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: To Kill a Mockingbird
Author: Harper Lee
Publisher: Popular Library
Published: January 1, 1962 (First published 1960)
Synopsis: Harper Lee’s classic novel of a lawyer in the Deep South defending a black man charged with the rape of a white girl.
One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has earned many distinctions since its original publication in 1960. It won the Pulitzer Prize, has been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than thirty million copies worldwide, and been made into an enormously popular movie. Most recently, librarians across the country gave the book the highest of honors by voting it the best novel of the twentieth century.
Why the book was banned: To Kill a Mockingbird has been banned for its use of ‘racial slurs, profanity, and blunt dialogue about rape’.
Banned Book I Plan to Read:
Title: The Outsiders
Author: SE Hinton
Published: November 1, 1997 (First publisher 1967)
Synopsis: According to Ponyboy, there are two kinds of people in the world: greasers and socs. A soc (short for “social”) has money, can get away with just about anything, and has an attitude longer than a limousine. A greaser, on the other hand, always lives on the outside and needs to watch his back. Ponyboy is a greaser, and he’s always been proud of it, even willing to rumble against a gang of socs for the sake of his fellow greasers–until one terrible night when his friend Johnny kills a soc. The murder gets under Ponyboy’s skin, causing his bifurcated world to crumble and teaching him that pain feels the same whether a soc or a greaser.
Why the book was banned: The Outsiders has been banned and challenged for ‘glamorizing smoking and drinking, and excessive violence and obscenities’.