Banned Book Week – Day 4

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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:

439288 Title: Speak
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Publisher: Puffin
Published: April 01, 2001

Synopsis: Melinda Sordino busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops. Now her old friends won’t talk to her, and people she doesn’t even know hate her from a distance. The safest place to be is alone, inside her own head. But even that’s not safe. Because there’s something she’s trying not to think about, something about the night of the party that, if she let it in, would blow her carefully constructed disguise to smithereens. And then she would have to speak the truth.




Why the book was banned: Speak is most often banned and challenged because of the rape scenes in the book. It is said that it is ‘not appropriate for teens’.

Banned Book I Plan to Read:

kiterunner Title: The Kite Runner
Author: Khaled Hosseini
Publisher: Penguin
Published: April 27, 2004

Synopsis: Amir is the son of a wealthy Kabul merchant, a member of the ruling caste of Pashums. Hassan, his servant and constant companion, is a Hazara, a despised and impoverished caste. Their uncommon bond is torn by Amir’s choice to abandon his friend amidst the increasing ethnic, religious, and political tensions of the dying years of the Afghan monarchy, wrenching them far apart. But so strong is the bond between the two boys that Amir journeys back to a distant world, to try to right past wrongs against the only true friend he ever had.

The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons—their love, their sacrifices, their lies.

Why the book was banned: The Kite Runner is often challenged for graphic rape and vulgar language.



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