#StaffPicks for International Trans Day of Visibility

March 31st is the annual International Trans Day of Visibility. Dedicated both to celebrating trans people and to raising awareness of the discrimination faced by trans people around the world.

We’re joining in the celebration by sharing some of our favourite YA stories featuring trans protagonists!

Cemetery Boys

by Aiden Thomas
Yadriel is a 16 year old boy longing to be accepted by his traditional Latinx family as a brujo, rather than a bruja. Things get slightly out of hand when he tries to prove himself by summoning the spirit of his missing cousin and gets the spirit of his high school's recently murdered bad boy instead.

This fast-paced, engaging, mystery/romance celebrates the many different kinds of love (familial, platonic, romantic) and community that bring us together.

Pet

by Akwaeke Emezi
In Jam's world there are no monsters - they were overcome in a revolution long ago. So she's surprised when Pet, a creature from her mom's painting, comes to life and tells her that he's come to hunt a monster.

The monster is living in Jam's best friend's house - and Pet needs their help to catch it.

Thought-provoking and compelling, this fantasy adventure is a good pick for teens and adults alike.

Felix Ever After

by Kacen Callender
Felix is black, queer, and trans and still struggling to figure out exactly what that means for him. While attending an ultracompetitive art summer school, he's blindsided by abuse from a transphobic bully.

Coping with the bullying, planning his revenge, and adjusting to changes in his relationships with his family and friends is a struggle. However, Felix eventually emerges triumphant with new self-confidence and self-love.

While not a light read, Felix's story is an honest and important one.

Hungry for more teen reads featuring trans protagonists? Have a look at our #TeenLGBTQ booklist!

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