Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read, September 21-27, 2014
Hello guys! This week is banned book week and I decided last minute I wanted to do something on my blog. I have decided each week I will highlight a banned book that I have read and one that I plan to read. If I had more time I would have read them before hand and given you a review. Next year! Don’t forget to check out the ALA’s website for more information about banned books and banned book week!
Banned Book I’ve Read:
Title: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Author: Stephen Chbosky
Publisher: MTV Books
Published: February 1999
Synopsis: Charlie is a freshman.
And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.
Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.
Why the book was banned: The Perks of Being a Wallflower was banned for ‘vulgarity and pornography’.
Banned Book I Plan to Read:
Title: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Author: Maya Angelou
Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reissue edition
Synopsis: Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local “powhitetrash.” At eight years old and back at her mother’s side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age-and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. Years later, in San Francisco, Maya learns about love for herself, and the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors (“I met and fell in love with William Shakespeare”) will allow her to be free instead of imprisoned.
Why the book was banned: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings was banned for the book’s graphic portrayal of childhood rape, racism, and sexuality. It has also been challenged for being ‘anti-white and encouraging homosexuality’. Also to note that Maya Angelou is one of the most banned authors in the US history.