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Joanna Gordon has been out for years. When her father, a famous evangelist, remarries and moves the family down to conservative Georgia, however, he asks her to lie low for the rest of her senior year. Jo reluctantly agrees, and at first, life as a straight girl is actually easy. But then she meets Mary Carlson, and as their friendship deepens Jo realizes the promise she made to her father might not be so easy to keep. Jaye Robin Brown presents a set of realistic and likeable characters trying to navigate the complexities of queer and Southern culture simultaneously. With candid dialogue and themes of faith and honesty throughout, Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit (HarperTeen, $17.99) is a must-read for anyone looking for a heartwarming romance. Ages 14-18.

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ISBN: 9780062270986
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: HarperTeen - August 30th, 2016

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Henry Page has never been in love— at least, not until Grace Town walks into his classroom. What with her baggy boys’ clothes, walking cane, and obvious chip on her shoulder, she’s not your typical romantic heroine, but none of that matters as the two begin what quickly reveals itself to be a doomed relationship. Henry can’t help trying to “fix” Grace as he learns more about her complicated past and present, but he’s about to learn that there are some things even love can’t cure. Told with plenty of humor and refreshingly contemporary dialogue, Krystal Sutherland’s heartbreakingly smart debut Our Chemical Hearts (Putnam, $17.99) teaches readers the difficult lesson that sometimes, loving means letting go. Ages 14-18.

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ISBN: 9780399546563
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - October 4th, 2016

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Riley Cavanaugh is gender fluid, but isn’t out yet: between transferring schools and dealing with a congressman father running for reelection, they (Riley’s preferred pronoun) aren’t inclined to share their secret. Instead, with the encouragement of their therapist, Riley starts a blog to vent their feelings, sharing what it’s really like to identify as a girl on some days and as a boy on others. But when the blog goes viral, will Riley’s secret be revealed? Jeff Garvin’s debut is smart and realistic, explaining the complex issues of gender fluidity with clarity and compassion. Many readers will relate to Riley’s feeling of being both different from and the same as everyone else— one of the many Symptoms of Being Human (Balzer + Bray, $17.99). Ages 14-18.

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ISBN: 9780062382863
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 2nd, 2016