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 […]

Banned Books #55- Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread

Welcome to this month’s edition of Banned Books. This month we read Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread by Chuck Palahnuik. First published: 2015 In the Top Ten most frequently challenged books in 2016 (source) Reasons: profanity, sexual explicitness and being “disgusting and all around offensive.” Do you understand or agree with any of […]

Banned Books 2019…REVEALED

Here are 2019’s books that Beth and I will be reading for our Banned Books feature that has been running since July 2014! JANUARY: Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread– Chuck Palahniuk FEBRUARY: Northern Lights/The Golden Compass– Philip Pullman MARCH: Uncle Bobby’s Wedding– Sarah S. Brannen APRIL: We All Fall Down- Robert Cormier MAY: […]

Banned Books #54- Flashcards Of My Life

Welcome to the last Banned Books of 2018! This month we read Flashcards Of My Life by Charise Mericle Harper. Flashcards Of My Life by Charise Mericle Harper. First published: 2006 In the Top Ten most frequently challenged books in 2008 (source) Reasons: sexually explicit, unsuited to age group Do you understand or agree with any of […]