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#1 Sep 28 2010 at 12:11 PM Rating: Good
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The ALA has declared this time "Banned Book Week," celebrating the freedom of speech and the written word in the US of A. Also included is a nice list of the top banned books (or series) for the past decade:

1. "Harry Potter" series by J.K. Rowling
2. "Alice" series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
3. "The Chocolate War" by Robert Cormier
4. "And Tango Makes Three" by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
5. "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck
6. "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou
7. "Scary Stories" series by Alvin Schwartz
8. "His Dark Materials" series by Philip Pullman
9. "ttyl" series by Lauren Myracle
10. "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky

Various organizations take part in this as well - there are frequently events at libraries, and discounts on the series. I'd check out the American Library Association's page on it here. Feel free to share your thoughts on these series as well!

(Note, I was debating between putting this here or in the Asylum, as book banning and freedom of speech are very much political issues, but let's keep it clean and nice!).
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#2 Sep 28 2010 at 12:26 PM Rating: Excellent
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LockeColeMA wrote:
9. "ttyl" series by Lauren Myracle


Wikipedia wrote:
In 2004, it gained attention for being the first-ever novel written entirely in the style of instant messaging conversation.



Yeah, I would ban that book too.
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#3 Sep 28 2010 at 12:30 PM Rating: Good
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Shaowstrike wrote:
LockeColeMA wrote:
9. "ttyl" series by Lauren Myracle


Wikipedia wrote:
In 2004, it gained attention for being the first-ever novel written entirely in the style of instant messaging conversation.



Yeah, I would ban that book too.


Oh god, that sounds absolutely horrible. Who in their right mind would create such a monster?
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Shaowstrike wrote:
LockeColeMA wrote:
9. "ttyl" series by Lauren Myracle


Wikipedia wrote:
In 2004, it gained attention for being the first-ever novel written entirely in the style of instant messaging conversation.



Yeah, I would ban that book too.


Yeah, I just looked that up. No interest to me. Some of the others look pretty good: "The Chocolate War" seems highly praised, and "Alice" might have some potential but I'm not sure that I'd like it. We read "Of Mice and Men" in high school, so I'm surprised it's banned. I still love all of Harry Potter. I forget what happens in"I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" but I know I read it in school.

"His Dark Materials" (the series that starts with The Golden Compass) was my favorite series as a teen and helped me really start thinking outside the box when it came to philosophy and religion. Reading that series right around the age I really started flexing my brain (15 or so) was wonderful - gave me a ton of new ideas and thoughts. I wish I still had the books so I could reread them - I only have the second one. And I still think the ending of the series is one of the best emotional endings in all the books I have ever read. Highly recommend it!
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#5 Sep 28 2010 at 12:45 PM Rating: Good
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LockeColeMA wrote:
Shaowstrike wrote:
LockeColeMA wrote:
9. "ttyl" series by Lauren Myracle


Wikipedia wrote:
In 2004, it gained attention for being the first-ever novel written entirely in the style of instant messaging conversation.



Yeah, I would ban that book too.


Yeah, I just looked that up. No interest to me. Some of the others look pretty good: "The Chocolate War" seems highly praised, and "Alice" might have some potential but I'm not sure that I'd like it. We read "Of Mice and Men" in high school, so I'm surprised it's banned. I still love all of Harry Potter. I forget what happens in"I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" but I know I read it in school.

"His Dark Materials" (the series that starts with The Golden Compass) was my favorite series as a teen and helped me really start thinking outside the box when it came to philosophy and religion. Reading that series right around the age I really started flexing my brain (15 or so) was wonderful - gave me a ton of new ideas and thoughts. I wish I still had the books so I could reread them - I only have the second one. And I still think the ending of the series is one of the best emotional endings in all the books I have ever read. Highly recommend it!


Agreed. I actually reread the series last year thanks to recalling such fond memories from my teen years (which granted weren't that far behind me), and they are still quite enjoyable.
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I'm not sure it's worse than bans, but I hate reading censored copies of books. In high school we read Native Son without the nightstick polishing scene. Of course when we found out, it became a game of trying to work that scene into every element of our literary analysis in class discussions and reports.
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When I was teaching in Thailand, I had a very strict curriculum that if I diverged from would have been instant termination. Now In Canada I still have a curriculum but it offers more choices, I can pick from a selection of predetermined books, each book I'm given a basic outlined of what the students should take away from the reading. As much as Tales of a fourth grade nothing or The Mouse and the Motorcycle can teach. Theres always next year perhaps I'll read from Captain Underpants or Sam, Dog Detective.
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