Banned Books #64- To Kill A Mockingbird

First published: 1960 In the Top Ten most frequently challenged books in 2011 (source) Reasons: offensive language, racism Do you understand or agree with any of the reasons for the book being challenged when it was originally published? BETH: To Kill A Mockingbird is one of my all-time favourite classics and so advance warning – I […]

Banned Books #63- The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

For October’s Banned Books (late again!), we read The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn.  First published: 1884 In the Top Ten most frequently challenged books in 2002 (source) Reasons: offensive language Do you understand or agree with any of the reasons for the book being challenged when it was originally published? BETH: I can probably speak for […]

Banned Books #62- The Hunger Games

Welcome to a very late September post for Banned Books. In September, we read The Hunger Games.  The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins First published: 2008 In the Top Ten most frequently challenged books in 2010 (source) Reasons: sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence Do you understand or agree with any of the reasons for […]

Banned Books #61- Whale Talk

Welcome to the next edition of Banned Books. In August, we read Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher. First published: 2001 In the Top Ten most frequently challenged books in 2005 (source) Reasons: racism, offensive language Do you understand or agree with any of the reasons for the book being challenged when it was originally published? BETH: It […]

Banned Books #60- In The Night Kitchen

Welcome to this month’s edition of Banned Books! This month, we read In The Night Kitchen. First published: 1970 In the Top Ten most frequently challenged books in 2004 (source) Reasons: nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit. Do you understand or agree with any of the reasons for the book being challenged when it was originally […]

Banned Books #60- Arming America: The Origin Of A National Gun Culture

Welcome to the 60th edition of Banned Books! Wow. 60! This month we read Arming America: The Origin Of A National Gun Culture. First published: 2000 In the Top Ten most frequently challenged books in 2003 (source) Reasons: inaccuracy Do you understand or agree with any of the reasons for the book being challenged when […]

Banned Books #59- Crazy Lady

Welcome to this month’s edition of Banned Books. This month, Beth and I read Crazy Lady by Jane Leslie Conly. First published: 1993 In the Top Ten most frequently challenged books in 2005 (source) Reasons: offensive language. Do you understand or agree with any of the reasons for the book being challenged when it was originally published? […]

Banned Books #58- We All Fall Down

Welcome to this month’s edition of Banned Books. This month we read We All Fall Down by Robert Cormier. We All Fall Down by Robert Cormier First published: 1991 In the Top Ten most frequently challenged books in 2003 (source) Reasons: offensive language, sexual content. Do you understand or agree with any of the reasons for the […]

Banned Books #57- Uncle Bobby’s Wedding

Welcome to this month’s edition of Banned Books. This month we read Uncle Bobby’s Wedding by Sarah S. Brannen. Uncle Bobby’s Wedding by Sarah S. Brannen First published: 2008 In the Top Ten most frequently challenged books in 2008 (source) Reasons: homosexuality, unsuited to age group. Do you understand or agree with any of the reasons for […]

Banned Books #56- Northern Lights/The Golden Compass

Welcome to this month’s edition of Banned Books. This month we read Northern Lights/The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman. First published: 1995 In the Top Ten most frequently challenged books in 2008 (source) Reasons: political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, violence. Do you understand or agree with any of the reasons for the book being challenged when it was […]