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 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.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.

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 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.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

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. by Judy Blume

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dc.title Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.
dc.creator Blume, Judy
dc.subject Teenage girls- Fiction.; Religions- Juvenile fiction.; Conduct of life- Juvenile fiction.; Puberty- Juvenile fiction. LCSH
dc.description Margaret shares her secrets and her spirituality in this iconic Judy Blume novel, beloved by millions, that now has a fresh new look. Margaret Simon, almost twelve, likes long hair, tuna fish, the smell of rain, and things that are pink. She’s just moved from New York City to Farbook, New Jersey, and is anxious to fit in with her new friends—Nancy, Gretchen, and Janie. When they form a secret club to talk about private subjects like boys, bras, and getting their first periods, Margaret is happy to belong. But none of them can believe Margaret doesn’t have religion, and that she isn’t going to the Y or the Jewish Community Center. What they don’t know is Margaret has her own very special relationship with God. She can talk to God about everything—family, friends, even Moose Freed, her secret crush. Margaret is funny and real, and her thoughts and feelings are oh-so-relatable—you’ll feel like she’s talking right to you, sharing her secrets with a friend.
dc.publisher Atheneum Books for Young Readers
dc.contributor Judy Blume 2014-04-29 W3CDTF
dc.type Text DCMIType
dc.format Paperback book; 192 pages; 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.6 in.
dc.identifier ISBN-13: 978-1481409933 ISBN
dc.language en-US RFC4646
dc.relation Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. by Judy Blume; originally published by Yearling, New York: 1970
dc.coverage 1970-2014
dc.rights All rights reserved

Margaret Simon, an almost 12-year-old girl, deals with moving to a new town and all the trials and tribulations that come with puberty: bras, periods, and boys. On top of it all, Margaret deals with her mixed religious heritage. Judy Blume has written several books that are often challenged; from 1990-1999, she had five books on the “100 Most Frequently Challenged Books” list (American Library Association, n.d.). Reasons for its frequent challenges include: sexually offensive, amoral/immoral, profane, and anti-Christian (Half Price Books, n.d.).

American Library Association. (n.d.). 100 most frequently challenged books: 1990–1999. Retrieved April 26, 2016, from–1999

Half Price Books. (n.d.). Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. Retrieved April 26, 2016, from

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

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dc.title The Lovely Bones
dc.creator Sebold, Alice
dc.subject Murder victims’ families- Fiction.; Teenage girls- Crimes against- Fiction. LCSH
dc.description When we first meet 14-year-old Susie Salmon, she is already in heaven. This was before milk carton photos and public service announcements, she tells us; back in 1973, when Susie mysteriously disappeared, people still believed these things didn’t happen. In the sweet, untroubled voice of a precocious teenage girl, Susie relates the awful events of her death and her own adjustment to the strange new place she finds herself. It looks a lot like her school playground, with the good kind of swing sets. With love, longing, and a growing understanding, Susie watches her family as they cope with their grief, her father embarks on a search for the killer, her sister undertakes a feat of amazing daring, her little brother builds a fort in her honor and begin the difficult process of healing. In the hands of a brilliant novelist, this story of seemingly unbearable tragedy is transformed into a suspenseful and touching story about family, memory, love, heaven, and living.
dc.publisher Back Bay Books
dc.contributor Alice Sebold 2004-04-20 W3CDTF
dc.type Text DCMIType
dc.format Paperback book; 352 pages; 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 in.
dc.identifier ISBN-13: 978-0316168816 ISBN
dc.language en-US RFC4646
dc.relation The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold; originally published by Little, Brown, New York: 2002
dc.coverage 2002-2004
dc.rights All rights reserved

Susie Salmon, a 14-year-old girl, who on her walk home from school is lured into a hideout created by George Harvey, her 36-year-old neighbor. He then proceeds to rape, murder, and dismember her, and then disposes of her remains into a sinkhole. The rest of the story revolves around Susie watching her family and friends deal with the aftermath of her murder and how Susie comes to terms with what happened to her. The Lovely Bones was first challenged at a middle school in Connecticut, and as subsequently been challenged in other schools, due to many believing the content was “too mature/frightening for middle school students” (Marshall University Libraries, 2010).

Marshall University Libraries. (2010, August 6). Banned books: The Lovely Bones. Retrieved April 26, 2016, from