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Eleanor and Park - Rainbow Rowell
ISBN: 9781250012579
Publication Date: 2013-02-26
Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits--smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

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George - Álex Gino
ISBN: 9780545812542
Publication Date: 2015-08-25
"When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she's not a boy. She knows she's a girl. George thinks she'll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte's Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can't even try out for the part . . . because she's a boy. With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte -- but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all"

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Speak - Laurie Halse Anderson
ISBN: 0374371520
Publication Date: 1999-10-22
A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect on Melinda's freshman year in high school.

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Looking for Alaska - John Green
ISBN: 0142402516
Publication Date: 2006-12-28
Sixteen-year-old Miles' first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.

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Animal Farm - George Orwell; Russell Baker (Preface by); C. M. Woodhouse (Introduction by)
ISBN: 0451526341
Publication Date: 2004-04-06
A political satire in which animals take over running a farm but find their utopian state turning into a dictatorship.

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Drama - Raina Telgemeier
ISBN: 9780545326995
Publication Date: 2012-09-01
Callie rides an emotional roller coaster while serving on the stage crew for a middle school production of Moon over Mississippi as various relationships start and end, and others never quite get going.

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Persepolis - Marjane Satrapi
ISBN: 037571457X
Publication Date: 2004-06-01
Contains black-and-white comic strip images in which the author shares the story of her life in Tehran, Iran, where she lived from ages six to fourteen while the country came under control of the Islamic regime.


What you NEED to know


Librarians defend the First Amendment Everyday!


Turn on the LIGHT


Simple Changes Make the World a Better Place


Understand the Vocab

To CENSOR is to delete (a word or passage of text) 

CENSORSHIP is the act or practice of censoring


A CHALLENGED book is one that a person or a group attempts to remove or restrict.

A BANNED book is one that is succesfully removed from a collection.

For Americans, speech and press are two of the human rights protected by the FIRST AMENDMENT to the US CONSTITUTION.


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