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.
This One Summer is a re-read for me. It is also the book I have read in the past few years specifically from the Banned Book List put out by the ALA that makes me scratch my head the most. It is because this is the book that hit #1 most challenged in 2016 and was why I read it in 2017. It then came back to the top ten in 2018. It did not make sense to me then, and it makes little sense […]
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 […]
#CBR10Bingo: Snubbed- it won the Eisner Award in 2015, but was also nominated for a whole host of other things that it lost out on. Every summer Rose and her parents go to Arwago Beach. They have their set rituals and it’s Rose’s favourite time of the year. Her friend Windy is also there, and she and Rose are inseparable all summer. Something is different this year, though. There’s a tension between Rose’s parents and they keep fighting when they think Rose can’t hear them. For […]
Each year, I try to read a frequently challenged or banned book during Banned Books Week (September 24-30). I have very particular feelings about the concept of banning or suppressing works of fiction because they do not fit into a particular worldview (I’m staunchly against it). Do I think every book should have an audience and be read? Probably not. However, I do believe in our ability to choose for ourselves what we should read, and that banning or challenging books which only serve to […]