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
• The Goosebumps
Series by Stine
• The Color Purple
• A Wrinkle in Time
• The Stupids
(a picture book) by Allard
• Anastasia Krupnik
• Killing Mr. Griffith
• What's Happening to my Body? Book for Girls: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Daughters
• The Outsiders
• A Light in the Attic
• Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret
• Lord of the Flies
Any guesses why there were banned?