So you are born into a itinerant missionary family, and your parents slowly come under the sway of a fundamentalist preacher. What do you do? In Memoirs of a Bookbat Harper Jessup has to figure out what to do.
I dithered about putting this in the "not for me" category...but finally plumped down on "No" because of the unidimensionality of Jessup's parents and the preacher. As one reviewer on Amazon said,
The religious zealots in the book are portrayed in such a way that you are nearly forced to dislike and disagree with them. But that's precisely the issue. The right-wing characters of the book fit all the stereotypes, and even exaggerate them. The author seemed so intent on pushing her message that she did not put much effort into making them human, rather than the cardboard, two-dimensional 'villians' they are.
Not a good way to make the case against censorship. Katheryn Lasky's homepage is here.