“Parents of tweens must be cringing: Earlier this week, Simon & Schuster Children’s released the first ever Judy Blume e-book and, fittingly, the story they chose to inaugurate this momentous occasion was none other than Blume’s often controversial “Forever,” which tells an endearing story of two teenagers innocently in love and ready to do it. The novel was first published in 1975 and, because of its somewhat taboo topic, it is often a highly censored book. In fact, Blume’s tale of blossoming love appears on the American Library Association’s list of the 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books from 1990-2000 and comes in at number 8. In fact, five of her books are on the list and the others include “Blubber” (32), “Deenie” (46), “Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret” (62) and “Tiger Eyes” (78).”
“Washington High School English teacher Teri Hu believes school board prejudice has denied her the chance to teach thought-provoking, outstanding literature. Board members insist they are protecting vulnerable children and sensibilities in diverse Fremont. In what’s becoming an annual showdown that’s uncommon in the liberal Bay Area, the Fremont Unified School District board overruled Hu and rejected novelist Dorothy Allison’s “Bastard Out of Carolina” for the AP English supplemental reading list. While the book detailing horrific childhood abuse will remain in school libraries, it can’t be taught in class.”
Tennessean – “A school district has deemed an awkward teen’s two-page oral sex encounter at boarding school in the coming-of-age novel “Looking for Alaska” too racy, banning the book from class reading lists.
Sumner County Schools are at least the second in the state, after Knox County in March, to keep students from reading it together in class.”
Philadelphia Daily News – “YOU WOULD think that in this day and age – when Exxon/Mobil commercials tell us American children are dumber than paste – parents would be happy that their children were reading anything longer than a tweet, but for the second year in a row, Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy was among the most “challenged” books, as reported Sunday by the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. The ALA defines a challenge as “a formal, written complaint filed with a library or school requesting that a book or other material be restricted or removed because of its content or appropriateness.”
Huffington Post – “From beloved children’s classics to bestsellers you can’t go through an airport lounge without tripping over, these surprisingly banned books have all, for a variety of surprising reasons, been outlawed.”
The Star – “Libya marked the end of the Gadhafi-era blacklist Monday with a ceremonial unbanning of books in the former regime’s most storied public library. Many of Libya’s emerging political hopefuls joined militia leaders and returning expat exiles at the Italianate Royal Palace for a sunset event that was equal parts a celebration of free thought and bitter lament for its cost.”
Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library Offers Free Slaughterhouse Five Copies to Students at School that Banned the Book
GalleyCat – “In an inspiring response to censorship, the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library will give away up to 150 free copies of Slaughterhouse Five to high school students in Republic, Missouri. The school board voted to ban Kurt Vonnegut‘s book from the high school library along with Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler. If you believe in this cause, the museum is asking for donations to help pay for shipping for the books.