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Friday, November 17, 2017

Funny Friday


Peanuts                                                                   by Charles Schulz





Friday, November 10, 2017

Funny Friday

Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis














 (Originally published on November 8, 2017)



    

Friday, October 20, 2017

2017 Teens' Top Ten



10. If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo 

 9.  Genius: The Game by Leopold Gout 

 8. Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch 

 7. P.S. I Like You by Kasie West 

 6. Heartless by Marissa Meyer 

 5. this is where it ends by Marieke Nijkamp

 4. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare 

 3. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

 2. Scythe by Neal Shusterman

 1. Don't Get Caught by Kurt Dinan

Monday, September 18, 2017

It's Banned Books Week




Top Ten for 2016

Out of 323 challenges recorded by the Office for Intellectual Freedom

  1. This One Summer written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
    Reasons: challenged because it includes LGBT characters, drug use and profanity, and it was considered sexually explicit with mature themes.
  2. Drama written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier
    Reasons: challenged because it includes LGBT characters, was deemed sexually explicit, and was considered to have an offensive political viewpoint.
  3. George written by Alex Gino
    Reasons: challenged because it includes a transgender child, and the “sexuality was not appropriate at elementary levels”.
  4. I Am Jazz written by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, and illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas
    Reasons: challenged because it portrays a transgender child and because of language, sex education, and offensive viewpoints.
  5. Two Boys Kissing written by David Levithan
    Reasons: challenged because its cover has an image of two boys kissing, and it was considered to include sexually explicit LGBT content.
  6. Looking for Alaska written by John Green
    Reasons: challenged for a sexually explicit scene that may lead a student to “sexual experimentation”.
  7. Big Hard Sex Criminals written by Matt Fraction and illustrated by Chip Zdarsky
    Reason: challenged because it was considered sexually explicit.
  8. Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread written by Chuck Palahniuk
    Reasons: challenged for profanity, sexual explicitness, and being “disgusting and all around offensive”.
  9. Little Bill (series) written by Bill Cosby and and illustrated by Varnette P. Honeywood
    Reason: challenged because of criminal sexual allegations against the author
  10. Eleanor & Park written by Rainbow Rowell.
    Reason: challenged for offensive language.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Funny Friday

Incidental Comics                                                                           by Grant Snider
Originally published in the New York Times Sunday Book Review 4/1/2012