Category Archives: Banned/Challenged Books

Quick check in …

… to let you know about what’s coming up. BANNED BOOKS WEEK, September 23-29: A week to read/support books that have been banned or challenged, as well as the authors who’ve written them. Find out more here, a site hosted … Continue reading

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Scary books

One of the categories for the 2015 Reading Challenge is *banned book*. I looked at ALA’s list of most frequently challenged books in 2014 and was pleasantly surprised to learn I’d read half of the top ten. But I also discovered, … Continue reading

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Sherman Alexie on sad books

In a 2011 Wall Street Journal blog post, Sherman Alexie explains why YA books that address real issues of violence, death, sexuality, and other horrors need to be available for teen readers. Alexie was responding to an earlier WSJ article, by … Continue reading

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Banned Books Week 2014

I was searching my shelves for old copies of Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants series and couldn’t find any. Evidently, in some crazed clear-out, I must have gotten rid of them. When my daughter was in 4th grade, these books were all … Continue reading

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Banned Books Week

Another quick post, reminding everyone that Sep 22-28 is Banned (and Challenged) Books Week. Defend books and authors. Defend the right to read. Visit the ALA site for lists of frequently banned/challenged books, and then visit your local library to … Continue reading

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So it goes

Kurt Vonnegut, who died in 2007 and whose cranky persona I try to emulate whenever possible (my friends are not amused), is on my mind these days, so indulge me as I drone on and on about his books. This … Continue reading

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