Being a Super Trans Ally! A Creative Workbook and Journal for Young People BookRegular price £14.99
What can you do to be an ally to your transgender, non-binary and gender-expansive friends and family? Everyone needs allies who can support them through challenges, and through engaging with the activities in this book you can develop into an action-oriented Super Trans Ally!
Packed full of activities such as self-reflective questions, journal prompts and role plays, this interactive workbook is perfect for helping young people aged 10+ to reflect on gender, develop their compassion, and discover what skills and talents they can bring to being a Super Trans Ally.
Author: Phoenix Schneider & Sherry Paris
Boy Meets Boy BookRegular price £7.99
Reading ages 13-16 years.
The unforgettable debut novel by co-author with John Green of Will Grayson, Will Grayson.
To be together with someone for twenty years seems like an eternity. I can't seem to manage twenty days.
How do you stay together?
Paul has been gay his whole life and he's confident about almost everything. He doesn't have to hide his feelings like best friend Tony or even cope with loving the wrong guy like his other best friend Joni.
But heartbreak can happen to anyone. Falling in love changes everything.
Intimate, feel-good and quick-fire - Guardian
Funny and clever and touching - Telegraph
This is gay life, not as we know it, but as we wish it was when we were 15. - Time Out
Levithan has created a scrumptious new sub-genre; teen literature where sexuality isn't treated as a problem and isn't a coming out story. An immensely likeable read. - Gay Times
Author: David Levithan
Can I Tell You About Gender Diversity? - A Guide for Friends, Family and Professionals BookRegular price £8.99
For age 7 years and up.
Kit, a 12 year old who identifies as a boy, explains all about gender variance, the experience of medical transition and how his family, friends and school can support him. This illustrated introduction to gender diversity will be a helpful guide and discussion starter for children 11+, as well as for older readers.
Meet Kit - a 12 year old undergoing medical transition - as he talks about gender and the different ways it can be explored. He explains what it is like to transition and how his friends, family and teachers can help through talking, listening and being proactive.
With illustrations throughout, this is an ideal way to start conversations about gender diversity in the classroom or at home and suitable for those working in professional services and settings. The book also includes a useful list of recommended reading, organisations and websites for further information and support.
'A much needed piece of work! The pedagogies outlined in this book have made a positive, significant difference to the lives of young trans people in our schools. By following the practical strategies we can together begin the journey to inclusion. This guide will help you take the first steps to educate and then support you to create an environment that actively celebrates gender diversity! A definite go-to-guide for all schools.'
- Dr Elly Barnes MBE, CEO of Educate & Celebrate
Author: Sarah Savage and Fox Fisher, illustrated by Fox Fisher
George BookRegular price £6.99
Suitable for 11 - 13 years.
“Allow me to introduce you to a remarkable book, full of love, wonder, hope, and the importance of getting to be who you were meant to be. You must read this.” – David Levithan, author of Every Day and editor of George.
When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she’s not a boy. She knows she’s a girl.
George thinks she’ll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte’s Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte.
But the teacher says she can’t even try out for the part . . . because she’s a boy.
Author: Alex Gino
Heartbreak Boys BookRegular price £7.99
Suitable for 13 - 18 years.
Faking the best summer ever is a lot harder than it looks…
At the start of summer, Jack and Nate find themselves dumped as their respective exes, Dylan and Tariq, start up a new relationship together. Not only that, their exes start posting pics on social media, showing the whole world how fabulous their new life together is!
Jack and Nate are reeling. Not to be outdone, they decide to create their own ‘highlights reel’ and show their exes that they’re having an even better time.
But between the depressing motorway service station motels, damp campsites, and an ultimate showdown with the exes, something epic really is happening: Jack and Nate are learning to get over their heartache and open themselves up to new possibilities for love.
A hilarious story of heartbreaks and hijinks from award-winning author Simon James Green.
Author: Simon James Green
Here I Stand - Stories That Speak For Freedom BookRegular price £7.99
For ages 12 years and up.
A varied and thought-provoking collection of short stories and poems for teens with a conscience, with striking cover illustrations by award-winning children's laureate Chris Riddell. With contributions from Frances Hardinge, Sarah Crossan, Matt Haig, Neil Gaiman and many more.
Did you know that ... government spies can turn on your phone and use the microphone to listen to your conversations?... that lesbian and gay relationships are illegal in 78 countries and can be punished by death?... that Amnesty recently recorded the highest number of executions globally for more than 25 years
Through short stories and poetry, twenty-five leading authors and illustrators explore the top human rights issues facing young people today. Now is the time to take a stand and make a difference.
