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Ban the Book?

We’re a little late with this, but the topic is timeless. The subject is Banned Books Week. It's an annual event, which ran this year from September 26 to October 3, sponsored by the American Booksellers Association, American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, American Library Association, American Society of Journalists and Authors, Association of American Publishers and the National Association of College Stores and is meant to spread awareness of the practice of banning books.

Every year, in almost every state of the U.S., books are challenged in libraries and school systems for any number of reasons. Everybody has a right to their beliefs and if there's something they want to protect their family from, they have that freedom. But should anyone try to make the decision of what is proper reading material for anybody else by removing a book from a library, a school or a bookstore?

That's what Banned Books week is about. What do you think? Are there cases where books should be removed from schools, libraries, and bookstores? Considering the violence that took place in some of our schools last year, should some subjects be taboo? What about books promoting racism or glamorizing drug use? And what about the Starr Report? Let’s talk about it on "My Two Cents".

Most Frequently Banned or Challenged Books of 1997
(according to the American Library Association):

Goosebumps Series
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
It's Perfectly Normal
The Chocolate War
Catcher in the Rye
Bridge to Terabithia
My Brother Sam is Dead

R.L. Stine
Mark Twain
Maya Angelou
Robie Harris
Robert Cormier
J.D. Salinger
Katherine Paterson
Judy Blume
James Lincoln Collier
& Christopher Collier


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