Monday, April 09, 2007

Reporting on the Challenge April 9, 2007

Take the "Banned Book Challenge" along with another 142 people, including the people listed below, who have pledged to read over 1495 books in the Banned Book Challenge.

Freedom to Read Poster 2004

Anonymous, 2
mokacoffee, USA, 2
katieam, USA, 10
Superfast Reader, USA, 3
naridu, Australia, 2

See the comments below for titles that have been submitted.

1 comment:

fahrenheit451moderator said...

heidijane, UK
I know why the Caged Bird Sings
I'm guessing its because of the rape scene of an 8-year-old girl, although it may also be because it covers sensitive relations between white and blacks in the American South of the 1930s.

sarradee, USA
Things Fall Apart
Banned in Malaysia, not sure why, but it isn't allowed in that country anymore. Also, was banned in western Nigeria after Achebe made comments about veteran politician Obafeni Awolowo.

loverofbooks, USA
The Witches
I was impressed with the imagination of this author. It had to do with witches and how they wanted to wipe out children. I think it could be scary to kids who didn't understand that it was just fiction. It also had spells and most people get freaked out about it. My review of this book will be up on my site today sometime!(

Katya, USA
Summer of My German Soldier
It was hard for me to figure out exactly why this book might have been challenged. Maybe because of the brutality of the father toward Patty. Or because people may have interpreted the love between Patty and Anton to be sexual and Patty is only 12. Or because Patty, as a Jewish girl, helps a Nazi prisoner of war. Those are my best guesses.

Elaine, Canada
Freedom Writers Diary
This book has been challenged because of its stark but realistic portrayal of life as a teenager, as well as for its language. Instead of banning this book, all concerned parents should read this book and allow their teens to read this inspiring book. It would seem to me that if this was required reading, we would begin to raise a generation of adults who might try to change conditions for "economically challenged" youth in the west.