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Americus by M.K. Reed
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Dec 20, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: comics, teens, summer-reading
Read in December, 2011

Great story about a boy, Neil, growing up in small town middle America. His best friend has been sent away to military school (for disobeying his ultra-conservative Christian mom, and for being gay, though the mom pretends that isn't true) and Neil is small, nerdy, and really into reading, so you already know his first year of high school is going to be disastrous. Then, the best friend’s mom gets the town folks all up in arms about a fantasy series that is corrupting kids by turning them on to witchcraft and the occult. I couldn’t put this book down! The characters are realistic and rarely go overboard into stereotypes (even the Christians!); there is an awesome small-town librarian who is all about fighting for the freedom to read; and, there are excerpts from the (fictional) fantasy series interspersed with the “real” story. The artwork is really, really good. I think a lot of young teens (6th – 8th grade) will relate to this book.

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