YA Bookshelf

The following is a list of YA (young adult) books that have LGBTQIA+ or characters or themes:

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EMERGING READERS:


  • Lawrence, Caroline. The Night Raid [Topic: M/M: Nisus & Euryalus]
  • Lawrence, Caroline. Queen of the Silver Arrow [Topic: W/W: Camilla & Acca]
  • Riordan, Rick. The Blood of Olympus: Heroes of Olympus #5 [Topic: one of the supporting characters is gay]
  • Sutcliff, Rosemary. The Eagle of the Ninth. [Topic: M/M: asexual bond of love between protagonist and freedman Esca]
  • Thompson, Ryan. Achilles: Making of a Hero. [Topic: M/M: Achilles and Patroclus]


ADVANCED READERS:


  • Adderley, Michael. Certamen: A Novel. [Topic: Excellent representation of LGBTQIA+ characters and allies in this novel. Many of the main characters are LGBTQIA+, including a bisexual person of color, an openly gay young man, and a teenager questioning his own sexuality.]
  • Alvear Shecter, Vicky. Curses and Smoke: A Novel of Pompeii. [Topic: role of women in ancient Rome; an unrequited M/M love triangle]
  • Euripides. Hippolytus. [Topic: Hippolytus is asexual] 
  • Euripides. Ion. [Topic: gender roles, double standards of sex and gender in the ancient world]
  • LeGuin, Ursula K. Lavinia. [Topic: Role of Women in the Ancient World; Aeneas' son is gay]
  • Miller, Madeline. The Song of Achilles. [Topic: M/M: Patroclus & Achilles]
  • Pressfield, Steven. Last of the Amazons. [Topic: Gender Roles / Amazons; loving relationships between Amazons; one Amazon is asexual]
  • Renault, Mary. The Bull From the Sea. [Topic: M/M: Theseus & Pirithoos; Gender Roles: Amazons; Secondary characters are same-sex couple; Hippolytus (Theseus' son) is asexual; Akamas (Theseus' son) is gay]
  • Roche, Paul (translator). The Love Songs of Sappho. [W/W: translation of Sappho and other archaic Greek fragments on love and women].
  • Tedesco, Mark. I am John, I am Paul: A Story of Two Soldiers in Ancient Rome. [Topic: John and Paul are asexual life partners living during the age of Constantine].