Okay so I have a few issues with this book.1 When main character, Jamie, is talking to her parents the author refers to them in Jamie s mind as Mr Crawford and Mrs Crawford instead of Mom and Dad.2 This is not actually about book burning but it is about censorship.3 It deals with A LOT of controversy, such as LGBT issues and condom distribution.4 IT IS SO OUTDATED.I understand the need for a book like this, especially in the LGBT community.I m sure in 1999 when this book was published it was better suited for that audience, but I feel as a whole our outlook has changed quite a bit, whether that be better or worse, I m not sure.The basis of the book is a school newspaper editorial written in response to the school nurses distributing condoms to students on Friday in an attempt to promote safer sex The editorial was pro condom, whereas the op ed was supposed to counteract the editorial However, the op ed was never written and caused quite a stir in the new school committee.This created an excuse for school board member, Lisa Buel, to create a group through her church called Families for Traditional Values FTV , which is against basically EVERYTHING This group doesn t agree with the condom distribution, the sex education curriculum, or homosexuality.The school paper catches wind and begins trying to counteract FTV with a renegade newspaper, one that cannot be shut down if the school doesn t agree with what they are publishing.There is so much drama between the two parties FTV and the school paper committee.This book kind of irked me, far than it probably should have.I understand the need for LGBT books.I understand the need to stop censorship.I understand what this book was trying to do, but it was so extreme.It really bothered me, and I apologize to anyone who disagrees with me.I tried to keep my mind as open as possible, but I just could not handle it.Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a copy of The Year They Burned the BooksThis review and can be found at A Reader s Diary When I studied journalism, in college, this was before personal computers became common There were computers in the work room, where we could enter our stories, but these were before the mouse, and you had to code bolds, and italics, and fun stuff like that This was before what became known as Desktop Publishing, so all the text were printed out and pasted onto the sheet, and then sent off to the print shop to put together.I bring this up, because, kids these days probably think all the discussions about layout and printing and such might seem out of date, and since this book was written in the 90s, it does feel a bit out of date It was before the Internet had become so big, before Wikipedia, before most of the websites that are out there today That is why the kids, in this book, have to go to the library to research newspapers It seems like another world, and yet, it was less then a quarter century ago.But, while the technology might be old fashioned, the message of this book, is, unfortunately still around, that there is a group of conservatives who feel they have to impose their brand of morality on the rest of the world.And their version of morality says that teens should not have sex, should not be gay, and should not even know about either sex, or homosexuality, because that will protect them.I wish I could say the fight is old, and doesn t happen any , but it does.There is a great line in the book, after the majority of parents vote to not offer sex education or certain books in the library The opinion of the majority is important, Mr Just said But the majority must never be allowed to tyrannize the minority nor must the minority be allowed to tyrannize the majority Great book, though it started a little slow By the time I got half way through my heart was breaking for the closeted teens, and their fight with the family values parents.If you want to read other books with teens, censorship, and morality minded parents, I would suggest Americus Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review. Popular EPub, The Year They Burned The Books By Nancy Garden This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book The Year They Burned The Books, Essay By Nancy Garden Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please Read And Make A Refission For You The late Nancy Garden was a trailblazer is writing mainstream YA LBGT themed books beginning in the 1980s with ANNIE ON MY MIND, when I wasn t much older than a teen Her books speak to an era where even in the most liberal schools, kids were routinely bullied for being gay, parents often kicked gay kids into the streets and LGBT suicide was rampant While these circumstances are still true in pockets in the USA and in parts of the world, we ve also made progress When THE YEAR THEY BURNED THE BOOKS was written, the dream was civil partnerships and perhaps adoption Now same sex marriage and couples adopting are law, yet we still face discrimination.THE YEAR THEY BURNED BOOKS feels stale Stale writing Stale attitudes Stale characters Gay characters feel lucky that straight people will still be their friends, reinforced by their parents Jamie, the main character, embraces her best friend calling her a sinner and an abomination I felt sad and angry, yet hopeful for the progress we ve made.Don t read THE YEAR THEY BURNED BOOKS if you re looking for a well written, timely story about censorship You ll be disappointed Read this book because it accurately depicts how difficult the struggle and far we ve come. After reading some disappointing books to review, I was expecting that to be the case for this book too But I was wrong This is a re release of the book The Year They Burned the Books, originally written in the mid 90s But this does not feel dated at all Though maybe the publisher edited it, I don t know This story fits so well with a lot of the conflict between the American parties right now, so I found myself being enraged and saddened at times throughout the book This is such a strong LGBT book that also focuses on all sides of a view point, even if some sides are disagreeable.Definitely check this book out This had a very interesting premise, of fighting for new ideas and encouraging openmindedness within a community, and the characters were developed in such ways that readers can easily relate to However, it was not as groundbreaking as