Finding Nevo

Nevo Zisin

Meet Nevo: girl, boy, he, she, him, her, they, them, daughter, son, teacher, student, friend, gay, bi, lesbian, trans, homo, Jew, dyke, masculine, feminine, androgynous, queer. Nevo was not born in the wrong body and just wants everyone to catch up with all that Nevo is.

Lemons in the Chicken Wire

Alison Whittaker

At times sensual, always potent, Lemons in the Chicken Wire delivers a collage of work that reflects rural identity through a rich medley of techniques and forms. It is an audacious and lyrical poetry collection that possesses a rare edginess and seeks to challenge our imagination beyond the ordinary.

‘Fuckability: Exploring My Disability and Queer Sexuality’ (in Doing It, edited by Karen Pickering)

Jax Jacki Brown

In this essay, from a collection of essays by Australian women on sexual empowerment, Jax Jacki Brown explores love and desire within – and beyond – the confines of the current social understanding of disability.

Queens of Geek

Jen Wilde

Three friends, two love stories, one convention: this fun, feminist love letter to geek culture is all about fandom, friendship, and finding the courage to be yourself.

Welcome to Orphancorp

Marlee Jane Ward

If she can just keep out of trouble, Mirii Mahoney is going to taste freedom for the first time, but she’s fighting against the system, against the other kids, and against herself.

Honor Girl

Maggie Thrash

A split-second of innocent physical contact at Camp Bellflower pulls Maggie into a gut-twisting love for an older, wiser, and most surprising of all (at least to Maggie), female counsellor named Erin. But Camp Bellflower is an impossible place for a girl to fall in love with another girl.

Golden Boy

Abigail Tarttelin

CW: rape

Max Walker is the golden boy, He’s the perfect son, the perfect friend and the perfect crush for the girls at his school. Max Walker has a terrible secret. If it gets out, his perfect life will be blown apart. The consequences are unimaginable. But someone knows his secret and that person must not be trusted.


Mariko & Jillian Tamaki

CW: suicide

 When Skim’s classmate takes his own life, the entire school goes into mourning overdrive. It’s a weird time to fall in love, but that’s what happens when Skim starts meeting secretly with her neo-hippie English teacher, Ms Archer.

Lumberjanes, Volume 1: Beware The Kitten Holy

Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters and Brooke A Allen

Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley are five best pals determined to have an awesome summer together, and they’re not going to let any insane quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way.

Moral Panic 101: Equality, Acceptance and the Safe Schools Scandal

Benjamin Law

Are Australian schools safe? And if they’re not, what happens when kids are caught in a bleak collision between ill-equipped teachers and a confected scandal? In 2016, the Safe Schools program became the focus of an ideological firestorm. In Moral Panic 101, Benjamin Law explores how and why this happened.

Beyond Magenta

Susan Kuklin

Author and photographer Susan Kuklin met and interviewed six transgender or gender-neutral young adults. She uses photographs and words to represent them thoughtfully and respectfully before, during and after their personal acknowledgement of their gender preference, following their journeys to recognise their true selves.

The Sidekicks

Will Kostakis

The Swimmer. The Rebel. The Nerd. All Ryan, Harley and Miles had in common was Isaac. They lived different lives, had different interests and kept different secrets. But they shared the same best friend. They were sidekicks. And now that Isaac’s gone, what does that make them?

About a Girl

Joanne Horniman

A spellbinding love story between two young women that unfolds like a series of paintings, exploring the tender moments that pull them together and the secrets that push them apart.

‘Water’, in Heat and Light

Ellen van Neerven

In ‘Water’, a futuristic world is imagined and the fate of a people threatened. Ellen van Neerven’s speculative story challenges our rigid conventional understandings of gender, race, sexuality and identity, and asks ‘just how far have we really come?’

The Flywheel

Erin Gough

Seventeen-year-old Delilah drops out of high school when her romance with another girl goes horribly wrong and the whole school turns on her. When life is messy enough as is, can girl-on-girl romance ever have a happy ending?


Alison Evans

How do people choose the path that’s right for them? Ida, who can shift between parallel universes, struggles to work this out. What if her continual shifting makes her lose what is most important to her, just as she’s discovering what that is?

One in Every Crowd: Stories by Ivan E. Cyote

Ivan E. Cyote

Comprised of new stories and others culled from previous collections, One in Every Crowd is for anyone who has ever felt different or alone in their struggle to be true to themselves. Included are stories about Ivan’s own tomboy past in Canada’s north, about their adult life in the big city, and tales of family and friends who live their lives by example.

How to be Happy

David Burton

CW: suicide, self-harm

A funny, sad and serious memoir, How to Be Happy is David Burton’s story of his turbulent life at high school and beyond. Feeling out of placed and convinced that he is not normal, David has a rocky start. He finds some solace in drama classes with the creation of ‘Crazy Dave’ and builds a life where everything is fine. But everything is not fine. And, at the centre of it all, trying desperately to work it all out, is the real David.