Banned Books Week

This week is Banned Book Week. We are lucky at TMC because we are pretty much allowed to choose what we read. Plus, a great club like Guys Read or the Mother/Daughter Book Club allows us to read about some pretty tough subjects and then discuss them in a responsible way.

Tom Angleberger wrote a recent blog post about his first book banning threat for Origami Yoda. What do you think? Should Origami Yoda be taken off our shelves?

Here are a few books that we have read in Guys Read that have been banned somewhere, for some reason:

The Magician’s Nephew, by C.S. Lewis

The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963, by Christopher Paul Curtis

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, by Jack Gantos

Maniac Magee, by Jerry Spinelli

A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle

Surviving the Applewhites, by Stephanie S. Tolan

How to Eat Fried Worms, by Thomas Rockwell

Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen

Any ideas why these books might have been banned? Are they dangerous? Who should be able to decide what you can and can’t read?

Keep reading (what you want)!


3 Responses

  1. A Wrinkle a Time? – that’s madness! What is there to banish about Magician’s nephew and Hatchet? One of the chapter names in How to Eat Fried Worms used to be a swear word, so that might be why.

  2. I agree, Leo, madness!

    Certainly different families have different feelings about different things. It’s important to respect that. If I had to guess, I’d say probably magic and wizardry (and maybe respecting one’s elders–even if they are a crazy uncle?) in Magician’s Nephew and, I don’t know, divorce and marriage troubles(?) in Hatchet were what got those books challenged. However, just because one family disagrees about a book’s content doesn’t mean they should be allowed to decide what others can read.

    What we read should be our choice, and it’s a choice we and our families should be allowed to make ourselves.

    Congrats on being the first commenter! Gunning for blogger of the year again? I’m looking forward to some great times this year!

  3. After reading Joey Pigza to 4th and 5 th graders for years, I was banned from reading it this year after a supervisor walked in on my read aloud of the book. So sad. I explained that the book deals with these subjects in such a caring way, but unfortunately now the children will have no solutions to the issues that were brought up in the book.

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