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: Harry Potter
Author: JK Rowling
Published: June 26, 1997
Synopsis: Harry Potter has never played a sport while flying on a broomstick. He’s never worn a Cloak of Invisibility, befriended a giant, or helped hatch a dragon. All Harry knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley. Harry’s room is a tiny cupboard under the stairs, and he hasn’t had a birthday party in ten years.
But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to a wonderful place he never dreamed existed. There he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic around every corner, but a great destiny that’s been waiting for him… if Harry can survive the encounter.
Why the book was banned: The Harry Potter Series, the most banned series of the 21st century according the ALA, has been banned because the books ‘promote witchcraft, Satanism, and anti-family themes’. They have also been banned for dealing in ‘witchcraft, the occult, promoting violence, and being scary’.
Banned Book I Plan to Read:
Title: The Giver
Author: Lois Lowry
Published: January 24, 2006
Synopsis: Jonas’s world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.