Nothing to make me go “eeeeee!!!” on a rainy January morning like seeing in my Google Reader that the Rainbow List blog has a new post — and it’s for the long-anticipated annual Rainbow List!

The Rainbow List is compiled by American Library Association’s Gay and Lesbian Round Table. The committee takes nominations for LGBTQ-themed books published in the previous 18 months that are written for young readers, compiles their list of recommendations, and names a Top Ten.

Guess what book is on the Top Ten list with nine other fabulous titles, that added a few extra E’s to my “eeeeee!!!”?

  • *Bigelow, Lisa Jenn. Starting From Here. 2012. 292p. Amazon Children’s Publishing, $16.99 (9780761462330). Grades 9 & Up.
  • *Cronn-Mills, Kristin. Beautiful Music for Ugly Children. 2012. 288p. Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd., $9.99 (9780738732510). Grades 8 & Up.
  • *Danforth, Emily M. The Miseducation of Cameron Post. 2012. 480p. Balzer + Bray, $17.99 (9780062020567). Grades 9 & Up.
  • *King, A.S. Ask the Passengers. 2012. 304p. Little, Brown, $17.99 (9780316194686). Grades 9 & Up.
  • *Lo, Malinda. Adaptation. 2012. 400p. Little, Brown, $17.99 (9780316197960). Grades 9 & Up.
  • *Miller, Madeline. The Song of Achilles. 2012. 384p. HarperCollins, $25.99 (9780062060617). Grades 9 & Up.
  • *Moon, Sarah, editor. The Letter Q: Queer Writers’ Notes to Their Younger Selves. 2012. 288p. Scholastic, $17.99 (9780545399326). Grades 6 & Up.
  • *Rice-Gonzalez, Charles. Chulito: a Novel. 2011. 275p. Magnus Books, $14.95 (9781936833030). Grades 10 & Up.
  • *Saenz, Benjamin Alire. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. 2012. 368p. Simon & Schuster, $16.99 (9781442408920). Grades 9-12.
  • *Telgemeier, Raina. Drama. 2012. 240p. Scholastic Graphix, $23.99 (9780545326988). Grades 6 & Up.

I’ve read Beautiful Music for Ugly Children, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Ask the Passengers, Adaptation, and Drama and can attest to their wonderfulness. I look forward to reading the others!

Other personal favorites of mine from the list include Kiss the Morning Star, by Elissa Janine Hoole (fellow 2012 debut author!); 37 Things I Love (In No Particular Order), by Kekla Magoon; and Gone, Gone, Gone, by Hannah Moskowitz. I still haven’t yet read Personal Effects, by another of my fellow 2012 debut authors, E.M. Kokie, but from all I’ve heard I’m going to love it.

Each year I find the Rainbow List a great source for staying up with LGBTQ-themed lit for kids and teens. For Starting from Here to be so honored is, well… an honor!

Check out the 2013 Rainbow List here.


  1. Michelle
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    Woo-hoo!!! Congratulations!

  2. robynlicious
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 10:49 pm | Permalink

    I don’t even know what to say! Highest congratulations are in order!

    I know that life can’t be easy right now, so I hope this news brightens things for everyone.

    I’m proud to know you.

    • Lisa Jenn
      Posted January 29, 2013 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, Robyn! It was a great surprise.

  3. Posted January 29, 2013 at 2:44 am | Permalink

    SO happy to see that star by your name, Lisa! I loved Starting From Here, and I love that it’s being recognized in this way! AWESOME JOB!

    • Lisa Jenn
      Posted January 29, 2013 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, Elissa! It’s a great feeling.

    • Posted April 23, 2013 at 12:12 am | Permalink

      i absouloutly love ur book!

      • Lisa Jenn
        Posted April 23, 2013 at 12:15 am | Permalink

        Thanks, Marina! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

  4. Posted February 1, 2013 at 6:54 pm | Permalink


    I still haven’t read Starting From Here, even though it’s been eyeing me from my bookshelf ever since release date :| I decided to make a challenge of reading all the books on the list though, so hopefully that will keep me from letting other books get in the way.

    • Lisa Jenn
      Posted February 2, 2013 at 12:34 am | Permalink

      Thanks, Leeanna! I hope you get a chance to enjoy it soon!

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