6 YA Novels With Transgender Representation!

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Celebrate Pride month by reading any of the recommended Young Adult novels with outstanding Trans rep.

 Know of any other titles? Recommend them in the comments. Let's grow our TBR's.

 

 

Pet by Akwaeke Emezi [yabookscentral.com]

Pet is here to hunt a monster. Are you brave enough to look? There are no monsters anymore, or so the children in the city of Lucille are taught. Jam and her best friend, Redemption, have grown up with this lesson all their life. But when Jam meets Pet, a creature made of horns and colors and claws, who emerges from one of her mother’s paintings and a drop of Jam’s blood, she must reconsider what she’s been told...(Click to learn more. [yabookscentral.com])

 

 

 

Stay Gold by Tolby McSmith [yabookscentral.com]

Pony just wants to fly under the radar during senior year. Tired from all the attention he got at his old school after coming out as transgender, he’s looking for a fresh start at Hillcrest High. But it’s hard to live your best life when the threat of exposure lurks down every hallway and in every bathroom...(Click to learn more. [yabookscentral.com])

 

 

 

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender [yabookscentral.com]

Felix Love has never been in love—and, yes, he’s painfully aware of the irony. He desperately wants to know what it’s like and why it seems so easy for everyone but him to find someone. What’s worse is that, even though he is proud of his identity, Felix also secretly fears that he’s one marginalization too many—Black, queer, and transgender—to ever get his own happily-ever-after...(Click to learn more. [yabookscentral.com])



 

I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver [yabookscentral.com]

When Ben De Backer comes out to their parents as nonbinary, they're thrown out of their house and forced to move in with their estranged older sister, Hannah, and her husband, Thomas, whom Ben has never even met. Struggling with an anxiety disorder compounded by their parents' rejection, they come out only to Hannah, Thomas, and their therapist and try to keep a low profile in a new school...(Click to learn more. [yabookscentral.com])

 

 

 

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas [yabookscentral.com]

Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can't get rid of him. When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his true gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free...(Click to learn more. [yabookscentral.com])

 

 

 

Birthday by Meredith Russo [yabookscentral.com]

Two best friends. A shared birthday. Six years...

ERIC: There was the day we were born. There was the minute Morgan and I decided we were best friends for life. The years where we stuck by each other’s side—as Morgan’s mom died, as he moved across town, as I joined the football team, as my parents started fighting. But sometimes I worry that Morgan and I won’t be best friends forever. That there’ll be a day, a minute, a second, where it all falls apart and there’s no turning back the clock...(Click to learn more. [yabookscentral.com])

 

 

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