What books does the school library target?

Gender Queer: A Memoir”, Maia Kobabe, 2019

Introduction: An autobiographical graphic novel that depicts the self-identity journey of a non-binary author, including adolescent obsessions and how to get out of family and social struggles.

Reason for questioning: pornographic content

Challenge locations: Florida, Maine, New Jersey, Ohio, Rhode Island, Virginia, Texas, Washington

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“Lawn Boys”, Jonathan Evison, 2018

Introduction: A semi-autobiographical growth novel about the young Mexican American Mike Muñoz (Mike Muñoz), who has faced hardships since he was a child and is experiencing a new stage of self-discovery.

Reason for questioning: pornographic content

Challenge locations: Maine, New Jersey, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia

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“New Kid”, Jerry Craft, 2019

Introduction: A graphic novel about a 12-year-old black boy, Jordan Banks, who experienced culture shock while attending a private school. This book is semi-autobiographical, based on the experience of the author and his two sons.

Reason for challenge: “Critical race theory”

Challenge location: Texas

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“Breakthrough”, Cathy G. Johnson, 2019

Introduction: A graphic novel focuses on children of different groups, one of which is gay and the other is transgender.

Reasons for the challenge: sexual elements, “critical race theory”

Where is it being challenged: Texas

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“Out of the Dark”, Ashley Hope Pérez, 2015

Introduction: A novel about apartheid, love, family, and the power to destroy mankind, adapted from the school bombing in New London, Texas in 1937.

Reason for questioning: pornographic content

Challenge locations: Missouri, Texas, Virginia

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“Ruby Bridges Going to School: My True Story”, Ruby Bridges, 2009

Introduction: The true story tells how 6-year-old Ruby Bridges braved an angry crowd in 1960 to become the first black student to enter the all-white school in New Orleans.

Reason for challenge: “Critical race theory”

Challenge location: Tennessee. A related book, The Story of Ruby Bridge, published by Robert Coles in 1995, was challenged in Kentucky.

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