Read a Banned Book: This One Summer

30 Sep

Summer is over but if you want to enjoy a graphic novel about a coming of age story then you should read This One Summer by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki. The story begins with two friends who meet each other every summer in a small beach town. The best friends Rose and Windy are like two inseparable sisters. They have many adventures down by the beach. They always look for distractions to ignore the drama that they both have in their everyday life. They learn that life is hard and full of many sorrows. The two girls learn that there is more to life than just boys and candy. They both begin to understand the meaning of becoming older and the value in real friendships. I highly recommend this graphic novel. I would rate it five out of five stars! 

Banned Books Week runs from September 27-October 3, 2020, this annual event celebrates the freedom to read. It draws attention to censorship by highlighting works that have been targets of removal in libraries and schools. You can read more about Banned Books Week from the American Library Association. Despite This One Summer winning several awards including The Caldecott Honor the year before, in 2016 the Office of Intellectual Freedom listed This One Summer as one of the top 10 Banned Books. It was “challenged because it includes LGBT characters, drug use and profanity, and it was considered sexually explicit with mature themes.” Celebrate your freedom to decide and read what you feel is appropriate for you and your family today!

Review Written by:
Michelle Valle
Circulation Assistant

Banned Book Week Information by:
Aimee Harris
Head of Information and Digital Services

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