Banned Books Week: Read On!

Posted 28 September, 2010 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | Uncategorized | 4 Comments

I’m currently in the middle of TWENTY BOY SUMMER by Sarah Ockler, one of the many challenged books out there. Very good so far! I’ll be reviewing it this week. (Dontcha just love this poster? Ahoy, ye matey! It’s a banned book! LOL. I crack myself up.)

In the meantime, while you wait with bated breath for my reviw, I wanted to leave you with some fantastic links from around da interwebz (a quick nod to my Chicago Bears–da Bears–who kicked some Cheesehead booty last night, even though the Packers were favored to win! Go Bears!).

From the University of North Carolina’s School of Education comes a variety of resources for educators and others to use to promote understanding and READING of banned and challenged books.

The Right to Read by Author Savannah J. Foley.

Author Jo Knowles writes about her favorite banned book, The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier

And Maw Books posts a review of GO ASK ALICE by Anonymous. Despite the fact that this isn’t a “real” diary, rather a fictional piece set up to read like a diary, this is an always-favorite of my 8th graders–it’s constantly checked out of our library and passed between students with a quick, “You’ve gotta read this.” Whatever. My students are reading, and they’re passing it on to others. I’m good with that, even if the author did pull a James Frey. (FYI, he’s the guy who wrote his memoir “A Million Little Pieces”, beloved by Oprah and was later exposed on The Smoking Gun, as having made up large sections of the book. Oops. Even Oprah makes mistakes.)

So, get out there and read a banned or challenged book today!

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4 Responses to “Banned Books Week: Read On!”

  1. Love the poster!! It’s awesome 🙂

    Canada’s banned book week comes around in the new year, but I’ve been discussing this with my students. My next read aloud will be from the list 🙂

  2. Hi Mary,
    I just read The Chocolate War, in honor of Banned Books Week, and what a book! I loved it (heavy subject matter and all). I understand some of what people object to (I’d have to have a little conversation with my daughter if she read it now!), but I would hope that the strong anti-bullying message would outweigh the parts they disapprove of. But again, as we are saying all this week–let me be the judge for my child, right?

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