Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Reporting on the Challenge June 20, 2007

Take the "Banned Book Challenge" along with another 168 people, including the people listed below, who have pledged to read over 1689 books. June 30 is the end date for this challenge, so there is still a little time for one or two quick reads. Check our lists on the right sidebar for book suggestions.

countrygl22, USA, 2
Ali, USA, 1
geoffwickersham, USA, 2
nlgmcr69, USA, 6
sokol71688, USA, 4
PAR1138, Canada, 2


fahrenheit451moderator said...

nlgmcr69, USA
Bridge to Terabithia
Actually after reading the book I really have no clue why it was banned. It was a great of my favorites so far this year and seemed like a story fit to be read even by children.

Kris M., USA (
The Princess Diaries
I have no idea. I know I have read why it was challenged but dont remember and after reading hte book, I cant pick out anything in the story that would prompt me to challenge it.

Lover of Books, USA (
The Terrorist
I really liked it and was impressed with how the subject of terrorists were covered. This author did a great job!

Kris M., USA
Higher Power of Lucky
I heard it was challenged because the word scrotum was used. I think the story was wonderful and would never keep a kid from reading it because of a word.

CanadianKiwi, Canada
The Sledding Hill

CanadianKiwi, Canada
Who is Frances Rain?

CanadianKiwi, Canada
Where the Sidewalk Ends

CanadianKiwi, Canada
The Pigman

CanadianKiwi, Canada
A Day No Pigs Would Die

CanadianKiwi, Canada
A Light in the Attic

CanadianKiwi, Canada
James and the Giant Peach

Kris M., USA (
The Giver
My guess is the issues with death and the one memory of the civil war. I put a review on my blog, listed above, if interested.

fahrenheit451moderator said...

CanadianKiwi, Canada
Julie of the Wolves

Kris M., USA
The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things
My guess is that this book was challenged because of the sex issues, date rape, and possibly eating disorders. Here's the link to my review:

Kris M., USA
The Chocolate War
Not really sure exactly.

Kris M., USA
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
My guess is that it was challenged because of the sex issue with Bee.

Communications guru said...

I actually forget what my goal was, but I recently completed “Lord Of The Flies” and “Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn.”
I am also happy to report that the book-banning group here in Michigan – known as the “LOVE” PAC (Livingston Organization for Values in Education) that attempted to censor and ban “The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them,” Nobel Prize winning author Toni Morrison's first novel, "The Bluest Eye," an acclaimed memoir written by Richard Wright in 1945, "Black Boy " and the classic Kurt Vonnegut novel "Slaughterhouse Five” – was stymied. Not only was the campaign stopped, but their candidates for school board were defeated.

It led to the group here dedicated to defeating racism, the Livingston 2001 Diversity Council, to form a book club that promotes books and tolerance by reading books that challenges racial and ethnic stereotypes. The first selection was “The Color of Water,” by James McBride. It was a great read.

Keep up the good work.

fahrenheit451moderator said...

I read "Freedom Writers Diary" this year, partly because of the LOVE group's opposition to it. I wondered how bad it could be. My feeling after having read it it that it should be required reading for teens, parents, and anyone who works with teens. It is a very uplifting story of one teacher's effort to eliminate racism and other "isms" from her classroom. What she did was help the students to create empathy for one another. It is also a great story of the success of kids who may not have otherwise graduated from high school.

I heard about the book club. That is awesome!

I also read "Slaughterhouse Five," in a way to honour Kurt Vonnegut. It was a very moving book.

I am glad you enjoyed the challenge. Watch for it again next February and remember that Banned Book Week in the US is in September.