The Rainbow Book List is a curated list of books from the Rainbow Round Table of the American Library Association. It features the best books with LGBTQIA+ content designed for youth from birth through 18 years old. There are 92 selected books on the list with a Top Ten also selected. Below are the books in the Top Ten:
Brave Face by Shaun David Hutchinson
The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan
Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu
The Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg
On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden
Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
A Plan for Pops by Heather Smith and Brooke Kerrigan
Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution. by Rob Sanders and Jamey Christoph
We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia
When Aidan Became a Brother by Kyle Lukoff and Juanita Kaylani
The Iron Will of Genie Lo by F. C. Yee (9781419731457)
Fans of the first of the Genie Lo books will adore this second novel in the duology. Genie has been busy doing her job keeping the demons in the Bay Area under control and settling their disputes. Meanwhile, the Jade Emperor has disappeared just as Genie finally takes some time off to visit a college campus with her best friend. As supernatural things start happening on the campus, it is up to Genie, Guanyin and Quentin to try to keep things in line. But the disappearance of the Jade Emperor has opened up competition for his throne. Genie nominates Guanyin for the throne, but accidentally sets her friend up to take on an unstoppable force. As Genie and her friends set off into parallel worlds to battle the supernatural, they discover that their combined strength may not be enough to save the world this time.
Impressively, three years after the first book, readers will be able to simply pick up this sequel and start reading without needing to go back to review the first. Yee doesn’t backtrack much but carefully constructs his sequel so that the names and characters fall effortlessly into place for the reader. Yee’s characters are so vividly drawn. Add in the setting of a college campus and partying and you have a great setting for this second book.
It is great to also see growth in Genie herself as she explores what she wants to do after high school, despite being a Guardian now. Genie remains as irreverent and sarcastic as in the first book, as well as being a great friend to those around her as well. She is brave, ferocious and full of tenacity, but it may take all of her cleverness to win rather than brute strength this time.
Smart, funny and full of great fights, this novel is the second in a marvelous pair. Appropriate for ages 13-16.
Reviewed from copy provided by Amulet Books.