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Monday, September 23, 2013

Banned Books Week Day Two

Today we continue our Banned Books Week coverage. Banned Books Week is a time to highlight the number of books that people try to remove from the shelves of classrooms and school and public libraries, and to celebrate how often these efforts fail. All week we'll be looking at what books people think you shouldn't be reading.

    

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. This dystopian classic portrays a world where humans are mass produced in Hatchery and Conditioning Centers and feelings are medically regulated. This is one of the most frequently banned and challenged books in 2011 and 2010 foe insensitivity; nudity; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit.

What My Mother Doesn't Knowby Sonya Sones. Sophie isn't sure what she wants from a boy, but her thoughts trace her relationship with Dylan... and Chazz... and a mysterious boy who came to the Halloween dance dressed as Robin. Sophie has many of the hilarious and confusing emotions that come with being a teenager in loooooooooove. This is one of the most frequently banned and challenged books in 2011, 2010, 2005, and 2004 for nudity; offensive language; sexually explicit.

Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar. Serena has just gotten kicked out of boarding school and is looking forward to hanging out with her friends again, especially Blair, and returning to her snooty school, Constance Billiard. But Blair has kinda enjoyed the spotlight ever since her taller, thinner, blonder, prettier best friend has been away and doesn't want to give it up. This book with the rest of the series, was among the most frequently banned and challenged books in 2011, 2008, and 2006 for drugs; offensive language; sexually explicit.

    

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. When a black man is accused of raping a white woman, Scout and Jem's father is called in to defend him, in a trial that will change everything. This Pulitzer Prize winner was one of the most frequently challenged and banned books in 2011 and 2009 for offensive language; racism.

Crank by Ellen Hopkins. When Kristina starts using meth (the monster) it awakens her inner bad-girl, Bree. This was one of the most frequently banned and challenged books in 2010 for drugs, offensive language, and sexually explicit.

Lush by Natasha Friend. As well as the normal issues of being 13, Sam has a secret-- her father is an alcoholic. Her family ties to hide it to protect their image, and Sam's the only one who doesn't believe that her father will eventually sober up. This was one of the most frequently banned and challenged books in 2010 for drugs, offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group.

    

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich. Frequently assigned in high schools, this adult book shows just how hard it is to survive on minimum wage. This was one of the most frequently banned and challenged books in 2010 for drugs, inaccurate, offensive language, political viewpoint, and religious viewpoint.

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. When Bella moves to Forks to live with her father, she becomes romantically involved with Edward-- a vampire. But a human/vampire relationship is complicated from both sides. This was one of the most frequently banned and challenged books in 2010 in 2009 for religious viewpoint and violence.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. Told in a series of letter to an unnamed friend, sensitive Charlie is struggling with normal teenage angst. With the help of some upper-classmen friends, he discovers the staples of alterna-teen high school--The Smiths, Rocky Horror, and makes the best mixtape ever. This was one of the most frequently banned and challenged books in 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006 and 2004 for being anti-family, drugs, homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited to age group.

We're having banned books all week-- which are your favorites?

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