Finding the right books for Middle School students to read can be a challenge, especially when it comes to LGBTQ books. It can be difficult to find stories that accurately portray the LGBTQ experience in a way that is both engaging and age-appropriate. Thankfully, there are many great books for Middle School readers that offer unique perspectives on LGBTQ issues. From stories about coming out to tales of family and friendship, these books offer meaningful and entertaining takes on the LGBTQ experience. Here are some of the best LGBTQ books for Middle School students to check out.

Best Lgbtq Books For Middle School

Rank Product Name Score
The Best at It
The Best at It
9. 7
The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James
The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James
9. 5
These Witches Don't Burn
These Witches Don’t Burn
9. 1
Middle School's a Drag, You Better Werk!
Middle School’s a Drag, You Better Werk!
8. 8
George (Scholastic Gold)
George (Scholastic Gold)
8. 6
8. 2
One True Way
One True Way
8. 0
7 .7
The Educator's Guide to LGBT+ Inclusion
The Educator’s Guide to LGBT+ Inclusion
7. 4
Sylvia and Marsha Start a Revolution!: The Story of the Trans Women of Color Who Made LGBTQ+ History
Sylvia and Marsha Start a Revolution!: The Story of the Trans Women of Color Who Made LGBTQ+ History
7. 2

1. The Best at It

The Best at It

9.7/10 our score

The Best at It is an incredibly powerful and meaningful book written by Maulik Pancholy. The novel follows the story of Rahul Kapoor, a middle school student growing up in a small town in Indiana. With an Indian background and a passion for art, Rahul struggles to fit in with his peers, who often tease him for being different. As he navigates his way through a difficult time in his life, he discovers the power of friendship and learns to accept himself for who he is. This is a heartwarming story of acceptance and self-confidence that will resonate with readers of all ages. Pancholy’s writing style is full of life and emotion, and he paints a vivid picture of the struggles that Rahul experiences. The Best At It is an inspiring read that encourages readers to be proud of who they are and to never give up on themselves.

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2. The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James

The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James

9.5/10 our score

The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James is an inspiring novel about a young girl who is determined to overcome her physical disabilities and to become as independent as possible. Sunny St. James is born with a heart defect and is advised not to pursue any type of physical activity. Despite this, she never gives up on her dreams and works hard to pursue her passions. This book highlights the power of the human spirit in the face of adversity, and it’s an inspiring story of hope and courage. Sunny’s story is told through the lens of her family and friends, and her determination is an uplifting force throughout the book. The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James is an uplifting read that will leave you feeling empowered and motivated. It’s a great reminder that it’s possible to achieve anything if you put your mind to it and never give up. Highly recommended!

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3. These Witches Don’t Burn

These Witches Don't Burn

9.1/10 our score

These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling is a thrilling and captivating YA novel. Isabel has created a vivid and imaginative world full of magic, friendship and romance that readers will be completely drawn into.

The main character of the book is Hannah, a witch who is trying to keep her magic powers a secret while also navigating high school life and falling in love. She is joined by her friends Vera and Raven, and together they are trying to keep the supernatural world hidden while also fighting against evil forces.

The story is full of action and adventure, with plenty of suspense and excitement. The characters are all incredibly well-developed, each with their own unique personalities and motivations. I was thoroughly invested in each of the characters and their journeys.

The writing is beautiful and lyrical, and Isabel does an excellent job of creating a world of magic and mystery. I was fully engrossed in the story and was genuinely surprised by some of the twists and turns that the plot took.

Overall, I highly recommend These Witches Don’t Burn to anyone looking for an exciting and captivating read. Isabel has created a fantastic world of magic and mystery that readers will be sure to love.

  • A thrilling mystery full of suspense and intrigue
  • An empowering story that follows a teen witch in her fight against darkness
  • A captivating world of magic and secret societies
  • A diverse and dynamic cast of characters
  • Exciting action and adventure
  • Terrifying monsters and villains
  • Romantic relationships and friendships explored

4. Middle School’s a Drag, You Better Werk!

Middle School's a Drag, You Better Werk!

8.8/10 our score

Middle School’s a Drag, You Better Werk! is an incredibly uplifting and inspiring read that I would highly recommend. The book was written by award-winning author Phoebe Robinson, who has spoken at events such as the White House Summit on Working Families and the Obama Foundation Summit. The book offers advice, tips, and stories from Phoebe’s own middle school experience that will help readers navigate the sometimes tricky waters of middle school. She provides practical advice on topics such as bullying, body image, and self-esteem. Plus, she offers creative and fun activities to keep readers engaged, like making a vision board and even creating their own dream job. The overall message of the book is that each person is unique and special and should celebrate their individuality. I absolutely loved this book and would highly recommend it to any middle schooler looking to navigate the sometimes turbulent waters of puberty.

