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When the Sea Turned to Silver. By Grace
Lin. Illus. by the author. Little, Brown, $18.99
Chinese folklore intertwines with Pinmei and
Yishan’s perilous journey to save Pinmei’s storyteller grandmother from the clutches of the evil
The Wild Robot. By Peter Brown. Illus. by the
author. Little, Brown, $16.99 (9780316381994).
An inquisitive and lonely robot mothers an orphaned gosling and befriends an island of animals
in a story of survival where nature and technology
As Brave As You. By Jason Reynolds. Atheneum/
Caitlyn Dlouhy, $16.99 (9781481415903).
As their parents try to repair their marriage,
brothers Ernie and Genie uncover family history
and the extent of their own bravery while spending
an eye-opening summer with their grandparents
in Virginia. A 2017 Coretta Scott King Author
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Round Table and the Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association are pleased to offer the 2017 Rainbow Project bibliography of recommended titles for youth from birth to age 18 that contain significant and
authentic gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, queer, or questioning (GLBTQ) content. All titles
were published in 2016. Below are 10 exceptional choices from the list. For the complete list, visit
RAINBOW LIST, 2017
And I Darken. By Kiersten White. Delacorte,
Lada and Radu, children of the Wallachian
prince Vlad Dracul, are abandoned to the Ottoman Empire to ensure peace between the
kingdoms. When assassination plots and unexpected loves arise, both must decide where
their loyalties lie.
Every Heart a Doorway. By Seanan McGuire.
Tor, $17.99 (9780765385505).
Nancy found a home for herself serving the
Lord of the Dead in his Underworld, but after being cast out, she finds a group of fellow
magical travelers at Eleanor West’s Home for
How Many Letters Are in Goodbye?
By Yvonne Cassidy. Flux, $11.99
Rhea lost her mother 14 years ago but is
still saying good-bye with letters describing
her struggles coming to terms with her sexuality, gaining and losing love, and experiencing
homelessness in NYC.
I’m a Girl! By Yasmeen Ismail. Illus.
by the author. Bloomsbury, $16.99
A spunky child is not afraid to be herself.
Introducing Teddy: A Gentle Story about
Gender and Friendship. By Jessica Walton.
Illus. by Dougal MacPherson. Bloomsbury,
Errol’s teddy bear, Thomas, is sad and even-
tually tells Errol that he is actually a girl teddy
bear and wants to be called Tilly. Together, Er-
rol and Tilly rearrange Tilly’s bow tie into a hair
bow. Errol only cares that she is his friend.
Princess Princess Ever After. By Katie
O’Neill. Illus. by the author. Oni, $12.99
A graphic novel in which girls are heroes,
monsters just want to dance, and two princesses find their happily-ever-after together.
The Root. By Na’amen Gobert Tilahun.
Night Shade, $14.99 (9781597808637).
Two teens live in alternate versions of San
Francisco, both fighting to keep their world alive
from the dark forces that threaten destruction.
This Song Is (Not) for You. By Laura
Nowlin. Sourcebooks/Fire, $9.99
Bandmates Sam and Ramona are in love
with each other but afraid to admit it. When
Tom, who has always had to defend his asexuality to others, makes their duo a trio, there is
enough love for everyone.
We Are the Ants. By Shaun David
Hutchinson. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse,
Henry has the chance to destroy the world;
should he press the button? A 2017 Best Fiction for Young Adults.
When the Moon Was Ours. By Anna-Marie
McLemore. St. Martin’s/Thomas Dunne,
A girl born of a water tower and a boy who
hangs moons risk everything for love in this
magical fairy tale. A 2017 Stonewall Honor
Book and a 2017 Best Fiction for Young Adults.
Honor Book and a 2017 Schneider Family Book
The Ballad of a Broken Nose. By Arne Svingen.
Tr. by Kari Dickson. Simon & Schuster/Margaret
K. McElderry, $16.99 (9781481415422).
Seventh-grader Bart has a difficult home life
but finds hope in his secret love of opera. A 2017
Batchelder Honor Book.
The Bitter Side of Sweet. By Tara Sullivan.
Putnam, $17.99 (9780399173073).
Three children band together to escape a life of
slavery on a cacao farm in the modern-day Ivory
Coast. A 2017 Best Fiction for Young Adults.
Blood Brother: Jonathan Daniels and His
Sacrifice for Civil Rights. By Rich Wallace and
Sandra Neil Wallace. Boyds Mills/Calkins Creek,
Jonathan Daniels devoted his life to helping
others, leading him to stand up and march for
civil rights. Through journal entries, letters, and
insight, readers experience his heartfelt fight for
Booked. By Kwame Alexander. HMH, $16.99
Twelve-year-old Nick excels on the soccer field
but struggles to deal with his parents’ divorce in
this touching yet humorous novel in verse. A 2017
Best Fiction for Young Adults.
Brown v. Board of Education: A Fight for
Simple Justice. By Susan Goldman Rubin.
Holiday, $18.95 (9780823436460).
This thorough look at the landmark Supreme
Court case that ended school segregation illuminates an important part of U.S. history.
Cloud and Wallfish. By Anne Nesbet.
Candlewick, $16.99 (9780763688035).
Noah is whisked by his parents to a new life
behind the Iron Curtain in 1989 East Germany.
Mystery, intrigue, and friendship interweave as he
questions everything he knows and loves.
Cry, Heart, but Never Break. By Glenn
Ringtved. Illus. by Charlotte Pardi. Tr. by
Robert Moulthrop. Enchanted Lion, $16.95
The figure of Death gently eases the pain of four
siblings as they accept the loss of their grandmother.
The 2017 Mildred L. Batchelder Award winner.
Garvey’s Choice. By Nikki Grimes. Boyds Mills/
Wordsong, $16.95 (9781629797403).
Utilizing tanka poems, this novel in verse relates how Garvey’s family, new friend, and love
of music lead him to personal discovery and self-acceptance.
Ghost. By Jason Reynolds. Atheneum/Caitlyn
Dlouhy, $16.99 (9781481450157).
Ghost wants to be the fastest sprinter on his
elite middle-school track team, but his past slows
him down. A 2017 Top 10 Best Fiction for Young
In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History
of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black
Lives. By Kenneth C. Davis. Holt, $17.99
The lives of five enslaved people owned by
four U.S. presidents reveal the contradictions
of a land founded upon the idea of freedom. A
2017 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction
The Inquisitor’s Tale; or, The Three Magical
Children and Their Holy Dog. By Adam
Gidwitz. Illus. by Hatem Aly. Dutton, $17.99
On a dark night in 1242 France, travelers tell
the story of three mysterious children, William,
Jacob, and Jeanne, and their dog, Gwenforte,
recently brought back from the dead. A 2017
Newbery Honor Book.
The Lie Tree. By Frances Hardinge. Abrams/
Amulet, $17.95 (9781419718953).
In Victorian Britain, Faith Sunderly investigates
the mysterious murder of her father, discovering a
tree that feeds upon lies and gives visions to those
who eat its fruit. A 2017 Top 10 Best Fiction for
Young Adults and a 2017 Top 10 Amelia Bloomer
Lowriders to the Center of the Earth. By Cathy
Camper. Illus. by Raúl the Third. Chronicle,
The Lowriders journey to the center of the
earth to retrieve their beloved cat, Genie, in this
energetic graphic novel. The 2017 Pura Belpré Illustrator Award winner.