Answers in the Pages (Hardcover)
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A tender and timely look at what happens when a group of parents try to get a book banned from a 5th grade classroom over its queer content. Featuring interwoven plotlines, including excerpts from the fictional book itself, this is a realistic picture of the power stories have and the courage it takes to defend them.— RJ
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.
★ "[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