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Top 10 Banned/Challenged Books of 2009

During Banned Books Week, the Office of Intellectual Freedom releases the top ten banned/challenged books for the previous year.  Here is the list from 2009.

  1. ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series) by Lauren Myracle
    Reasons: drugs, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  2. And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
    Reasons: homosexuality
  3. The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
    Reasons: anti-family, drugs, homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited to age group
  4. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    Reasons: offensive language, racism, unsuited to age group
  5. Twilight (series) by Stephenie Meyer
    Reasons: religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  6. Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
    Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  7. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
    Reasons: homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence
  8. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things, by Carolyn Mackler
    Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  9. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
    Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  10. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
    Reasons: nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

September 30, 2010 at 9:56 pm 1 comment

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September 29, 2010 at 3:40 pm Leave a comment

2010 Banned Books Week

Saturday marked the beginning of Banned Books Week (BBW).  As we talked about last year, the American Library Association sets aside one week out of the year for you to celebrate your freedom to read whatever you choose.  This has been happening since 1982!

In order to celebrate BBW, our YA Book Display is full of banned and challenged books.  You also will find a handout that explains what are the differences between banned books and challenged books.  And, don’t forget to complete our Banned Books Week Trivia!  The person who answers the most questions completely will win a free book.  You will have until Saturday, October 2nd to turn your BBW Trivia into the the Front Desk.

(I’ll explain more about why TTYL by Lauren Myracle is here in a little bit!)

September 28, 2010 at 5:16 pm Leave a comment

Teen Read, Teen Reviewed – Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer

Bloody Jack is a very well-told story that begins on the streets of London in the late 1700’s. Jack is the main character in the story, but her (yes her) real name is Mary. She wants to be a sailor, but back then girls weren’t allowed to even come aboard ships, let alone Sail them. She gets her chance to defy this rule when her gang loses its leader, Charlie. She abandons that life, cuts her hair, pretends to be a boy (named Jack, obviously) and she ends up joining a ship called the HMS Dolphin.

She becomes a cabin boy and makes friends with other cabin boys that she conceals her true identity from. She falls in love with one of the cabin boys and she tells him her secret. He doesn’t tell anyone about her, even the other cabin boys who are like their brothers. They both bear the secret now and will for a long time.
The HMS Dolphin is part of the Navy, so of course, they are on a mission. This particular mission happens to be hunting down a pirate’s fleet, and Mary actually kills a pirate on the first pirate encounter. That is how she earns the nickname Bloody Jack. The cabin boys (including Mary) have formed a sort of club they call the brotherhood. They do weird things to create it; like cutting off their earlobes, stitching them together and throwing them overboard, and other things like that.

When they meet the pirates again, they seem to be winning. They take down about half of the fleet or more, but they get stranded on an island when they get hit with a fire-ship. It blows up half the ship and they’re lucky to survive. Mary gets captured and is revealed to be a girl. She is then shipped to Boston where she must attend a school for ladies.

Bloody Jack is a very interesting read that will make you look at the world very differently, and might change your outlook on many, many things about the older world.

~by David

September 12, 2010 at 6:56 pm Leave a comment

A little bit of this, a little bit of that…

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