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Thursday Thirteen #86

It’s Banned Books Week again!

Ah, the lure of the Forbidden. As a general rule, all that happens when you challenge or ban a book is that you make other folks curious, and then they want to read it to find out what the excitement is all about. Cause enough of a stink and chances are someone will want to make a movie out of the book. Which will, of course, make folks curious about the book again. Especially if you insist on protesting the film. All that does is provide free marketing. So, really, if you don’t like a book, that’s just fine. Don’t read it. The moment you try to stop others from reading it too, your attempts are just going to have the opposite effect from what you want.

(Seriously. It’s like telling me not to touch something. I have never outgrown the childish need to come running over and say “I’m not touching it” while waving my hands really close to whatever the item is.)

Anyway, here is a list of Thirteen Banned or Challenged books that I have read. What Forbidden Literature have you perused? If you need a little memory jog, check out ALA’s Banned Books Site.

13 Banned or Challenged Books I Have Read:

1. And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell (Loved it)

2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Liked it more than I expected to)

3. The Lord of the Flies by William Golding (Not really my thing)

4. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (Loved it)

5. A Separate Peace by John Knowles (Liked it)

6. Where’s Waldo? by Martin Handford (Really fun)

7. Harry Potter (series) by J. K. Rowling (Loved them)

8. A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein (Loved it)

9. In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak (Liked it)

10. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (Loved it)

11. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton (Loved it)

12. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (Liked it)

13. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl (Liked it)

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Celebrate Your Freedom to Read!


It’s Banned Books Week from September 26−October 3, 2009!

This is the week that you celebrate your freedom to read by reading books that other folks would like to prevent you from reading. Mostly, I’ve found that trying to keep me from reading a book makes me more interested in reading it. I rather suspect that other folks have a similar reaction.

To give you someplace to start, here is the list of the top ten most frequently challenged books of 2008 (according to ALA.) Get out there and read!

1. And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
Reasons: anti-ethnic, anti-family, homosexuality, religious viewpoint, and unsuited to age group

2. His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman
Reasons: political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, and violence

3. TTYL; TTFN; L8R, G8R (series) by Lauren Myracle
Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group

4. Scary Stories (series) by Alvin Schwartz
Reasons: occult/satanism, religious viewpoint, and violence

5. Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
Reasons: occult/satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, and violence

6. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: drugs, homosexuality, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit, suicide, and unsuited to age group

7. Gossip Girl (series) by Cecily von Ziegesar
Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group

8. Uncle Bobby’s Wedding by Sarah S. Brannen
Reasons: homosexuality and unsuited to age group

9. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group

10. Flashcards of My Life by Charise Mericle Harper
Reasons: sexually explicit and unsuited to age group

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It’s Banned Books Week!

September 27 – October 4, 2008 is Banned Books Week

Celebrate your freedom to read by reading a book that someone out there doesn’t want you to. It’s the lure of the forbidden. If you need some suggestions, check out the list of books below. I’ve linked the books in the list to our catalog so that you can place holds on the ones that intrigue you.

From the ALA Frequently Challenged Books Site:

The most frequently challenged books of 2007

The following books were the most frequently challenged in 2007:

The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom received a total of 420 challenges last year. A challenge is defined as a formal, written complaint, filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness. According to Judith F. Krug, director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom, the number of challenges reflects only incidents reported, and for each reported, four or five remain unreported.

The “10 Most Challenged Books of 2007” reflect a range of themes, and consist of the following titles:

1) “And Tango Makes Three,” by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell
Reasons: Anti-Ethnic, Sexism, Homosexuality, Anti-Family, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group

2) “The Chocolate War,” by Robert Cormier
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Violence

3) “Olive’s Ocean,” by Kevin Henkes
Reasons: Sexually Explicit and Offensive Language

4) “The Golden Compass,” by Philip Pullman
Reasons: Religious Viewpoint

5) “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” by Mark Twain
Reasons: Racism

6) “The Color Purple,” by Alice Walker
Reasons: Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language,

7) “TTYL,” by Lauren Myracle
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group

8 ) “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” by Maya Angelou
Reasons: Sexually Explicit

9) “It’s Perfectly Normal,” by Robie Harris
Reasons: Sex Education, Sexually Explicit

10) “The Perks of Being A Wallflower,” by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group

Off the list this year, are two books by author Toni Morrison. “The Bluest Eye” and “Beloved,” both challenged for sexual content and offensive language.

The most frequently challenged authors of 2007

1) Robert Cormier
2) Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
3) Mark Twain
4) Toni Morrison
5) Philip Pullman
6) Kevin Henkes
7) Lois Lowry
8 ) Chris Crutcher
9) Lauren Myracle
10) Joann Sfar

Get out there and celebrate your freedom to read!

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