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Ut the treatment f the censorship case just seemed too heavy handed to me the mother who brings the challenge to the book series which seems loosely based The Dandy and Lady Penelope on the Harry Potter series is painted as a grotesue monster with no redeeming ualities While there are strident voices in favorf banningremoving books the situations are ften complex than what is presented here I understand that the point f the book is to bring the debate Multi-Family Therapy over censorship to a younger reading audience manyf whom are affected by these types National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 7th Edition of debates but it just seemed to simplistic to me I also wasffended as a former resident f the state by the depiction f Oklahoma as nothing than a bunch f small town small minded conservative zealots except for Neil his mother and the local librarians People like that exist everywhere Censorship can touch any community anywhere the Bible Belt may be an easy target but again the picture f censorship is much complicated than that I do appreciate the fine artwork in this book but if I m going to try to introduce a student to censorship I ll probably hand her Crutcher s The Sledding Hill before this A History of Prophecy in Israel, Revised and Enlarged one I thought this book was good It was also heavy handedn the issue Think good thoughts about a pussycat of censorship Insteadf taking an issue and letting the reader decide what they think by showing all sides the perspective is from that One, Two, Three Me of the author and the author gives us what to think I am against censorship and I am for free speech There was no nuance about this issue I know there are peopleut there like this but nly showing them in their small minded selves doesn t really help I like that the book is a fantasy Harry Potter like book A mother goes crazy ver the book as her son is a teenager and no longer listening to her The library leads a charge to keep the book from being banned This kind Sex and Lust in Tijuana: True Sex Stories of the Tjamigos of stuff drives me crazy When a groupf people think they know what is best for everyone and they try and control ideas It really pushes my buttons I think it was a good story and I think it could have nuance and perspective Still I m glad that Freedom prevailed in this story A needed break from all the chaos in the world We re so excited to be publishing this book for banned book day It s got small towns and censorship and kids working in the library and helping their community Oh and girls in shop classWhat could you ask for Not that I m biased r anything but books with cool librarians who try to fend ff Tea for Ruby overly religious book challenges have a special place in my affections The bible thumper halff town gets up in arms about a fantasy book series and their book banning is the frame for a young man s journey through freshman year Homophobia rural drug use and single mom anxiety all make an appearance Keep your eye The Life of Saint Philip Neri on secondary characters they seem to pop back up later The characters here are mostlyne dimensional A little balance would have pushed this ne higher An enjoyable though not perfect read Excellent story which just takes a hold f you and will not let go until the very last page The life f a fourteen year ld isn t an easy thing especially when you need to stand up and support the thing you like most in this case a book series reading and libraries Maybe the religious people were a bit I only Like the Fingers of the Guy I Hate, Vol. 1 overly lunaticly portrayed but still the situation they caused rang very true unfortunately though those kindsf things don t happen in here at that level fortunately Anyway The Whistle Pig onef the best graphic novels I ve read for a while and finally I had the chance interlibrary loans I love you and time to read this ne even if it was recommended to me a long ago Worth 5 stars and multiple re reads read it twice already before writing this Trust me just skip it You know how you ccassionally take a chance n a book that has a bouncy description in your monthly Previews comic book shop rder without any knowledge Church Planting Is for Wimps: How God Uses Messed-Up People to Plant Ordinary Churches That Do Extraordinary Things of the artistr the writer Well I took a chance A Stepdaughter In Heat on thisne and I regret it Artwise everything is serviceable Sto. Ontent and heresy Something has to be done and it looks like uiet shy Neal is going to have to do it With youth services librarian Charlotte Murphy at his back Neal finds himself leading the charge.
Neil Barton hates his small town Americus He uses his love f books as a shield to keep the rest f the world at bay And then his best friend s mother starts a campaign to get the Apathea Ravenchilde books Neil s favorite series pulled from the local library I m Rufus of two minds about this book Onne hand Reed went for the most ver the top possible book banning scenario And yet that doesn t make it any less realistic f a scenario Sure most censorship attempts are far calmer but if you don t think that there are people who could work themselves into an identical frenzy in real life You Are a Miserable Excuse for a Hero!: Book One in the Just Make a Choice! Series over a middle grade fantasy series you haven t paid attention to the extremesf the debate ver Harry Potter The censorship side f the debate in Americus could be made up entirely Women and Social Work: Towards a Woman-Centered Practice of direct uotes from peoplepposed to Harry Potter in real life So yes it is a realistic look at an extreme attempt at book banning that could really happen and has happened in modern America But that is really at the far extreme edges f the issues surrounding censorship and it lets the author present the issue as good vs evil when it s seldom that simpleI was also disconcerted with how Neil s friend Danny was handled Early in the book he comes ut to his parents and is immediately shipped The Cowboys off That wasn t what worried me It s a valid plot development if handled well The problem is that Danny is just bundledff and largely forgotten about When he does come up in conversation it s usually handled fairly well The scenes with his younger sister trying to deal with his absence are heartbreaking and the family not dealing with the issue is probably realistic I just wish that Danny had been given time As it is he s just a pointless subplot and I think he and the issue deserve than thatSo yes mixed feelings I admire what the author was trying to do but a less extreme banning attempt would have been realistic and let the book become than just a lecture I also felt like Danny s subplot wasn t given the space it deserved which is a shame I think Reed could have done a great job with it if she d