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Banned Books Week 2010

Banned Books Week 2010

Banned Books Week is 25 September to 2 October 2010. I hope you do something dangerous this week and read a banned book! There’s a list of the most challenged books of the past year (below), or you can go for something more classic, like: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Slaughterhouse-Five, Of Mice and Men, The Giver, or Beloved. I’ve included links to Amazon.com for buying ease, or (even better!) patronize your local library and tell the librarians there what a great job they’re doing. ^_^

Of the titles below, I’m proud to say I’ve read a few of them (And Tango Makes Three, To Kill a Mockingbird, and the Twilight series *shudder*) and actually own others (The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Catcher in the Rye, and My Sister’s Keeper), though I haven’t gotten around to reading them (yet!).

The 10 most challenged titles in 2009 were:

ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
Reasons: nudity, sexually explicit, offensive language, drugs, and unsuited to age group

And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
Reasons: homosexuality

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

To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
Reasons: racism, offensive language, unsuited to age group

Twilight (series), by Stephanie Meyer
Reasons: sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group

Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
Reasons: sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group

My Sister’s Keeper, by Jodi Picoult
Reasons: sexism, homosexuality, sexually explicit, offensive language, unsuited to age group, drugs, suicide, violence

The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things, by Carolyn Mackler
Reasons: sexually explicit, offensive language, unsuited to age group

The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
Reasons: sexually explicit, offensive language, unsuited to age group

The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier
Reasons: nudity, sexually explicit, offensive language, unsuited to age group

PS: Graphic novels are often banned, too.