Banned Books Week 2013
Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons -- chronicles the fall from grace of a group of superheroes plagued by all too human failings. The concept of the super hero is dissected and inverted as strangely realistic characters are stalked by an unknown assassin. Originally published as a 12 issue series in 1986 and 1987, WATCHMEN remains one of DC Comics' most popular graphic novels.
The inclusion of the compiled Watchmen in school library collections has been challenged by parents at least twice, according to the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom.
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This stunning graphic novel chronicles the fall from grace of a group of superheroes plagued by all too human failings. The concept of the super hero is dissected and inverted as strangely realistic characters are stalked by an unknown assassin. Originally published as a 12 issue series in 1986 and 1987, WATCHMEN remains one of DC Comics' most popular graphic novels.
"Chronicles the fall from grace of a group of super-heroes plagued by all-too-human failings. Along the way, the concept of the super-hero is dissected as the heroes are stalked by an unknown assassin."
"Watchmen" by Alan Moore. This stunning graphic novel chronicles the fall from grace of a group of superheroes plagued by all too human failings.
In an alternate 1985 America, costumed superheroes are part of everyday life. When one of his former comrades is murdered, masked vigilante Rorschach uncovers a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his retired associates, Rorschach glimpses a far-reaching conspiracy involving their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the world's future.
Watchmen by Alan Moore, illustrated by Dave Gibbons, and coloured by John Higgins (Grade 10+) Former superheroes are stalked by an unknown assassin.
This stunning graphic novel chronicles the fall from grace of a group of superheroes plagued by all too human failings. The concept of the super hero is dissected and inverted as strangely realistic characters are stalked by an unknown assassin.
Watchmen by Alan Moore, writer; Dave Gibbons, illustrator/letterer; John Higgins, colorist. This stunning graphic novel dissects the concept of the superhero and remains one of DC Comics' most popular since 1986.
Watchmen by Alan Moore. Please click on the book cover to check availabiltiy @ Otis.
The ultimate super-hero comic book
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi -- A wise, funny, and heartbreaking memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah's regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq.
Oddly, Satrapi's graphic novel, Persepolis, faced no censorship fights until "March 2013, when Chicago Public Schools administrators abruptly pulled it from some classrooms. The circumstances surrounding the ban remain unclear to this day." -- Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
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Chicago schools are considering banning Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis from 7-10th grade curricula. even if it's not banned outright, it's a good one to re-read during Banned Books Week
2004 ALEX Award-- "In graphic novel format, the author describes her youth in revolutionary Iran. From the overthrow of the Shah to the establishment of the new regime, she witnesses heartbreak and struggle as life changes in her country."
"Persepolis" by Marjane Satrapi. A very moving account of a young woman's life in Iran. One of the best Graphic Novels ever....
The great-granddaughter of Iran's last emperor and the daughter of ardent Marxists describes growing up in Tehran in a country plagued by political upheaval and vast contradictions between public and private life. (Graphic novel) Interest level grade 10-adult.
A groundbreaking graphic novel: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. Originally published to wide critical acclaim in France, where it elicited comparisons to Art Spiegelman's Maus, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi's wise, funny, and heartbreaking memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen
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Persepolis book cover.
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As with many critically-acclaimed books — particularly graphic novels — Alison Bechdel's Fun Home soon drew the attention of would-be censors. In 2006, Louise Mills of Marshall, Missouri, requested that the book be removed from the local public library. Mills characterized the books as “pornography” and expressed concern that children might be drawn to them because they looked like comic books.” -- Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
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Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home has been challenged once again, this time for it’s inclusion on a freshman recommended reading list at the College of Charleston (CofC) in Charleston, South Carolina. The conservative religious group opposed to the book has labeled it “pornographic.”
A fresh and brilliantly told memoir from a cult favorite comic artist, marked by gothic twists, a family funeral home, sexual angst, and great books.
Written and illustrated by cult favorite comic artist, Alison Bechdel, "Fun home : A Family Tragicomic" is a memoir that deals with the weighty issues of distant parents, family drama, and sexuality- told with great illustration and plenty of dark humor.
Fun Home by Alison Bechdel is the story of a girl who has the strange upbringing of a life in a funeral home. It's also a coming of age story and rife with family drama.
A family tragicomic - something teens will certainly want to read! This memoir is based on the childhood journal of a girl just discovering his sexuality and coming to terms with absent parents and growing up in a funeral home. Why this is good for teens? It addresses topics such as homosexuality and abandonment in a non-threatening and though provoking way. #LGBT #autobiography #memoir #death #family
Fun home : a family tragicomic / Alison Bechdel. A fresh and brilliantly told memoir from a cult favorite comic artist, marked by gothic twists, a family funeral home, sexual angst, and great books. This breakout book by Alison Bechdel is a darkly funny family tale, pitch-perfectly illustrated with Bechdel's sweetly gothic drawings. Like Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis, it's a story exhilaratingly suited to graphic memoir form.
