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Banned Books Week

Tomorrow is the last day of Banned Books week 2011. It’s got the whole office thinking about some of our favorite “banned” books. Banned Books might sound scarier than it really is – books like James and the Giant Peach and The Adventure of Tom Sawyer were banned at one point.

A banned book that I was obsessed with as a child was Alice in Wonderland. I still read it every few years and I still enjoy it just as much as I did when I was younger. Alice spends most of the book just trying to figure out who she is and where she fits in, and who can’t relate to that?

Liz, Book Box Daily Blogger
My favorite banned or challenged books are the His Dark Materials series: The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass. I read them for the first time at 13 and again 10 years later. Both times I read them, they taught me something new, and encouraged me to question and to think about how I saw the world.

Kristin, TAB Editorial
I love To Kill a Mockingbird and was surprised when I found out the number of people who wanted to ban it. How can anyone not love a book that shows how to be a courageous, compassionate, and—above all—decent human being? I will never forget the line, “Miss Jean Louise, stand up. Your father’s passin’.”

Ben, Book Box Daily Blogger
A Separate Peace
was a favorite as a kid, and I was surprised to learn it had been banned in schools as recently as 1996. It is, admittedly, a somewhat bleak book, but one that confronts unflinchingly the confusing transition into adulthood. Perhaps adults feel compelled to protect children from these realities, but I, for one, am glad I encountered within these pages a deep investigation into friendship, responsibility, and human nature.

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3 Responses

  1. Louay Haddo

    I have scholastic certifcates that expired last july can I still use them to order books with them I just found them.

    • Preeti

      Hi Louay! Thanks for posting with us. Please email us at clubs.socialmedia@scholastic.com with the certificates you are referring to. Once we have this information, we will be happy to research this certificate issue for you. Again, thank you for your support of Scholastic Book Clubs!

  2. Barb

    Whilst people are so busy banning the classics, there is a book series that we as a family find offensive. “The Diary of a Whimpy Kid,” is unacceptable in very way. Pictures of “bathroom humor,” as my husband defines it, runs a muck in these books. That is not something that our society needs more of. Why must we submit our children to “bathroom humor?” Surely there are authors out there that can write something better that this junk.

    Just my opinion, and yes we do realise that there are other books out there to check out. We have thrown away our copies of this series and have instructed our children not to check them out of the library. I just wish that they weren’t there in the first place.

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