Thursday, October 04, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #29 -- Banned Books Week Edition

In keeping with the theme of the week -- banned and challenged books -- I'm listing thirteen frequently-challenged books that I loved.

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2. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

3. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

4. The Giver by Lois Lowry

5. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

6. A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle

7. Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan

8. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

9. A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein

10. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

11. Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher

12. The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney

13. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Wow! Let me tell you, it was hard to narrow that list down. How about you? Check out the ALA list of most challenged books of 1990-2000 and tell me what you think!


Celticangel said...

You have great taste in books...and T13 topics. Happy banned books week!

Candy said...

...and most of them turned out to be some of the best books ever written, tsk, tsk! :o)

Xakara said...

Great book choice with some of my favorites listed.

What's not to like about A Light In The Attic? It's a classic everyone should own among many.


N.J.Walters said...

I did pretty much the same thing on my TT this week, Kate. Some of my favorite books have been banned!

gabriella hewitt said...

Great list and great reminder how precious our right to read is.

Of Mice and Men was required reading in 9th grade English in NY. Since NY has the Regents (or at least it did then) which was statewide, that meant all highschoolers in the state were required to read it. Actually we read a lot of Steinbeck in middle school and high school.

To Kill a Mockingbird is another amazing book. I can't believe it's on the list.

By the way, thank you so much for the mention of my book on your blog last week. My apologies for the late thank you, but I did see and I really appreciate it.

Last--Happy TT. Mine is up. I'm doing a Sci Fi Octoberfest this months, so come find out 13 reasons why you should join in the fun!

Minkydo said...

My teenager just read Slaughterhouse Five on his own. I still had my copy from high school. Good list.

No Nonsense Girl said...

why in hell was The adventure of Tom Sawyer banned? I loved loved it as a kid. :(

My TT is up!!! 13 things I'm grateful for...

Kelly McCrady said...

Many of the books on the top 100 list were required reading when I was in school; The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes, both Huck Fin and Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, Brave New World by Aldus Huxley. Who would ban Shel Silverstein poetry? And I'm sorry--Judy Blume was the way most of us learned about puberty and pre-teen social issues. For girls who began menstruation as early as 10, Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret was the only instruction they'd received on what to expect. Boo to those who challenge books!

Denise Patrick said...

The Face on the Milk Carton and its sequels have to be some of the most heart-wrenching books I've ever read. I didn't know they had been banned somewhere.

Happy TT!

Nicholas said...

I've only read two on your list but I loathe the idea of banning books, and censorship in all forms.

Elisa said...

I like your list idea this week. :D Thanks for stopping by my blog, and keep reading those books.