Shephard Summers

"Read a thousand books and your words will flow like a river." - Lisa See


    TALE OF TWO SUMMERS by Brian Sloan Simon and Schuster, 2006 A tale of two very different friends. Hal (gay) thinks he's going to have a boring summer without his (straight) actor/singer best friend Chuck who is off to theatre camp.  So Chuck sets up a blog (it's 2006) for them to write back and forth to one another…

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      FANART  by Sarah Tregay Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins (2014) This slice-of-life romance is sweet and engaging, and felt quite genuine. The reader feels what it's like to have the closet hanging over your head as a gay teen. And it's kinda refreshing to read a novel where the love interest may or may not be automatically out-of-reach. Though this…

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  ASH by Malinda Lo Little, Brown & Company, 2009 Young Adult, LGBT I'm a little late to the ball on this one, I know. It's a refreshing take on Cinderella, where the handsome guy (in this case an elf lord, for lack of a better title) is not the prize. A glass slipper becomes a fairy cape and Ash's wish to…

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  FIVE, SIX, SEVEN, NATE! by Tim Federle Middle-Grade/Young Adult Simon & Schuster, 2013 (the main character is a gay 14 year old boy) Sequel to BETTER NATE THAN EVER When I read the title of this sequel, I laughed out loud. Hilarious. Clever. Just briliant. I absolutely love this series. It's cheeky and it makes me laugh. And you can't help…

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