September 30-October 6 is Banned Book Week. Celebrate by reading one of these frequently banned young adult and juvenile books:
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. This one's got something for everyone who likes banning books: homosexuality, suicide, profanity, drugs, teen sex.
- And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson. This is the true story of two gay penguins who hatch an egg in New York's Central Park Zoo. Enough said?
- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. Banned for racism. Ironic, given that it was one of the first books to raise the question of race inequity.
- The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier. Language, sexual content, violence, high school gangs.
- The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. Among its sins is the promotion of witchcraft.
- The House on Mango Street. This one's a cornucopia for book banners: poverty, ethnicity, violence, and abuse.
- Where's Wally? by Martin Handford. A sunbather in one scene partially exposes her breast.
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle. Witchcraft, crystal balls, and anti-religious subtext landed this one in hot water.
- Goosebumps by R. L. Stine. Too scary for kids.
- A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein. One of the poem's encourages children to be messy and disobedient. Others deal with the supernatural, i.e. demons and ghosts.
To purchase these books at Amazon, click on links below:
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
And Tango Makes Three
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
The Chocolate War Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1)
Harry Potter Paperback Box Set (Books 1-7)
The House on Mango Street
Where's Waldo? The Complete Collection
A Wrinkle in Time: 50th Anniversary Commemorative Edition
Goosebumps HorrorLand Boxed Set #1-4
A Light in the Attic Special Edition