Alison Bechdel documents a period of her life in which she lost her father in the graphic novel memoir, "Fun Home". Most known for "Dykes to Watch Out For", Ms. Bechdel's lesbianism, coming out & how that connects her to her father weaves through the story. It's about a young woman & her family, told elegantly, hauntingly, lovingly. Time's "Book of the Year" for 2006 & an engaging read, even for folks who don't usually read comic books. Literary.
Fun Home, a Family Tragicomic, by Alison Bechdel. Just finished reading this. Amazing...
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel GRAPHIC B BECHDEL
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini has been challenged when used as part of high school curriculum because of a rape scene and language considered too vulgar.
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The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini This book hit EVERY single emotion in me. It is an amazing book; trying to describe how great it is would not do it justice. Definitely a classic and my new favorite book!
The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his fathers servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed.
2008 & 2012 Top Ten Banned Book Reasons: Homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. An epic tale of fathers and sons, of friendship and betrayal, that takes us from Afghanistan in the final days of the monarchy to the atrocities of the present.
The Kite Runner: Khaled Hosseini. I read this in high school and really liked it. It's a beautifully written story with some twists that made my mouth drop open.
This is absolutely one of my favorite books. The Kite Runner was so detailed and its plot was exquisite. I am so glad my class voted on reading this books instead of something else.
The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons—their love, their sacrifices, their lies.
Story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul during the final days of the monarchy. When Amir is forced to flee with his prominent and wealthy father for a new life in California, he leaves behind Hassan, the son of his father's servant. Amir cannot, however, leave the memory of Hassan behind him.
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. Parents and students challenged the use of this book in middle school curriculum, characterizing parts of it as pornographic.
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**FIC Card** ENDER'S GAME by Orson Scott Card. A teacher at Schofield Middle School in Aiken, SC will not face criminal charges for reading to his students from this award-winning science-fiction book. A student and parent called the book "pornographic", (along with an Agatha Christie novel and a young adult novel about the old west) despite children's literary review websites deeming it appropriate for kids 12+up.
Set in Chicago in the 1930s, Richard Wright's novel is just as powerful today as when it was written -- in its reflection of poverty and hopelessness, and what it means to be black in America. Native Son has faced challenges to its inclusion in school and public libraries because of its portrayal of sexuality, offensive language, and violence.
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This book completes the trilogy of required readings of an African American youth's coming of age...the Bible, Kaffir Boy, and Native Son!
Native Son (Perennial Classics) by Richard Wright,http://www.amazon.com/dp/006083756X/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_Q36etb0K3GSPEWVC
Native Son by Richard Wright Read this book in African American Literature. Amazing book about race.
Difficult book to read because of what it is about, but still good
Just starting this for book club: Native Son by Richard Wright
Native Son-one of my favorite books as a teenager.
It's been awhile...must have a re-read list now:-)
Alice Walker's classic novel has been challenged over its frank portrayal of two African-American sisters living under the sexual and racial oppression of the 1930s Deep South.
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The Color Purple: Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, Margaret Avery, Willard E. Pugh, Akosua Busia, Desreta Jackson, Adolph Caesar, Rae Dawn Chong, Dana Ivey, Leonard Jackson, Bennet Guillory, Steven Spielberg, Carole Isenberg, Frank Marshall, Jon Peters, Kathleen Kennedy, Peter Guber, Alice Walker, Menno Meyjes: Movies & TV
Amazon.com: The Color Purple: Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover, Adolph Caesar, Margaret Avery, Rae Dawn Chong, Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Quincy Jones, Jon Peters, Peter Guber, Menno Meyjes: Movies & TV
"The Color Purple" is a 1985 movie based on a novel by Alice Walker. The movie is about a girl named Celie Harris who is transformed throughout the movie and finds her self worth with the help of two female companions.
Based on Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Color Purple is a richly-textured, powerful film set in America's rural south. Whoopi Goldberg, winner of the Best Actress Golden Globe Award and an Oscar nomination, makes a triumphant screen debut as the radiant, indomitable Celie, the story's central character.
Amazon.com: The Color Purple: Danny Glover, Adolph Caesar, Margaret Avery, Rae Dawn Chong, Whoopi Goldberg, Laurence Fishburne, Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Michael Kahn, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Quincy Jones, Jon Peters, Peter Guber, Menno Meyjes: Movies & TV
The Color Purple: The life and trials of a young African American woman (IMDb), via Diane Holste
The Color Purple by Alice Walker--One of my all-time favorite books.
The Color Purple - still my all time favorite movie
My favorite film of all time. ❤️❤️❤️
Judy Blume is a beloved author, yet her books garner quite a bit of attention from parents who reject her stories about the realities of adolescence and childhood.
