Category Archives: Young Adult

The Seven Canadian and Indigenous Lambda Finalists I’m Most Excited About

In case you missed it, last week the finalists for the 29th Lambda Literary Awards for LGBTQ+ Literature were announced, and there were some pretty rad Canadians and/or Indigenous folks on the list! Here are the finalists that I’m most … Continue reading

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“the big empty abandoned town hall their heart is echoing inside of”: A Review of Ivan Coyote’s TOMBOY SURVIVAL GUIDE

In case you had the wild notion that it wouldn’t be: Ivan Coyote’s latest and unbelievably 11th book is just as great, and possibly greater, than everything they’ve done up until now. If you’ve never read an Ivan Coyote book … Continue reading

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Nine Muslim Canadian Writers You Should Read

Nine Muslim Canadian writers whose work you should support after contacting your MPs about the Islamophobic shooting in Quebec. Featuring books for kids and teens, memoirs, mysteries, poetry, and literary fiction! Continue reading

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Strange, Unpredictable, Smart, and Lovable: A Review of Mariko Tamaki’s SAVING MONTGOMERY SOLE

And now, for my second review of a Mariko Tamaki book this year! In case you didn’t already know, I’m a huge fan of her work and how she always showcases queer and/or quirky weirdos in everything that she does. … Continue reading

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A Quiet Journey of Looking for Respect and Recognition: A Review of M-E Girard’s GIRL MANS UP

Despite the plethora of queer YA these days, there was something that I didn’t even quite realize that was mostly missing in contemporary LGBTQ+ YA, let alone Canadian LGBTQ+ YA: stories about butch/genderqueer lesbians and their gender journeys. Girl Mans … Continue reading

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A Special Lesbrarian Request: Canadian YA with Gay Boys

Welcome to a special gay boy version of my queer book advice column! In case you haven’t noticed, Ask Your Friendly Neighbourhood Lesbrarian has officially found a new home at Autostraddle, which I couldn’t be more thrilled about. My first … Continue reading

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A Deliciously Dark YA Fantasy, Full of Surprises: A Review of Hiromi Goto’s HALF WORLD

Melanie Tamaki is a lonely girl shunned by her peers: she loves books but she’s not very good at school, she has no special talents to speak of, she’s fat, and her single, alcoholic mother loves her but is neglectful … Continue reading

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