"AMERICUS" by MK Reed and Jonathan Hill should feel really relatable if you read fantasy and if you are not in favor of book banning. It's about Neil, a 14-year-old boy in a town called AMERICUS. He loves a book series about witches called Ravenchilde. His best friend, Danny, also loves it, but comes from a very fundamentalist Christian family. His mother is so furious when she finds Danny reading the books that she ships him off to military school. Sad and alone, Neil spends most of his time reading, until Danny's awful mother starts a protest to ban Ravenchilde.
One of Neil's other close friends is the local librarian. The librarian is one of my more well-liked characters. She has a very passionate personality especially with regard to her books. She's not like that stereotypical kind of mean old lady librarian. Neil starts working at the library when he gets to high school. He spends alot of time with the librarian trying to prevent the book banning. There is a community meeting on the topic of banning Ravenchilde. Neil makes a speech about why Ravenchilde is important to so many people. And with the help of many families, Neil prevents the book banning.
Neil also starts listening to punk rock music just like me!
The artwork in AMERICUS is somewhat like the artwork in Crogan's Vengeance. It is definitely drawn with a paint brush. All of the characters have a distinct look. I especially like how family members look alike. Danny's whole family has the same hair and nose. The artist also gets a chance to draw the fantasy characters of Ravenchilde.
I would not suggest this book to the younger audiences. There is a bit of strong language in it, but if you know you can handle it, I would strongly suggest reading it. It is a very entertaining book. I'm most certain you will enjoy it to the fullest.