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Banned Books Week

October 4, 2008

I meant to post something about banned books week, but I never got the chance to. I’m going to cop out and just put the link to an entertaining post from the New York Times book blog Paper Cuts.

I just can’t get over the books that people attempt to censor. Let’s take a look at the 10 most challenged books in 2007. I’ve read a lot of them, and really people? Really?

“And Tango Makes Three,” by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
“The Chocolate War,” by Robert Cormier
“Olive’s Ocean,” by Kevin Henkes
“The Golden Compass,” by Philip Pullman
“The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” by Mark Twain
“The Color Purple,” by Alice Walker
“TTYL,” by Lauren Myracle
“I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” by Maya Angelou
“It’s Perfectly Normal,” by Robie Harris
“The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” by Stephen Chbosky.

Please keep in mind that “Tango” is about a penguin. Yes, a children’s book about a penguin.

Oh, and I just will never get over the fact that Fahrenheit 451 is perennially challenged. Somewhere, Ray Bradbury is laughing.

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