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A Note From the Publisher
A Book Life Prize Semi-Finalist, one of Publishers Weekly’s Top Five Independently Published Middle Grade and Young Adult Books of 2018
Winner, National Indie Excellence Award for Best Book: LGBTQ For Children & Young Adults.
Publishers Weekly’s September 2018 Indie Success Story, "Bringing History into the Light” https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/authors/pw-select/article/78104-bringing-history-into-the-light-an-indie-success-story.html
“Wind’s engaging, utterly enjoyable tale of teen self-discovery is riveting both for its well-structured, historically based plot and its emotional honesty. . . . Wind’s polished prose is filled with laugh-out-loud moments. . . . A resonant and admirably crafted work.” —Book Life Prize
“The premise is a real hook . . . with real potential to influence and educate, on top of entertaining. . . . A tapestry of the gay teenage experience—frayed edges repaired with earnest love and care.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Bound to spark curiosity . . . A sympathetic novel that will change the way young readers look at history and the lessons it has to teach.” —Foreword Reviews
“Compelling… with highly empathetic characters in Wyatt and his friends. Was Abraham Lincoln gay? Readers of this intriguing and readable novel will decide for themselves.” —Michael Cart, ALA Booklist
“All the more impressive when considering that it is author Lee Wind's debut as a novelist. Entertaining, thought- provoking, Queer as a Five-Dollar Bill is recommended for school and community library YA fiction collections. —Midwest Book Review
“I LOVE the characters.” —Alex Sanchez, author of 8 teen novels, including the groundbreaking gay teen "Rainbow Boys" trilogy
“This one should get people talking! I hope this book, which shines some much-needed light on a fascinating bit of history, finds the large audience it deserves.” —Brent Hartinger, author of 12 novels, including the groundbreaking gay teen novel "Geography Club"
“Lee Wind has written a courageous novel about facing truth, both in history and in yourself. I applaud this important book.” —Ellen Wittlinger, author of 14 novels, including the Lambda Literary Award– and Printz Honor Award–winning "Hard Love"
“This powerful novel combines raw emotion with detailed historical evidence. Readers will be drawn into Wyatt’s story as he struggles with being true to himself, and come out the other side questioning who writes the history we learn. Speaking truth to power, indeed. 'Queer as a Five-Dollar Bill' belongs in every library that serves teens.” —Yapha Mason, school librarian and two-time Newbery Medal judge
“I loved 'Queer as a Five Dollar Bill'! The twists and turns of Wyatt’s experiences, both of pondering his own sexuality and of attempting to bring questions about Lincoln’s experiences to light, make this an exciting story. . . .Will keep any reader turning the pages. Highly recommended!” —Elisabeth Abarbanel, school librarian for grades 7-12