Full list of contributors: Tony Birch, John Boyne, Sita Brahmachari, Kevin Brooks, Kate Charlesworth, Sarah Crossan, Neil Gaiman, Jack Gantos, Ryan Gattis, Matt Haig, Frances Hardinge, Jackie Kay, AL Kennedy, Liz Kessler, Elizabeth Laird, Amy Leon, Sabrina Mahfouz, Chelsea Manning, Chibundu Onuzo, Bali Rai, Chris Riddell, Mary and Bryan Talbot, Christie Watson and Tim Wynne-Jones.
Author: Amnesty International
How It All Blew Up BookRegular price £7.99
Suitable for 14 - 18 years.
Arvin Ahmadi has written a novel that is authentic, hilarious and heart-wrenching all at once. A unique point of view combined with riveting storytelling, How It All Blew Up will grab you from the first page and won’t let go – Angie Thomas, #1 New York Times bestselling author of THE HATE U GIVE and ON THE COME UP
Eighteen-year-old Amir Azadi always knew that coming out to his Muslim family would be messy, but he wasn’t expecting it to end in an airport interrogation room. Now, he’s telling his side of the story to the stern-faced officer.
Amir has to explain why he ran away to Rome (boys, bullies, blackmail) and what he was doing there for a month (dates in the Sistine Chapel, friends who helped him accept who he is, and, of course, drama) . . . all while his mum, dad and little sister are being interrogated in the room next door.
A nuanced take on growing up brown, Muslim and gay in today’s America, HOW IT ALL BLEW UP is the story of one boy’s struggle to come out to his family, and how that painful process exists right alongside his silly, sexy romp through Italy.
Author: Arvin Ahmadi
Lies We Tell Ourselves BookRegular price £7.99
Suitable for 11+ years.
Lie #1: I’m not afraid.
Lie #2: I’m sure I’m doing the right thing.
Lie #3: I don’t care what they think of me.
It’s 1959. The battle for civil rights is raging. And it’s Sarah’s first day of school as one of the first black students at previously all-white Jefferson High. No one wants Sarah there. Not the Governor. Not the teachers. And certainly not the students – especially Linda, daughter of the town’s most ardent segregationist.
Sarah and Linda are supposed to despise each other. But the more time they spend together, the less their differences matter. And both girls start to feel something they’ve never felt before. Something they’re determined to ignore. Because it’s one thing to stand up to an unjust world – but another to be terrified of what’s in your own heart.
‘The main characters are terrific in what is a moving YA novel. And an important one.’ – The Telegraph’.
This is so thought-provoking it almost hurts to read it, yet every word is needed, is necessary and consequently this is a novel that lingers long after you’ve finished it’ – Lovereading.
‘This is an emotional and compelling read that I did not want to put down. It is [...]beautifully written and the tension just simmers on the pages.’ - Bookbabblers.
‘This book packs a very powerful punch’ – Historical Novel Society ‘With great characterisation, tough issues covered, and a plot which had me guessing right up until the last pages, this is a must-read. Massively recommended!’ – The Bookbag.
‘This exceptional novel of first love and sexual awakenings is set against a backdrop of shocking racism and prejudice. It is incredibly well written as the tense, riveting story seamlessly combines fiction with historical fact.’ – Booktrust.
‘Every now and then a Young Adult book comes along that I want to push into every readers hands both young and old and Lies We Tell Ourselves is that book for 2014’ – Jess Hearts Books.
‘Talley has mixed two controversial topics together to create a firecracker of a story’ – Cheryl M-M’s Book Blog.
Author: Robin Talley
Love & Other Curses BookRegular price £7.99
Reading level 14 - 17 years.
'A fascinating and thoughtful exploration of faith in the modern world. If you're wondering why it matters and how to make sense of it, read on.' Clare
"I'm pretty sure I'm the only guy in my school who can replace a faulty kick-down switch and also create the perfect smoky eye."
The Weyward family has been haunted by a curse for generations-if a Weyward falls in love before their seventeenth birthday, the person they love dies.
Sam doesn't plan to fall for anyone in the weeks before his birthday. He'll spend his time working at the Eezy-Freeze with his dad; cooking up some midsummer magic with his grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother (the Grands); and experimenting with drag with the help of the queens at the Shangri-La, the local gay club.
But when a new guy comes to town, Sam finds himself in trouble when they strike up a friendship that might be way more than that.
As Sam's birthday approaches and he still hasn't quite fallen in love, the curse seems to get more powerful and less specific about who it targets.
