Americus

Americus[Download] ✤ Americus By M.K. Reed – Heartforum.co.uk Neal Barton just wants to read in peace Unluckily for him, some local Christian activists are trying to get his favorite fantasy series banned from the Americus public library on grounds of immoral co Neal Barton just wants to read in peace Unluckily for him, some local Christian activists are trying to get his favorite fantasy series banned from the Americus public library on grounds of immoral content and heresy Something has to be done, and it looks like quiet, shy Neal is going to have to do it With youth services librarian Charlotte Murphy at his back, Neal finds himself leading the charge to defend the mega bestselling fantasy series that makes his life worth living This funny, gripping, and relatable tale of life and local politics in middle America is currently being serialized online.

MK Reed is a cartoonist currently living in Brooklyn, NY Her book Americus, drawn by Jonathan Hill, is currently being serialized at SaveApatheaShe also is a contributor to The Beat and Publisher s Weekly.

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  • Paperback
  • 216 pages
  • Americus
  • M.K. Reed
  • English
  • 06 July 2019
  • 1596436018

10 thoughts on “Americus

  1. Calista says:

    I thought this book was good It was also heavy handed on the issue of censorship Instead of taking an issue and letting the reader decide what they think by showing all sides, the perspective is from that of the author and the author gives us what to think I am against censorship and I am for free speech There was no nuance about this issue I know there are people out there like this, but only showing them in their small minded selves doesn t really help I like that the book is a fantasy H I thought this book was good It was also heavy handed on the issue of censorship Instead of taking an issue and letting the reader decide what they think by showing all sides, the perspective is from that of the author and the author gives us what to think I am against censorship and I am for free speech There was no nuance about this issue I know there are people out there like this, but only showing them in their small minded selves doesn t really help I like that the book is a fantasy Harry Potter like book A mother goes crazy over the book as her son is a teenager and no longer listening to her The library leads a charge to keep the book from being banned This kind of stuff drives me crazy When a group of people think they know what is best for everyone and they try and control ideas It really pushes my buttons I think it was a good story and I think it could havenuance and perspective Still, I m glad that Freedom prevailed in this story A needed break from all the chaos in the world

  2. Sesana says:

    Neil Barton hates his small town, Americus He uses his love of books as a shield to keep the rest of the world at bay And then his best friend s mother starts a campaign to get the Apathea Ravenchilde books, Neil s favorite series, pulled from the local library I m of two minds about this book On one hand, Reed went for the most over the top possible book banning scenario And yet, that doesn t make it any less realistic of a scenario Sure, most censorship attempts are far calmer, but if yo Neil Barton hates his small town, Americus He uses his love of books as a shield to keep the rest of the world at bay And then his best friend s mother starts a campaign to get the Apathea Ravenchilde books, Neil s favorite series, pulled from the local library I m of two minds about this book On one hand, Reed went for the most over the top possible book banning scenario And yet, that doesn t make it any less realistic of a scenario Sure, most censorship attempts are far calmer, but if you don t think that there are people who could work themselves into an identical frenzy in real life over a middle grade fantasy series, you haven t paid attention to the extremes of the debate over Harry Potter The censorship side of the debate in Americus could be made up entirely of direct quotes from people opposed to Harry Potter in real life So yes, it is a realistic look at an extreme attempt at book banning that could really happen and has happened in modern America But that is really at the far, extreme edges of the issues surrounding censorship, and it lets the author present the issue as good vs evil, when it s seldom that simple.I was also disconcerted with how Neil s friend, Danny, was handled Early in the book, he comes out to his parents, and is immediately shipped off That wasn t what worried me It s a valid plot development, if handled well The problem is that Danny is just bundled off and largely forgotten about When he does come up in conversation, it s usually handled fairly well The scenes with his younger sister trying to deal with his absence are heartbreaking, and the family not dealing with the issue is probably realistic I just wish that Danny had been giventime As it is, he s just a pointless subplot, and I think he, and the issue, deservethan that.So yes, mixed feelings I admire what the author was trying to do, but a less extreme banning attempt would have beenrealistic, and let the book becomethan just a lecture I also felt like Danny s subplot wasn t given the space it deserved, which is a shame I think Reed could have done a great job with it, if she d actually given his storyattention On the other hand, Apathea Ravenchilde is a great name for an epic fantasy heroine