actually given his story attention On the Sins of Treachery other hand Apathea Ravenchilde is a great name for an epic fantasy heroine Thisne s a tough ne to review While I loved the victorious tale f a fight against book banning I almost felt My Grandfather's Prison: A Story of Death and Deceit in 1940s Kansas City offended at times at somef the jokes made at Christians expense that really did nothing to further the story but rather just made all Christians look like angry raving lunatics with no regard for literature at all I love the main character and I love the librarian but all the Christians in this book are horrible people and that s not realistic at all There are many Christians who like me a librarian as well are appalled by the idea f book banning Overall I love the message f this book but I just feel like it took a few too many unnecessary jabs at Christians and lumped all Christians into the same ultra conservative intolerant mold It breaks my heart that this is happening in another town The Ravenchilde books are the best thing to happen to literacy practically since the alphabet was invented I ve seen kids completely transformed Whos Next? Guess Who! once they start reading Apathea Overnight they re avid readers They dramatically improve in school and become intellectually curious These books keep their imaginations alive That s pricelessNeil Barton feels like anutcast in his small town f Americus Oklahoma His best friend has just been sent ff to military school by his ultra religious mother and he s faced with starting his freshman year Papi's Gift on hiswn To make matters worse his favorite book series is being challenged by that same mother leading to a bitter fight ver intellectual freedom and the place f books and imagination in children s lives I really wanted to like this book than I did but it just didn t work for me Censorship is a valuable topic for YA and GNs and this book will be released to coincide with Banned Book Week in September Neal Barton just wants to read in peace Unluckily for him some local Christian activists are trying to get his favorite fantasy series banned from the Americus public library Flash Fiction Forward: 80 Very Short Stories on groundsf immoral
Rywise this thing blows The protagonist has nothing to do in his small town except read a female centric fantasy series I look at this character and wonder if it is the town that is boring and lifeless グライネリエ 1 [Grainerie 1] or if the character lacks the imagination to enjoy himself anywhere The protagonist s best friend announces he is gay and his conservative family promptly ships himff to military schooland he hates it Really Cuz military school is ne f the few places where they let tweens blow shit up which should be sorta cool for a character coming from a boring small town Plus he s surrounded 247 by males who are fit and ripped sounds like gayboy Shangri la to me The main conflict comes from the conservative parent who seeks to get the aforementioned fantasy series banned from the local library The parent is physically shown to be a fat slob who is practically foaming at the mouth as she proclaims to be personally speaking for God at a public meeting MK Reed must have been raised n Harry Potter because the author never learned that you don t have to demonize your antagonist in every concievable way Make them real give them legitimate concerns and believable motivations and your story will be much improved There are legitimate concerns regarding the influences that children are exposed to As a parent I want to have a great deal f insight into what my child is reading and watching because there are people The First Socialist Society: A History of the Soviet Union from Within out there who will peddle everything from smut to carcinogens to my kid without a moment s hesitation Annnnnnd that was about it for the book No interesting characters predictablesimplistic story that never pursued the premise beyond the starting gate and the art was nothing to write home about Just skip it I really enjoyed this Yes it s a drasticallyversimplified version The Coming Revolution in Youth Ministry of the library reconsiderationf materials process and yes the angry religious parents trying to ban a fantasy series from the town library are entirely File Under: Arson one dimensional I also take issue with the librarian who claims to have personally read every book in her library I am a librarian and I doubt I m in a double digits percentn that Wicked Sense one However I do not take issue with how awesome the librarian character isr the geeky sweet mentor ish relationship she has with the main character a smart awkward book loving 14 year ld named Neil I m not sure how this book would go ver with an actual teenager but for me it was total comics comfort food especially the scenes where the cool Powerless Against You older kid introduces Neil to punk music for the first time and the montagef teachers first day speeches to new high school students It s not particularly challenging r complex but it is really sweet and full f extremely likable people Very gentle values reaffirmation reading While primarily about censorship this graphic novel touches n ther important issues too like what many LGBT young people face with their families It was an interesting story and I really enjoyed the fantasy novel interspersed with the Dobys Lessons (Brats in Training other narrative I think the primary villain was a bitne dimensional though I realize this is a comic book but it seems like even in the confines The Texan Meets His Match of a graphic novel we can make the villain complex True these typesf people do tend to be shallow and single minded I ve seen some f these people firsthand and while they don t represent all Christians they represent a lot f them And they are the most vocal When we make the people we hate into caricatures we make them less like real people and then they are easier to hate I m not sure what made me start thinking f this since fundamentalist zealots are the top f my list The Heretic's Handbook (Kindle Single) of people to despise too They are ugly hateful and mean But just as they might want to paint readersf fantasy as immoral pagan Satan worshipers it s not accurate to pretend they re not real people which is what they do But I digress I think the graphic novel was definitely worth reading especially tackling some important issues Recommende. To defend the mega bestselling fantasy series that makes his life worth living This funny gripping and relatable tale Blue Guide New York of life and local politics in middle America is currently being serializednlin.
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MK Reed is a cartoonist currently living in Brooklyn NY Her book “Americus” drawn by Jonathan Hill is currently being serialized at SaveApatheacomShe also is a contributor to The Beat and Publisher’s Weekly