September 23rd, 2014
Banned Book Week Continues….with the popular kids (a.k.a. the books with the highest number of challenges!)
By 2014, controversial books tend to face “challenges,” rather than outright banishment. To challenge a book is to lodge a formal, written complaint to the school or library declaring a book to be inappropriate to that institution’s audience. Such challenges are usually based on themes considered controversial—be they based on religious, sexual and/or violent issues covered in the book.
For example, in 2013 the following novels faced challenges based on the appropriateness of their content:
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (1999), Stephen Chbosky.
The Hunger Games (2008), Suzanne Collins.
The Bluest Eye (1970), Toni Morrison.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (2009), Sherman Alexie.
The Midlothian Library carries all of these controversial titles. If you want to find out what all the hype is about, come and check them out…challenge yourself!