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Book challenge - Annie on My Mind

Title: Annie on My Mind
Author: Nancy Garden, written 1982
Challenge/ban reason: Homosexuality theme. 
Bans: In 1993, Olathe, Kansas school officials removed the book from the high school library. A court case ensued, and a federal judge declared 1st Amendment rights of students were violated b/c of the removal. In 1999, school officials did not challenge the ruling and placed the copies back in the library.  A public burning of books occurred on the steps Kansas City school district headquarters. 

Beautifully written, Garden's book details the emerging love between two teenage girls and the resulting struggle for understanding and acceptance (from others and themselves). Humorous and bittersweet, uplifting and distressing, the fumblings of these two young women are painfully vivid and real. Loved it. :)

Quotes:

"Words fail me," she said - but, like most people who say that, she somehow managed to continu. - pg. 27

Have you ever felt really close to someone? So close that you can't understand why you aren the other person have two separate bodies, two separate skins? I think it was Sunday when that feeling began. - pg 91

 

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