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Book Recommendation: Americus

Americus MK Reed

 

Americus is a graphic novel by M.K. Reed and Jonathan David Hill. The plot is analogous to the censorship debates surrounding the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling and book censorship in the U.S.A. in general, citing prior conflicts over Judy Blume and other authors whose works faced censorship. The authors devised an imaginary young adult high fantasy series that religious members of the local community take offense to and try to remove from circulation at the public library. The main character and supporters of the book find themselves in the minority in a heated ongoing conflict where the main character has the opportunity to defend the books he loves. The authors show many facets of the conflict and treat it with more complexity than just a clash of opinions. The characters in the community are given the depth to show their different viewpoints and why they have them. The art is consistently good throughout the book and the sympathies lie with the main character who is in the process of growing up.

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