Friday, September 25, 2009

All Tomorrow's Parties

Start your freedom engines folks, it's time for Banned Books Week. Before tomorrow's discussion, I wanted to introduce you to this list:
  1. And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
    Reasons: anti-ethnic, anti-family, homosexuality, religious viewpoint, and unsuited to age group
  2. His Dark Materials trilogy, by Philip Pullman
    Reasons: political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, and violence
  3. TTYL; TTFN; L8R, G8R (series), by Lauren Myracle
    Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group
  4. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
    Reasons: occult/satanism, religious viewpoint, and violence
  5. Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
    Reasons: occult/satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, and violence
  6. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
    Reasons: drugs, homosexuality, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit, suicide, and unsuited to age group
  7. Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily von Ziegesar
    Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group
  8. Uncle Bobby's Wedding, by Sarah S. Brannen
    Reasons: homosexuality and unsuited to age group
  9. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
    Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group
  10. Flashcards of My Life, by Charise Mericle Harper
    Reasons: sexually explicit and unsuited to age group
What do the above titles have in common? They are the most challenged books of 2008! And while they made the top 10 list, 513 books were challenged last year. At the end of this week we'll hear from a 2009 author whose book has already been challenged and how she's handled objections to her work.

Will you be on next year's list?


  1. I'm really looking forward to the author interview and curious who you've lined up. I soooo appreciate what you are doing. I've posted today and plan to again next week, as well. The Kyte video made me sad and hopeful, very moving.

  2. You are overly awesome to be doing this.

  3. I'm going to link to your post Tricia - it's awesome!

  4. Hi Andrea,
    I love your header and the copy with it. The tag line is so cute. I feel just like that little girl, headed over a wall, chasing a dream not too sure what lies on the other side but letting the promise of possibility bolster me!

  5. Thanks, Stephanie. Edward Gorey is my hero.