Retelling Well Known Stories

Today in assembly we heard from Madeline Miller, the author of The Song of Achilles, a brilliant retelling of Homer’s Illiad.  Miller tells the story from the point of view of Patroclus, a character who is mentioned in the Illiad but whose story we have not learned until now.

Miller is not the first author to retell a well-known story in an innovative and interesting way. Here are some more retellings you might enjoy!

Wicked by Gregory Maguire (The Wizard of Oz)

This novel (and subsequent Broadway musical) tells the story of Elphaba, more commonly known as the Wicked Witch of the West, and why she might not be as evil as we thought.  The novel and its sequels focus mainly on Elphaba’s story, while the musical focuses on her friendship with Glinda the Good Witch.

This Dark Endeavor (Frankenstein) by Kenneth Oppel

This young adult novel is a prequel to Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and tells the story of twin brothers Victor and Konrad Frankenstein and Victors search for the elixir of life to help cure his ailing brother.

Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson (Peter Pan)

Orphaned Peter, his friend Molly and a group of boys set sail on the Neverland, fighting pirates and protecting treasure in the process.

The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor (Alice in Wonderland)

What would happen if the story of Alice in Wonderland was real? Alyss is the heir to the throne in Wonderland, but she leave her home to save her life.  She ends up in London where she meets an author and tells him her story.  However, he gets a few key facts wrong and Alyss’ bodyguard Hatter Madigan must track her down so she can reclaim what is rightfully hers.

Abandon by Meg Cabot (the story of Persephone)

In Greek mythology Persephone is the daughter of Zeus and Demeter and the Queen of the Underworld after Hades kidnaps her and makes her his bride.  In this retelling Persephone is seventeen-year-old Pierce and Hades is the mysterious John Hayden who was there the first time Pierce died.  Pierce just wants to live a normal life but she can’t escape her inexplicable need for John. Will she end up in the Underworld forever?

Ash by Malinda Lo (Cinderella)

Ever since her father died, Ash has lived a miserable life with her violent stepmother. Ash finds an escape in the fairy tales she reads and dreams of being taken away by fairies. Her wish comes true when the fairy prince Sidhean comes and takes her, but Ash falls in love with Kaisa, Sidhean’s female huntress which angers Sidhean and causes a battle where the winner gets Ash.

Once Upon a Time (TV series) (many fairy tales characters and more!)

Currently in season two on ABC (come check out season one in the library!) Once Upon a Time imagines a world where all the fairy tale characters live together in fairy tale land under the horrible rule of the evil queen Regina (the evil queen from Snow White.) Regina is angry at Snow White for a variety of reasons (that you learn over the course of the season) so she curses everyone in fairy tale land to forget their true identities and relocates them to the present day rural Maine town of Storybrooke. The show cuts back and forth between the fairy tale characters in fairy tale land (including Snow White, Cinderella, Rumpelstiltskin, Belle, Little Red Riding Hood and more) and their Maine counterparts, including Emma, the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming who escaped the curse and grew up not knowing her true history and ultimately destiny as the one who might eventually break the curse.

Click here for more suggestions of fairy tale retellings and let us know what your favorites are!

Happy Reading,


Relax with a magazine in one of our new chairs!

Interested in catching up on the latest news? Come relax with a magazine or newspaper in the new periodical area at the Putnam Library.  Click here for a list of all the periodicals we own and check out the photos of some brand new issues of popular magazines.

Best books of 2012!

It is that time of the year again—time for the onslaught of end-of-the-year “best-of” lists, ubiquitous on websites, blogs and in magazines. Here, we have compiled some of our favorite lists as well as some of our own picks of the year.  Enjoy!

Goodreads Best Books of 2012

Barnes and Noble’s Best Teen Books of 2012

Entertainment Weekly’s Best Fiction of 2012

2012 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults from the Young Adult Library Services Association (selected by adults)

2012 Young Adult Library Services Association Teens’ Top Ten (selected by teens)

Ms. Sokoll’s Picks:barefoot

  • Barefoot Contessa: Foolproof by Ina Garten

Looking for some yummy holiday recipes? Don’t have a lot of time or fancy cooking tools? Ina Garten (the Food Network’s Barefoot Contessa) succeeds again with this winning cookbook. Foolproof contains incredibly simple and delicious recipes that are fun to make. Try this yummy recipe for white chocolate bark.

