LGBTQ+ Teen Fiction 2023 17 volume set
by Tony Correia, Mette Bach, Markus Harwood-Jones, Myriad Augustine, and Tracy Goldfarb
Short, readable books focused on teen LGTBQ romances.
Teachers and librarians can broaden their library collections to include the rich variety of relationships that young people experience today with this set of 17 short, readable teen novels.
These romances feature characters who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, and gender fluid. Teen readers will recognize the stories, settings and characters as realistic and contemporary. LGBTQ2+ teens will see themselves and the experiences they and their friends are having reflected in these novels. The portrayals are positive, and the stories end well – though sometimes the resolution is bitter-sweet.
These novels are written by authors who know the world and the relationships they portray first hand. Many are young first-time authors uniquely qualified to portray characters and situations authentically. The stories all take place in contemporary Canada, with relatable, appealing characters who will ring true.
Featuring short, readable prose suitable for everyone and not just serious readers, this set offer a new category of romance fiction for any classroom, school or public library teen section.
About the Authors
TONY CORREIA has worked as a waiter, bartender, bouncer, barista, receptionist, and recently, a technical writer for a software company. His newspaper column, Queen's Logic, ran in Xtra! West for five years. He is the author of the Lorimer Real Love novels Same Love and True to You. His memoir, Foodsluts at Doll & Penny's Cafe was published in 2012. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
METTE BACH is the author of the Lorimer SideStreets novels Femme and Killer Drop (named a Best Book for Kids and Teens by the Canadian Children's Book Centre) and the Real Love titles Love Is Love, You're You, Cinders and Charming. She has taught ESL to high-school students and currently works at a drop-in resource centre. Mette lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
MARKUS HARWOOD-JONES is a writer, visual artist and documentary filmmaker. He has self-published the short story collections Confessions of a Teenage Transsexual Whore and Everything & All at Once; his feature film, Mosaic, tells the story of his journey across Canada and the United States to learn more about the trans community. He is author of the Lorimer Real Love teen romances, Just Julian and Romeo for Real. Markus lives in Toronto, Ontario.
MYRIAD AUGUSTINE is a queer, non binary, intersectional feminist. They founded and co run the Wheelhouse, a nonprofit designed to be a supporting resource for people facing barriers of accessibility. This is their first teen novel. Myriad lives in Toronto, Ontario.
TRACY GOLDFARB is a writer and artist who is involved in the LBGTQ+ community. Tracy attended OCAD for sculpture and currently teaches fabrication skills at Humber College. Love IRL is their first YA novel. Tracy lives in Toronto with their husband and two cats.
True to YouIn the bizarre world of pro wrestling, a teenage hopeful finds a relationship where he can be true to himself as a gay guy.$14.95, PaperbackInterest ages: 13-18
CharmingA young woman follows her heart to find her voice in a modern LGBT retelling of a classic fairy tale.$14.95, PaperbackInterest ages: 13-18Reading level: Grade 3Lexile Reading Level: HL520L
We ThreeA teen finds romance at summer camp and becomes the centre of a polyamorous relationship with two very different partners.$14.95, PaperbackInterest ages: 13-18
The Love Code
A lesbian teen romance set in the competitive world of technology and robotics.$14.95, PaperbackInterest ages: 13-18Reading level: Grade 3Lexile Reading Level: HL540L