The Letter Q

Queer Writers' Notes to Their Younger Selves
Moon, Sarah & . The Letter Q: Queer Writers' Notes to Their Younger Selves. 230p. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine Bks. May 2012. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-545-39932-6.
Gr 9 Up—This anthology features 64 LGBTQ authors and illustrators, both well-known and not, who send letters to their younger selves. Whether it's Paige Braddock's graphic-style note or Brent Hartinger's letter to his teenage self, the message is clear: it gets better; you will find love; don't give up. Read on an individual basis, these missives can range from boastful to witty to extremely touching. Unfortunately, when read as a whole, they become somewhat monotonous; thus, the letters seem most suitable for classroom use on LGBTQ issues or bullying when paired separately with a story from a good collection such as Michael Cart's How Beautiful the Ordinary (2009) or Marion Dane Bauer's Am I Blue?? (both, HarperCollins).—Betty S. Evans, Missouri State Univ., Springfield, MO
With contributing editor James Lecesne. Editor Sarah Moon asked sixty-four gay, lesbian, and bisexual writers, illustrators, and publishing professionals to write letters to themselves at a younger age--including Marion Dane Bauer, Jacqueline Woodson, Brian Selznick, and a host of others. The resulting letters--which will be a life-saver for some--combine advice, reminiscence, funny stories, and encouragement for readers struggling with their sexuality.

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