September 28, 2010

BBW: Geography Club & Book-Banning Puppets

Today I'd like to mention Geography Club, by Brent Hartinger. Geography Club was challenged in Wisconsin by a group who designated it as "obscene or child pornography." Pornography? Color me in scratching my head. Sure, there are a couple of kisses here and there, but what did you expect? They're teenagers! (The good thing to note is that while this book was challenged, its challenge was beaten down unanimously by the library board.)

Geography Club is about a group of teenagers (both gay and straight) who form an undercover GSA-like club at their high school, under the guise of "Geography Club." I can't remember the first time I read it, but I must have been thirteen or so - and this was certainly one of the first contemporary books I'd read that tackled the minefield that is growing up gay in America.

There are certainly more serious books out there on this subject, but what I liked most about this one was that it dealt with the ordinariness of trying to live your life and staying true to yourself, regardless of who you are. I strongly recommend this book, especially if you haven't read much that deals with the same issues - Geography Club is an excellent introductory book.

Also, today's not-produced-by-me product of Banned Book Week:

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