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For today's post honoring Banned Books Week, I thought I would go through the ALA's list of the 100 most frequently challenged books of the 90s. So, after you read my list, I want to hear yours. I want comments. Show me the love. You know you want to.
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier. I know that this isn't necessarily a popular book. It's so bleak. But I just love Cormier's writing. And I love that he gets gritty.
Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. I think it's safe to say that it's a given that I like Harry Potter.
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson. Umm. Would someone please tell me why this is on the list? Also, could you explain to me how it made it to number 9 on the list? I love love love this book. Back in the days when I was going to write a thesis and I was selecting books to use in the analysis portion of my thesis, I skewed the selection criteria to ensure that this would be one of my books. And one day, I'm going to read it without crying at that one point. If you've read the book, you know what I'm talking about.
The Giver by Lois Lowry. Such a good book. And such contention about its ending in my adolescent lit class . . .
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I remember reading this in the ninth grade. I remember it actually had an impact on me. I should reread it to remember what that impact was.
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. Give me a good piece of dystopian literature any day of the week. Ahh. Such happiness.
Lord of the Flies by William Golding. Merciful heavens . . . Who knew that my ninth grade English teacher was such a rebel? We certainly had no idea when we drove her to the brink of her sanity and she left for a mission to Africa at the end of our school year. (Granted, if she had not hand-selected our ninth grade honors English class and placed in it 20 girls and 6 boys and then proceeded to always give the girls As and the boys Bs, the boys wouldn't have learned that they would get nothing better than a B and start writing and producing material that the boys found to be thoroughly enjoyable. Such as the radio drama that used every bodily noise we could find on the albums in the school library. Or that little ditty of a piece about a nuclear holocaust wherein I might have been a tad bit overly descriptive about what it would feel like to have your flesh eaten away layer by layer. But I digress.)
So that's a little list of some of my favorites. Your turn.