Attack of the Black Rectangles by Amy Sarig King

Available At: Chinook Trail (MS), Timberview

Categories : Racism, Sexism, Whiteness

Description: A sixth-grade boy discovers the word “breast” is blacked-out in the school’s copies of “The Devil’s Arithmetic” and protests censorship of content in his school.

YA Label?: No

Notes: This book contains controversial social and racial commentary; non-sexual nudity; and inflammatory historical commentary.

Violations (Miller Test [MT] & Colorado Obscenity Test [CD])

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Page 78: The patriarchy is a system of society or government in which men hold the power and women are largely excluded from it. Sexism is prejudice or discrimination [typically] against women.

Page 84: “The patriarchy is everywhere! It’s a system! We live inside of it. Adults, kids.” Marci points to the blob of younger kids walking ahead of us. “They all live inside of it, too. It never ends!”

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