Monday, October 12, 2009

Banned Books Week

Two weeks ago you probably saw books on display at the library for Banned Books Week. Young Adult books are usually some of the most questioned books across the United States. Common reasons for challenging a book are "offensive language", "unsuited to age group", and "violence." Just because a book may be challenged somewhere, doesn't mean it's bad. Sometimes the challenges raise awareness about a book or subject and teens can discuss it and what they think about it. Other times a book may be questioned by someone who hasn't even read it but thinks it contains material that's not suited for teens - you. Here are some of the most frequently challenged books in the last few years.
  • What My Mother Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones
  • The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
  • TTYL by Lauren Myracle
  • Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher
  • The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things by Carolyn Mackler
  • Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  • Tricks by Ellen Hopkins
It's never too late to celebrate, highlight, and discuss books that are questioned. What do you think? Have you read any of these? What would you say if someone told you that you (and everyone else) shouldn't be allowed to read something?

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