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Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World

By: Sarah Prager

Illustrator: Zoe More O’Ferrall

This first-ever LGBTQ history book for teens chronicles the lives of 23 influential queer figures from the Roman Empire through to the present. Glossary. Learn more. Bibliography and notes. Black-and-white illustrations.

ISBN: 9780062474315

JLG Release: Sep 2017


Sensitive Areas: Language: Strong Language, Violence: Mild Violence, Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes, Language: Homophobic Slur, Violence: Suicide , Medical: Graphic Descriptions, Social Issue: Harsh Realities of Life
Topics: LGBT , LGBT history , Queer history , History , Activism , Art , Biography

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Awards & Honors

2018 Garden State Teen Book Award Winner, Nonfiction - Grades 6-12
Shelf Awareness 2017 Best Books of the Year, Teen Books
Chicago Public Library Best Books of 2017, Teen Nonfiction
New York Public Library Best Books for Teens 2017

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

School Library Journal

Short and straightforward profiles of queer figures throughout history, ranging from ancient and obscure to modern and well known. The people profiled represent a diverse set of ethnicities and gender and sexual identities, living up to the term queer in its full meaning. The historical background provided is very readable but cursory and occasiona Short and straightforward profiles of queer figures throughout history, ranging from ancient and obscure to modern and well known. The people profiled represent a diverse set of ethnicities and gender and sexual identities, living up to the term queer in its full meaning. The historical background provided is very readable but cursory and occasionally inconsistently presented. Some profiles focus on the individuals’ queer identity, while others put the emphasis on their historical impact. For example, Joan of Arc’s military career is thoroughly explained while her preference for men’s clothes is only mentioned. The tone of the book is positive and lighthearted despite the many unhappy endings but at times can come across as glib (“The relationship between queer people and the Catholic church was…um, strained during Father Mike’s life, to say the least” ). With the exception of a few references to sexual acts, the content is appropriate for a wide range of ages, particularly if the book is used in a guided or teaching context. Each chapter opens with a graphic novel—like line portrait of the subject by O’Ferrall. Overall, the title distinguishes itself from materials that take a traditional approach to history that often ignores or omits mention of sexual or gender identity. VERDICT An enjoyable and accessible, if inconsistent, introduction to an important side of history. Public and school libraries will strongly want to consider, both for re-creation and education.—Amy Diegelman, formerly at Vineyard Haven Public Library, MA

Book Details

ISBN

9780062474315

First Release

September 2017

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

306.76092/2 B

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

272

Accelerated Reader

Level 8; Points: 6;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 10.3; Points: 10;

Lexile

Level 1090L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

HarperCollins

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Language: Strong Language, Violence: Mild Violence, Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes, Language: Homophobic Slur, Violence: Suicide , Medical: Graphic Descriptions, Social Issue: Harsh Realities of Life

Topics

LGBT, LGBT history, Queer history, History, Activism, Art, Biography,

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