  3. Stephen says:

    Trust me, just skip it You know how you occassionally take a chance on a book that has a bouncy description in your monthly Previews comic book shop order without any knowledge of the artist or the writer Well, I took a chance on this one and I regret it Artwise, everything is serviceable Storywise, this thing blows The protagonist has nothing to do in his small town except read a female centric fantasy series I look at this character and wonder if it is the town that is boring and life Trust me, just skip it You know how you occassionally take a chance on a book that has a bouncy description in your monthly Previews comic book shop order without any knowledge of the artist or the writer Well, I took a chance on this one and I regret it Artwise, everything is serviceable Storywise, this thing blows The protagonist has nothing to do in his small town except read a female centric fantasy series I look at this character and wonder if it is the town that is boring and lifeless or if the character lacks the imagination to enjoy himself anywhere The protagonist s best friend announces he is gay and his conservative family promptly ships him off to military schooland he hates it Really Cuz military school is one of the few places where they let tweens blow shit up, which should be sorta cool for a character coming from a boring small town Plus, he s surrounded 24 7 by males who are fit and ripped sounds like gayboy Shangri la to me The main conflict comes from the conservative parent who seeks to get the aforementioned fantasy series banned from the local library The parent is physically shown to be a fat slob who is practically foaming at the mouth as she proclaims to be personally speaking for God at a public meeting M.K Reed must have been raised on Harry Potter because the author never learned that you don t have to demonize your antagonist in every concievable way Make them real, give them legitimate concerns and believable motivations, and your story will be much improved There are legitimate concerns regarding the influences that children are exposed to As a parent, I want to have a great deal of insight into what my child is reading and watching, because there are people out there who will peddle everything from smut to carcinogens to my kid without a moment s hesitation Annnnnnd that was about it for the book No interesting characters, predictable simplistic story that never pursued the premise beyond the starting gate, and the art was nothing to write home about Just skip it

  4. First Second Books says:

    We re so excited to be publishing this book for banned book day It s got small towns and censorship and kids working in the library and helping their community Oh, and girls in shop class.Whatcould you ask for

  5. Anne says:

    I really enjoyed this Yes, it s a drastically oversimplified version of the library reconsideration of materials process, and yes, the angry religious parents trying to ban a fantasy series from the town library are entirely one dimensional I also take issue with the librarian who claims to have personally read every book in her library I am a librarian, and I doubt I m in a double digits percent on that one However, I do not take issue with how awesome the librarian character is, or the ge I really enjoyed this Yes, it s a drastically oversimplified version of the library reconsideration of materials process, and yes, the angry religious parents trying to ban a fantasy series from the town library are entirely one dimensional I also take issue with the librarian who claims to have personally read every book in her library I am a librarian, and I doubt I m in a double digits percent on that one However, I do not take issue with how awesome the librarian character is, or the geeky sweet mentor ish relationship she has with the main character a smart, awkward, book loving 14 year old named Neil I m not sure how this book would go over with an actual teenager, but for me it was total comics comfort food, especially the scenes where the cool older kid introduces Neil to punk music for the first time and the montage of teachers first day speeches to new high school students It s not particularly challenging or complex, but it is really sweet and full of extremely likable people Very gentle values reaffirmation reading

  6. Stefanie Kellum says:

    This one s a tough one to review While I loved the victorious tale of a fight against book banning, I almost felt offended at times at some of the jokes made at Christians expense that really did nothing to further the story but rather just made all Christians look like angry raving lunatics with no regard for literature at all I love the main character, and I love the librarian, but all the Christians in this book are horrible people, and that s not realistic at all There are many Christian This one s a tough one to review While I loved the victorious tale of a fight against book banning, I almost felt offended at times at some of the jokes made at Christians expense that really did nothing to further the story but rather just made all Christians look like angry raving lunatics with no regard for literature at all I love the main character, and I love the librarian, but all the Christians in this book are horrible people, and that s not realistic at all There are many Christians, who like me a librarian as well , are appalled by the idea of book banning Overall, I love the message of this book, but I just feel like it took a few too many unnecessary jabs at Christians and lumped all Christians into the same ultra conservative, intolerant mold

  7. Sharon says:

    Not that I m biased or anything, but books with cool librarians who try to fend off overly religious book challenges have a special place in my affections The bible thumper half of town gets up in arms about a fantasy book series, and their book banning is the frame for a young man s journey through freshman year Homophobia, rural drug use and single mom anxiety all make an appearance Keep your eye on secondary characters they seem to pop back up later The characters here are mostly one dim Not that I m biased or anything, but books with cool librarians who try to fend off overly religious book challenges have a special place in my affections The bible thumper half of town gets up in arms about a fantasy book series, and their book banning is the frame for a young man s journey through freshman year Homophobia, rural drug use and single mom anxiety all make an appearance Keep your eye on secondary characters they seem to pop back up later The characters here are mostly one dimensional A little balance would have pushed this one higher An enjoyable, though not perfect, read

