Dana Rudolph

Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Literature Award

Filed By Dana Rudolph | January 15, 2011 2:00 PM | comments

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Tags: ALA, American Library Association, brian katcher, stonewall children's and young adult literature award

Congratulations to Brian Katcher, whose young adult novel Almost Perfect won the inaugural Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Literature Awardalmost-perfect.jpg from the American Library Association (ALA) last Monday. The award, which honors children's and young adult books "of exceptional merit" related to the LGBT experience, was announced at the ALA's annual Youth Media Awards, which also bestowed the prestigious Newbery and Caldecott medals.

Almost Perfect is the story of a boy in a small-town high school who falls for the new girl in town, only to discover she was born a biological male.

The ALA also announced four "honor books" in addition to the main award winner. They are: Will Grayson, Will Grayson, by John Green and David Levithan; Love Drugged, by James Klise; Freaks and Revelations, by Davida Willis Hurwin; and The Boy in the Dress, by David Walliams.

Kudos to all of the winners and to the ALA for instituting the award. Positive images for and about LGBTQ youth and the children of LGBTQ parents are sorely needed, and such recognition can only help.

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Almost Perfect is a powerful book and, for those who think they don't want to read young adult fiction, is better written and more engrossing than most adult novels I've read in the past year.

I reviewed it a while ago on my blog:


I agree it is exciting to be honored, however, consider the organization doing the honors: ALA Screws Gay Librarians; Gay Civil Rights Community Should Demand ALA Action; Rank and File Rebellion Against the ALA Leadership Needed.

Now ask yourselves if the ALA honors will be enough to stop you from demanding the ALA take action to protect gay librarians.

Want to help those books get into the hands of many people? Take on the ALA for not supporting the gay librarians in Cuba being raided, jailed, brutally treated, and having their libraries burned. You will not only be standing up for justice, but as a by product people will buy product.

Regan DuCasse | January 16, 2011 1:58 PM

I just bought the book from Amazon. I loved the story "Luna".
While I mentored gay kids, I kept a library of related fiction and non fiction gay related books for them to borrow in my home. Eventually I donate them to shelters or clubs for gay youth.
Unfortunately stores like A Different Light closed down.
But sometimes personal libraries are another option if kids or adults can't get them through their libraries. Definitely can be pointed in the direction of online booksellers.
Almost Perfect is available for e-reader too.

A good site for more titles is:


She reviews pre-publication copies and a lot of the threads discussing the books mention other YA books people have encountered.

The one thing I would say about "Almost Perfect" versus books like Luna or, definitely, Parrotfish, is that it's for a slightly more mature audience and is best for youth who are already dipping their toes into adult fiction. It's a wonderful book but very intense.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson was a kick-ass book for teens. I loved it.

Enough procrastinating . . . Almost Perfect is heading directly to the top of my to-read list. I'm currently hosting a Gender Identity & Expression reading challenge on my blog, and this ties in very nicely. As well, I've challenged myself to reading outside my comfort zone this year (new genres and age groups), so this seems like a perfect excuse to dabble in the YA genre.