Banned Books Week: Julie of the Wolves

Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George; ill. John Schoenherr Harper & Row, 1972 155 pages Next week is Banned Books Week, when libraries, bookstores, and schools set up displays and hold events to call attention to books that have been censored in some way. Typically, these are books that local authorities have removed … Continue reading Banned Books Week: Julie of the Wolves

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“I could do something really big”

The Year of Miss Agnes by Kirkpatrick Hill Aladdin Paperbacks, 2002 113 pages It's a common scenario in juvenile literature: misunderstood, marginalized kid meets sympathetic, unconventional adult, and epiphanies/personal growth/life changes ensue. In The Year of Miss Agnes, the kid is 10-year-old Fred(erika), an Athabascan Indian living in a 1940s Alaskan bush village.  The adult … Continue reading “I could do something really big”