I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

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dc.title I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
dc.creator Angelou, Maya
dc.subject Autobiography; Blacks–United States; Racism–United States; Statutory rape; Sexually abused children; Motherhood. LCSH
dc.description I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is a 1969 autobiography about the early years of American writer and poet Maya Angelou.
dc.publisher Random House
dc.date 1969 W3CDTF
dc.type Text DCMIType
dc.format Paperback; 304 pages; 5-⅝ x 8-¼ in.
dc.identifier ISBN: 978-0812980028
dc.source http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/3924/i-know-why-the-caged-bird-sings-by-maya-angelou/9780812980028/
dc.language en-US RFC4646
dc.relation I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou; originally published by Random House; New York, 1969.
dc.rights Maya Angelou

Angelou’s autobiographical work has been challenged in 15 states. It is frequently banned or challenged in high schools and junior high schools. Censors cite its sexually explicit scenes, use of language, and religious depictions.
http://www.ala.org/bbooks/100-most-frequently-challenged-books-1990%E2%80%931999

Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

 

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dc.title Fun Home
dc.creator Bechdel, Alison, 1960-
dc.subject Lesbian and gay experience; Lesbian college students; Suicide; Families; Gay fathers; Memoirs and biographies. LCSH
dc.description Fun Home, subtitled A Family Tragicomic, is a 2006 graphic memoir by the American writer Alison Bechdel, author of the comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For.
dc.publisher Houghton Mifflin
dc.date 06-08-2006 W3CDTF
dc.type Text and Image DCMIType
dc.format Hardcover; 232 pages; 6 x 0.7 x 9 in.
dc.identifier ISBN: 978-0618871711
dc.source http://www.amazon.com/Fun-Home-Tragicomic-Alison-Bechdel/dp/0618871713
dc.language en-US RFC4646
dc.relation Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel; originally published by Houghton Mifflin; Boston: June 8, 2006.
dc.rights Alison Bechdel

Bechdel’s book portrays intimate relationships between lesbian and gay characters. Students and patrons of libraries have objected to the book, calling it “pornography” for its depictions of sexuality.

http://www.marshallnews.com/story/1172698.html

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

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dc.title The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-time Indian
dc.creator Alexie, Sherman
dc.subject Fiction – Native America, Fiction – Indian, Fiction – Reservation, Fiction – Teenage Boys, Fiction – Race relations, Fiction – alcoholism, Fiction – cartoonist
dc.description Junior is a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.
dc.publisher Little Brown Books for Young Readers
dc.contributor Sherman Alexie and Ellen Forney – Illustrator
dc.date September 12, 2007
dc.type Text
dc.format Hardcover, 240 pages, 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
dc.identifier 978-0316013680 ISBN
dc.source http://www.amazon.com/Absolutely-True-Diary-Part-Time-Indian/dp/0316013684/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1462129354&sr=1-1
dc.language en-US
dc.relation The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie, September 12, 2007
dc.rights All rights reserved

Arnold Spirit, a goofy-looking dork with a decent jumpshot, spends his time lamenting life on the “poor-ass” Spokane Indian reservation, drawing cartoons (which accompany, and often provide more insight than, the narrative), and, along with his aptly named pal Rowdy, laughing those laughs over anything and nothing that affix best friends so intricately together. When a teacher pleads with Arnold to want more, to escape the hopelessness of the rez, Arnold switches to a rich white school and immediately becomes as much an outcast in his own community as he is a curiosity in his new one. He weathers the typical teenage indignations and triumphs like a champ but soon faces far more trying ordeals as his home life begins to crumble and decay amidst the suffocating mire of alcoholism on the reservation

From the Huffington Post on a school in Idaho that has banned the book:

The school board’s decision to seek an alternative book to convey “the cultural messages” of Alexie’s work came after complaints from parents that the book contained sexually charged material inappropriate for their children, was peppered with pejorative terms for women, people of various races and those with learning disabilities and mocked Christian beliefs.

Descriptions retrieved 01 May 2016 from: http://www.amazon.com/Absolutely-True-Diary-Part-Time-Indian/dp/0316013684/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1462129354&sr=1-1 and

Idaho bans native american book. Huffington Post. Retrieved 01 May 2016: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/04/idaho-bans-native-american-book_n_5094525.html

Drama by Raina Telgemeier

dc.title Drama
dc.creator Telgemeier, Raina
dc.subject Fiction – Graphic Novel, Fiction – Middle School, Fiction – Drama Club, Fiction – Homosexuality, Fiction – Bisexuality, Fiction – Girls, Teen, Fiction – Brothers
dc.description Callie loves theater. And while she would totally try out for her middle school’s production of Moon over Mississippi, she can’t really sing. Instead she’s the set designer for the drama department’s stage crew, and this year she’s determined to create a set worthy of Broadway on a middle-school budget. But how can she, when she doesn’t know much about carpentry, ticket sales are down, and the crew members are having trouble working together? Not to mention the onstage AND offstage drama that occurs once the actors are chosen. And when two cute brothers enter the picture, things get even crazier!
dc.publisher Graphix
dc.contributor Raina Telgemeier
dc.date July 29, 2014
dc.type Text and Graphics
dc.format Hardcover, 240 pages,  5.7 x 1 x 8.1 inches
dc.identifier 978-0545326988 ISBN
dc.source http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00J417G2G/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?ie=UTF8&btkr=1
dc.language en-USA
dc.relation Drama by Raina Telgemeier Published by Graphix on July 29, 2014
dc.rights All Rights Reserved

Callie loves the theater, even if she can’t sing well enough to perform in her beloved musicals. But when drama and romance—both onstage and off—cause problems, Callie finds that set design may be the easiest part of putting on a play. Telgemeier is prodigiously talented at telling cheerful stories with realistic portrayals of middle-school characters. Callie is likable, hardworking, and enthusiastic, but she is as confused about relationships and love as any young teen, and she flits from crush to crush in a believable fashion. Nonactors will love having a spotlight shine on the backstage action, but even those who shun the stage will identify with this roller-coaster ride through young teen emotions. In addressing issues such as homosexuality, Drama is more teen oriented than Telgemeier’s elementary-school-friendly Smile (2010). Her deceptively simple art may seem cartoonish, but it is grounded in a firm sense of style and washed in warm colors to give the story an open, welcoming feel. In this realistic and sympathetic story, feelings and thoughts leap off the page, revealing Telgemeier’s keen eye for young teen life.

Although most readers of all ages found Drama to be just as endearing and authentic as Telgemeier’s other books Smile and Sisters, a small but vocal minority have objected to the inclusion of two gay characters, one of whom shares a chaste on-stage kiss with another boy. Negative online reader reviews have accused Telgemeier of literally hiding an agenda inside brightly-colored, tween-friendly covers, but in an interview with TeenReadsshe said that while she and her editors at Scholastic were very careful to make the book age-appropriate, they never considered omitting the gay characters because “finding your identity, whether gay or straight, is a huge part of middle school.”

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Case Study: Drama. Comic Book Legal Defense Fund http://cbldf.org/banned-comic/banned-challenged-comics/case-study-drama/