Banned Book Trading Card: One Crazy Summer

By Technica Staff

(All information provided below was created by the Chapel Hill Public Library and the artists who provided artwork featured on the Banned Book trading cards.  For more information on the library’s celebration of Banned Books week, visit

Book: One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

Reason for Banning: In 2015, the conservative Civitas Institute complained after a 4th grade book club at a Cary, NC elementary school chose One Crazy Summer as part of an enrichment activity. Despite being a Newbery Honor book and a National Book Award finalist, opponents said the book’s subjects of racism and “ethnic class struggles” were inappropriate for kids.

Artist: Brian Mawby

Artists’s Statement: This piece shows three girls‘ introduction to The Black Panthers’ free breakfast program. Their mother, a poet who also supplies The Panthers, sent them. Stop Common Core NC is very critical of this book.

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