Attack of the Black Rectangles by Amy Sarig King
Award-winning author Amy Sarig King takes on censorship and intolerance in a novel she was born to write.
When Mac first opens his classroom copy of Jane Yolen’s The Devil’s Arithmetic and finds some words blacked out, he thinks it must be a mistake. But then when he and his friends discover what the missing words are, he’s outraged.
Someone in his school is trying to prevent kids from reading the full story.
Even though his unreliable dad tells him to not get so emotional about a book (or anything else), Mac has been raised by his mom and grandad to call out things that are wrong. He and his friends head to the principal’s office to protest the censorship… but her response doesn’t take them seriously.
So many adults want Mac to keep his words to himself.
Mac’s about to see the power of letting them out.
In Attack of the Black Rectangles, acclaimed author Amy Sarig King shows all the ways truth can be hard… but still worth fighting for.
I loved this book more than I thought I would. The book deals with the thoughts and actions of kids who find a book in the school library that has black rectangles blocking out words that someone finds offensive.
Mac and two of his friends think blocking out words is ridiculous because they are in the 6th grade after all. They decide to confront their teacher and Mac even writes the author to tell her what someone did to her books and is very surprised when she writes him back.
This book is about so much more than censorship, it’s about friends, family, and doing what you think is right even if it’s not easy. I think no book should ever be censored. If a book has words or subjects that I’m not comfortable reading, I just don’t read it, it’s not my place to keep someone else from reading it.
I loved the relationships of Mac and his friends, their courage, and their strength for doing what they thought was right. Also, the parts about Mac’s grandfather were a great addition to the story and added a lighter, funny aspect to the book.
I first saw this book at Helen’s Book Blog