**spoiler alert** From my Summer of Challenged Books.
You may think you know why Sex Education was challenged, if you have never read it, simply from t**spoiler alert** From my Summer of Challenged Books.
You may think you know why Sex Education was challenged, if you have never read it, simply from the title, but I think it is more than that. The book is sort of an advertisement for apathy. The narrarator cares, and therefore ends up in a mental hospital, her life in shambles. And the reasons for this have nothing to do with sex. Yes, sex is referenced, by all its 2000 parts, but that's not the gory part. If I were to say why this book was challenged, I would say it is 40% the title, 20% the actual sex talk, 20% the "disturbing nature" of the book, 10% the "good doesn't triumph/bad guys go unpunished" ending, and 10% profane language (I think she says "damn" in it somewhere). ...more
From My Summer of Challenged Books. That was then, this is now by S.E. Hinton (young adult) Not really my style. 6/10 Very loose plot summary: Two boys,From My Summer of Challenged Books. That was then, this is now by S.E. Hinton (young adult) Not really my style. 6/10 Very loose plot summary: Two boys, who live together as brothers, and have always been best friends, grow up and apart. The narrator eventually has to chose between his friend and what he knows is right. He does the right thing, but is miserable for it, and his brother hates him. The end.
Why challenged? My guess? Violence, drug use, drinking, lack of respect for authority, the whole idea that doing the "right thing" can make you miserable and hate yourself.
Research says: Objections to "graphic language, subject matter, immoral tone and lack of literary quality." ...more
A Day No Pigs Would Die By Robert Newton Peck Newberry Award Winner (I think) 8/10 This was a favorite of an ex boyfriFrom My Summer of Challenged Books.
A Day No Pigs Would Die By Robert Newton Peck Newberry Award Winner (I think) 8/10 This was a favorite of an ex boyfriend of mine. I can see why people love this book, but it isn't one I like to read. It is written in a matter of fact dialect, and makes you feel like you've been kicked in the stomach. If you are of a delicate nature, and can't take farm talk, stay away from this book. In the interest of not offending my journal buddies, I will not summarize the plot.
Why challenged? My guess: Farm-y violence. Animals are killed in graphic detail, but it's not like the narrator enjoys it or wants to be a part of it, the death of animals, like the death of the narrator's father, is an awful but inevitable part of farm life.
Research says: "Gory" descriptions of two pigs mating, a pig being slaughtered, and a cow giving birth. And: Challenged for being sexually explicit and using offensive language....more
The Witches by Roald Dahl Rating: 9/10. This one really amused me. Basically, it is a book about how this little boy gets turned into a mouse when he aThe Witches by Roald Dahl Rating: 9/10. This one really amused me. Basically, it is a book about how this little boy gets turned into a mouse when he accidently ends up at the England Witches convention. He finds out where the most high witch is staying and he and his grandmother (who knows everything there is to know about witches) concoct a plan to rid the world of witches! The most amusing thing about this book is the way it describes witches, especially the part about how any woman, even your teacher who is reading you this book right now, might be one.
Why challenged? My guess? It's too scary for young children (not that I agree, I don't think it is scary at all!), it's anti-bathing, the characters concoct potions (which seems to really offend critics, it's a hotspot, like menstruation), and I suppose that the term "witches" as used in this book would be offensive to Wiccans, but I doubt they are swarming in to get the book banned, more likely it will be fundamentalist Christians who object to there even being a book on such an evil thing as witches.
Research says: desensitizes children to crime related to witchcraft. Huh? Negative/Depressing Themes ...more
Bumps in the Night by Harry Allard 2/10 An annoying little children's book, poorly illustrated, not terribly amusing. Why challenged? My guess? IncludedBumps in the Night by Harry Allard 2/10 An annoying little children's book, poorly illustrated, not terribly amusing. Why challenged? My guess? Included in the plot is a seance and a medium, who contact a friendly ghost.
Scary Stories (to tell in the dark) Series by Alvin Schwartz Rating 7/10. I remember reading (and loving!) these highly contraversial books in about fiScary Stories (to tell in the dark) Series by Alvin Schwartz Rating 7/10. I remember reading (and loving!) these highly contraversial books in about fifth grade. Essentially, they are a collection of short stories adapted from mostly American folklore and "urban legends." There are ghost stories, songs, jokes, and other creepy stuff. The stories all lend themselves to being retold around the campfire (or the urban equivelent) with the possible exception of some of the longer, more detailed stories in book three. The songs are also extremely singable, but completely gross. lol.gif A major caution for me is that these books are found in the nonfiction section of our library (with the folklore and mythology books) and younger readers may assume that everything in the non-fiction section is "true."
Why challenged? My guess? Scary, gross stories, with VERY scary illustrations. I am betting that the term "age inappropriate" comes up at least once.
Research Says: Overly violent and frightening and "dabbles in the occult." for violence, being unsuited to age group and occult themes. Objections included violence, cannibalism and causing children to fear the dark. A complaint from the school district in Campbell County, Wyo., said the books made kids "believe ghosts are actually possible." ...more