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Answers in the Pages (Hardcover)
When I pick up a book by Levithan, I know I'm going to get a story that is written with quiet tenderness and genuine heart. Answers in the Pages is an extremely timely novel centered around a book being challenged in a fifth grade class for portraying two boys that may or may not be in love-- and if they were, would that really be so bad? I implore readers young and old to read this one-- I was moved to tears by the intertwining points of view that weave this tale together.
Recommended by Andrew for readers ages 8 - 12— From Our Favorite Kids Books
A bold, timely novel about speaking up and coming out as parents lobby to ban a beloved book from the school curriculum by New York Times-bestselling author David Levithan.
When Donovan left his copy of The Adventurers on the kitchen counter, he didn't think his mom would read it—much less have a problem with it. It's just an adventure novel about two characters trying to stop an evil genius...right?
But soon the entire town is freaking out about whether the book's main characters are gay, Donovan's mom is trying to get the book removed from the school curriculum, and Donovan is caught in the middle.
Donovan doesn't really know if the two boys fall in love at the end or not—but he does know this: even if they do, it shouldn't matter. The book should not be banned from school.
Interweaving three connected storylines, David Levithan delivers a bold, fun, and timely story about taking action (whether it's against book censors or deadly alligators...), being brave, and standing up for what's right.
About the Author
Some of David Levithan's many acclaimed novels and story collections include 19 Love Songs, Every Day, Two Boys Kissing, and Boy Meets Boy. His bestselling collaborations include Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, Dash and Lily's Book of Dares, and The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily (written with Rachel Cohn) and Will Grayson, Will Grayson (written with John Green). David was named the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for his contribution to YA literature. You can learn more about him at davidlevithan.com and follow him on Twitter at @loversdiction.
★ "A timely and relevant release." —School Library Journal, starred review
★ "[A] nuanced novel that centers moments of self-discovery, working themes of acceptance, bravery, friendship, and love." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
★ "An uplifting portrait of the strength it takes to fight for your story. It’s an important book with an essential perspective on a vital, timeless question." —BookPage, starred review
★ "In short, punchy chapters, Levithan deftly intertwines the three plots using common themes of advocacy, power and identity." —Shelf Awareness, starred review
"[A] celebration of quiet queerness, of self-discovery, of allyship, of the way books can open our world and spark adventures both real and imagined." —The New York Times Book Review
“Timely, inspiring, perfect.” —The San Francisco Book Review