YA Books to Celebrate Pride Month

This year, Scholastic are celebrating Pride Month by sharing a diverse selection of books that embrace LGBTQIA+ voices and stories. Dive into a selection of some of the best voices in queer YA literature!


Black Flamingo
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The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta

“I loved every word” Malorie Blackman

This is not about being ready, it’s not even about being fierce, or fearless, IT’S ABOUT BEING FREE.

Michael waits in the stage wings, wearing a pink wig, pink fluffy coat and black heels.

One more step will see him illuminated by spotlight.

He has been on a journey of bravery to get here, and he is almost ready to show himself to the world in bold colours …

Can he emerge as The Black Flamingo?

What's the T?
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What’s the T? by Juno Dawson

The complex realities of growing up trans.

Discover what it means to be a young transgender and/or non-binary person in the twenty-first century in this frank and funny guide for 14+ teens. Juno Dawson defines a myriad of labels and identities and offers uncensored advice on coming out, sex and relationships with her trademark humour and lightness of touch. Juno has also invited her trans and/or non-binary friends to make contributions, ensuring this inclusive book reflects as many experiences as possible, and features the likes of Travis Alabanza and Jay Hulme.

Sixteen Souls
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Sixteen Souls by Rosie Talbot

“Deliciously dark” – Cynthia Murphy

Someone is stripping Europe’s most haunted city of its spirits. When self-destructive, 16-year-old seer, Charlie Frith, realises that one of his own ghostly friends has gone missing, he must put aside his own safety – and reclusive existence – if he is to find them. Charlie reluctantly teams up with Sam Harrow – the new seer in town – and a rag-tag group of ghosts, to save their friends from a fate literally worse than death.

But there is a dark purpose behind these disappearances – more sinister than Charlie could ever have imagined. And, as he slowly comes to terms with his romantic feelings for Sam, the stakes become even higher as time quickly runs out!

Tell Me No Lies
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Tell Me No Lies by Andrea Contos

Riverdale meets Gone Girl in a shocking thriller about two sisters whose bond is tested when one girl’s boyfriend goes missing . . . and her sister is the primary suspect.

Nora and Sophie Linden, sisters but not friends after a fateful party. Sophie’s boyfriend Garrett disappeared that night, leaving the town divided on his fate. Sophie knows something others don’t: Garrett left with Nora. Nora, usually studious and party-averse, becomes distant while Sophie receives messages from someone claiming to be Garrett, seeking revenge for the events of that night. Both sisters’ futures and lives are at stake as they must choose between trusting each other or risking their secrets leading to their demise.

Heartstopper: Volume One
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Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

Boy meets boy. Boys become friends. Boys fall in love.

A bestselling LGBTQ+ graphic novel about life, love, and everything that happens in between.

Charlie and Nick are at the same school, but they’ve never met … until one day when they’re made to sit together. They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and Nick is more interested in Charlie than either of them realised.

Heartstopper is about love, friendship, loyalty and mental illness. It encompasses all the small moments of Nick and Charlie’s lives that together make up something larger, which speaks to all of us.

Clap When You Land
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Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

The devastation of loss, the difficulty of forgiveness, and the bittersweet bonds that shape our lives.

Camino Rios lives for the summers when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. But this time, on the day when his plane is supposed to land, Camino arrives at the airport to see crowds of crying people…

In New York City, Yahaira Rios is called to the principal’s office, where her mother is waiting to tell her that her father, her hero, has died in a plane crash.

Separated by distance – and Papi’s secrets – the two girls are forced to face a new reality in which their father is dead and their lives are forever altered.

And then, when it seems like they’ve lost everything of their father, they learn of each other.

Ace of Spades
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Ace of Spades by Faridah Abike-Iyimide

“A heart-racing and twisty thriller.” Alice Oseman

Welcome to Niveus Private Academy, where money paves the hallways, and the students are never less than perfect. Until now. Because anonymous texter, Aces, is revealing the darkest secrets of two students.

Talented musician Devon buries himself in rehearsals, but he can’t escape the spotlight when his private photos go public.

Head girl Chiamaka isn’t afraid to get what she wants, but soon everyone will know the price she has paid for power.

Someone is out to get them both. Someone who holds all the aces. And they’re planning much more than a high-school game…

Boy Like Me
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Boy Like Me by Simon James Green

Sparks fly as a teenage romance begins. But in this time and place, sparks like these can only ignite trouble.

It’s 1994 and thanks to Section 28, there can be no mention of gay relationships in UK schools. When a kind librarian leads Jamie to a disguised novel in the library that reflects his own confused feelings towards boys, Jamie sees that he’s not the only one who has checked the book out. Will Jamie and this mystery boy have the courage to meet – and if they do, what will it take to hold on to each other?

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