This week, September 24-October 1, is Banned Books Week—an annual celebration of intellectual freedom. It also serves to educate about the dangers of censorship. The American Library Association, and librarians in general, are pretty vehement about the freedom to read, asserting that it is up to the patron (or, in the case of young kids, the parent) to determine what they want to read. Librarians—superheroes of the First Amendment!
Here are some great, often challenged books that I personally recommend:
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
ttyl by Lauren Myracle
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
More info about Banned Books Week: http://ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/banned/bannedbooksweek/index.cfm
Question: What do you think about book censorship?