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Americus by M.K. Reed
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Dec 20, 2011

really liked it
Read in December, 2011

Americus is the name of the town in Oklahoma where Neil and Danny live. The two have been eagerly awaiting the release of the latest book in the Chronicles of Apathea Ravenchilde series. Danny gets the book out first, but when his religious mom catches him reading a book about witches, she insists that the book be withdrawn from the public library. When Danny sticks up for the book and then announces he’s gay, his mom sends him to military school.

Neil then has to enter high school alone, but he makes some friends and grows up along the way, eventually sticking up for his favorite book series as well as for himself. I liked how Apathea’s story wove in with Neil’s, and I cared about the characters and rooted for them. The antagonists were a little two-dimensional, but it was interesting how much of a fuss they were able to stir up even with ill-founded arguments about why to censor a book.

For another graphic novel about growing up, try Smile by Raina Telgemeier. For coming-of-age fiction that includes cartoons, try The Accidental Genius of Weasel High by Rick Detorie or The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.
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