As the Crow Flies

As the Crow Flies

Graphic Novel - 2017
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"A queer, black teenager finds herself stranded in a dangerous and unfamiliar place: an all-white Christian youth backpacking camp"--Amazon.com.
Publisher: [United States] : Iron Circus Comics, [2017]
ISBN: 9781945820069
1945820063
Branch Call Number: TEEN GILLMAN
Characteristics: 272 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 21 cm

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Explore queer and gender identities through this eye opening tale of Charlie, who is doing her best to navigate a space that she feels uncomfortable in as a black and closeted queer teen.

As a closeted queer black young woman, Charlie feels ostracized at an all-girls Christian camp until she gets to know Sydney. Suggested by Kaley.

From Emily @ Monroe Library. Charlie, young, queer, and black, is navigating her identities at an all-white Christian summer camp and grappling with a brand of feminism that excludes her.


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JCLEmmaF Jun 04, 2019

A critique of white, cis, straight feminism, in the context of a Christian summer camp, featuring one black girl, and one secretly trans girl. I liked this. I like the implication of god’s inclusivity at the end, tho the reader must assume it, just like the characters. I like how real the youth of the characters read.

OPL_MichelleC Jan 16, 2019

Beautifully illustrated tale of a genderqueer teen on an all-white Christian camping trip.

Makes you think about the whitewashing of history and the inclusion of others in that history.

Really thought-provoking.

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WPLYouthServices
Jan 14, 2019

I really enjoyed this one! A book about getting out of your comfort zone, exploring differences and endeavoring on new adventures.

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derikam
Oct 13, 2018

This book is BEAUTIFUL! I cannot think of a single reason not to read it.

A thoughtful book from the perspective of a queer teen of color, and the many micro-aggressions she must endure from the rest of her camp-mates and counselors.

DPLaprilteenservices Jul 13, 2018

A powerful look at faith, and the damage that microaggressions and lack of inclusion can cause marginalized folks, specifically from "nice white ladies." A great LGBTQ+ book for middle school readers, and the colored pencil art is gorgeous.

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wildct2003
Apr 11, 2018

Very good slice of life graphic novel. Easy to read and look at; has quite a number of wordless panels. Recommended.

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emilyc2017
Mar 20, 2018

I haven't read a graphic novel in a long time. But I wanted to read this one because of it's subject matter. Two queer girls find a bond in a Christian feminist camp for girls. How poetically ironic is that. The story was simple and uncomplicated and it got to the point. I really enjoyed reading it.

BostonPL_JordanD Jan 23, 2018

Will there be more? I really enjoyed this. I know it's a webcomic, but I got to the end of the print book and wondered if that was The End, or if there would be a volume two.

Anyway, I really liked the art, and the plot was engaging and realistic, I think. I would definitely recommend this to others.

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