A mysterious girl Sam talks to on the phone late at night and a woman he's only seen in a dream might have the answers he's been looking for-but time is running out to save the people he cares about.
Author: Michael Thomas Ford
Loveless BookRegular price £7.99
Suitable for 14 - 18 years.
The fourth novel from the phenomenally talented Alice Oseman – one of the most authentic and talked-about voices in contemporary YA.
It was all sinking in. I’d never had a crush on anyone. No boys, no girls, not a single person I had ever met. What did that mean?
Georgia has never been in love, never kissed anyone, never even had a crush – but as a fanfic-obsessed romantic she’s sure she’ll find her person one day.
As she starts university with her best friends, Pip and Jason, in a whole new town far from home, Georgia’s ready to find romance, and with her outgoing roommate on her side and a place in the Shakespeare Society, her ‘teenage dream’ is in sight.
But when her romance plan wreaks havoc amongst her friends, Georgia ends up in her own comedy of errors, and she starts to question why love seems so easy for other people but not for her. With new terms thrown at her – asexual, aromantic – Georgia is more uncertain about her feelings than ever.
Is she destined to remain loveless? Or has she been looking for the wrong thing all along?
This wise, warm and witty story of identity and self-acceptance sees Alice Oseman on towering form as Georgia and her friends discover that true love isn’t limited to romance.
Author: Alice Oseman
Noah Can't Even BookRegular price £7.99
Suitable for 14 - 18 years.
“A riotous, real-feeling YA debut” - The Guardian
Poor Noah Grimes! His father disappeared years ago, his mother’s Beyonce tribute act is an unacceptable embarrassment, and his beloved gran is no longer herself. He only has one friend, Harry, and school is… Well, it’s pure hell.
Why can’t Noah be normal, like everyone else at school? Maybe if he struck up a romantic relationship with someone – maybe Sophie, who is perfect and lovely – he’d be seen in a different light? But Noah’s plans are derailed when Harry kisses him at a party.
That’s when things go from bad to utter chaos.
Author: Simon James Green
Noah Could Never BookRegular price £7.99
Suitable for 14 - 18 years.
“Side-splitting comedy” – The Guardian“
Refreshingly positive…sure to leave you with a smile on your face.” – OK Magazine
Noah’s back, and more bananas! He and Harry are now officially boyfriends, but is Noah ready for the difference? It’s no help that a group of cosmopolitan French exchange students have descended on Little Fobbing – including sexy Pierre Victoire, who seems to have his eye on Harry! Meanwhile, Noah’s paired up with a girl … who, most outrageously, is not even French. But that’s not all: the police are monitoring Noah, and he can’t tell if it’s because
- his dad and secret half-brother, Eric, have made off with his gran’s fake diamonds;
- because his PE teacher is receiving mysterious cash infusions from Russia;
- or because drag queen Bambi Sugapops is hiding out at Noah’s house in the midst of a knock-down, bare-knuckled drag feud.
Will Noah ever catch a break?!
Author: Simon James Green
Queer - The Ultimate LGBT Guide For Teens BookRegular price £9.99
Recommended reading age - 13 and up.
Teen life is hard enough with all of the pressures kids face, but for teens who are LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender), it's even harder. When do you decide to come out? To whom? Will your friends accept you? And how on earth do you meet people to date?
Updated in 2018, Queer is a humorous, engaging, and honest 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.
Queer also includes personal stories from the authors and sidebars on queer history.
This updated and revised edition is a must-read for any teen who thinks they might be queer - or knows someone who is.
Author: Kathy Belge & Marke Bieschke
Rainbow Revolutions: Power, Pride and Protest in the Fight for Queer Rights BookRegular price £8.99
Suitable for 12 - 14 years.
From police raids to Pride, from shadows to rainbows: a queer victory story! On June 28 1969, around one o’clock in the morning, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a bar in Greenwich Village, New York. What happened that night would be a defining moment in queer history. Want to know what happened? Read this!
From the bold speeches of activists Karl Ulrichs and Audre Lorde to the birth of Pride and queer pop culture, this inspiring book is a rainbow-bright tribute to the LGBTQ+ heroes who dared to be themselves, fight back and speak up for their rights.
- An impassioned and timely look at the fight for queer rights
- Key individuals, historical turning-points, Pride and more
- Written by queer activist and anthropologist Jamie Lawson
- Featuring bold, stylish colour artwork by Eve Lloyd Knight
Rick BookRegular price £6.99
Suitable for 11 - 13 years.
