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VOYAWriting a critical study of young adult novels having homosexual, or less commonly, bisexual or transgender themes seems almost an act of courage in our highly polarized society. Yet here is a definitive work on the subject. Using a chronological approach, the authors examine nearly two hundred books that have appeared since the 1969 publication of John Donovan's book, I'll Get There, It Better Be Worth The Trip (Harper & Row, 1969). Each chapter analyzes the most important books of a decade beginning with the 1970s, discusses plots and points of view, and concludes with a comprehensive annotated bibliography of titles. Following the 1990s is a chapter titled "A New Literature for a New Century?" This bibliographic essay considers the first four years of the twenty-first century and concludes with a year-by-year annotated bibliography. Finally the authors make a plea for more teenage fiction that deals honestly and realistically with issues of sexuality and shows true literary merit, providing multidimensional characters, verisimilitude, and an original voice. Thoughtful and insightful analysis is a real strength of the book. The appendixes will also be useful, particularly the comparison between the development of African American literature for young people and that of books dealing with gay issues; and a chart of 191 novels arranged alphabetically by author and showing portrayals, content, and roles of gay protagonists, either primary or secondary. But here an explanation of abbreviations would be helpful. This book will be important for those wishing to make their library holdings more inclusive or who want to understand the changes that have occurred in this YA genre from the 1970sthrough the year 2004. 2006, Scarecrow Press, 224p.; Index. Charts. Biblio. Chronology. Appendix., PLB $42.. Ages adult professional.