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Alphabet Soup Reading Recommendations

The St. Charles City-County Library seeks to welcome and serve all members of our community.

Alphabet Soup groups are available for LGBTQ+ teens. These groups meet at multiple branch locations and gather monthly to watch movies, talk about books, and find support from like-minded individuals. Alphabet Soup groups at the Kathryn Linnemann, Corporate Parkway, and Deer Run Branches have compiled a list of books available at the Library that spotlight LGBT characters and tell coming-of-age stories.

Alphabet Soup recommends:

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Two Mexican-American teenagers meet one day at the swimming pool and bond over their classical names. Though Aristotle and Dante seem to have little in common, they develop a special friendship that carries them through family struggles, illnesses and injuries, and relationships at school and in the world.

Check, Please!
by Ngozi Ukazu

The first in a two-volume graphic novel, Check, Please! follows Eric “Bitty” Bittle through his first years at college, where he joins the hockey team, makes friends, and discovers that he has a crush on the team captain, Jack. Short intermissions throughout the story offer hilarious explanations of the rules of hockey.

I’ll Give You the Sun
by Jandy Nelson

Noah and Jude are twins and best friends - as close as two people can be. What has happened to separate them? Years later, they hardly speak. The early years are told in Noah’s voice, the later in Jude’s.

If I Was Your Girl
by Meredith Russo

Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school. She tries to keep to herself, but eventually meets Grant, and wants to get close to him. Amanda used to be Andrew. If she reveals the truth, will it cost Amanda her new life and her new love?

The Miseducation of Cameron Post
by Emily M. Danforth

Cameron’s parents die in a car crash just as she is beginning to explore her sexuality and budding attraction to her best friend. When her conservative aunt discovers her relationship, Cameron is sent to a “conversion therapy” camp.