10 Most Challenged Books of 2020

10 Most Challenged Books of 2020

Recommendations

Every year, the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom releases a list of the top ten most banned or challenged books of the year. They take surveys and reports from libraries, schools, and independent media; and even then, they reported that “82-97% of book challenges remain unreported and receive no media.” That being said, of the 273 books the ALA saw mentioned as being challenged, these are those that were the most recurrent.   George by Alex Gino George focuses on a young, born male, child who knows deep down she is a girl. When the class puts on Charlotte’s Web, George …

Amazing New YA Novels You Must Read

Amazing New YA Novels You Must Read

Hello and welcome to your weekly guide of what to read this week. These five new YA novels are full of so much fun and adventure you’re just going to burst with reading excitement.   Concrete Roses by Anige Thomas Image via Amazon Concrete Roses, tells the story of seventeen year old Maverick Carter who has just found out he’s a father. Maverick knows that a real man takes care of his family and that’s what he’s going to do. However, the only way he knows how to provide for his family is to deal with the King Lords. Not …

Celebrating ‘Concrete Rose’ on its Publication Day

Celebrating ‘Concrete Rose’ on its Publication Day

Pop Culture

You may recognize the name Angie Thomas; she’s the author who wrote The Hate U Give (or THUG for short), a debut novel about an African American teenage girl, Starr, whose friend is killed in an incident of police brutality. Starr is forced to decide between her two worlds, (her home and her majority white school) in deciding where she stands. Will she fight for Khalil or hide?   The book, rightfully, blew up, gaining much critical acclaim. It has even spent 200 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller’s List. Yep, you read that right. Two hundred weeks! It …