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Five Banned Books Worth a Second Look
So many exciting events are happening in September! By now all the kiddos are back to school and have starting to adjust to their new schedules. In some locations, temperatures are dropping, football games are in full swing, and Banned Books Week is just days away. What’s the deal with banned books, you ask?
What’s the deal with banned books? Plenty. Believe it or not, books are still being challenged and banned and just not by ultra conservative religious schools. Schools challenge books for myriad reasons from language to racist comments to claims of communism (really!. Here are five books that were challenged last year and the reasons for being challenged or banned. Perhaps you have a book or two on your shelf? Books are listed in no particular order.
1. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
In his first book for young adults, bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author's own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by acclaimed artist Ellen Forney, that reflect the character's art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.This title has been challenged many times. Many of the challenges claim the book includes “excerpts on masturbation,” and claims that the book “reinforces all the negative stereotypes of his people and does it from the crude, obscene, and unfiltered viewpoint of a ninth-grader growing up on the reservation.” I will be the first person to warn you that there is language in a book, which you as a parent have a right to decide for yourself and your child. The fact that our young narrator reinforces negative stereotypes is up for debate. If you read the book for yourself you will discover that our hero is poking fun at himself and his people. It’s an important distinction that can only be recognized from an open read. The read is so worth learning about the Native American culture! Read more: Top Talker: Parents Call Police To A Book Giveaway