Weekly Book List: Week 39 (Banned Books)

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian / Sherman Alexie

Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. (TEEN FIC ALEXIE)


Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic / Alison Bechdel

An unusual memoir done in the form of a graphic novel by a cult favorite comic artist offers a darkly funny family portrait that details her relationship with her father, a historic preservation expert dedicated to restoring the family’s Victorian home, funeral home director, high-school English teacher, and closeted homosexual. (GRAPHIC BECHDEL)

The Chocolate War / Robert Cormier

Jerry Renault is forced into a psychological showdown with Trinity School’s gang leader, Archie Costello, for refusing to be bullied into selling chocolates for the annual fund raising. (TEEN PBK CORMIER)


Looking for Alaska / John Green

Sixteen-year-old Miles’ first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash. (TEEN FIC GREEN)


Brave New World / Aldous Huxley

Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming and media–has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller’s genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity. (FIC HUXLEY)

Boy Meets Boy / David Levithan

When Paul falls hard for Noah, he thinks he has found his one true love, but when Noah walks out of his life, Paul has to find a way to get him back and make everything right once more. (TEEN FIC LEV)


Kaffir Boy: The True Story of a Black Youth’s Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa / Mark Mathabane

A Black writer describes his childhood in South Africa under apartheid and recounts how Arthur Ashe and Stan Smith helped him leave for America on a tennis scholarship. (968 MAT)


Eleanor & Park / Rainbow Rowell

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits–smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. (TEEN FIC ROWELL)


Saga: Volume 1 / Brian Vaughn

Two soldiers from opposite sides of a galactic war, fall in love and risk everything when they decide to start a family. (GRAPHIC VAUGHN VOL. 1)


The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq / Jeanette Winter

Presents the true story of how Alia Baker, the librarian of the Basra library, and her friends managed to save the books of the library before the library was burned to the ground during the 2003 Iraq War. (E WIN)

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