Young Adult Graphic Novel
G/A Reed, MK. Americus. First Second, 2011. 215p. 978-1-59643-601-5. 14.99.
Middle schoolers and best friends, Neil and Danny, live in the conservative and religious town of Americus, Oklahoma. When Danny gets caught reading book eight of the popular Adventures of Apathea Ravenchilde series, his mom goes on a rampage. Danny is grounded and then sent away to military school after announcing that he is gay. His mom pitches a fit at the public library where Danny checked out the book and starts a campaign to ban books at the library that she believes are corrupting children. Neil misses his friend, but gains confidence when he starts working at the library and helping the library fight against censorship. This graphic novel would be a great discussion starter on the topic of book challenges and censorship for all ages. Loren Spector, LAPL, Felipe de Neve