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Links: ‘Drama’ Among the Most Challenged Books—Again

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The American Library Association released its list of the 10 most challenged books of 2017 last week, and this year, there was only one graphic novel: Raina Telgemeier’s Drama, which has become sort of a perennial. Some important takeaways from this year’s list is that more than ever, books for children and teens are being challenged, and that in many cases administrators are pre-emptively removing books in an attempt to avoid controversy. There’s more at the above link, including some downloadable graphics, and in the ALA’s State of America’s Libraries 2018 report.

Cover of 'Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass'

Cover of ‘Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass’

More Lumberjanes! BOOM! studios has announced an original Lumberjanes graphic novel, Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass. Here’s the executive summary:

Eisner Award-nominated writer Lilah Sturges (Jack of Fables, Justice Society of America) and rising-star artist polterink present an all-new story in Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s camp for Hardcore Lady-Types when Mal, Ripley, Molly, April & Jo become separated during an orienteering outing thanks to a mysterious compass. While Molly begins to feel more and more insecure about the effect of her relationship with Mal on the other girls, a lonely woman explorer is trying to steal the compass…with the help of some weirdly polite automaton butlers, of course.

In other news…


At the Bookends blog, Terry Hong rounds up some graphic novels for middle-grade and YA readers—some new, some not so new, but all worth a read.

Megan Rupe on The Altered History of Willow Sparks (No Flying, No Tights)
Jen Hubert on Brazen! Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World (Reading Rants)
Johanna Draper Carlson on Dead Weight: Murder at Camp Bloom (Comics Worth Reading)
Renata Sancken on Diary of a Reluctant Dreamer: Undocumented Vignettes from a Pre-American Life (No Flying, No Tights)
Andrew Wheeler on Lewis and Clark (ComicMix)
Stergios Botzakis on March: Book Three (Graphic Novel Resources)
Stergios Botzakis on Peter and Ernesto: A Tale of Two Sloths (Graphic Novel Resources)
Johanna Draper Carlson on several Phoebe and Her Unicorn books (Comics Worth Reading)
Stergios Botzakis on Scarlett Hart: Monster Hunter (Graphic Novel Resources)
Mexi Gremillion on Scales & Scoundrels #8 (Comicosity)
Stergios Botzakis on Science Comics: Robots & Drones (Graphic Novel Resources)
Darcy Forrester on the latest issue of Shonen Jump (Multiversity Comics)
Spokhette on Sonic the Hedgehog #1 (Comicosity)
Sarah Stevenson on Soupy Leaves Home (Finding Wonderland)
Sarah Stevenson on Suee and the Shadow (Finding Wonderland)
A Library Girl on vols. 2 and 3 of Yukarism (A Library Girl’s Familiar Diversions)

Brigid Alverson About Brigid Alverson

Brigid Alverson, the editor of the Good Comics for Kids blog, has been reading comics since she was 4. She has an MFA in printmaking and has worked as a book editor and a newspaper reporter; now she is assistant to the mayor of Melrose, Massachusetts. In addition to editing GC4K, she writes about comics and graphic novels at MangaBlog, SLJTeen, Publishers Weekly Comics World, Comic Book Resources, MTV Geek, and Good Brigid is married to a physicist and has two daughters in college, which is why she writes so much. She was a judge for the 2012 Eisner Awards.

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