Join in any or all of our three discussion posts: Class Act by Jerry Craft Banned in several school districts for fear it would teach young readers Critical Race Theory. Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe #1 most challenged book in 2022, challenged for LGBTQIA+ content and claims it was sexually explicit. This One Summer by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki Banned and challenged because it includes LGBTQIA+ characters, drug use and profanity, and it was considered sexually explicit with mature themes. We’ve got discussion […]
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.
I haven’t often re-read books in the past decade as I’ve gone on my Cannonball journey. But sometimes I revisit an old favorite, or earlier books in a series before continuing with the newly published. Due to my personal commitment to reading banned and challenged books it has also meant that our Banned Book Week book clubs have included re-reads. I try to review the re-reads on their own merits – what was the reading experience this time. But in the case of Gender Queer my […]
Banned Graphic Novel Book Club Discussion Now Open – Join us today for the discussion! Hello my lovely fellow Cannonballers! We are a week away from this year’s Banned Graphic Novels Book Club! (Did September get away from anyone else? Just me?) We’ll be discussing Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe, Class Act by Jerry Craft, and This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki with topics ranging from how the art in each book impacted the meaning-making, to how much ‘explicit’ content is really present […]
Read as part of CBR15bingo: gender and banned. Maia Kobabe is a non-binary writer whose book Gender Queer has been banned at many schools and libraries across the country. It almost made perfect sense that when I saw I had to read a banned book on gender for this challenge, I’d get to Maia Kobabe’s work. Maia’s book seems to have been the spark that ignited the fires of book banning in Florida. I will not argue that most Americans have a complex understanding of gender. […]
CBR15 Bingo: Picture This (can also be used for Queer Lives) Official book description: In 2014, Maia Kobabe, who uses e/em/eir pronouns, thought that a comic of reading statistics would be the last autobiographical comic e would ever write. At the time, it was the only thing e felt comfortable with strangers knowing about em. Now, Gender Queer is here. Maia’s intensely cathartic autobiography charts eir journey of self-identity, which includes the mortification and confusion of adolescent crushes, grappling with how to come out to […]