Banned book club

by Kim, Hyun Sook,

Format: Print Book 2020
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A Junior Library Guild Selection

"Highly recommended for readers passionate about activism." -- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, Starred Review

"Sure to inspire today's youthful generation of tenacious changemakers." -- BOOKLIST, Starred Review

"The messages of hope are universal." -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, Starred Review

"It's hard to imagine a world where Banned Book Club could be more relevant than it is right now." -- A.V. CLUB

When Kim Hyun Sook started college in 1983 she was ready for her world to open up. After acing her exams and sort-of convincing her traditional mother that it was a good idea for a woman to go to college, she looked forward to soaking up the ideas of Western Literature far from the drudgery she was promised at her family's restaurant. But literature class would prove to be just the start of a massive turning point, still focused on reading but with life-or-death stakes she never could haveimagined.

This was during South Korea's Fifth Republic, a military regime that entrenched its power through censorship, torture, and the murder of protestors. In this charged political climate, with Molotov cocktails flying and fellow students disappearing for hours and returning with bruises, Hyun Sook sought refuge in the comfort of books. When the handsome young editor of the school newspaper invited her to his reading group, she expected to pop into the cafeteria to talk about Moby Dick, Hamlet, and The Scarlet Letter. Instead she found herself hiding in a basement as the youngest member of an underground banned book club. And as Hyun Sook soon discovered, in a totalitarian regime, the delights of discovering great works of illicit literature are quickly overshadowed by fear and violence as the walls close in.

In BANNED BOOK CLUB, Hyun Sook shares a dramatic true story of political division, fear-mongering, anti-intellectualism, the death of democratic institutions, and the relentless rebellion of reading.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Busan-based wife-and-husband team Kim and Estrada mine Kim's young adult experiences to expose a chilling period of recent Korean history so antithetical to the globally addictive entertainment of K-dramas and K-pop currently synonymous with South Korea. In 1983, Hyun Sook is a college freshman, determined to get the education her mother resents but her father, thankfully, supports. Her campus arrival is met with a student riot in progress calling for the dismissal of President Chun Doo-hwan over his totalitarian dictatorship. Hyun Sook manages to slip past police blockades and arrive at class, further determined to keep her head down, study, and stay out of politics! As an English literature major, she's thrilled to be invited to a book club, but what she enters is anything but a cozy circle of tea-sipping groupies. Hyun Sook attempts to flee but not without hearing first that she has some waking up to do. Despite lingering reluctance, Hyun Sook's quest for truth and understanding is on even as she fights her justified fears. In recreating such difficult history, artist Ko finds a remarkable balance of humor and bleakness, of youthful tenacity and growing cynicism. From joyous mask dances to bored classrooms to tortuous jail cells, Ko affectingly captures Kim's activist-as-a-young-student journey with an affecting resonance sure to inspire today's youthful generation of tenacious changemakers.--Terry Hong Copyright 2019 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "South Korea, 1983--the height of military dictatorship and three years after the infamous Gwangju Uprising. Against this backdrop of political oppression, bookish Hyun Sook defies her parents' wishes and attends Anjeon University, a hotbed of student protest. Initially ignorant of government propaganda and terrified of attracting the attention of authorities, Hyun Sook's views are slowly challenged after she joins the Banned Book Club and befriends a group of student activists. Her transformation into a pro-democracy activist mirrors the real-life experiences of the author. Kim and Estrada bravely address a period of history little-known outside of South Korea and depict the often-violent consequences of defying an authoritarian regime. Less successful are the moments of levity, which feel jarringly sandwiched between scenes of violence and tension; Ko's gritty style, marked by deep shadows and sinister rendering of characters' expressions, also feels incongruous with humorous moments. Certain cultural and historical references may be lost on readers less familiar with Korean history, yet the messages of hope are universal, as are the poignant reminders that change can happen when people are willing to speak up. Ages 14--up. (Feb.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Kim, Hyun Sook -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Women college students -- Korea (South) -- Biography -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Student protesters -- Korea (South) -- Biography -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Book clubs (Discussion groups) -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Prohibited books -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Censorship -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Korea (South) -- Politics and government -- 1960-1988 -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Autobiographical comics.
Political comics.
Nonfiction comics.
Comics (Graphic works)
Graphic novels.
Publisher Chicago, IL :2020
Edition First edition.
Contributors Ko, Hyung-Ju, artist.
Estrada, Ryan, 1980- author.
Language English
Notes "Strange and amazing."
Description 198 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
ISBN 9781945820427
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