  • Every Day by David Levithaneveryday

Everyday “A” wakes up in a new body. A lives a different life every day, never knowing what the day will be like and what kind of interactions will occur.  A has a few rules to live by: “Never get too attached.  Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.” But then A meets Rhiannon and everything changes.  Now all A wants to do is see Rhiannon, and A will stop at nothing to find her, every day, in a new body, no matter how many lives get destroyed in the process.

  • Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Did you read and love Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn? Do you want something similar? Look no further than one of her earlier novels, which, similar to Gone Girl, idark_placess incredibly engaging and suspenseful! Libby was 7 when her mother and two sisters were murdered, supposedly by her Satan-worshipping older brother Ben.  Now Libby is in her 30’s, living alone, and running out of the money that was raised for her by a victim’s fund.  She meets a group of people fascinated with her family’s history who raise questions about that night that she isn’t comfortable answering. When she starts to dig a little deeper, she realizes not everything is as it seems and the killer might still be out there.

  • Oddly Normal by John Schwartz

This powerful memoir by New York Times national correspondent John Schwartz oddlyrecounts his family’s experience dealing with his youngest son Joe’s mental health issues, suicide attempt, coming to terms with his sexuality, and road to recovery that has allowed him to be a happy and well-adjusted teen. This book deals extensively with John and his wife Jeanne’s struggles with the school system and its failure to help their son, as well as how parents can help and support their gay and lesbian children.

  • The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano

This engaging young adult novel, written by “Maria” from Sesame Street, tells the story of Everevolutionlyn, a young Puerto Rican girl growing up in New York in the late 1960s and how, during the summer of 1969, her life drastically changes in multiple ways. The first change occurs when she meets her activist grandmother, and the second when a Puerto Rican activist group, the Young Lords, begins demanding better treatment for the neighborhood and the community, in general.

Ms. Twohig’s Picks

  • How Music Works by David Byrne

Talking Heads frontman and author, David Byrne, dissects the social and psychological aspects of the history of music while also incorporating his personal account of musical creativity (e.g., the story behind “Psycho Killer” and the band’s choice in clothing style). Fun, informative, and, per Mr. Byrne, definitely not just some “aging rocker bio.”

  • Saltie: A Cookbook by Caroline Fidanza

For those of you who have a love affair with sandwiches (possibly because they don’t induce food comas and they target all the major food groups in the palm of your hand), Chef Fidanza has compiled a mix of eclectic recipes that she and her partners feature in their sandwich shop in Brooklyn, New York. From the Scuttlebutt (egg, aioli, feta, olivsaltiees, capers, herbs, and pickled beets) to The Gam (ham, Gruyère, pickled green tomatoes, herb butter), Saltie features a fun array of sandwiches as well as soups, sweets and drinks. Plus, there are a handful of recipes for all of you picklers and probiotic fans.

  • Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman

I wasn’t going to add this cookbook since I mentioned it in smittenanother Nobles communication, but I had to give a shout-out to all the Deb Perelman fans here at school. We love her like a sister. How could we not, when she provides us with mouth watering savory dishes like Pancetta, White Bean, and Swiss Chard Pot Pies, Emmentaler on Rye With Sweet and Sour Red Onions, as well as sweet goodies like S’more Layer Cake and Apple Cider Caramels?

  • Explorers: The Most Exciting Voyages of Discovery—From the African Expeditionsexplorers to the Lunar Landing by Andrea De Porti

Explorers is a fun yet incredibly informative book (and perfect for a small coffee table because it won’t take up too much room). Friends and family will “ooh and ahh” at the large fold-outs that accompany the 53 discoveries of geography from the 19th and 20th centuries. There are plenty of maps, photos and dramatic images that will keep your attention.