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I read "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret " by Judy Blume more times than I can remember back in elementary school.
“I never realized how liberal my mom could be viewed as being until I was older and started seeing lists of ‘banned books.’ I read everything I could get my hands on, and she never once said anything was bad/wrong/indecent/immoral/etc., so it’s pretty hard to narrow it down to my favorite.” – Stephanie Freedle, Acting Head of the U of A Physics Library
Judy Blume books (Are you there god? It's me Margaret, my favorite one) Good for the kiddies
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume (48. A banned book) #ReadingChallenge
A must read for every Maven. Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume #books
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret (childhood book category)
The cover is different but this was a favorite book of mine.
Perfect reading for Banned Books Week!
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Slaughterhouse-five is one of Kurt Vonnegut's best known works. It has been challenged in multiple locations because it contains profanity.
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June 2007: Slaughterhouse-Five, or, The Children’s Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death by Kurt Vonnegut
Sometimes books can change our life. Other times they affirm our life. Oftentimes books stave off boredom. This is a collection of books which have impacted my life.
Now a children's classic, Heather Has Two Mommies has faced numerous challenges to its availability in libraries. In Elizabethtown, North Carolina in 1992, the group Bladen Coalition of Christians asked the County Commission to remove this book from the Bladen County Library, calling it "wicked, seditious, and dangerous."
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Amazon.com: Heather Has Two Mommies: 10th Anniversary Edition (9781555835705): Leslea Newman, Diane Souza: Books
Heather Has Two Mommies: 10th Anniversary Edition (Alyson Wonderland): Leslea Newman, Diana Souza: 9781555835439: Amazon.com: Books
Heather Has Two Mommies (Anniversary-10th): Amazon.co.uk: Leslea Newman: Books
Can't wait to read books like these to my future kids
A great resource! We used it to describe the challenges books on this board have faced over the years.
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Banned in the U.S.A. : a reference guide to book censorship in schools and public libraries / Herbert N. Foerstel
One Hundred Years of Solitude was challenged in California in 1990. The complaint "asserted that the book was profane, vulgar, and sordid and was negative tot he Catholic church." The court settlement allowed the book to remain the library where the student of the parent who complained attended school; however, teachers were forbidden to assign the book to students.
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One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The brilliant, bestselling, landmark novel that tells the story of the Buendia family, and chronicles the irreconcilable conflict between the desire for solitude and the need for love—in rich, imaginative prose that has come to define an entire genre known as "magical realism LVCCLD.
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez http://libcat.bentley.edu/record=b1298561~S0
One Hundred Years of Solitude: Gabriel Garcia Marquez - I know why he won the Nobel Prize.
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One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez; MONDAY EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION
One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez. You can almost taste the words.
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The Grapes of Wrath had an electrifying impact upon publication in 1939, unleashing a political storm with its vision of America's dispossessed struggling for survival.
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Banned Books Week: Celebrate your freedom to read! Smith Library Center is observing Banned Books Week to make students, faculty, and staff aware that censorship is very real. There are always individuals and groups who will try to limit what we can and cannot read. Smith Library strives to make access to literature and information as broad and unfettered as possible. We do not ban books nor do we condone censorship! Read a banned book today!
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Check out last year's list of Books Challenged and/or Banned - http://www.ila.org/BannedBooks/BBW_2012-2013_Shortlist.pdf
Banned Books Week - Frequently challenged books by year... looks like I've got a new reading list!
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In Alabama, this book was objected to in 1990 by parents of schoolchildren because it "dealt with New Age religion and sent a mixed signal to children about good and evil."
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See what I thought about A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle (http://hauntedorchid.blogspot.com/2012/04.vintage-reads-review-wrinkle-in-time.html)
Banned for references to witches, and crystal balls. Click on image to place item on hold.
1963 winner. A Wrinkle in Time / Madeleine L'Engle.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle
Read by a Westporter-- 10/7
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In 1992, a parent in O'Fallon, Illinois, objected to the use of Tom Sawyer in a 6th grade classroom because of the book's use of the n-word.
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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (the Worlds Best Reading) by Mark Twain
Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. Challenged in 1988 by two residents in Richmond, WA, who objected high school students reading it for class due to the book's portrayal of suicide, illicit sex, violence, and hopelessness.
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The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood- "Set in the near future, it describes life in what was once the United States, now called the Republic of Gilead, a monotheocracy that has reacted to social unrest and a sharply declining birthrate by reverting to, and going beyond, the repressive intolerance of the original Puritans. The regime takes the Book of Genesis absolutely at its word, with bizarre consequences for the women and men of its population."
Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. This book was challenged because of claims that the book "raised sexual issues without giving them moral resolution."