Memoirs of a Bookbat
Kathryn Lasky
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Aug 04, 2020 - 05:01 AM By Kathryn Lasky

Harper Jessup is an avid reader, and when her parents become migrants for God she must keep her books secret As Harper grows older and realizes how valuable reading is to her, she comes to understand that her parents radical efforts in favor of educational censorship are related to a quest for control within their own family And so Harper finds she must make the hardeHarper Jessup is an avid reader, and when her parents become migrants for God she must keep her books secret As Harper grows older and realizes how valuable reading is to her, she comes to understand that her parents radical efforts in favor of educational censorship are related to a quest for control within their own family And so Harper finds she must make the hardest choice of all Sure to be controversial, prepare for a stimulating conversation The New Advocate
  • Title: Memoirs of a Bookbat
  • Author: Kathryn Lasky
  • ISBN: 9780152012595
  • Page: 204
  • Format: Paperback

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Mary Aug 04, 2020 - 05:01 AM
This was the newest installment in my "reread available juvy lit to survive the stress of finals" series. Initially, I was disappointed. Lasky varies her sentence structures so rarely that I found myself lulled practically to sleep at times, and I'm not sure how well the direct address worked outside her target age group. (Whether it works within her target age group I can no longer speak to.) That said, the plot -- about growing up an avid reader in a family of newly fundamentalist Christians w [...]
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library_jim Aug 04, 2020 - 05:01 AM
We named our daughter Harper because of this book.
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Taehee Aug 04, 2020 - 05:01 AM
Because my parents are religious, they have said some things about reading certain books from time to time but it usually had been in a passing note- probably because they already have read the books before and enjoyed it (hehe)- and they let me decide for myself if I should keep this book a part of my memory or just put it in the "trash" part of my brain. But what Harper's parents does to their children in this book goes as far as to make me feel like they're abusing their child mentally. I mea [...]
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Austen to Zafón Aug 04, 2020 - 05:01 AM
I'ts been fun to mine the newest literature for tweens and teens, under the guise of "pre-reading" for my young son. This book was published long after my teen years. I enjoyed its portrayal of the out-there wing of the evangelical church, banning books they think might cause people to think or question. It's a poor faith that can't stand up to Judy Blume and books on natural history. The main character, a compulsive and enthusiastic reader, is believable, although she does sometimes have insigh [...]
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Anne Aug 04, 2020 - 05:01 AM
I wish I could give 4.5 stars. I reserve 5 stars for books I want on my bookshelf and would read again and again. This book, while not quite that, is riveting. I wish it had been around when I was an adolescent.
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Chandler Aug 04, 2020 - 05:01 AM
I need a sequel and I need it now.This book also scares me.But it's also super short.And beautiful.Loved the main character and gRAY (I need a Gray in my life so bad)Hated the parents and all the people like I was supposed to.So glad I picked it up as an impulse buy without knowing anything about it at 2nd & Charles
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Tess Aug 04, 2020 - 05:01 AM
There are quite a few books about books (or reading or the power of words), but I liked the angle this one took: what if you grow up in a religious family that thinks many books are "dirty" and even fights them? In the end, it wasn't so much about the books (which made me go a little "meh") but a story about growing up and having to choose between your family and your books (/your freedom of thought). It was a nice read but considering the topic, I expected it to be more gripping, deeper, someth [...]
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Cindy Dyson Eitelman Aug 04, 2020 - 05:01 AM
If you have Harriet The Spy on your all-time favorite book list, you should have this on there, too.  I'm not comparing the two--other than the age and sex of the protagonist, the books are completely different--but rather, my reaction to them.  I read Harriet over and over, re-read as an adult, and would still be reading it now if I hadn't practically memorized the whole thing. If I'd come upon Bookbat at the same age, 10 or so, I'd have done the same.  (might still) And it might have induce [...]
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Neill Smith Aug 04, 2020 - 05:01 AM
Harper Jessup moves a lot after her father loses his job and then her parents start fighting. In order to bring this under control they join a church and gradually become convinced that the church's truth should be everyone's. Harper, an avid reader, finds that her favourite activity is inappropriate – or at least her choice of books is. As her little sister, Weesie, becomes more and more accepting of her parent's direction, Harper is more and more alienated. Then she meets Gray, another reade [...]
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Stacy Aug 04, 2020 - 05:01 AM
