The Letter Q: Queer Writers' Notes to their Younger Selves

The Letter Q: Queer Writers' Notes to their Younger Selves

by Sarah Moon, James Lecesne

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Overview


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 Transgendered 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545399326
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 05/01/2012
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.82(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.98(d)
Lexile: 950L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author


Sarah Moon is a teacher, writer, and translator. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.



James Lecesne is an actor, writer, and activist. His Academy Award-winning short film, "Trevor," inspired the founding of The Trevor Project (www.thetrevorproject.org).

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The Letter Q: Queer Writers' Notes to their Younger Selves 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An impressive and necessary collection of letters, essential for all public libraries. Personally, I think I most enjoyed reading the authors with whom I was already familiar (David Levithan, Bruce Coville, Malinda Lo, etc.), but this is the type of book that's going to mean something different to every reader. A diverse range of contributors is included.
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BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
The title of this remarkable anthology says it all—a multitude of LGBT authors, more than sixty of them, have come together to tell themselves as young adults what they wish they had known back then. In doing so, they also are reaching out to today’s youth who are struggling with their sexual identities, letting them know they are not alone and others have felt the way they feel. Written for age 14 and up, the letters are honest, emotional and forthright, no holds barred. There are even practical suggestions for making one’s own life just a little bit easier. Some of the writers involved will be a surprise to readers and some will not but that really doesn’t matter because the point of it all is to make the road just a little easier for the younger generation. The target audience is obvious but this is a book that can be appreciated just as much by those of us who are not LGBT because it gives us a small glimpse of what life is like for young adults who are unsure of themselves and those who ARE sure but are having difficulty finding a comfortable place in our world. One really important note is that this book will strike a chord with all teenagers who are struggling with issues of any kind, not just sexual identity. Has this been done before? Perhaps it has but, if so, I haven’t seen it. The authors and editors and publisher involved all are to be commended for a fine idea executed brilliantly and with great compassion, so much that I was frequently brought to tears. I strongly recommend it for young adults and adults alike and especially would like to see it shelved in every school library. Lives can literally be saved.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago