Thursday, September 30, 2010

More Fun with Banned Books

It's Thursday, and Banned Books week is drawing to a close.  But you don't have to let it go without a fight!  Take this Banned Books Quiz at Mental Floss, plan a date night and watch one of these movies based on a banned book, peruse this list of the 11 Most Surprising Banned Books or have a laugh with this list of the Top Ten Far-Fetched Reasons to Challenge a Book.

I've finished Carolyn Mackler's The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things, and I can only assume the reason it's been challenged is because there's a scene where the main character imagines how a rape occurred.  Other than that it's just a sixteen year old girl making out with a boy, wanting to be thin and hating her body, getting a bit tipsy on New Year's Eve when her parents aren't around and two or three curse words.  All of these things speak to reality and actually seem pretty tame to me.  I wouldn't hand the book to a twelve year old, but it's certainly more than suitable (and quite an engaging and quick read) for high schoolers.

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