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Oklahoma teen Neal Barton stands up for his favorite fantasy series, The Chronicles of Apathea Ravenchilde, when conservative Christians try to bully the town of Americus into banning it from the public library.
Publisher: New York : First Second, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781596436015
Characteristics: 215 p. :,chiefly ill. ;,23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Hill, Jonathan David


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Jun 27, 2017

It may be a minor conflict, but it's important to the hard luck protagonist in a small town America.
Nice to see for a positive portrayal of librarians.

May 15, 2016

Neal Barton has two problems. One, he's a fantasy-loving smart liberal kid trapped in a scary little Christian conservative town. Two, he he has a super-negative attitude towards life. The attitude may well be an effect of the town, but as various people around him gently point out, it's keeping him from enjoying the good things there are in his life.

In fairly quick succession, three things happen to change Neal's life. His gay best friend is sent to military school by his conservative parents. (Actually a relief for the friend, honestly, given the level of conflict at home.) He starts high school, which means meeting a bunch of kids who were in other middle schools. And town politics erupt over an attack on his favorite series, The Adventures of Apathea Ravenchilde, by conservative town citizens trying to save children from the evils of witchcraft by having it removed from the library. Neal has to find the strength to do two things simultaneously: make new friends, and stand up against censorship.

I love so many of the characters here, especially Neal's mom and the town's youth librarian who is SUCH a fangirl it's not even funny. In this book, young people aren't viewed as second class citizens by the good adults, and that's refreshing. The small town politics and conservative outrage are pitch perfect, especially in the City Council meetings, which echo a lot of the arguments I remember from my time growing up in the conservative Christian suburbs of Houston, Texas.

Bonus: a gay teen character who may not have the parents he’d choose, but who does not become tragic.

FW_librarian Jun 19, 2015

Good book for introducing how some books are challenged by special-interest groups. In this story, a mother recruits community members to force the public library to pull a popular adventure-fantasy series. The librarian asks a shy avid-reader teen to help convince the town the reason for freedom in expression, thought and access to all information.


YOU GOT TO FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHTS TO READ A BOOK!!! This book was very good. It leaves you thinking. Why is it that when you find something that you find fasinating, there's always someone saying it has some dark twisted meanig behind it. Like come on really are people really that bored with there lives.

semi1 Jul 06, 2013

I don't always read comic books, but this one was okay.

Jul 06, 2012


JINGNA_1 Jul 01, 2012

good book

lokiboo262 Jun 11, 2012

An entertaining read on how a difference o opinion can lead to people choose=ing sides in a seemingly important battle but it isn't really.
i enjoyed it and hope to see more from Mr.Reed

_hollister_ Jun 07, 2012

this book was really interesting about a boy who is fighting to keep his favorite book in the library and stores

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 05, 2012


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