Answers In The Pages by David Levithan
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A timely and courageous novel by renowned author David Levithan tackles the importance of speaking up and embracing one’s true identity as parents rally to have a beloved book banned from the school curriculum. The story revolves around Donovan, who innocently leaves his copy of The Adventurers on the kitchen counter, never expecting the uproar it would cause.
At first, Donovan cannot fathom why his mom would take issue with a harmless adventure novel featuring two characters on a mission to thwart an evil genius. However, the controversy swiftly engulfs the entire town, centred around the speculation of the main characters’ sexual orientation.
Caught in the middle, Donovan finds himself in a dilemma. While he isn’t certain if the two boys in the story fall in love, he firmly believes it shouldn’t matter. Consequently, he vehemently opposes his mother’s attempts to eradicate the book from the school curriculum, recognizing that it should be embraced rather than banned.
Through intertwining three interconnected storylines, Levithan presents a fearless, enjoyable, and relevant narrative that encourages taking action against censorship, or perhaps even battling deadly alligators. It portrays the importance of bravery and standing up for what is just and right.