Gr. 7-12. It has been 10 years since this collection first appeared. That we still need a special anthology for gay and lesbian fiction angers Summers, editor of this new edition, who notes, "It's segregation pure and simple." Of the 20 stories, 10 are new, including including submissions by Brent Hartinger, Donna Allegra, and Michael Thomas Ford. The best selections reach out to all readers with elemental coming-of-age themes such as leaving home, falling in love, and confronting secrets. Many depict individual diversity, and connections, and even present the occasional message ("I'm saying yes to my life and it feels great"). One teen has a crush on his sister's boyfriend. Another must hide her lesbianism at her sister's wedding. Some tell of prejudice and gay bashing. A few stories are sexy, but most are more about romance, friendship, family, and the sudden intimacy of falling in love. For general high-school collections as well as gay and lesbian discussion groups. Hazel RochmanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
About the Author
Jane Summer is the author of The Silk Road. She lives in New York.