The overall point of the story was great, and there were some really interesting points here, but I feel like there was too much room for improvement. I imagine it is difficult to portray certain thought patterns from a young child's point of view, and since I read this as an adult, it just didn't carry as much weight as I hoped it would. It also didn't feel like it was something an average tween/young teen would read and get.
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Liz B Aug 04, 2020 - 05:01 AM
Honestly, what a horrible cover (and title, for that matter) for such a good book.This is a book about reading, and about how reading helps you think. Harper travels with her parents across the country; while they organize local churches to challenge books in schools, Harper reads and reads and reads--often reading exactly the kinds of books her parents and parents' friends are challenging.I loved Harper's voice, and also the frequent references to favorite childhood books.
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Krista the Krazy Kataloguer Aug 04, 2020 - 05:01 AM
This was such a good book! Harper's religious parents travel from school district to school district enrolling her just long enough to find something in her school's library to censor. Harper, however, likes to read, and finds that she likes to read some of the very books her parents disapprove of. In the end, she has to chose what path she will follow if she is to be true to her own beliefs. This is an eye-opening look at censorship and the freedom to read. Highly recommended!
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Erin Aug 04, 2020 - 05:01 AM
This is the story of a girl growing up without a lot of money and parents who fight often, but she loves to read. But her parents' relationship improves when they find religion and they try to ban books all over the country. The main character, Harper, is moved around and forced to hide her books from her parents. She is struggling to find out how she can do what she wants with her life without destroying her family or her beliefs.
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Elaine Aug 04, 2020 - 05:01 AM
An "oldie" YA book about what happens to a girl who has to deal with her parent's desire to censor literature in the name of "family values." It is a timeless topic and Lasky deals with it in a realistic and candid way. I love the main character. A great YA book!
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Jen Ammenti Aug 04, 2020 - 05:01 AM
A thought-provoking novel about a teenager who finds herself at a crossroads allow herself to be silenced and stand by her parents or follow her own beliefs and leave behind all she has known. This novel exposes censorship on a variety of levels and will get teens fired up and talking.
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Lydia Aug 04, 2020 - 05:01 AM
Lasky's book is a truly enjoyable read; a must for every librarian. She attacks the issue of censorship, morality, freedom of speech, pursuit of happiness, oh, just pick a constitutional issue. Yet the story is well constructed and the writing superb.I highly recommend this book.
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Hadiqa Minwoo Aug 04, 2020 - 05:01 AM
I wish I can write a letter too to the author and let her know how/why I love her book by heart. I can totally relate to this story. It provokes lots of sensitive feelings and thoughts inside reader's mind and I like that. :)
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Bonnie Aug 04, 2020 - 05:01 AM
It is an amazing story of a young person keeping their beliefs intact even in the face of her parents trying there best to stop her. It is a horror story of books being banned. A young girl knowing what is right and trying to stay true to herself. Awesome book!!
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Jennifer Aug 04, 2020 - 05:01 AM
Pretty awesome - my only quibble was the abruptness of the ending.
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Miami University Libraries Aug 04, 2020 - 05:01 AM
King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv: PZ7.L3274 Me 1994 About book banning
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Maddie Aug 04, 2020 - 05:01 AM
CRAP, oh and propaganda as well!
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Michael Fitzgerald Aug 04, 2020 - 05:01 AM
A quick, easy read that tells a compelling story that is frighteningly real and getting even more so.
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Christy Aug 04, 2020 - 05:01 AM
I don't think anything is quite as comforting as rereading a favorite.
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Bookbat Aug 04, 2020 - 05:01 AM
I read this book in a single sitting. It was that good.
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Memoirs of a Bookbat By Kathryn Lasky Harper Jessup is an avid reader, and when her parents become migrants for God she must keep her books secret As Harper grows older and realizes how valuable reading is to her, she comes to understand that her parents radical efforts in favor of educational censorship are related to a quest for control within their own family And so Harper finds she must make the hardeHarper Jessup is an avid reader, and when her parents become migrants for God she must keep her books secret As Harper grows older and realizes how valuable reading is to her, she comes to understand that her parents radical efforts in favor of educational censorship are related to a quest for control within their own family And so Harper finds she must make the hardest choice of all Sure to be controversial, prepare for a stimulating conversation The New Advocate

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