by Hal Patnott
Welcome to June, Everyone! As you may know, it’s GLBT Book Month. With Summer Reading kicking off too, it’s a great time to celebrate and share titles that offer representation of the diverse experiences of people in the GLBT community. Here are a couple 2016 titles on our shelves at the Butler Center. Stop by to check them out if you are interested, and let us know in the comments below what GLBT books you’re excited to read and share this month.
Saving Montgomery Sole by Mariko Tamaki (Roaring Brook Press, 2016)
Sixteen-year-old Montgomery Sole has a passion for the unexplained. Her after-school, mystery club dedicates time to investigating everything from aliens to ESP. While searching the Net for a new mystery, Montgomery discovers a mystical rock, the Eye of Know, which gives her the power to target her enemies. With the Eye of Know she might even be able to take down Reverend White, a new preacher in town hell-bent on saving the “American Family” from “sinners” like Montgomery’s moms. Montgomery must decide what it means to be a hero and whether to risk her friendships by wielding the stone’s dark and dangerous power.
Drag Teen by Jeffery Self (Scholastic, 2016)
JT needs to escape his small hometown of Clearwater, Florida. He dreams of becoming a writer, a singer, or just a part of something bigger than his close-minded family. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have many allies except his best friend Heather and his popular boyfriend Seth. Leaving for college seems like his only option, but scholarship money is out of reach. However, an opportunity arises when Seth learns about a drag pageant in New York with the prize of a full-ride, college scholarship. The pageant is JT’s last chance. Against the odds, he must find a way to get to New York and win.