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Young Adult Gay and Lesbian Fiction Book List March 7, 2007

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Picture Book List

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Rainbow Boys February 21, 2007

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Homepage for Rainbow Boys

Author Alex Sanxhez’s Myspace Account


Rainbow Boys

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Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez

School Library Journal Review: Gr 9 Up–Nelson, “out” to the world, is secretly in love with his best friend Kyle. Kyle doesn’t look gay or advertise it, but since he hangs out with Nelson, he’s subject to the same harassment at school. Kyle is secretly in love with Jason, a popular jock who has a popular girlfriend but who can’t stop dreaming of sex with boys. When Jason, trying to sort out his confusion, shows up at a Rainbow Youth meeting, he is greeted by both “Nelly” and Kyle, who are as shocked to see him as he is to be seen. This uncomfortable confrontation starts the ball rolling down a path of deception, denial, revelation, and acceptance not only for the three young men, but also for their friends, family, and all concerned. This gutsy, in-your-face debut novel speaks the language of real life for gay teens, that of the ecstasy, heartache, and humor of first love (and sex), that of daily harassment and fear, that of having what it takes to stand up and be proud of who you are. There will no doubt be challenges to Rainbow Boys, much like the challenges of Judy Blume’s Forever (Turtleback, 1975) when it was published in the 1970s. But please, have the courage to make it available to those who need it–it can open eyes and change lives.–Betty S. Evans, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield (Reviewed October 1, 2001) (School Library Journal, vol 47, issue 10, p169)


Keesha’s House Awards

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Keesha’s House Awards


Michael L. Printz Award – Honor

American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults

Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year

Books for the Teen Age, New York Public Library

Recorded Books Audiotape–finalist for an Audie Award


Keesha’s house

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Link to Keesha’s House by Helen Frost.


Keesha’s house

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Reviews of Keesha’s House:

School Library Journal Review: Gr 9 Up–Frost has taken the poem-story to a new level with well-crafted sestinas and sonnets, leading readers into the souls and psyches of her teen protagonists. The house in the title isn’t really Keesha’s; it belongs to Joe. His aunt took him in when he was 12, and now that he’s an adult and the owner of the place, he is helping out kids in the same situation. Keesha needs a safe place to stay–her mother is dead; her father gets mean when he drinks, and he drinks a lot. She wants to stay in school, all these teens do, and Keesha lets them know they can stay at Joe’s. There’s Stephie, pregnant at 16, and terrified to tell anyone except her boyfriend. Harris’s father threw him out when his son confided that he is gay. Katie’s stepfather has taken to coming into her room late at night, and her mother refuses to believe her when she tells. Carmen’s parents have run off, and she’s been put into juvie for a DUI. Dontay is a foster kid with two parents in jail. Readers also hear from the adults in these young people’s lives: teachers, parents, grandparents, and Joe. It sounds like a soap opera, but the poems that recount these stories unfold realistically. Revealing heartbreak and hope, these poems could stand alone, but work best as a story collection. Teens may read this engaging novel without even realizing they are reading poetry.–Angela J. Reynolds, Washington County Cooperative Library Services, Hillsboro, OR (Reviewed March 1, 2003) (School Library Journal, vol 49, issue 3, p232)