We are so excited to present our #ReadYourWorld Book Jam 2019 in conjunction with Children’s Book Council! This year we have 10 amazing authors with unique book lists to share. Each author is also doing a book giveaway!
Please welcome Amy Rose Capetta with her list of Magical LGBTQ Books. We are giving away 3 galleys of her book, The Lost Coast. To enter, please fill out the Rafflecopter at the bottom.
Magical LGBTQ Books
Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
I couldn’t possibly make a list like this without a book by McLemore, the queen of YA magical realism! All of her books are gorgeously wrought, and this one might be my favorite. The Nomeolvides girls—all five cousins are queer—tend a magical garden and the wild longings of their own hearts. Layers of history, family, and deeply rooted magic make this a standout novel; it also includes a wonderful genderqueer secondary character. [young adult, ages 12 and up]
Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova
Alex has magic—but she doesn’t always want to. An attempt to get rid of her power sends her spinning into the world of Los Lagos, where she needs to save her family. Moving from Brooklyn to a magical landscape gives the story appeal to both contemporary and fantasy readers. And the MC is a powerful bi bruja—need I say more? [young adult, ages 14 and up]
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
Lei lives in a world of beauty and danger, but her life becomes truly incendiary when she’s chosen as a Paper Girl and taken as a consort of the king. Lei’s resistance—and her sweetly developing love story with fellow Paper Girl Wren—are the heart of this story, with magic woven into the world of a dark but ultimately hopeful tale. [young adult, ages 14 and up]
About a Girl by Sarah McCarry
I like to describe McCarry’s Metamorphoses series as “mythpunk” YA. The books are loosely connected and can be read in any order. This one focuses on Tally, who leaves behind her life in NYC for the Pacific Northwest and falls headfirst into the dreamy but dangerous world of her lost parents—and into wild love with the enigmatic Maddy. Tally’s best friend (and sometimes love interest) Shane, a trans boy, rounds out the cast. Magic is everywhere in these pages, including infused in the language itself. [young adult, ages 16 and up]
Supermutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki
Written and drawn by a member of the team that created This One Summer, this graphic novel contains an impressive concentration of queer teenage feelings. Since this started as a webcomic, the story is told in small vignette-style storylines, with longer threads connecting many of them. The structure and format allows for some truly inventive storytelling and a unique sense of humor. A wild, strange, playful take on the idea of magical school. [young adult, ages 14 and up]
The Spy with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke
Starring two Jewish siblings who use their magic in war efforts against the Nazis, this book is both a large-scale fantasy and a fast-paced thriller. Between Wolf and Ilse, the two main characters, it includes bi, gay, and ace spectrum rep. This book is the sequel to Locke’s The Girl With the Red Balloon, but can be read as a standalone. Pick this one up if you’re looking for magical, historical queer heroes! [young adult, ages 12 and up]
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
The magical element in this book might seem small at first glance—but it’s what sets the entire story in motion. Knowing the day you’re going to die, via a service called Death Cast, is prophecy updated for the 21st century, and the resulting novel is a meeting of speculative and contemporary fiction as Rufus and Mateo are brought together by the “Last Friends” app and explore what it means to be alive, and to fall in love knowing you only have a moment together. [young adult, ages 14 and up]
The Lost Coast by Amy Rose Capetta
Danny is drawn to the redwoods of Northern California when a group of queer teen witches cast a spell—because, as it turns out, she’s witchy too, and they believe she can find their lost friend, Imogen. But first, Danny finds a boy with a redwood branch through his heart. Something is very wrong amidst the trees and fog of the Lost Coast, and whatever it is, it can kill. This book is a magical murder mystery, a multi-layered queer love story, and an ode to finding your fellow weirdos. [young adult, ages 12 and up]
The Lost Coast 3 Galley GIVEAWAY!
We are giving away 3 galleys of her book, The Lost Coast. To enter, please fill out the Rafflecopter at the bottom.
Meredith Katz says
Great list! My fave LGBTQ YA books include:
* Timekeeper by Tara Sim
* Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
* The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater
* The Second Mango by Shira Glassman
Monika @ Lovely Bookshelf says
I haven’t heard of most of these books, except Wild Beauty. Great list, thank you for sharing!!
Monika @ Lovely Bookshelf says
Oh and PS, my favorite YA LGBTQ novels are #ownvoices by trans and nonbinary authors. Lizard Radio is pretty fantastic, especially!
Danielle Hammelef says
My favorites are Queens of Geek and Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda.
Kerstin P. says
Great list and thanks for the chance to win!
Kerstin P. says
My favourite LGBTQIA+ YA novel is The Abyss Surrounds Us.
My favorite lgbt book is History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera