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Subject: Banned Books
Date Posted: 10/4/2008 6:33 AM ET
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If you can think of any books that have been banned over the years post them here :)

Subject: Banned Books
Date Posted: 10/4/2008 10:03 AM ET
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To Kill a Mockingbird

Date Posted: 10/4/2008 1:54 PM ET
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the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

the Origin of Species

Farenheit 451

Date Posted: 10/4/2008 2:43 PM ET
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Catcher in the Rye

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Brave New World

Grapes of Wrath

Uncle Tom's Cabin

Date Posted: 10/7/2008 5:42 PM ET
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here's the Roman Catholic Church's official 07-08 list--see suprises on it like The Kite Runner. I was raised Catholic and I am embarrased by this list.

 

http://74.125.113.104/search?q=cache:WscTtcjU1ioJ:www.ila.org/pdf/2008banned.pdf+roman+catholic+banned+books&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=3&gl=us

Date Posted: 10/7/2008 6:11 PM ET
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American Psycho

 

 

Date Posted: 10/7/2008 6:55 PM ET
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Wow, Colleen - amazing at some of the books banned as recently as earlier this year.  But it looks like it's a compilation from an independent source of various schools, libraries, etc that have banned book - not necessarily a list developed by the Catholic Church.  (Also raised Catholic, and believe me I am the last person to defend many of their stances, but that is a whole other posting....lol).

Date Posted: 10/7/2008 7:23 PM ET
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Most of Judy Blumes books have been banned.

Harry Potter

His Dark Materials

Just really depends on the place. 

Date Posted: 10/7/2008 7:32 PM ET
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Wow! I didn't realize these were banned! I'm gonna go check out the ones on the link :)

Date Posted: 10/7/2008 7:33 PM ET
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Nevermind, my virus scanner won't let me go to the site, it says it's a Phishing site.

Date Posted: 10/8/2008 3:40 AM ET
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I have been an English teacher for years and now teach reading.  I usually do a small segment on banned books to let my students know what some narrow-minded people have wanted to be banned.  I guess that I somehow missed Banned Books Week this year.  The only book that I have had challenged by some parents (unsuccessfully, I might add) was A Day No Pigs Would Die.  Here are a few others that have been challenged in the U.S.:

The Wizard of Oz, the Harry Potter series, The Giver, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

 

Date Posted: 10/8/2008 10:55 AM ET
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That's really interesting Vivian! Do you happen to know why each of those were banned (or tried to be)?

Date Posted: 10/8/2008 12:10 PM ET
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People trying to ban a book and actually being successful are two different things.     Many try - few DO.

Date Posted: 10/8/2008 6:29 PM ET
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One book I find funny that is banned is Farenheit 451 because it is all about banned books. I still have no clue as to why that book was banned or even restricted :)  Its the book we chose for the Big Read last year for our library..

Date Posted: 10/8/2008 7:43 PM ET
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Tiffany, in answer to your question--

A Day No Pigs Would Die--a father of a student referred to the "rape scene."  It was when they were trying to breed the pig

The Wizard of Oz--the witches

Harry Potter-wizards, magic

Tom Sawyer--the n word

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings-the mention of rape

The Giver-I couldn't believe this one.  I believe it's been challenged in schools because of the futuristic society (which is just a good lesson about how you're only safe when you can't make choices and have free will)

Ridiculous, huh?  Do a search for banned books and you'll find more.

 

 



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Date Posted: 10/8/2008 8:42 PM ET
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That's really wild!

Date Posted: 10/8/2008 9:48 PM ET
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ALA most challenged

Date Posted: 10/10/2008 7:48 AM ET
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Banning books is absolutely reprehensible! Not to mention, it makes them all the more attractive to potential readers :-) I am afraid that more books will be banned in this country if Sarah "youbetchamaverickjobcreation" Palin becomes VP, as she has already looked into banning some books up in Alaska...

...Obama!

Subject: Banned Books
Date Posted: 10/10/2008 10:50 PM ET
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Yeah...OBAMA...HA! Like he would solve the problem! He would raise TAXES so much we couldn't afford Books!

Date Posted: 10/10/2008 11:20 PM ET
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What Cozi said is definitely true, few do suceed in getting books banned, thank goodness.  In my high school class we read To Kill a Mockingbird, Huck Finn, Brave New World, Catcher in the Rye and probably more banned or challenged books.  But its still interesting to see what people want banned, what pushes them from "I don't approve of this so I won't read it" to "I don't approve of this so you can't read it". 

Also, I don't think its ever been officially challeged, but when I was in 11th grade a bunch of classmates & I picked Kafka's Metamorphosis for an independent book group project and the teacher tried to stop us, I'm still not sure why, there's nothing really sexual or racist or violent in it.

Date Posted: 10/11/2008 2:16 AM ET
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This is an interesing list.  It lists the book, the reason it was banned, and where it was banned:

http://www.banned-books.com/bblista-i.html

Date Posted: 10/11/2008 7:14 AM ET
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Lady Chatterly's Lover was banned, I think.  Reminds me, I have to read that one.

One of the lists above had I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings as banned, and this made me stop and think.  I read this book very recently, and I couldn't imagine why in the world it could ever be banned.  So, Vivian, thanks for explaining it was because it included a rape scene.  Not that that is anything but a ridiculous reason, but at least I now know why.  Yikes. 

Date Posted: 10/11/2008 3:08 PM ET
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I used to have a t-shirt that said:

Celebrate freedom, read a banned book.

 

Date Posted: 10/11/2008 3:45 PM ET
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Stephanie, it is a ridiculous reason and shows that people missed the point of Maya Angelou's journey.  You can't understand her amazing life if you leave out the early tragedies.

Date Posted: 10/11/2008 6:36 PM ET
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I'm currently reading Looking For Alaska by John Green which is a challenged book though I don't think ever full-out banned. It's fantastic. It was challenged due to charges of being pornographic, which is dumb. The author has a really good clip up on YouTube about it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHMPtYvZ8tM

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