Stonewall Book Awards - Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award

About the Stonewall Book Awards - Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award The Stonewall Book Awards are presented to English language books that have exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender experience.

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2018 Winner(s)

The 57 Bus

by Dashka Slater and published by Farrar Straus Giroux

In “The 57 Bus,” journalist Dashka Slater chronicles the true story of an agender teen who is set on fire while riding a bus and the painful repercussions for both the teens involved and their communities. Issues of gender identity, race and class division and the complexity of the justice system are addressed with clarity and thoughtfulness.

Little & Lion

by Brandy Colbert and published by Little, Brown and Company

“Little & Lion” by Brandy Colbert examines the tenuous bond between Suzette and her older brother Lionel who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. While Suzette wrestles with keeping a secret about Lionel's treatment, she navigates attraction to childhood friend Emil and new girl Rafaela. Colbert thoughtfully navigates the complexities of intersectional identities, familial loyalty, and mental illness with a fresh, empathetic voice.

2018 Honor(s)

As the Crow Flies

written and illustrated by Melanie Gillman and published by Iron Circus Comics

In “As the Crow Flies,” Melanie Gillman’s rich colored-pencil graphic novel, 13-year-old Charlie is the only black queer girl on a Christian camping trip that promises female empowerment. Scenes of physical and emotional discomfort illustrate Charlie’s struggles to find her faith and voice among oblivious white feminists. As the journey continues, Charlie discovers friendship and validation with fellow camper Sydney.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

written by Mackenzi Lee and published by Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

A bisexual rake embarks on a grand tour of 18th century Europe accompanied by his scholarly sister and his best friend, with whom he's secretly in love. Amidst madcap hedonistic hijinks, issues of race, class, gender roles and sexual identity are addressed as the trio evades perils of highwaymen, pirates and a villainous duke.