Echo
JUV C171.e YA
Zara Evans has come to the Aurelia Theater, home to director Leopold Henneman, to play a dream role in Echo and Ariston, the Greek tragedy that taught her everything she knows about love. When the director asks Zara to promise that she will have no outside commitments, no distractions, it's easy to say yes. But are the deaths at the theater accidents, or murder, or a curse that always comes in threes? When assistant lighting director Eli Vasquez, a girl made of tattoos and abrupt laughs and every form of light, looks at Zara it's hard not to fall in love. 2017

Charlton-Trujillo, E.E.
Fat Angie
JUV C377.fa YA
Fat Angie's sister was captured in Iraq, she's the resident laughingstock at school, and her therapist tells her to count instead of eat. Can a daring new girl in her life really change anything?  2013.

Clare, Cassandra
Red Scrolls of Magic (Eldest Curses bk 1)
JUV C533.r YA
High Warlock Magnus Bane learns that a demon-worshipping cult, the Crimson Hand, is wreaking havoc across Europe, threatening more than just his romantic getaway with new boyfriend, Alec Lightwood. 2019

Colbert, Brandy
Little & Lion
JUV C6666.l YA
"Suzette returns home to Los Angeles from boarding school and grapples with her bisexual identity when she and her brother Lionel fall in love with the same girl, pushing Lionel's bipolar disorder to spin out of control and forcing Suzette to confront her own demons"-- Provided by publisher Suzette returns home to Los Angeles from boarding school and grapples with her bisexual identity when she and her stepbrother Lionel fall in love with the same girl. As Lionel's bipolar disorder begins to spin out of control, it forces Suzette to confront her own demons. Can she save Lionel from himself-- and will he trust her enough to do so? 2017

Daniels, April
Dreadnought (Nemesis bk 1)
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"Danny Tozer has a problem: she just inherited the powers of Dreadnought, the world's greatest superhero. Until Dreadnought fell out of the sky and dies right in front of her, Danny was trying to keep people from finding out she's transgender. But before he expired, Dreadnought passed his mantel to her, and those secondhand superpowers transformed Danny's body into what she's always thought it should be. Now there's no hiding that she's a girl. It should be the happiest time of her life, but Danny's first weeks finally living in a body that fits her are more difficult and complicated than she could have imagined. Between her father's dangerous obsession with 'curing' her girlhood, her best friend suddenly acting like he's entitled to date her, and her fellow superheroes arguing over her place in the ranks, Danny feels like she's in over her head. She doesn't have time to adjust. Dreadnought's murderer -a cyborg named Utopia- still haunts the streets of New Port City, threatening destruction. If Danny can't sort through the confusion of coming out, master her powers, and stop Utopia in time, humanity faces extinction." -- Back cover. 2017

Farrey, Brian
With Or Without You
JUV F2499.w YA
When eighteen-year-old best friends Evan and Davis of Madison, Wisconsin, join a community center group called "chasers" to gain acceptance and knowledge of gay history, there may be fatal consequences. 2011.

Girard, M-E
Girl Man's Up
JUV G4368.g YA
"In Ontario, Pen is a sixteen-year-old girl who looks like a boy. She's fine with it, but everyone else is uncomfortable--especially her Portuguese immigrant parents and her manipulative neighbor who doesn't want her to find a group of real friends"-- Provided by publisher.  2016.

Green, John
Will Grayson, Will Grayson
JUV G82.w YA
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.  2010.

