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Banned Book Club

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Great graphic novel about teen girl's political awakening.

A young woman clutching a book stands in front of a cultural celebration.

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This compelling graphic novel offers a lot of food for thought on much more than just banning books, packed into a slim volume. Banned Book Club is based on real events, and relatable protagonist Hyun Sook gets readers thinking about government, family, literature, resilience, protest, democracy, access to information, and lots more. The black-and-white illustrations are dynamic and dramatic.

Some transitions from one thing to another, especially when lightening things with a bit of humor, are abrupt and jarring. Also, sometimes they're paired with character drawings that don't have distinguishing features, or are from a far-off point of view, so it can take a minute to figure out who's talking. But readers will find a lot to think and talk about issues important to teens, especially if they're interested in politics and activism.

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