Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Review and Giveaway: The Letter Q edited by Sarah Moon

Queer Writers’ Notes to Their Younger Selves
Edited by Sarah Moon
Published by Arthur A. Levine Books
on May 1, 2012
Hardcover: 288 pages
Ages 12+
From Goodreads: Life-saving letters from a glittering wishlist of top authors.

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.
This book is a very honest, relevant publication for today. Between stories of LGBTQ kids/teens/young adults being bullied/belittled to the point of many contemplating or even committing suicide, and one of the hot topics for the United States Presidential race (gay marriage), it is no wonder that there are so many people out there who don't know where they belong. 
The Letter Q is a compilation of 63 letters written by established LGBTQ authors/illustrators/playwrights to their younger selves who were experiencing the same things as kids today. The letters/illustrations range from humorous to heartbreaking and it really opens the reader's eyes to what these children/teens had gone through in their path to achievement. 
This is definitely a book that everyone should put on their To Be Read list. For LGBQ adolescents/adults, these letters could be what gets them through a bad day, for straight adolescents/adults, it may help them understand what a friend/classmate might be going through.

And here is your chance to own your very own copy. Scholastic is giving away one copy of The Letter Q to 2 lucky winners. And all you have to do is fill out this form:

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Proceeds from sales of The Letter Q go toward The Trevor Project: the leading national
organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay,
bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. You can find more information about The Trevor Project HERE.
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1 comment:

  1. Awesome giveaway! I'm really looking forward to reading this one; definitely an important topic!



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