Hocking, Amanda
Between the Blade and the Heart (Valkyrie bk 1)
JUV H602.b YA
As one of Odin's Valkyries, Malin's greatest responsibility is to slay immortals and return them to the underworld. When she unearths a secret about her mother that could unravel the balance of all she knows, Malin must decide where her loyalties lie. Torn between her ex-girlfriend and blue-eyed Asher, she must decide if helping him enact his revenge is worth the risk to the world and her heart. 2018

Hurwin, Davida Wills
Freaks and Revelations
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"You can come back when you're done being gay." Jason is a 13-year-old who comes out to his religious and conservative mother, only to be cast out of their home. Homeless, he learns how to survive, eventually turning to hustling as a way to live. Doug is a 17-year-old with an abusive father and a chip on his shoulder. Energized and empowered by violence, he gets mixed up with a group of Neo-Nazis. The lives of these two flawed teens spiral towards each other, and one fateful night their paths cross at a fast-food restaurant in Los Angeles, and a horrendous hate crime is committed. Freaks and Revelations is a raw and gripping novel based on the haunting true story of Timothy Zaal and Matthew Boger. Told in alternating perspectives by Jason (Matthew Boger) and Doug (Timothy Zaal), author Davida Wills Hurwin creates a fictional narrative that traces the tragic - but ultimately inspirational - journeys of two very polarized teens.  2012

Johnston, E. K.
The Afterward
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It's been a year since the mysterious godsgem cured Cadrium's king; the heroes who brought home the gem are renowned in story and song. Apprentice Knight Kalanthe Ironheart has no intention of giving up the notoriety she's earned, but reputation doesn't pay her bills. Olsa Rhetsdaughter, beggar and thief, was pulled into Kalanthe's orbit, and now is reluctant to leave it. But her fame has made her profession difficult, and a choice between poverty and the noose isn't much of a choice at all. Kalanthe and Olsa fight to maintain their newfound independence-- and to find their way back to each other. -- adapted from publisher info. 2019

Katcher, Brian
Almost Perfect
JUV K1542.a YA
With his mother working long hours and in pain from a romantic break-up, eighteen-year-old Logan feels alone and unloved until a zany new student arrives at his small-town Missouri high school, keeping a big secret.  2009.

Klise, James
Love Drugged
JUV K7138.l YA
Fifteen-year-old Jamie is dismayed by his attraction to boys, and when a beautiful girl shows an interest in him, he is all the more intrigued by her father's work developing a drug called Rehomoline.  2010.

Konigsberg, Bill
Honestly Ben
JUV K8353.h YA
Ben Carver returns for the spring semester at the exclusive Natick School in Massachusetts determined to put his relationship with Rafe Goldberg behind him and concentrate on his grades and the award that will mean a full scholarship--but Rafe is still there, there is a girl named Hannah whom he meets in the library, and behind it all is his relationship with his distant, but demanding father. 2017

LaCour, Nina
You Know Me Well
JUV L113.y YA
Mark and Kate sit next to each other in school but are barely acquainted until they meet at a San Francisco club during Pride Week and connect over each one's forbidden love. 2016

Lauren, Christina
JUV L366326.a YA
High school senior Tanner Scott has hidden his bisexuality since his family moved to Utah, but he falls hard for Sebastian, a Mormon mentoring students in a writing seminar Tanner's best friend convinced him to take. 2017

Lee, Mackenzi
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
JUV L5152.g YA
Vowing to make his yearlong escapade across Europe his last hurrah before taking over the family estate, Henry "Monty" Montague and his best friend Percy find themselves in the middle of a dangerous manhunt involving pirates and highwaymen. 2017

Legrand, Claire
Sawkill Girls
JUV L5252.s YA
"From the New York Times bestselling author of Furyborn comes a breathtaking and spine-tingling novel about three teenage girls who face off against an insidious monster that preys upon young women ..."--From publisher website. 2018.

Leno, Katrina
Summer of Salt
JUV L5477.s YA
No one on the island of By-the-Sea would call the Fernweh women what they are, but if you need the odd bit of help, such as a sleeping aid concocted by moonlight, they are the ones to ask. Georgina Fernweh waits for the tingle of magic in her fingers-- magic that has already touched her twin sister, Mary. But with her eighteenth birthday looming at the end of her last summer on the island, Georgina fears her gift will never come. She meets and falls in love with Prue Lowry, a visitor to the island. When a three-hundred-year-old bird, Annabella is found violently murdered, suddenly the island doesn't seem so magical. Georgina turns to the Ouija board to discover the dark secrets of Annabella's death. 2018

Levithan, David
Hold Me Closer
JUV L577296.ho YA
"Larger-than-life Tiny Cooper finally gets to tell his story, from his fabulous birth and childhood to his quest for true love and his infamous parade of ex-boyfriends, in the form of a musical he wrote"-- Provided by publisher.  2015.

Levithan, David
Two Boys Kissing
JUV L577296.t YA
A chorus of men who died of AIDS observes and yearns to help a cross-section of today's gay teens who navigate new love, long-term relationships, coming out, elf-acceptance, and more in a society that has changed in many ways.  2013.

Marsh, Sarah Glenn
Reign of the Fallen (Reign of the Fallen bk 1)
JUV M3565.r YA
A first entry in an LGBT fantasy duology follows the experiences of a talented young necromancer who confronts the deadly nemesis responsible for turning her magic into a weapon. 2018.

McLemore, Anna Marie
When the Moon Was Ours
JUV M2231.wh YA
As their deep friendship turns to love, Latina teenager Miel, who grows roses from her wrist, and Italian-Pakistani Samir, a transgender boy, fear their secrets will be exposed by the beautiful Bonner girls, four sisters rumored to be witches. 2016.

Montgomery, Candice
Home & Away
JUV M7856.h YA
Tasia is a senior with great friends and a supportive family, and she even plays football as the only girl on her private high school's team. A mystery surrounding her mother makes Tasia wonder about her identity. She tries to unravel the lies that have taken over her life. 2018.

Moskowitz, Hannah
Gone, Gone, Gone
JUV M85.g YA
Struggling with the aftermath of the September 11 attacks and sniper shootings throughout the Washington, D.C. area, Craig and Lio consider a romantic relationship that is complicated by Craig's ex-boyfriend, Lio's broken family, and the death of Lio's brother.  2012.

Murphy, Julie
Ramona Blue
JUV M95334.r YA
Standing over six feet tall with unmistakable blue hair, Ramona is sure of three things: she likes girls, she's fiercely devoted to her family, and she knows she's destined for something bigger than the trailer she calls home in Eulogy, Mississippi. But juggling multiple jobs, her flaky mom, and her well-meaning but ineffectual dad forces her to be the adult of the family. 2017

Nelson, Jandy
I'll Give You The Sun
JUV N3342.i YA
"Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways ... until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else -- an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah's story to tell. The later years are Jude's. What the twins don't realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they'd have a chance to remake their world"--Provided by publisher. 2014.

Newman, Leslea
October Mourning:  A Song for Matthew Shepard
JUV N464.o YA
Relates, from various points of view, events from the night of October 6, 1998, when twenty-one-year-old Matthew Shepard, a gay college student, was lured out of a Wyoming bar, savagely beaten, tied to a fence, and left to die.  2012.

Ormsbee, Katie
Tash Hearts Tolstoy
JUV O7352.t YA
Fame and success come at a cost for Natasha "Tash" Zelenka when she creates the web series "Unhappy Families," a modern adaptation of Anna Karenina--written by Tash's eternal love Leo Tolstoy. 2017

Peck, Dale
JUV P3242.s YA
Moving from Long Island to Kansas after his mother dies, a teenager nicknamed Sprout deals with his father's drinking, his own sexuality, and a teacher who is determined to turn him into a winning essay writer.  2009.

Polonsky, Ami
Gracefully Grayson
JUV P766.g YA
"Grayson, a transgender twelve-year-old, learns to accept her true identity and share it with the world"-- Provided by publisher. 2016

Russo, Meridith
If I Was Your Girl
JUV R908.i YA
Amanda Hardy only wants to fit in at her new school, but she is keeping a big secret, so when she falls for Grant, guarded Amanda finds herself yearning to share with him everything about herself, including her previous life as Andrew. 2016


Saenz, Benjamin Alire
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
JUV S13.a YA
Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.  2012.

