Banned Book Week!

So, it’s just been brought to my attention that it’s Banned Book Week. I immediately dug out my “I read banned books” button, even though I’m home for the evening. Since I don’t want to get in trouble for posting someone else’s list, go here http://www.ala.org/ala/oif/bannedbooksweek/bbwlinks/100mostfrequently.htm to view the most frequently banned books.

Here are some of my favorites:

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Forever by Judy Blume
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (huh? really?)
Alice series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Anastasia Krupnik series by Lois Lowery (you’re kidding, right?)
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden (I just reread this and wrote about it)

There were quite a few more books on that list that I’ve read too. Do you know what’s really weird? There are a bunch of sex education books that are challenged because they have SEX in them!!! Can you believe it? What depraved mind thought of including information on sex in a sex education book? Sorry…don’t get me started. 

Happy reading everyone. 

Joelle
P.S. What I find particularly hilarious is that I live in a small, conservative town in the South and our library subscribes to a book leasing service for their YAs and MG. That means, they get whatever’s sent to them. If anyone besides me were reading some of the stuff, there’d be RIOTS in this town! Ever heard of Chris Crutcher (yeah, I know you have)…well, he’s featured prominently. And a few other novels many adults in this town would have heart attacks over are on the shelves too. I love it.
Also go here for more info:

American Book Sellers http://www.abffe.org/banned.htm

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