  8. Mark says:

    It breaks my heart that this is happening in another town The Ravenchilde books are the best thing to happen to literacy practically since the alphabet was invented I ve seen kids completely transformed once they start reading Apathea Overnight, they re avid readers They dramatically improve in school, and becomeintellectually curious These books keep their imaginations alive That s priceless Neil Barton feels like an outcast in his small town of Americus, Oklahoma His best friend It breaks my heart that this is happening in another town The Ravenchilde books are the best thing to happen to literacy practically since the alphabet was invented I ve seen kids completely transformed once they start reading Apathea Overnight, they re avid readers They dramatically improve in school, and becomeintellectually curious These books keep their imaginations alive That s priceless Neil Barton feels like an outcast in his small town of Americus, Oklahoma His best friend has just been sent off to military school by his ultra religious mother, and he s faced with starting his freshman year on his own To make matters worse, his favorite book series is being challenged by that same mother, leading to a bitter fight over intellectual freedom, and the place of books and imagination in children s lives I really wanted to like this bookthan I did, but it just didn t work for me Censorship is a valuable topic for YA and GNs, and this book will be released to coincide with Banned Book Week in September But the treatment of the censorship case just seemed too heavy handed to me the mother who brings the challenge to the book series which seems loosely based on the Harry Potter series is painted as a grotesque monster, with no redeeming qualities While there are strident voices in favor of banning removing books, the situations are oftencomplex than what is presented here I understand that the point of the book is to bring the debate over censorship to a younger reading audience, many of whom are affected by these types of debates, but it just seemed to simplistic to me I also was offended, as a former resident of the state, by the depiction of Oklahoma as nothingthan a bunch of small town, small minded conservative zealots except for Neil, his mother, and the local librarians People like that exist everywhere Censorship can touch any community, anywhere the Bible Belt may be an easy target, but again, the picture of censorship is muchcomplicated than that I do appreciate the fine artwork in this book, but if I m going to try to introduce a student to censorship, I ll probably hand her Crutcher s The Sledding Hill before this one

  9. Jim says:

    While primarily about censorship, this graphic novel touches on other important issues, too like what many LGBT young people face with their families It was an interesting story, and I really enjoyed the fantasy novel interspersed with the other narrative I think the primary villain was a bit one dimensional, though I realize this is a comic book, but it seems like even in the confines of a graphic novel, we can make the villaincomplex True, these types of people do tend to be shallo While primarily about censorship, this graphic novel touches on other important issues, too like what many LGBT young people face with their families It was an interesting story, and I really enjoyed the fantasy novel interspersed with the other narrative I think the primary villain was a bit one dimensional, though I realize this is a comic book, but it seems like even in the confines of a graphic novel, we can make the villaincomplex True, these types of people do tend to be shallow, and single minded I ve seen some of these people firsthand, and while they don t represent all Christians, they represent a lot of them And they are the most vocal When we make the people we hate into caricatures, we make them less like real people, and then they are easier to hate I m not sure what made me start thinking of this since fundamentalist zealots are the top of my list of people to despise, too They are ugly, hateful, and mean But just as they might want to paint readers of fantasy as immoral, pagan, Satan worshipers, it s not accurate to pretend they re not real people which is what they do But I digress I think the graphic novel was definitely worth reading, especially tackling some important issues Recommended

  10. Maarit says:

    Excellent story, which just takes a hold of you and will not let go until the very last page The life of a fourteen year old isn t an easy thing, especially when you need to stand up and support the thing you like most, in this case a book series, reading and libraries Maybe the religious people were a bit overly lunaticly portrayed, but still the situation they caused rang very true unfortunately , though those kinds of things don t happen in here at that level, fortunately Anyway, one of t Excellent story, which just takes a hold of you and will not let go until the very last page The life of a fourteen year old isn t an easy thing, especially when you need to stand up and support the thing you like most, in this case a book series, reading and libraries Maybe the religious people were a bit overly lunaticly portrayed, but still the situation they caused rang very true unfortunately , though those kinds of things don t happen in here at that level, fortunately Anyway, one of the best graphic novels I ve read for a while and finally I had the chance interlibrary loans, I love you and time to read this one, even if it was recommended to me a long ago Worth 5 stars and multiple re reads read it twice already before writing this

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