Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. I started this list in my notebook early in the morning, and I thought of so many good ones, so this is going to be a somewhat longer list.
- George by Alex Gino
Super-concise description: Transgender girl fights for the role of Charlotte in Charlotte’s Web
2. Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig
Super-concise description: Autistic girl in foster care is manipulated by abusive mother.
Super-concise description: Irish hellion from broken family terrorizes other kids, including his brother.
4. Birdie and Me by J.M.M. Nuanez
Super-concise description: A girl and her effeminate little brother struggle with being sent to live with their uncle.
5. Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky
Super-concise description: Transgender kid plays female character in stage adaptation of Greek myth.
6. Frankie & Bug by Gayle Forman
Super-concise description: Two 80’s kids bond over the course of a hot, muggy California summer.
7. Lily & Dunkin by Donna Gephart
Super-concise description: Lonely transgender girl and boy with Bipolar Disorder bond. (review coming soon!)
8. Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos
Super-concise description: Boy’s severe ADHD causes problems for everyone.
9. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Super-concise description: Oddball woman forms unlikely friendship while dealing with trauma.
10. Matilda by Roald Dahl
Super-concise description: Genius girl battles evil teacher
11. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Super-concise description: Brother-and-sister duo adopt irrepressible orphan.
12. Obie is Man Enough by Schuylar Bailar
Super-concise description: Transgender boy tries to prove self while swimming competitively.
13. The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by Ernest J. Gaines
Super-concise description: Elderly ex-slave tells life story to reporters.
14. Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen! by Sarah Kapit
Super-concise description: Girl with autism writes letters to her favorite baseball player.
15. Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork
Super-concise description: Autistic young man discovers bitter truths while temping at his dad’s law firm.
16. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Super-concise description: Two Hispanic boys meet and fall in love, but one of them isn’t ready to acknowledge his sexuality.
17. Deliver Us From Evie by M.E. Kerr
Super-concise description: Butt-munch family discriminate against lesbian teenager.
18. Alice Isn’t Dead by Joseph Fink
Super-concise description: Lesbian trucker goes on quest to save girlfriend from monsters.
19. Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Super-concise description: Gay kid falls in love with pen pal while being blackmailed by school douchebag.
20. Memories of Summer by Ruth White
Super-concise description: Tight-knit family struggles with schizophrenia.
21. Carrie by Stephen King
Super-concise description: Prank against nerd backfires horrifically.
22. The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko by Scott Stambach
Super-concise description: Disfigured Russian teenager falls in love in institution.
23. Luna by Julie Anne Peters
Super-concise description: Teenage girl struggles with sister’s gender identity.
24. Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki
Super-concise description: Young lesbian stuck in toxic relationship.
25. The Murders of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson
Super-concise description: A social outcast is trained to kill duplicates by her parents.
Have you read any of these? What did you think of them? Make sure to comment and link to your own TTT lists! 🙂