Reprinted by permission of the American Library Association
This review is presented in honor of Banned Book Week.
Revolutionary Voices, edited by Amy Sonnie, labels itself a 'multicultural queer youth anthology', containing the art and writings of young people ages 14 to 26 of all racial, sexual, and gender identities. The work contained within is powerful, coming for places of pain, love, joy, and anguish. The poems, pictures, and stories evoke strong emotions, a full range of experiences that would be impossible to catalog. These are the voices and expressions of people who are all too often told to be silent, to not speak, to not accept what they have to say because of who they are and the labels others would place upon them.
Indeed, even the book itself has been the target of silencing efforts, placing as the ninth most challenged book on the ALA's list of most challenged and banned books of 2010. This book is a collection of voices who wish to be heard, to tell their story and their own experiences. The introduction to the book says it best: "We dedicate this book to us, to all of us, wherever we are; so we may continue to speak our minds and hearts, to struggle to save ourselves, and in doing so to save each other."
Tim @ Central