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(July 18, 2008 by JeZz Send DollMail )
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If you’re already bored this summer, you need some exciting reading. And since some of the most anticipated novels of the summer are still not out on shelves, you’ll have to sneak around.

If you’re a library junkie, you may have noticed a display dealing with banned and challenged books. These are books that have been pulled from library shelves, or almost pulled in most cases, because something in the books is considered offensive to someone out there who threw a fit about it. And if adults think a book is offensive or inappropriate for kids, you can be sure kids will want to read it.

If you’re looking for some juicy scandal this summer, try a few of these on for size:

Bridge to Terabithia – Banned from many libraries soon after it was published and still challenged by parents today because of language and elements of magic and paranormal activity.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Banned from libraries back in 1885 because it was “trash.” It’s still a hot topic today due to slavery and racial issues presented in the novel. I guess Mark Twain was before his time.

Freedom Writer’s Diary – The book was banned in at least one town due to racial slurs and sexual content. I wonder if the award winning movie was banned, too?

Flowers For Algernon – Banned in many states for language and communication issues related to a character trying to express his feelings.

Fahrenheit 451 – Ironically, this book is banned in many schools because it is felt the novel criticizes censoring books.

The Giver – Many object to Lois Lowry’s award winning novel because it contains discussion of euthanasia (medical-assisted killing.)

All Harry Potter Books – All seven of the books have been challenged and banned all over the world because of witchcraft.

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax – A children’s book by a beloved author is banned in many states because it pokes fun at politics.

A Series of Unfortunate Events – Lemony Snicket’s works are banned in Decatur, Georgia thanks to implied (and probably nonexistent) incest references and the “D” word – and I don’t mean the Hoover Dam.

Uncle Tom’s Cabin – One of the most publicized novels dealing with slavery before the Civil War, Uncle Tom’s Cabin is banned in many southern states and is challenged by the NAACP for alleged racism and racial slurs related to African-Americans. It was also banned in Russia for a century or so.

Other books that are frequently challenged and possibly banned you might grab this summer:

The Scary Stories Series i.e Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Schwartz
Forever by Blume
The Goosebumps Series by Stine
The Color Purple by Walker
A Wrinkle in Time by L'Engle
The Stupids (a picture book) by Allard
Anastasia Krupnik by Lowry
Blubber by Blume
Killing Mr. Griffith by Duncan
What's Happening to my Body? Book for Girls: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Daughters by Madaras
The Outsiders by Lowry
A Light in the Attic by Silverstein
Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret by Blume
Lord of the Flies by Golding
Where’s Waldo by Hanford

Any guesses why there were banned?


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hockeylover152

20/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: July 22, 2008
we talked about this in my english class when reading fahrenheit 451 actually (a book that i really liked and bradbury is just an awesome writer in general). where's waldo was banned for people thinking it had hidden messages in it or something. and what the hell is up with a book on puberty being banned?! do they not want kids to understand what is going on with their bodies.

god, i hate book censorship.
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Keanelover1289

21/Female
Posted On: July 22, 2008
I have a feeling that someday some of my books will be banned somewhere...by someone....

...because that's just the kind of person I am and the kind of writer I am.

mwahahahahaha!
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tinkerbell445

18/Female
Posted On: July 21, 2008
goosebumps? Where's waldo? They're not bad...
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xXxVanillaMist

24/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: July 21, 2008
I've read, from you lists:

The Giver

All Harry Potter Books

The Lorax

The Outsiders

I think it's stu.pid to ban books. THEY ARE BOOKS!! What happened to "Free Speech"?
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my_boy_jet

107/Female
Weston, MO
Posted On: July 21, 2008
Flowers for Algernon is amazing, I adore that book.

And The Giver is, of course, amazing.

-jJet
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hypa_happi_rea

19/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: July 21, 2008
And Goosebumps is banned?

WTF?

Xp

T.W
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hypa_happi_rea

19/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: July 21, 2008
I recomend the Sally Lockhart series (4 books) by Phillip Pullman. The Ruby in the smoke (1), The Shadow in the North (2), The Tiger in Well (3) and The Tin Princess (4) are awesome and the BBC did films of the first two. I've read book one and two and am half way through book three. Really awesome read.

Xp

T.W
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hovergirl2588

20/Female
Brookhaven, PA
Posted On: July 21, 2008
wait why were they all band

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hovergirl2588

20/Female
Brookhaven, PA
Posted On: July 21, 2008
goosebumps scary stories to tell in thedark the loriox thats my favoirte dr suess book
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GodZILLA_

19/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: July 21, 2008
The "D" word?

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tootoorooroo

19/Female
Hanford, CA
Posted On: July 21, 2008
When i go to the library i just ask for the book i want even if its not for kids such as sybil i LOVE that book!!!!!its so sad though!!!!!!
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yourlucky13_x

103/Female
Panama City, FL
Posted On: July 20, 2008
they banned series of unfortunate events?

fuuked up.

best books ever, but they still had them at my school.

now, i hate harry potter, so i wouldn't blame them.

it's pretty pointless banning books, unless it's about a really bad thing.

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Original_scree

22/Female
Zionsville, IN
Posted On: July 20, 2008
Lord of the Flies and Huckleberry Finn are two of my all-time favorite books. Mark Twain was amazing. And bi-polar. And amazing.....

Banning books is pointless, but there are a number of people out there who make a career out of complaining professionally.

I hope my books are banned someday. That would make me insanely happy.

--0Rii
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xXLush_RoseXx

24/Female
Grangerland, TX
Posted On: July 20, 2008
Series of Unfortunate events is banned? Wow, I read that all time! It's hilarious.

I haven't read a wrinkle in time but I did see the movie of A Wrinkle In Time, it was very odd.

I only know of the book, Are You There God? It's Me Margaret from Psych. Heh, poor Shawn always mix people up...
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Izzy_zy_Rocker

20/Female
Netherlands, The
Posted On: July 20, 2008
Am I the only one who thinks that all these bannings have no purpose and will only make people want to read them more? Bannings can better be replaced by age-ratings, something I for one have never ever seen on a book.
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