Banned Books Week

What a slacker I am! I didn't fifty-fifty realize it was Banned Book Week hither inwards the US! It's over on Saturday, but yous should never halt reading banned books. In my opinion, the argue books are banned is because people can't guide keep the (sometimes difficult) truths inwards them. One of my favorite YA authors, Laurie Halse Anderson, deals amongst parents trying to ban her books from schools all the time. She has but about real interesting posts on her LiveJournal most the effects these attempts tin possess got on teens too their might to create out amongst the things they guide keep every day.

H5N1 mass I constantly recommend to people who are interested inwards reading banned books is her novel Speak. It's most a teen daughter who is raped at a political party the summertime earlier her freshman twelvemonth of high school. She withdraws into herself, has problem expressing herself, too finds the strength to speak too expose him exclusively afterward a long schoolhouse twelvemonth of rejection, self-discovery, too ultimately an attempted minute assault past times her rapist. It teaches teens that they are potent plenty to learn through the trauma of rape, too that they postulate to speak upwardly if something similar that happens to them.

Another mass of hers that I loved was Wintergirls, a novel most a teen daughter caught inwards the spiral of anorexia. Throughout the mass she counts the calories of everything she is forced to eat. Her life is a game of numbers too self-deprecation. She criticizes herself, says she's fatty fifty-fifty though she's is near-death, too eventually almost dies. Even if this is something yous possess got never dealt with, reading it volition grade yous strength to attention friends who may hold upwardly suffering from an eating disorder. Or it may utter yous out of developing one, or attention yous empathize that yous tin conquer it if yous create endure from one.

These books are constantly existence challenged inwards schoolhouse districts because of their night topics. Parents don't desire their children to read most rape because they believe it exposes them to violence. At the same time, they possess got no problems letting their kids play trigger-happy video games, sentinel trigger-happy boob tube shows too movies, too utter violently to their friends. They don't desire their kids to read most eating disorders because they believe it volition atomic number 82 them to educate one. All of this is ridiculously wrong, too however they can't come across it. And schoolhouse districts allow parents dictate what the kids tin read, instead of leaving it upwardly to the teachers.

When I was inwards high school, I was inwards tenth class Enriched English. We were reading To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee), a mass that has been banned inwards the past times too continues to have challenges. My instructor wanted us to read a modern possess got on the novel, too decided that nosotros should read A Time To Kill past times John Grisham. Because of the trigger-happy rape scene that opens the book, nosotros had to convey habitation permission slips to our parents. The skid explained the educational value too the argue nosotros were reading the book. Not i nurture objected. I gauge yous could tell nosotros lived inwards a progressive schoolhouse district - nosotros were too given the selection to read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn that year, which is straightaway facing calls to censor the n-word out (because there's absolutely no value inwards reading something inwards its historical context, right?). Thank goodness most of the criticism comes out on the side of the mass too non the human being responsible for the censorship, but the fact that it's existence challenged at all is pretty crazy.

Banned books to me are truly a challenge - the people who challenge books are daring me: "Read it, read it if yous dare." And I do. Oh, aye I do.

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