Thursday, December 1, 2011

Challenged Books

   Throughout the years there have been many Young Adult books
that are challenged. If a person or group does not agree with the
viewpoints of a certain book they may challenge the book in question.
They may go to libraries or local schools advocating for the books
removal and access to the public .
   I believe that authors have the freedom to write about anything
while readers have the choice to read any book they want. ALA has
two lists of books that people most frequently challenge, one from
1990-1999 and one from 2000-2009. Some of these books I have
read and really enjoyed. Which ones have you read?

Challenged books I have read:
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Goosebumps (series) by R.L. Stine
The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
The Pigman by Paul Zindel
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Harry Potter (series) by J.K. Rowling
A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney
Where’s Waldo? by Martin Hanford
Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene
And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor
His Dark Materials (series) by Philip Pullman
Olive’s Ocean by Kevin Henkes
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
The Upstairs Room by Johanna Reiss

My score:
1990-1999= 13/100
2000-2009= 15/100 28/200

Score Scale
1-10 Challenged Book scaredy cat.
11-40 Getting braver.
41-70 You eat them for breakfast.
71-90 Nerves of steal...
91-100 The ironman/ woman of Challenged Books!

Check out the lists to find out where you rank.
1990-1999 Challenged Book List
2000-2009 Challenged Book List

R.J. Ropsen

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