  • 11/22/63 by Stephen King

The story entails how a high school English teacher, Jake Epping, in Lisbon Falls,king Maine, gets enlisted by a local diner owner to take over his mission, which later becomes Jake’s obsession – to prevent the Kennedy assassination. The time travel begins at a portal in the diner’s storeroom and ends in Jolie, Texas. Jake’s new life in the Elvis era leads to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald. While the history is rewritten, the time-travel plot was terrifying, suspenseful and unexpected.

  • The Fault in our Stars by John Green

At 16, Hazel Grace Lancaster, a three-year stage IV–cancer survivor, is clinically depressed. To help her deal with this, her doctor sends her to a weekly support group where she meets Augustus Waters, a fellow cancer survivor, and the two fall in love…Writing about kids with cancer is an invitation to sentimentality and pathos—or worse, in unskilled hands, bathos. Happily, Green is able to transcend such pitfalls in his best and most ambitious novel to date. Beautifully conceived the fault in our starsand executed, this story artfully examines the largest possible considerations—life, love, and death—with sensitivity, intelligence, honesty, and integrity. In the process, Green shows his readers what it is like to live with cancer, sometimes no more than a breath or a heartbeat away from death. But it is life that Green spiritedly celebrates here, even while acknowledging its pain. In its every aspect, this novel is a triumph. — Booklist

  • A Card a Day (Papercraft Magazine)

Handmade is the new trend. In my leisure time, I make cards. This book offers 365 inspirations with colorful pictures and simple easy-to-follow cardinstructions. I enjoyed this book because the projects do not require fancy or expensive tools to create your cards. The back of the book includes a gallery of sketches and templates that one could resize for any card-making or scrapbooking projects.

Happy Reading and Happy Holidays,

Ms. Kuan, Ms. Sokoll and Ms.

Welcome to the Putnam Library Blog

Welcome to the brand new Putnam Library Blog! Check back here for all sorts of news relating to the Putnam Library, as well as book reviews, recommendations and more.  Come visit us, sit in our brand new chairs and check out our new book display! We have a lot of great new titles including Ms.  Sokoll’s favorite:

Stop by the circulation desk for more recommendations!

Happy Reading,


Great books for girls!

Last week we posted a list of great books for boys and as promised, here is the follow up, great books for girls/women! Obviously, both these lists are not only for boys or girls, these books are great for everyone, but we thought these titles might be of particular interest to our female students and faculty. Enjoy!

Daughter of Smoke and Bone and Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Tadaughterylor This is an epic fantasy series about a (not so) regular girl named Karou. With her blue hair and lifelike drawings of monsters, Karou seems different from the rest of her friends in Prague.  And Karou is different, below the surface there is much more to her and her history then we can ever imagine, a history that will force its way to the present, leading to an epic battle where good and evil are not so clear cut and Karou must try to figure who she truly is.

Divergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth A great read for fans of The Hunger Games, this series’ heroine is a worthy successor to Katniss.  Beatrice is a teen girl living in a dystopian version of Chicago. In her world, you are born into a faction and are raised by those faction’s principles: Abnegation (selflessness), Candor (honesty), Erudite (intelligence), Dauntless divergent(bravery), and Amity (peace). When you are sixteen you are tested and told which faction you are best suited for as an adult, but then you are allowed to choose.  Beatrice was raised in Abnegation and has spent her whole life being told how important it is to sacrifice her own happiness for the sake of others well-being. But when Beatrice is tested, something goes wrong and it is revealed that she is Divergent, a rare person who is suited for multiple factions.  Beatrice must keep this a secret, for there are those who would kill her for this, and she must decide if she wants to honor her parents and stay with her birth faction or choose another group to join.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood The Handmaid's Tale Set in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in a (hopefully) unrecognizable future, this is the story of Offred, a concubine in a new world, known as the Republic of Gilead, where women have no rights. Offred’s sole purpose is to serve as a reproductive vessel, as the men of the Republic try to repopulate their society. This is Offred’s story and we learn, through flashbacks, what her life was like before society fell and how her country collapsed. 

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart frankie Frankie is angry.  Angry that her boyfriend’s secret society won’t accept female students and angry that no one takes her seriously, that she is just a “pretty face.” So Frankie decides to get back at her boyfriend and his friends with a few lighthearted pranks. Soon however, these pranks grow out of control and Frankie’s actions begin to seem like the work of a criminal mastermind.



