Americus by MK Reed

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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.


About MK Reed

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Indie comics writer and illustrator MK Reed lives in Brooklyn. She’s an old hand at the self publishing scene but this is her first go-round with a big publisher. Jonathan Hill is a cartoonist & illustrator living in Portland, Oregon. Americus will be his first graphic novel.
Published August 30, 2011 by First Second. 224 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Young Adult, Comics & Graphic Novels, Education & Reference, Children's Books. Fiction

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Americus, Okla., is just like any other small town in America: Its middle and high schools teem with bullies and airheads, and its library has a waiting list 38 patrons long for the newest book in the Apathea Ravenchilde series.

Aug 30 2011 | Read Full Review of Americus

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In this charming tale, Reed and Hill offer a lovely valentine to readers and, especially, to librarians. Neil Barton is an outcast about to enter high school in the conservative small town of Americus

Jul 29 2011 | Read Full Review of Americus

Publishers Weekly

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Soon all of Americus is involved in the battle, lining up on one side or the other, with Charlotte leading the charge for intellectual freedom.

Aug 01 2011 | Read Full Review of Americus


Released by First Second Books in 2011, MK Reed and Jonathan Hill’s book Americus was an attempt to take a stand against library censorship, a problem that hasn’t plagued 99% of America for about 40 years.

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“Though fast-paced to the point of flowing somewhat erratically, the moral of the story does focus on the fact that we do live in a free country where we should be allowed to read what we want, watch what we want, and listen to what we want—though for minors, these privileges should be monitored ...

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