Knock, Knock is more like sliding doors towards me personally; It impacted me as a human, because as humans, normally we have someone there for us, to help us guide through so much. Eventually fear will be a big factor, because we have never been by ourselves for along period of time, but it did help me understand that we all grow up, and we need to learn how to become someone on our own. Fire Bird mirrors me and my best friend so much, throughout the story, the narrator and Misty have a really close friendship. This helped me realize to cherish friendship especially strong ones, but to also enjoy little things in life. The Invisible Boy is a book where i would like to open myself more than I already do, but to also understand that it is okay to feel alone, at one point everyone feels like that. But understanding this made me realize to at least to talk to others about how you feel, or maybe eventually make new friends.
Meadows-Fernandez, Rochaun. “Why Young People Need Diverse Books.” Yes! Magazine, 13 June 2017, www.yesmagazine.org/peace-justice/why-young-people-need-diverse-books-20170613.
“Children's Book Review: Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me by Daniel Beaty, Illus. by Bryan Collier. Little, Brown, $18 (40p) ISBN 978-0-316-20917-5.” PublishersWeekly.com, www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-316-20917-5.
“The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig.” Goodreads, Goodreads, 8 Oct. 2013, www.goodreads.com/book/show/17140549-the-invisible-boy.
“Firebird by Misty Copeland.” Goodreads, Goodreads, www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/20821347-firebird.
I don’t agree with the banning of The Hate U Give, it’s just blocking out the everyday life of African American Men and Women, writing this book is bringing events/situations like these into the public and showing that it’s not right. Coming from a teen’s personal view, it’s not letting other kid’s stories be told, following up with the Core Values Of Librarianship. This book was banned mainly due to the whole "anti-cop" but the First Amendemant allows everyone the right to express theirsevles. If POC (People Of Color) feel unsafe and they believe they're fighting for their lives against those in blue uniforms, then they can express as much as they want. #BlackLivesMatter movement plays a huge part in this book which is shown in the news, also equals into more diversity within authors and their perspective onto their writings. Libraries should have the right to bring up more awareness and shouldn't ban books for "ludicrous" reasons. Although there is sexual references, inapporite language and drug use in the book, but there is so much more in others so why aren't they banned too?
Resources I Used:
Gomez, Betsy. Banned Books Week, 6 Sept. 2018, bannedbooksweek.org/banned-spotlight-the-hate-u-give/.
Lewis, Tim. “Angie Thomas, Author of The Hate U Give: 'Books Play a Huge Part in Resistance'.” The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 27 Jan. 2019, www.theguardian.com/books/2019/jan/27/angie-thomas-the-hate-u-give-interview-famous-fans-readers.
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