Slater, Dashka
The 57 Bus
JUV S6307.f YA
"One teenager in a skirt. One teenager with a lighter. One moment that changes both of their lives forever. If it weren't for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met. Both were high school students from Oakland, California, one of the most diverse cities in the country, but they inhabited different worlds. Sasha, a white teen, lived in the middle-class foothills and attended a small private school. Richard, a black teen, lived in the crime-plagued flatlands and attended a large public one. Each day, their paths overlapped for a mere eight minutes. But one afternoon on the bus ride home from school, a single reckless act left Sasha severely burned, and Richard charged with two hate crimes and facing life imprisonment. The case garnered international attention, thrusting both teenagers into the spotlight." -- 2017

Sugiura, Misa
It’s Not Like It’s A Secret
JUV S945.i YA
"Sixteen-year-old Sana Kiyohara has too many secrets. Some are small, like how it bothers her when her friends don't invite her to parties. Some are big, like that fact that her father may be having an affair. And then there's the one that she can barely even admit to herself -- the one about how she might have a crush on her best friend. When Sana and her family move to California she begins to wonder if it's finally time for some honesty, especially after she meets Jamie Ramirez. Jamie is beautiful and smart and unlike anyone Sana's ever known. There are just a few problems: Sana's new friends don't trust Jamie's crowd; Jamie's friends clearly don't want her around anyway; and a sweet guy named Caleb seems to have more-than-friendly feelings for her. Meanwhile, her dad's affair is becoming too obvious to ignore anymore. Sana always figured that the hardest thing would be to tell people that she wants to date a girl, but as she quickly learns, telling the truth is easy ... what comes after it, though, is a whole lot more complicated"--Jacket. 2017

Talley, Robin
What We Left Behind
JUV T1455.w YA
Toni and Gretchen are the couple everyone envied in high school. They've been together forever. They never fight. They're deeply, hopelessly in love. When they separate for their first year at college--Toni to Harvard and Gretchen to NYU--they're sure they'll be fine. The reality of being apart, though, is very different than they expected. 2015

Thorne, Jenn Marie
The Inside of Out
JUV T3933.i YA
When her best friend comes out as a lesbian, Daisy leads the charge to end their school's ban on same-sex dates for the homecoming dance, but a local story goes viral and now everyone--including a cute college journalist--believes Daisy is gay, too. 2016

Walton, Will
I Felt a Funeral In My Brain
JUV W1741.i YA
For most of his young life Avery has dealt with his alcoholic mother with the help of his grandfather Pal--he immerses himself in poetry and popular music, and now that high school is over for the summer, he makes out with his best friend Luca (who understands about alcoholic mothers), but the death of his grandfather creates a hole in his life that he can not seem to crawl out of. 2018

Wilkison, Lili
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Sixteen-year-old Ava does not know who she is or where she belongs, but when she tries out a new personality--and sexual orientation--at a different school, her edgy girlfriend, potential boyfriend, and others are hurt by her lack of honesty.  2011.

Williamson, Lisa
The Art of Being Normal
JUV W6775.a YA
David Piper, always an outsider, forms an unlikely friendship with Leo Denton who, from the first day at his new school wants only to be invisible, but when David's deepest secret gets out, that he wants to be a girl, things get very messy for both of them. 2016

Wittlinger, Ellen
JUV W78462.p YA
Grady, a transgendered high school student, yearns for acceptance by his classmates and family as he struggles to adjust to his new identity as a male.  2007.

Wright, Bil
Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy
JUV W9264.p YA
Sixteen-year-old Carlos Duarte is on the verge of realizing his dream of becoming a famous make-up artist, but first he must face his jealous boss at a Macy's cosmetics counter, his sister's abusive boyfriend, and his crush on a punk-rocker classmate.  2011.

Yee, Paul
Money Boy
JUV Y35.m YA
Young immigrant Ray Liu is struggling to adjust to North American life. When his father discovers Ray has been cruising gay websites, the teen is kicked out of the family home. He heads to downtown Toronto, where the harsh reality of street life hits him.  2012.