Banned Books Week: Some Reviews of Banned/Callenged Books We’ve Read- Carly’s Picks

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian
by Sherman Alexie

The story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Junior leaves the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Poignant, amusing and well-written — The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian chronicles the adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he thought he was destined to live.

Blankets by Craig Thompson

Craig Thompson tells us about his youth. He includes stories about sibling rivalry, meeting his first love, and figuring out his own spiritual path. Beautiful artwork.

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

In Where the Wild Things Are, mischievous Max is sent to bed without supper. Using his vivid imagination, Max sails to the land of Wild Things and becomes the king of a group of terrible, wild beasts. After dancing with the monsters in a “wild rumpus” for a while, he soon grows homesick and returns to his bedroom where he finds a hot supper waiting for him. Beautiful illustrations.

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