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The Letter Q: A Queer Writers' Notes to Their Younger Selves

Title

The Letter Q: A Queer Writers' Notes to Their Younger Selves

Authors

Sarah Moon

Illustrator

Sarah Moon

Publisher

Farrar Straus and Giroux

Publication Year

2012

ISBN

9780545399326

Pages

288 pages

Genre

memoir

Format

anthology

Item Type

Nonfiction

Annotation

If you received a letter from your older self, what do you think it would say? What do you wish it would say? That the boy you were crushing on in History turns out to be gay too, and that you become boyfriends in college? That the bully who is making your life miserable will one day become so insignificant that you won't remember his name until he shows up at your book signing? In this anthology, sixty-three award-winning authors such as Michael Cunningham, Amy Bloom, Jacqueline Woodson, Gregory Maguire, David Levithan, and Armistead Maupin make imaginative journeys into their pasts, telling their younger selves what they would have liked to know then about their lives as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender people. Through stories, in pictures, with bracing honesty, these are words of love and understanding, reasons to hold on for the better future ahead. They will tell you things about your favorite authors that you never knew before. And they will tell you about yourself.

Grade Level

6-8; 9-12

Lexile Measure

950L

Topic

LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Homosexuality; Bisexuality; Androgyny; gay; gay adults; lesbian; lesbian adults; bisexual; bisexual adults; queer; same-sex relationships; gender fluid

Main Character

multiple

Race/Ethnicities

multiple

LGBTQ+

gay males; lesbian females; bisexual males; bisexual females

Awards

Best Children's Books of the Year, 2013 Memoir; Booklist Book Review Stars, 2012; Rainbow List, 2013 Middle Early Young Adult Nonfiction

Keywords

personal stories; celebrities; famous people; authors; bullying; teenage experiences; fears

Diversity Impact

direct

The Letter Q: A Queer Writers' Notes to Their Younger Selves

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