Banned Books Week

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Banned Books Week
September 24th-October 1st, 2011

This week we celebrate our right as American citizens to read freely. The First Amendment gives us the right to chose what we read – a right that is still challenged today.

The American Library Association has put together a list of the books that were either challenged (asked formally to be removed from a school or library), restricted, removed or banned in America from May 2010-May 2011. Below is a summary of this list.

For more information on why these books were either challenged or banned, check out the ALA’s handout on Banned Books Week.

2010-2011 Challenged, Restricted, Removed or Banned Books

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian
by Sherman Alexie

Speak
by Laurie Halse Anderson

The Flamingo Rising
by Larry Baker

The Notebook Girls: Four Friends, One Diary, Real Life
by Julia Baskin, Lindsey Newman, Sophie Pollitt-Cohen and Courtney Toombs

Forever in Blue, the Fourth Summer of Sisterhood
by Ann Brashares

Running with Scissors
by Augusten Burroughs

My Mom’s Having a Baby
by Dori Hillestad Butler

Betrayed
P.C. Cast and Kristen Cast

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Stephen Chbosky

The Awakening
by Kate Chopin

The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins

Stay Fat for Sarah Byrnes
Chris Crutcher

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America
by Barbara Ehrenreich

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
by Jonathan Safran Foer

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
by Anne Frank

Water for Elephants
by Sara Gruen

Snow Falling on Cedars
by David Guterson

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
Mark Haddon

The Dead Man in Indian Creek
by Mary Downing Hahn

Get Well Soon
by Julie Halpern

Snakehead
by Anthony Horowitz

Brave New World
by Aldous Huxley

Stolen Children
by Peg Kehret

The Koran

Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle with India
by Joseph Lelveld

Vegan Virgin Valentine
Carolyn Mackler

What’s Happening to My Body? Book for Boys: A Growing-up Guide for Parents & Sons
by Lynda Madaras and Dane Saavedra

Kaffir Boy: The True Story of a Black Youth’s Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa
by Mark Mathabane

Shooting Star
Fredrick McKissack, Jr.

Writers’ Voice: Selected from Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir
by Paul Monette

Tweaked: A Crystal Memoir
by Patrick Moore

Song of Solomon
by Toni Morrison

ttyl
by Lauren Myracle

Twenty Boy Summer
by Sarah Ockler

The Body of Christopher Creed
by Carol Plum-Ucci

The Catcher in the Rye
by J.D. Salinger

Push
by Sapphire (Ramona Lofton)

Pit Bulls and Tenacious Guard Dogs
by Carl Semencic

We’ll Be Here for the Rest of Our Lives
by Paul Shaffer

The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star
by Nikki Sixx

Bone
by Jeff Smith

One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies
by Sonya Sones

Revolutionary Voices: A Multicultural Queer Youth Anthology
edited by Amy Sonnie

Slaughterhouse-Five
by Kurt Vonnegut

Jubilee
by Margaret Walker

Paint Me Like I Am: Teen Poems
by WriterCorps

Many of these books are available at Oakton Community College Library. Please check our catalog for availability.

-posted by Gretchen Schneider

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