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!
The weekend ended up being incredibly busy for me and I had no time to get this up. Better late than never.
Banned Book I’ve Read:
Title: The Hunger Games
Author: Suzanne Collins
Published: January 1, 2008
Synopsis: The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, is a country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district against the Capitol resulted in its destruction and the creation of an annual televised event known as the Hunger Games. In punishment, and as a reminder of the power and grace of the Capitol, each district must yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 through a lottery system to participate in the games. The ‘tributes’ are chosen during the annual Reaping and are forced to fight to the death, leaving only one survivor to claim victory.
When 16-year-old Katniss’s young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives. , she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.
Why the book was banned: The Hunger Games has been challenged for containing sexually explicit material and scenes, violence, and ‘being unsuited to the age group’. It was also the fifth most challenged and controversial book in 2010.
Banned Book I Plan to Read:
Title: I Hunt Killers
Author: Barry Lyga
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Published: April 3, 2012
Synopsis: Jasper “Jazz” Dent is a likable teenager. A charmer, one might say.
But he’s also the son of the world’s most infamous serial killer, and for Dear Old Dad, Take Your Son to Work Day was year-round. Jazz has witnessed crime scenes the way cops wish they could—from the criminal’s point of view.
And now bodies are piling up in Lobo’s Nod.
In an effort to clear his name, Jazz joins the police in a hunt for a new serial killer. But Jazz has a secret—could he be more like his father than anyone knows?
Why the book was banned: I Hunt Killers has been challenged because ‘it is too violent for teens’.