Wild by Hannah Moskowitz

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AUTHOR: Hannah Moskowitz
PUBLISHER: Independently published
LANGUAGE: English
DATE: 2017
PAGES: 303
ISBN:
9781973423881

Wild

by Hannah Moskowitz

Zack Ramos is training for two things: being a parent to his twelve-year-old sister once his mother’s early-onset Alzheimer’s (the same kind he and his sister each have a 50% chance of developing–but let’s not think about that) progresses too far, and running a one hundred mile race through the mountains of Tennessee. His support system is longtime girlfriend Jordan Jonas, who’s sweet, sarcastic, and entirely virtual. They’ve been talking for years but still have never met in person. Because Jordan, it turns out, was still waiting for the right time to tell him that she’s Deaf.

The revelation brings them closer together, and Zack throws himself into learning sign language and trying to navigate their way through their different cultures. But with the stress of a tumultuous relationship, a new language, a sick mother, and his uncertain future, there’s going to be a breaking point…and it might be out there in the Tennessee wild.

From the author of critically-acclaimed books like TEETH, BREAK, and A HISTORY OF GLITTER AND BLOOD comes a story about what happens when love takes you off the beaten track…way, way off.

INCLUSION CRITERIA

Two main characters (Zack and Jordan) identify as bisexual on-page.

QUOTES

“And then she told me what was going on with her, the real stuff. We bonded over the fact that we were both bisexual and at that point hadn’t told anyone else yet. She was having a hard time in school, people bullying her, her parents just telling her to toughen up. Her brother was at a different school and couldn’t watch out for her. Next year she ended up switching schools, and that’s where she met Shauna and her first girlfriend and the rest of the friends she has now.
​She asked if we could exchange numbers. I told her she could call me any time, and we know how that worked out.
​Now I wonder why she even told me her number.
​Maybe she just wanted to know that I would take it.”
– from Wild by Hannah Moskowitz

“​Louise shrugs at me and we go off east while the others head northwest. “So do you think it’s because you’re young or because you’re Asian?” she says.
​“Uh, do I think what is?”
​“Well, I know why they’re ditching me,” she says.
​I should tell her I’m bisexual and really blow her mind. “I don’t know why they’re ditching you,” I say. “You seem pretty damn tough to me.”
​She pats my shoulder. “Yeah, you’re a good kid. You’re dumb, but you’re a good kid.”
– from Wild by Hannah Moskowitz

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Star-Crossed

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AUTHOR: Barbara Dee
PUBLISHER: Aladdin
LANGUAGE: English
DATE: 2017
PRINTING: First
PAGES: 277
ISBN:
1481478486

Star-Crossed

by Barbara Dee

Mattie is chosen to play Romeo opposite her crush in the eighth grade production of Shakespeare’s most beloved play in this Romeo and Juliet inspired novel from the author of Truth or Dare.

Mattie, a star student and passionate reader, is delighted when her English teacher announces the eighth grade will be staging Romeo and Juliet. And she is even more excited when, after a series of events, she finds herself playing Romeo, opposite Gemma Braithwaite’s Juliet. Gemma, the new girl at school, is brilliant, pretty, outgoing—and, if all that wasn’t enough: British.

As the cast prepares for opening night, Mattie finds herself growing increasingly attracted to Gemma and confused, since, just days before, she had found herself crushing on a boy named Elijah. Is it possible to have a crush on both boys AND girls? If that wasn’t enough to deal with, things backstage at the production are starting to rival any Shakespearean drama! In this sweet and funny look at the complicated nature of middle school romance, Mattie learns how to be the lead player in her own life. 

INCLUSION CRITERIA

A main character (Mattie) is attracted to people of multiple genders.

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“How do you know if you like someone because you really do like that person, or if you like him only because you think you’re supposed to?”

“All I could think about was Gemma kissing Liam, Liam kissing Gemma—and wondering why that image made my insides knot up.”

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Drum Roll, Please

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AUTHOR: Lisa Jenn Bigelow 
PUBLISHER: HarperCollins
LANGUAGE: English
DATE: 2018
PRINTING: First
PAGES: 320
ISBN:
0062791168

Drum Roll, Please

by Lisa Jenn Bigelow 

Melly only joined the school band because her best friend, Olivia, begged her to. But to her surprise, quiet Melly loves playing the drums. It’s the only time she doesn’t feel like a mouse.

Now, she and Olivia are about to spend the next two weeks at Camp Rockaway, jamming under the stars in the Michigan woods.

But this summer brings big changes for Melly: her parents split up, her best friend ditches her, and Melly finds herself falling for a girl at camp named Adeline. To top it off, Melly’s not sure she has what it takes to be a real rock ‘n’ roll drummer. Will she be able to make music from all the noise in her heart?

INCLUSION CRITERIA

A main character (Melly) is attracted to people of multiple genders.

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QUOTES

“I may only be four foot, eight inches, but all the more reason I’ve got to stand by every one of them. Now, where’s my glitter?”

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DRAMA

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< return to comics & graphic novels

AUTHOR: Raina Telgemeier 
PUBLISHER: Graphix
LANGUAGE: English
DATE: 2012
PRINTING: First
PAGES: 238
ISBN:
0545326990

DRAMA

by Raina Telgemeier 

Callie loves theater. And while she would totally try out for her middle school’s production of Moon Over Mississippi, she can’t really sing. Instead she’s the set designer for the drama department stage crew, and this year she’s determined to create a set worthy of Broadway on a middle-school budget. But how can she, when she doesn’t know much about carpentry, ticket sales are down, and the crew members are having trouble working together? Not to mention the onstage AND offstage drama that occurs once the actors are chosen. And when two cute brothers enter the picture, things get even crazier! 

INCLUSION CRITERIA

A significant character is curious and possibly attracted to people of multiple genders.

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