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On Kathleen T. Horning’s “On Spies and Purple Socks and Such” (from 2005)

“Sometimes you have to lie. But to yourself you must always tell the truth.” —Ole Golly from Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh June is Pride Month (whether or not the White House recognizes it) and LGBTQIA folx and their allies are holding their rainbow flags — of various stripes — high. In the January/February […]

Review of The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee High School    Tegen/HarperCollins    512 pp.    g 6/17    978-0-06-238280-1    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-238282-5    $9.99 Eighteen-year-old Monty, spoiled heir to a wealthy estate in eighteenth-century Britain, embarks on a year-long “Tour” of Europe, after which he will settle unhappily into respectable […]

Pride Month 2017

Bausum, Ann  Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights Middle school, high school     120 pp.     Viking    2016 Bausum begins with a detailed, nuanced exposition of the June 1969 Stonewall riots as a galvanizing moment for the gay rights movement, then traces the movement’s evolution (in a somewhat more cursory way) for the second […]

Review of If I Was Your Girl

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo High School    Flatiron    290 pp. 5/16    978-1-250-07840-7    $17.99    g e-book ed.  978-1-250-07842-1    $9.99 After being beaten up in a mall bathroom, eighteen-year-old transgender woman Amanda goes to live with her previously unsupportive father in Lambertville, Tennessee, where no one knows her from her pre-transition life. Though she’s […]

Transgender Awareness Month 2016 resources

November is Transgender Awareness Month, a time to celebrate the lives of trans people, remember those lost to anti-trans hate crimes, and renew our commitment to fight for trans rights. The Trevor Project urges the trans community and its allies to educate others, to be “agents of change, transforming fear and bigotry into understanding and […]

Books for Bisexual Awareness Week/Celebrate Bisexuality Day

It’s Bisexual Awareness Week, an annual celebration and awareness-raising campaign which includes Celebrate Bisexuality Day (also called Bisexual Visibility Day; this year’s is today, September 23rd). The following YA novels and series span genres and tone, but each features main and/or secondary characters who are bisexual or whose sexual attraction is fluid. All were recommended […]

Where are Jack and Karen?

I must not be the only one watching Will & Grace reruns. Here are five recent(ish) books starring straight girls and their gay BFFs. You can find more Horn Book LGBTQIA+ resources here (we just can’t get with QUILTBAG). You and Me and Him by Kris Dinnison (Houghton) Weird Girl and What’s His Name by […]

I Never Met a Fiction I Didn’t Like: Characters Creeping into Reality, from the March Sisters to Simon Snow

When @Call_Me_Gil started flirting with @AnneWith_An_E on Twitter, their followers took to calling them “Shirbert.” Yes, that’s two contemporary (fictional) young adults named Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe, no realer than the L. M. Montgomery characters who first appeared widely in 1908. In this modern-day webseries re-imagining, Anne (as played by Mandy Harmon) started a […]

Pride Month roundup

During LGBT Pride Month, we celebrate triumphs — and mourn tragedies — in the LGBTQIA+ community. Here are the Horn Book resources we’ve shared throughout the month. “Happy Pride Month!” (Out of the Box, June 6th, 2016) “Five Gay Picture-Book Prodigies and the Difference They’ve Made” by Barbara Bader (March/April 2015 Horn Book Magazine) Editorial: […]

Louder and prouder

At the beginning of this month, I drafted a blog post for use “at some point during Pride Month.” In that post I compared the experience of finding queer characters a few years ago with that of finding them today, and marveled at the speed of positive change. I said that we had further to […]