Alanna by Tamora Pierce Alanna wants nothalannaing more than to be a knight. But as a girl she is destined to learn how to be a young lady. Desperate to change her fate, Alanna disguises herself as her brother Thom and makes her way to the royal court, where she must learn to fight, ride horses, and protect her kingdom, all while hiding her true identity.



Does my head look big in this? by Randa Abdel-Fattah Amal is just a regular teenage girl growing up in Melbourne, but when she makes the decision to where her hijab (head scarf) full-time she must face the reactions, not all of them positive, from the people in her life.

roomRoom by Emma Donoghue Five-year-old Jack has spent his entire life in Room, an eleven by eleven foot space where he and his mother are held captive by Old Nick, a man who kidnapped Jack’s mother many years before.  Jack has never known anything besides Room and he is content there, but his mother wants out and she will stop at nothing to leave Room and get herself and Jack to freedom.

People of the book by Geraldine Brooks An ancient Haggadah (Jewish book that tells the story of Passover) filled with secrets? When Australia rare book expert Hanna Heath is tasked with the preservation of the 15th century Sarajevo Haggadah (a real book) she never expects to find the entire history of a people.  Told in the present and past, this book explores one artifact’s journey through history and the lives that were affected by it.

unorthodoxUnorthodox by Deborah Feldman Feldman’s memoir tells of her religious Jewish upbringing in Brooklyn, New York, and the brave decision to leave all that she knew behind so she could live a life of fulfillment and happiness with her young son.

mindyIs everybody hanging out without me? by Mindy Kaling Written by Mindy Kaling, the star of The Mindy Show and former writer/producer/actress from The Office, this is a hilarious book of essays that deals with, among other things: her childhood growing up in Cambridge (she went to BB&N), her rise to fame, her hilarious exploits in Hollywood, and her idealistic look at love and relationships (which often resembles a romantic comedy).

Drama by Raina Telgemeierdrama
In this graphic novel aimed at middle school and early high school age students, we are introduced to Callie, a seventh grader who loves theater and musical performance, but has no talent onstage.  She is, however, excellent at set design and over the course of the novel, attempts to create insane, elaborate and cost effective sets, while trying not to fall for two adorable brothers.


mandyMandy by Julie Andrews Edwards (best known for her portrayal of Mary Poppins and Maria Von Trapp) This was on of my favorite stories when I was in middle school. Mandy is an orphan who wants nothing more than a family and a place to call her own.  When she finds an abandoned cabin on one of her walks she becomes obsessed with turning it into her own safe haven. But who does it really belong to? And since no one knows where is spending most of her time, when tragedy hits will they find her in time? The fact that Julie Andrews, who played Mary Poppins and Maria in the Sound of Music, wrote this book makes me love it even more!

Let me know what other books you recommend!

Happy Reading,


Celebrate the freedom to read with The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Last week was the annual Banned Books Week, sponsored by the American Library Association, celebrating the freedom to read.

One of the most frequently banned books is The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. This books has been banned or challenged for many reasons including, “drugs, homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited to age group [and being] anti-family.” Other books that have been banned or challenged for these same reasons include:

That’s a pretty impressive list of authors to be a part of.  I can remember when Perks was first published in 1999.  It was one of the first books to be published by MTV’s publishing house and upon publication it instantly drew comparisons from reviewers with another coming of age tale, The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger.  Perks is the story of Charlie, a unique boy starting his first year of high school and is told entirely through letters to an unknown recipient that Charlie simply addresses as “Friend.” Charlie has a hard time at first, and slowly, over the course of the novel, the reader learns things about Charlie’s past that might impact the way he behaves.  But eventually Charlie meets a group of seniors who take him under their wings, exposing him to all the fun life can offer, even when sadness might seem inevitable.  Charlie can sometimes be a challenging character to understand, but towards the end much is revealed about his past and how it affects his present and future.  When Perks was released it became a hit among teenagers and eventually found its way onto many required reading lists. Some adults did not like the novels frank discussion of real life experience and tried to (sometimes successfully) have it banned from the school or library.  Personally, as a teenager reading this book, I was glad that their was a story being told that I could relate to.  Charlie’s story may be unique but his feelings of teen angst are universal.  The recent release of the movie adaptation only reinforces that universality, as the movie is set in the late 90s, but feels like it could be about teenagers in 2012 (aside from the awesome retro soundtrack.) I believe that much of the success of the movie is due to the fact that the author, Stephen Chbosky, wrote and directed the movie, which allowed the film to stay true to its roots.


