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From 1852 published Uncle Tom’s Cabin By Harriet Beecher Stowe for Last Year’s Challenge “MAUS” Art Spiegelman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about the Holocaust has been the subject of debate by some people who want to control what others read.

Each year the American Library Association compiles a new list of banned and challenging books, considered disapproved due to controversial or miscellaneous material, putting these books at risk of being removed from library shelves. Check out the following new titles to guess if they can be challenged next. Decide for yourself and celebrate the freedom to read during Banned Books Week from September 18-24. See https://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks for more information.

“TANQUERAY” (921 Johnson) by Stephanie Johnson and Brandon Stanton will delight Stanton fans “Human New York” (974.7 ST), where he takes a deep look into the life story of one of the women photographed there. Stephanie Johnson, also known by her stage name, Tancray, grew up in an upper-middle-class background, but was always at odds with her mother who pressured her black daughter to succeed in a white world. Stephanie took to the streets of New York, got involved in dancing and stripping, and made more money than was possible in a nine-to-five job. As her fame fades with age, Tanqueray discovers, as we all eventually do, that a good relationship is better than all the money in the world.

In short, a delicious life. By Neil Stevens (Adult Literature) is a mixture of ghost story, historical fiction and romance, set in 1838 when composer Frédéric Chopin and French writer Georges Sand arrive on the Caribbean island of Mallorca together for a sunny winter vacation. Blanca, who died nearly 400 years ago at the age of 14, spends her time near the monastery where she lives, researching the memories of those who are still alive. When Blanca sets her sights on George, a woman in pants who has escaped her unhappy marriage to live a more liberated life, she is smitten and spends a lot of time exploring George’s thoughts and sensual nature. Readers are also given glimpses into Blanca’s short mortal life.

A quick and easy guide to QUEER & TRANS HIDENTITIES By Mady G. & JR Zuckerberg (YA Graphic) Illustrated in full, using a set of animated snails to illustrate questions about LGBTQ teens. These strange snails recognize the label, “Like me,” Gender identity, dysphoria, asexuality, and gender expression. As the snails move through these beneficial seasons, they find universal advice about relationships and communication between partners. This book will help everyone (not just snails) relate to those in society who may not fit pre-conceived stereotypes.

“Nothing burns as bright as you.” Ashley Woodfolk (Adolescent Fiction) is a book in verse that outlines the relationship between two 16-year-old girls trying to discover who they are sexually, while navigating the level of connection necessary for teen dating. The narrator’s teenage years, chronicling the struggle she had to express her feelings, is exacerbated by her intense obsession with her (unofficial) friend. The author never mentions any of the characters, but he describes them accurately and readers will have no doubts about their identities.

Abroad: Into the Queer New Yonder Edited by Saundra Mitchell (Teen Fiction) is a collection of 17 short stories by seventeen authors featuring queer characters who travel through time trying to learn history, travel in and out of others’ bodies for multicultural experiences, and travel into space as the world becomes incapable. to preserve human life. These thought-provoking stories are mostly science fiction, and each has a creative story and a unique perspective.

“the cold” By Mariko Tamaki (Teenage Novel) is a novel written in two voices, reflecting the different points of view of Georgia and Todd. Like the characters in Tamaki’s award-winning graphic novels, “this summer” And the “LAURA DEAN KEEPS scatter with me,” Georgia and Todd are both attracted to same-sex relationships, but the world doesn’t want to know that. Georgia is calm and thoughtful, and she has been bullied most of her life by the unlovable and unpleasant girls at her private school. She became befriended by Carrie, who broke up with famous girls. However, Georgia is obsessed with killing a student in the same class (and school) as her older brother, Mark. Todd’s ghost, hovering over his naked and dead body, follows two police investigators as they reconstruct the events leading up to his death. Georgia’s brother and new boyfriend become suspects, as the investigation uncovers more clues, and threatens to destroy the world she knows.

Written by Lynette Sukko

reference librarian

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