LGBTQ young adult books that you need to look out for this spring!
Release date: April 6
Sky Baker has 30 days to ask his crush, Ali, to the prom, and he's going to plan the gayest promposal his small, insular Michigan town has ever seen. But when his plans are leaked by an anonymous hacker in a homophobic (and viral) email blast, his classmates turn his promposal countdown into a mission to expose the person behind the email blast.
Release date: April 20
Piper is spending the summer training at the barn of a former Olympic horseback rider and trying to get over her ex-girlfriend. Her grandma, whom Piper is staying with, has plans for her too: making Piper face her fear of driving by taking lessons from Kat, a girl in town. While Kat has always suspected that she liked girls, it isn't until she starts lessons with Piper that she truly finds herself falling.
Release date: April 27
In case you haven't read Book 1, For a Muse of Fire: Jetta's family are shadow players, a traveling troupe who are renowned for their puppets that seem to move without string or stick. But the truth is that Jetta is able to see the souls of the recently departed — and bind them to the puppets with her blood, a practice outlawed since their country was conquered by colonizers. Her skill, while secret, is her family's only hope to earn a spot on the ship to Aquitan, where, rumor has it, the Mad King has a spring that cures his ills.
What it's about: In this final installment of Heilig's stunning series, Jetta's home is spiraling into civil war, there's a deadly necromancer who has wrested control of the country, and Jetta's circle is intent on infiltrating the palace.
Release date: April 27
Dean Foster knows he is a trans guy, but everyone at school thinks he's a lesbian — from his girlfriend, Zoe, to his theater director. He wonders if he should just wait until college to come out, but when he's cast as a "nontraditional" Romeo and starts playing the role every day in rehearsals, he realizes that he wants everyone to see him as he is, always.
Release date: May 4
When two ICE agents come asking for Pa, the early fears of Mateo and his sister Sophie — that their parents could be deported — come crashing back to the surface. Mateo returns from school one day to discover that his parents have been taken by immigration officers, and he not only has to take care of Sophie as he waits to learn his parents' fate but also must face questions of his identity in a country that rejects his family.