Profound, moving, and – as Charlotte would say – radiant, this book will stay with anyone lucky enough to find it.” – Publishers Weekly.
Rick’s never questioned much. He’s tagged along with his best friend Jeff, even when Jeff’s acted like a bully. He’s let his Dad joke with him about girls, even though it makes him feel uncomfortable. Everyone around him seems to think that they’ve figured him out.
But the truth is, Rick hasn’t given his own identity much thought. Now Rick’s in middle school, and it’s a place of new possibilities. With the help of his new friends that he meets at the Rainbow Spectrum club, Rick embarks on a journey to find out who he truly is.
An inspiring story about finding your place in the world.
Author: Alex Gino
Rise Up! - The Art of Protest BookRegular price £12.99
A great book for children and teenagers.
The right to protest is hard fought and even harder to win. Yet it is the bedrock of any thriving democracy. When we stand together, our voices and opinions are heard by those in power. Protest has toppled governments and made laws. It has cost lives and it has changed lives.
In this book we look at six main areas of protest and explaining the reasons behind the protest issue, how it has been protested in the past and how these issues are being protested by children today. It will cover the international Women's Marches, #Black Lives Matter, the #Enough is Enough campaign and the work of CND and Greenpeace, illustrated with a mix of poster art and photography.
In association with Amnesty International, with a foreword by Chris Riddell.
Author: Jo Rippon
The ABC's of LGBT+ BookRegular price £11.99
The ABCs of LGBT+ is a #1 Bestselling LGBT book and is essential reading for questioning teens, teachers or parents looking for advice, or anyone who wants to learn how to talk about gender identity and sexual identity. In The ABCs of LGBT+, Ashley Mardell, a beloved blogger and YouTube star, answers many of your questions about:
- lgbt and lgbt+
- gender identity
- sexual identity
- teens in a binary world
- the LGBT family
- and more
Understanding gender identity and sexual identity: The 21st Century has seen very positive movement for LGBT+ rights. In the last few years the overturning of DOMA, the SCOTUS ruling in favor of the Marriage Equality Act, American transgender politicians elected to office, and landmark moments such as Apple becoming the most valuable company in the world under the leadership of an openly gay CEO have advanced LGBT awareness and understanding. In a world full of LGBT questions, Mardell's The ABC's of LGBT+ has the answers.
The trusted voice of Ashley Mardell: We are living in a post-binary world where gender fluency and awareness of gender identity and a real understanding of our LGBT family is essential. Ashley Mardell, one of the most trusted voices on YouTube, presents a detailed look at all things LGBT+ in this remarkable book. Along with in-depth definitions, personal anecdotes, helpful infographics, resources, and more; Mardell's LGBT book is proof it does get better every day in a world where people are empowered by information and understanding. In Mardell's own words, "This book is also for allies and LGBT+ people simply looking to pack in some extra knowledge… a critical part of acceptance. Learning about new identities broadens our understanding of humanity, heightens our empathy, and allows us different, valuable perspectives."
Author: Ashley Mardell
The Art Of Being Normal BookRegular price £7.99
David Piper has always been an outsider. His parents think he's gay. The school bully thinks he's a freak. Only his two best friends know the real truth - David wants to be a girl.
On the first day at his new school Leo Denton has one goal - to be invisible. Attracting the attention of the most beautiful girl in Year 11 is definitely not part of that plan.
When Leo stands up for David in a fight, an unlikely friendship forms. But things are about to get messy.
Because at Eden Park School secrets have a funny habit of not staying secret for long...
The Deepest Breath BookRegular price £6.99
Suitable for 11 - 13 years.
Stevie is eleven and loves reading and sea-creatures. She lives with her mum, and she’s been best friends with Andrew since forever. Stevie’s mum teases her that someday they’ll get married, but Stevie knows that won’t ever happen. There’s a girl at school that she likes more. A lot more. Actually, she’s a bit confused about how much she likes her. It’s nothing like the way she likes Andrew. It makes her fizz inside. That’s a new feeling, one she doesn’t understand.
Stevie needs to find out if girls can like girls – love them, even – but it’s hard to get any information, and she’s too shy to ask out loud about it. But maybe she can find an answer in a book. With the help of a librarian, Stevie finds stories of girls loving girls, and builds up her courage to share the truth with her mum.
Written in accessible verse `chapters’ and in a warm and reassuring style, The Deepest Breath will be of special relevance to young girls who are starting to realise that they are attracted to other girls, but it is also a story for any young reader with an open mind who wants to understand how people’s emotions affect their lives.
Author: Meg Grehan