I expected it to be, perhaps due to the fact that there are diverse books nowadays Still, would recommend to those who are hesitant to try YA lit that tackles sexuality. Garden is an author noted for her LGBT writings, and this particular novel strikes to the heart of everyone who believes in the First and Second Amendments Jamie Crawford has worked hard to become the editor in chief of her school newspaper She truly believes a school paper should cover the issues relevant to the school and the community When a new person is elected to the school committee, who believes that the new health ed curriculum and the school s policy of distributing condoms is immoral , Jamie who has already addressed the issue in the school newspaper comes under fire.the most powerful scene in the novel is when the fundamentalist stage a bonfire on Halloween night, burning the books they deem as immoral and inappropriate.The concept of burning books is absolutely obscene to me Garden, however, constructs a story which will engage young adults to consider what life could be like in an environment where they are deprives of access to new ideas, philosophy, and extreme disc rumination, no matter what the criteria might be.I highly recommend this book and encourage teachers to incorporate it into their teaching curricula. I got an ARC in return for an honest review from NetGalley.One of the first books I read with a lesbian character was Annie on my Mind That was over ten years ago, but I will never forget the name of Nancy Garden That book opened so many doors and help a great deal of people over the years It is a classic like no other.This book, while not as groundbreaking read in 2017, was still a book I appreciated It opened the idea that morality and education are not mutually elusive, but that at times they had to be held apart This is a lesson that is very difficult for some people to grasp as it is hard to put your own views on hold to address an issue That was seen on both sides of the issues of condom distribution and homosexuality The MC was a girl that was not sure of her own sexuality, but had very passionate views about newspapers and freedom of speech That was pretty interesting to me The focus was not on the sexuality of the character developing, but instead on how others focused on that instead of the real issues at hand Jamie was clearly struggling with it, but the book didn t rehash every little thought she had about the subject, it was a background plot That was something I am very grateful for Most YA gay books in the 90 s and early 2000 s focused pretty much exclusively on am I gay and first love stories The way the sexuality was handled called to mind the personal is political It taught the kids a lesson that your sexuality is a thing that others will care about than you do at times It was wonderfully done.I don t understand how often homosexuality was spelled completely out in the text I came out only a few years after this book was published, but not once was I asked if I was a homosexual I was called a homo, a queer, a faggot, and Yet, the full clinical term of homosexual was still used repeatedly It made the book feel a bit disjointed and too held back It made the dialogue clunky.This is a book better read in the context of the time it was written as it has not held up wonderfully to technological advances or to even societal advances, which I am very thankful for This may not be the classic that Annie on My Mind was, but this is a book I will point out to others as a great example of books allowing sexuality to fall to the back burner in YA queer literature.To see reviews check out Thank you to Netgalley for providing me an advanced reader copy in exchange for my honest review.Trigger Warnings view spoiler Homophobia, homophobic slurs, violence, fear of sexual assault hide spoiler People, no matter what they believe or what their differences are, have to be able to live together without hurting each otherI loved this book a lot than what I was expecting to I originally picked it up so I could catch up on my arcs even though I don t know if I should consider this an arc since it was published years ago , but I really enjoyed it in the end.This book follows Jamie, an editor in chief on her school s newspaper After writing an editorial piece on making condoms available at school, it creates a divide between the school and the town.I really liked Jamie I really liked how she stood up for her views and for her actions She never gave up on reporting the truth I also really liked how you see her accept her sexuality over the course of the story But my favorite character was Terry I thought he was really funny and an overall great character What I really admired about him though was how much he respected other people s boundaries He was very understanding and patient This book deals heavily with censorship and homophobia The book also touches on free speech vs hate speech and prejudice And Nancy Garden doesn t shy away from the topics And with these topics being discussed, you really get into the debates I found myself getting riled up at the logic in some of the arguments, which was something I didn t expect to happen Even though this was originally written nearly two decades ago, there are still topics and debates that are still discussed to this day Though I did enjoy this book, there was something that I didn t like Early on in the book, Jamie gets invited to a debate at one of the churches in the town after the article was published I was excited to read about this debate, even though it s an argument that is stated repetitively, I was excited to see an actual debate going on But that part total gets skipped over Instead we hear about what happened through Jamie s journal I would ve really loved to see how it went down instead of reading a little summary from her journal.Something that did confuse me was the cover On the new cover, there is a guy standing in front of a girl Now I am assuming that this is Jamie and Terry But why is Terry standing infront of Jamie Jamie is the main character who we follow, so why is she standing behind him Even in the original cover she is front and center This is something that didn t affect my rating but I noticed it and was genuinely confused.I really liked this book It covers extremely important and relevant topics And is one that a lot people should read.