Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Book Challenge: Read a Banned Book

It is Banned Books week - Sept 29 to Oct. 6.
Learn about why it came to be here.
I also thought that with the whole Palin banning book controversy, the issue is back in the limelight.

Here is the challenge. Pick a banned book. Read it and then post a comment here if you want about the book you read and why you think it was added to the list. I am curious to see what people about some of the books. You can agree, disagree - just don't be rude or obnoxious.

Here is a link to ALA's Banned Books page. They have a number of different lists to check out.

Last year, Chris Crutcher, author of Whale Talk and Deadline, visited our school during Banned Books week. He is one of the most challenged authors because his books actually deal with issues and are not all light and vapid.

Here is a list of the top 10 challenged authors:
1) Robert Cormier
2) Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
3) Mark Twain
4) Toni Morrison
5) Philip Pullman
6) Kevin Henkes
7) Lois Lowry
8) Chris Crutcher
9) Lauren Myracle
10) Joann Sfar

That should help you get started.

I think I am going to read Walter Dean Myers' newest book, Sunrise over Fallujah. I think that might make the list this year.

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