Welcome to our Banned Graphic Novels book club! This go round we’ve selected three graphic novels that have been banned or challenged for various reasons. Each of our books –Class Act by Jerry Craft, Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe, and This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki – have their own Discussion Posts. Even if you weren’t able to get your review written yet, don’t worry – all are welcome here in this post’s comments or our Social Media platform discussions where we’ll have some additional prompts so please join us there as well.
Registered participants in this year’s Cannonball Read 15 can join the #CannonBookClub Zoom Book Club on Saturday October 7 at 6 pm EDT/ 3 pm PDT. Those Cannonballers should have already received connection details by email. (Contact us if you haven’t!) If you’re not registered, but would like to; please drop us a line to get signed up and receive the Zoom details.
For those of you returning or who might be joining in for #CannonBookClub for the first time (hello new friends!) all are welcome, you don’t have to be registered for CBR15. The topics are numbered, so please refer to them below by that number to help people find the conversations they are looking for; and only respond to one topic per comment to help keep things clear. If you are responding to someone else’s thoughts, please try to reply directly to that comment.
On to the questions:
- What, if anything, can be learned from reading a book that has content which some people find offensive? This One Summer has been banned because it includes LGBTQIA+ characters, drug use and profanity, and it was considered sexually explicit with mature themes.
- In graphic novels like This One Summer, does it matter what is told through prose and what is revealed through images?
- What role does the lake’s depth play throughout This One Summer?
- Awago is the site of many of Rose’s summer memories. Do you have an “Awago”? Where is that, and what does it mean to you?
- Windy and Rose act as foils for each other. What traits are opposite? What actions have/do these characters take that are different?
- How do Mariko and Jillian Tamaki balance the themes of comfort and change?
- I’ve got something to talk about that isn’t covered above, meet me in the comments!