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January 08, 2007

Graphic novels being challenged by parents

Posted by the Asbury Park Press on 12/21/06

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When Amy Crump took over as director of the Marshall Public Library in central Missouri two years ago, she decided to build up the library's offerings for young adults by buying the literary world's hot new thing …graphic novels.

"The bulk of our graphic novels are for young adults and they're very popular,'' Crump said, estimating the library's collection has gone from only a handful to around 75.

Among the new acquisitions was "Blankets'' by Craig Thompson and "Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic'' by Alison Bechdel, two semi-autobiographical accounts of the respective authors' turbulent childhoods that include ruminations on strict
religious upbringing and homosexuality.

The two novels touched off what Crump said was the first challenge of library materials in Marshall's 16-year history, as parents complained that the books, which include pictures of a naked couple, could be read by children, attracted by the comic book-like drawings. Continue reading the full story

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