Banned Books Week 2013
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Banned Books Week 2013
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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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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.
WATCHMEN / Watchmen Publisher:New York : DC Comics Inc., 1987, ©1986. Edition/Format: Book : English : Book club edView all editions and formats Summary: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
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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Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s 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.
Graphic Novel Classics: Persepolis: Story of a Childhood, by Marjane Satrapi. In beautiful black and white imagery, the author tells her story of growing up with Marxist parents in Iran during the Islamic Revolution.
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 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 (Alison Bechdel). The most beautiful, impressive, serious, funny, sad, literary, so-true comic (or "graphic novel," if you prefer) ever. Everyone who has lost anyone, or has struggled with parents, or has lost/found oneself in books should read this.
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. Amir, the son of a wealthy man in Afghanistan, is best friends with Hassan, the son of the family servant, until the day Amir witnesses Hassan being attacked by a gang of bullies, yet stands by without intervening. BANNED in 2008 & 2012 for homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, and sexually explicit content.
"The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father's servant, This 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.
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini: Book Cover
The Kite Runner: Khaled Hosseini: Amazing Book So Worth Reading
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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A great book, but a little dark.
Salina Public Library and Kansas Wesleyan University Library Catalog › Details for: Ender's game /
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card: published 1985, produced 2013
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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Native Son by Richard Wright Read this book in African American Literature. Amazing book about race.
Powerful story about racial divisions in America. Native Son by Richard Wright. Right from the start, Bigger Thomas had been headed for jail. It could have been for assault or petty larceny; by chance, it was for murder and rape. Native Son tells the story of this young black man caught in a downward spiral after he kills a young white woman in a brief moment of panic. Richard Wright's novel is just as powerful today as when it was written.
Native Son is one of the ALA's frequently challenged classics. Find it at #NYPL! #bannedbooks #NativeSon #RichardWright #books
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 - my favorite movie.
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 makes a triumphant screen debut as the radiant, indomitable Celie, the story's central character.
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The Color Purple  [DVD]: Amazon.co.uk: 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: DVD & Blu-ray
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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This is the newest book cover of a 30+ year coming-of-age classic for girls. I read it in 4th grade, love Judy Blume...
Are You There God? Its Me Margaret - Favorite book for young girls
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume - read the Writer's Relief book review at goodreads.com
“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
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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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Sara's pick: Slaughterhouse-five, or, The children's crusade : a duty-dance with death / by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
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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Heather Has Two Mommies: 10th Anniversary Edition (Alyson Wonderland): Leslea Newman, Diana Souza: 9781555835439: Amazon.com: Books
Heather has Two Mommies / written by Lesléa Newman ; illustrated by Diana Souza
A great resource! We used it to describe the challenges books on this board have faced over the years.
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 (Everymans Library)
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One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez. You can almost taste the words.
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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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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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."