Recent and Upcoming Canadian LGBTQ Releases for Young People

Orca Publishers, a Victoria-based publishing company, has several new books coming out this spring featuring LGBTQ characters or themes.

Spirit Level by Sarah N. Harvey (YA Fiction – February 2, 2016)

Harriet (known as Harry) is a donor-conceived child who has never wanted to reach out to her half-siblings or donor—until now. Feeling adrift after a breakup with her long-time boyfriend, Harry tracks down her half-siblings, two of whom are in Seattle, where Harriet lives. The first girl she meets is fifteen–year-old Lucy, an effervescent half-Japanese dancer. Then she meets Meredith, a troubled girl who is always accompanied by her best friend, Alex. Harry and Alex are attracted to each other, much to Meredith’s chagrin, and when it becomes clear that Meredith is an accomplished liar, Harry makes it her business to figure out what Meredith is up to. In the course of her investigation, she discovers a lot about Meredith, but the biggest shock is not about Meredith—it’s about Alex, who was born female. So now Harry must deal with not only her growing attraction to Alex, but also Meredith’s hostility. As decisions are made around whether to contact their donor, the three donor sisters negotiate their relationship and Harry tries to figure out what she really wants.

Under Threat by Robin Stevenson (YA Fiction –  March 1, 2016)

Franny is close to her parents, adores her horse and is head over heels in love with her girlfriend, Leah. But Franny’s parents are abortion providers at the local hospital, and an anonymous stranger is prepared to do whatever it takes to stop them. A stranger who phones at all hours. Who knows where they live. Who knows Franny’s name. When Leah’s older brother, Jake, refers to her parents as baby killers, Franny starts to wonder if perhaps the threats aren’t coming from a stranger at all. If she tells the police about her suspicions, she could lose her girlfriend. But if she doesn’t—and if she’s right—she could lose her parents.

Pride : Celebrating Diversity & Community by Robin Stevenson (Children’s Nonfiction – April 19, 2016)

For LGBTQ people and their supporters, Pride events are an opportunity to honor the past, protest injustice, and celebrate a diverse and vibrant community. The high point of Pride, the Pride Parade, is spectacular and colorful. But there is a whole lot more to Pride than rainbow flags and amazing outfits. How did Pride come to be? And what does Pride mean to the people who celebrate it?

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  1. For Immediate Release

    Christopher M Spence
    647 621 4343

    Jake and Mac are best friends. They are a sensational teammates both on and off the court. Since their early years they have been brothers for life, who share life, secrets and college hoop dreams, but everything changes one night and their friendship is put to the test when Mac is seemingly betrayed by Jake.

    Christopher M. Spence’s latest work offers a refreshing yet insightful, timely perspective into mental health, hoop dreams, homophobia and racism. “SnowBall-Brothers4Life” suggests the kind of issues that are covered in a triumphant yet heart stopping YA novel.
    The novel is inspired by the courage of Jason Collins the NBA center who, on April 29, 2013 became the first active male professional athlete in a major North American team sport to come out publicly as gay.

    What makes this novel a must read is, how these issues impact our life and those we love, and how they bravely overcome, often silently, the social ills that plague our society regarding inclusion and relationships.

    “SnowBall” is expected to further deepen the conversation, research, and, lastly, the investment in the subjects of mental health, homophobia and racism that contributes to enduring change. The recent gay bashing from an NBA star player towards an NBA referee is further evidence there is much work to be done.


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