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Were I Not A Girl


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This unique picture book biography tells the story of Dr. James Barry, born female, who lived as a man from age 18 to his death.

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LISA ROBINSON's first picture book for Schwartz & Wade, due out in March 2020, is Madame Saqui- Revolutionary Rope Dancer. Born in Uganda to two Peace Corp volunteers who would eventually become world-traveling diplomats, Lisa has lived all over the world, including Seattle, Dakar, London, and Moscow. In addition to writing, she works as a psychotherapist. Visit her at LAUREN SIMKIN BERKE is an award-winning illustrator, working with clients such as the New York Times, Smithsonian magazine, and Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance. Berke's artwork has graced covers of books such as Katie Rain Hill's Rethinking Normal, the Paris Review's The Writer's Chapbook, and the first edition of Susan Stryker's Transgender History. This is their first picture book. Visit them at


"Recommended for biography collections, especially those looking to include more books that cover LGBTQ+ history." --School Library Journal

"A remarkable life is given a sensitive portrayal in this picture-book biography." --The Horn Book

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