Happy Birthday Mr. Stoker!

Did you happen to notice today’s Google Doodle? It is in celebration of Irish-born Abraham (Bram) Stoker’s (1847-1912) 165th birthday. Best known as the author of Dracula (1897),  Stoker was bedridden for the first seven years of his life but flourished soon after as an athlete and scholar.  He graduated with honors in mathematics from Trinity College,  was a civil servant, worked in theater,  critiqued drama, wrote a collection of children’s stories (1882),  and then went on to write novels.

Vampire legends and folklore continue to appeal to many.  Just think,  where would we be without the world’s most famous vampire, Count Dracula? Our blood-sucking mythical Transylvanian friend,  who did a pretty good job victimizing innocent people in late 19th century, still fascinates many to this day.  Think: Twilight,  True Blood,  Anne Rice novels, Nosferatu,  and even Sesame Street’s Count Von Count.

Guy Fawkes Day

Remember, remember, the 5th of November
The Gunpowder Treason and plot;
I know of no reason why Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot.

~British Nursery Rhyme, Author Unknown.

For those of you who have seen the movie (or read the graphic novel), V for Vendetta, you might already be familiar with Guy Fawkes.  For everyone else, he was a member of the Gunpowder Plot, which was a failed plan in 1605 to blow up Parliament, the location of the British government, in an attempt to assassinate King James I.  Guy Fawkes Day is an annual holiday celebrated on November 5th in Great Britain to commemorate this event.  People typically light bonfires and sometimes burn effigies of Guy Fawkes, whose face is the model for the famous Guy Fawkes mask that the main character wears in V for Vendetta. The mask is now on display in the library.  You can read more about it from Encyclopaedia Britannica.


While many of you might be familiar with the movie version of V for Vendetta, the story was initially told through the graphic novel format, written by Alan Moore and illustrated by David Lloyd. We are happy to announce that the Putnam Library has decided to purchase

Happy Reading,


Great books for boys!

Happy December!

I was browsing the Internet and looking up various book recommendation sites when I came across and thought to myself, “I should do a blog post on great books for boys!” I am well aware of the plethora of great books out there that are being published for teen girls (look for a post on that in the future) but for some reason it seems that there are less books available that might appeal to young men, or at least we aren’t discussing these books as much.  Why is that? Some critics might say that boys don’t read as much as girls, but here at Nobles some of our best “customers” are our male students. So for the benefit of these students and the entire Nobles community, here is a list of great books for young men.



The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon

Two young aspiring comic book creators, cousins Sammy Clay and Joe Kavalier, spin stories of the heroic, fascist fighting superhero Escapist and Luna Moth. This novel won the Putlizer Prize and is widely considered one of the “defining novels of our modern American age.”

V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Llloyd

v_for_vendettaThe graphic novel on which the movie was based, this is the story of V, the masked vigilante out to reclaim a dystopian England from its corrupt government, and Evey, the young woman who falls under his spell and aids him in his fight.

My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger

my_most_excellent_yearT.C. and Augie have been best friends for almost their whole lives.  But now they are 9th graders, living in Brookline, MA, and falling in love for the first time.  T.C.  with Ale, the new female transfer students, and Augie, with a boy, something he does not accept about himself, but that everyone else realizes almost instantly.  Riddled with references to all the things we love about Boston (go Sox!) this is a hilarious tale of two best friends growing up.

Holes by Louis Sacher

holesStanley Yelnats did not steal those sneakers.  But no one believes him, so he is sent to a camp in the desert where he spends all day, every day, digging holes alongside other boys in need of reform. But what exactly are they digging for? And what connection does Stanley have to the treasure their wardens hope to find?


