On Tuesday morning the Lambda Literary announced the finalist for the 2016 Lambda Literary Awards, also known as the “Lammys”. The winners will be announced at a gala ceremony on June 6 in New York City.
“The Lambda Literary Awards were founded in 1989 to elevate the profile of LGBT literature,” said Lambda Literary Board President, KG MacGregor. “In so doing, we also elevate the lives of those who find themselves authentically portrayed in our stories. It is with great pride that we come together each year to celebrate the excellent works of inspiring authors who have walked in our shoes.”
Children and young adult literature is recognized among the 25 categories for the awards. Of the eight finalist Both Scholastic and HarperCollins each had two. This year’s finalist in that category include:
About a Girl: A Novel by Sarah McCarry, St. Martin’s Griffin
This is book three in the Metamorphoses trilogy. Tally sets out on an unexpected quest to seek out the reclusive musician who may hold the key to her past. Instead she finds Maddy, an enigmatic and beautiful girl who will unlock the door to her future. The deeper she falls in love with Maddy, the more Tally begins to realize that the universe is bigger and more complicated than she ever imagined.
Anything Could Happen by Will Walton, Push
Tretch lives in a very small town where everybody’s in everybody else’s business. Which makes it hard for him to be in love with his straight best friend. For his part, Matt is completely oblivious to the way Tretch feels and Tretch can’t tell whether that makes it better or worse.
Gay & Lesbian History for Kids: The Century-Long Struggle for LGBT Rights by Jerome Pohlen, Chicago Review Press
This is a comprehensive history that details the role that LGBT individuals played in our history. It also includes activities for the reader.
George by Alex Gino, Scholastic Press
This middle grade novel tells the story of a boy named George who knows that he is a girl.
The Marvels by Brian Selznick, Scholastic Press
In the Selznick style of two stand alone stories, one in pictures the other prose, he features a same sex couple that isn’t the crux of the story.
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera, SoHo Teen
In the midst of grief the sixteen-year-old Aaron finds comfort and happiness in the company of a new found friend of the same sex.
None of the Above by IW Gregorio, Balzer + Bray/ Harper Collins
A visit to the doctor reveals the truth: Kristin is intersex, which means that though she outwardly looks like a girl, she has male chromosomes, not to mention boy “parts.”
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, Balzer + Bray/ Harper Collins
Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight.
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