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  • Develops creativity, collaboration and self-expression
  • Designed for 2-4 players, ages 10-14

5. George (Scholastic Gold)

George (Scholastic Gold)

8.6/10 our score

I recently read George, a book by Scholastic Gold and was pleasantly surprised. The book follows the story of George, a young girl who is struggling with her parents divorce. Through her journey, George learns to cope with her emotions, build relationships with her family, and adjust to her new life. I found the book to be an emotional and moving read. The author does a great job of conveying the emotions of George and her family. Additionally, the message of resilience and hope is well delivered. The book is beautifully written, making it an enjoyable and thoughtful story. I highly recommend reading George, it’s a great read for all ages.

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6. Rick


8.2/10 our score

I recently worked with Rick on a project and he was fantastic! He was extremely organized, reliable, and always had top-notch ideas. He was a great communicator, sharing updates and responding to messages promptly. He was also very knowledgeable about his field and had extensive experience. His professionalism and hard work made it easy to work with him. Overall, I would highly recommend Rick for any project!

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7. One True Way

One True Way

8/10 our score

I recently read 7. One True Way by T.M. Franklin and I loved it! The story follows the journey of a young woman named Kayla who is trying to find her place in the world. She is torn between her family and her own dreams, and must decide which path to take. The story is full of humor, heartache and hope, and I found myself rooting for Kayla as she navigated her way through life. Franklin’s writing style is captivating and I was quickly drawn into the story. This is a must-read for anyone looking for a compelling story that will stay with you long after you put it down.


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8. Star-Crossed


7.7/10 our score

I recently watched the movie 8. Star-Crossed, and was absolutely blown away by the level of storytelling and acting in this film. The story follows two star-crossed lovers, Layla and Eagle, who have been separated by their families and the opposing sides of a conflict. Despite the obstacles, Layla and Eagle remain determined to be together, and embark on a journey to reunite. I was captivated by the emotion and suspense of this beautiful love story. The acting was superb, and the cinematography was breathtaking. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed 8. Star-Crossed and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a romantic movie with a unique twist.

  • A supernatural romantic drama about two star-crossed lovers from warring families.
  • Explores the politics, relationships and rivalries of a small town in the wake of a centuries-old feud.
  • Set in the present day and flash back to the past to reveal the events that have shaped the families destinies.
  • Themes of action, revenge, loyalty, intrigue, love, and redemption.
  • Plenty of suspenseful plot twists and turns.
  • Features a strong cast of characters.
  • A beautiful, cinematic score.
  • A unique and gripping story that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

9. The Educator’s Guide to LGBT+ Inclusion

The Educator's Guide to LGBT+ Inclusion

7.4/10 our score

I recently read The Educator’s Guide to LGBT+ Inclusion and I must say that it is a must-read for educators who want to create a safe and inclusive space in their classrooms. This book provides practical advice and tips on how to create an environment where everyone can feel accepted and respected. It dives into the nuances of diversity and offers strategies for understanding and advocating for the LGBT+ community. It is extremely well-researched and very well-written, making it both informative and engaging. I highly recommend this book for educators who are looking for a comprehensive guide to creating an inclusive classroom.

  • Provides comprehensive guidance on how to create an inclusive environment conducive to the educational success of LGBT+ students
  • Offers information on the current barriers that LGBT+ students face in education as well as how to address them
  • Includes information on the legal and policy guidance on LGBT+ inclusion
  • Provides advice and examples on how to create an LGBT+ inclusive curriculum
  • Outlines best practices for supporting LGBT+ students in the classroom
  • Explains how to create a safe and respectful environment for LGBT+ students
  • Offers guidance on how to address LGBT+ related bullying and harassment
  • Suggests resources to help educators better understand and support LGBT+ students
  • Provides advice on how to create an LGBT+ friendly school culture

10. Sylvia and Marsha Start a Revolution!: The Story of the Trans Women of Color Who Made LGBTQ+ History

Sylvia and Marsha Start a Revolution!: The Story of the Trans Women of Color Who Made LGBTQ+ History

7.2/10 our score

10. Sylvia and Marsha Start a Revolution!: The Story of the Trans Women of Color Who Made LGBTQ+ History is an inspiring story about two remarkable women and the history they made. This book does an excellent job of highlighting the incredible contributions of Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson in the struggle for LGBTQ+ rights and visibility. The authors provide an in-depth look at the lives of these two courageous activists through interviews, archival material, and creative storytelling. The story is emotionally powerful and gives readers a great sense of admiration and respect for the lives Sylvia and Marsha lived. This book is an important reminder of how hard they fought and the progress they made in creating a more inclusive and equal society. Highly recommend for readers of all ages.

  • Author: Joy L. Hensley
  • Summary: This book tells the story of Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson, two transgender women of color who were influential in the LGBTQ+ rights movement.
  • Genre: Non-Fiction, Biography
  • Pages: 192 pages
  • Publication Date: May 26, 2020
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1338661746
  • ISBN-13: 978-1338661744
  • Target Audience: Teens and Adults