Maus by Art Spiegelman

This graphic novel memoir tells the story of Art Spiegelman’s father Vladek’s experience as a survivor of the Holocaust.  In this telling, the mice are the Jews and the cats are the Nazis. This memoir not only explores Vladek’s experience during the war, but his complicated relationship with his son. This was the first graphic novel to win a Pulitzer Prize.


The Outsiders by S.E.  Hinton

One of my favorite novels (and movies) this tells the story of Ponyboy Curtis, the youngest of three brothers whose parents have died, and who have created a family of their own with the other “greasers” in the town.  The greasers rivals are the socs, the upperclass boys who they fight with on a regular basis.  When Ponyboy witnesses the accidental murder of a soc, he must hide out with his friend to protect his safety.

The Long Walk by Stephen King

long_walkIn this dystopian society there is an annual walk, where 100 teenage boys walk until 99 of them have dropped dead and one remains alive, the winner, guaranteed anything he wants for the rest of his life. The book focuses on Raymond Garrity, one of the walkers and the relationships he forms with many of the other boys over the course of the walk.

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

In this gruesome and fascinating nonfiction book, Mary Roach explores what happens tour bodies after we die. She looks at how cadavers have been treated since the medieval era and what kinds of useful things we have learned by experimenting on people after they die.

never-let-me-goNever Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

I can’t say too much about this book because I don’t want to give away the epic twist, but suffice to say, this book is awesome. It is the story of three students, Ruth, Tommy and Kathy, at a boarding school in the English countryside, and it is clear right from the start this this is not a normal boarding school and its students are special. Why? You will have to read it to find out.

Blind Side

The Blind Side by Michael Lewis
The true story of Michael Oher, the right tackle for the Baltimore Ravens, and his incredible success story, as well as an analysis of the evolution of offensive football strategy and how the position of the left tackle became so important.

Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddixamong-the-hidden

This series of novels tells the story of Luke, the third child in a world where families are only allowed to have two children.  Luke must stay hidden at all times or risk his family’s safety.  Luke is not content to stay hidden, and along with another third child Jen, leads a revolution against the population law.

For more suggestions check out these links:

Young Adult authors recommend their favorite reads for teenage guys

140 young adult books for boys

Happy Reading,


October is LGBTQ History Month

Happy October!

Come visit the library to celebrate LGBTQ history month.  Check out our new display of LGBTQ fiction,  nonfiction,  graphic novels and more.  Feel free to check out any of the books and to stop by the front desk with any questions you might have!

Display Titles (click on titles for more information)


I am J by Cris Beam

My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins & Fenway Park by Steve Kluger

Far From Xanadu by Julie Anne Peters

Totally Joe by James Howe

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

Am I Blue ed.  by Marion Dane Bauer

Will Grayson, Will Grayon by David Levithan and John Green

The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd

My Awesome/Awful Popularity Plan by Seth Rudetsky

Parrotfish by Ellen Wittlinger

Being Emily by Rachel Gold

Nina Here Nor There by Nick Kreiger

Boyfriends with Girlfriends by Alex Sanchez

The Geography Club by Brent Hartinger

Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden

Love is the Higher Law by David Levithan

Hero by Perry Moore

Luna by Julie Anne Peters

Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown

A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend by Emily Horner


Pedro and Me by Judd Winnick

Gay America: Struggle for Equality by Linas Alsenas

It Gets Better:Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living ed. by Dan Savage and Terry Miller

The Full Spectrum: A New Generation of Writing About Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Other Identities by David Levithan and Billy Merrell

What If Someone I Know is Gay? by Eric Marcus

Free Your Mind: The Book for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Youth and Their Allies by Ellen Bass

Growing Up Gay: A Literary Anthology by Bennett L. Singer

The Shared Heart: Portraits and Stories Celebrating Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Young People by Adam Mastoon

Transparent: Love, Family, and Living the T with Transgender Teens by Cris Beam

Out of the Ordinary: Essays on Growing Up with Lesbian, Gay, and Transgender Parents by Noelle Howey et.