Young adult author and former library aide knows about banned books first-hand | Local

High school student Mickey Catalan has a passion for softball. When she is injured in a car accident just before softball season, her ability to continue playing is jeopardized. To deal with her injuries, she is prescribed pain medication and becomes addicted.

Mickey is the main character in Mindy McGinnis’ 2019 book Heroine. The young adult novel won this year’s Missouri Gateway Readers Award, which aims to “promote literature, literacy and reading in Missouri’s high schools.” Students across the country vote for the winner.

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