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45 books · 18 voters · list created May 1st, 2012 by A. (votes) .
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A. 394 books
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Jennifer 3201 books
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Susanna - Censored by GoodReads 3291 books
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Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) 545 books
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Jim 2867 books
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Sandy 8030 books
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Miriam 2662 books
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Alicia 67 books
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message 1: by Alessandra (new)

Alessandra Wow. What a brilliant and sobering list.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) The mere fact that "1984" is on this list says it all.


message 3: by Kim (last edited May 04, 2012 04:23AM) (new)

Kim Is this serious?

ETA. Okay, so a whole bunch of books really have been banned in the Tucson school district. Wow.

http://drcintli.blogspot.com.au/2012/...


message 4: by Hayes (new)

Hayes If they would only spend more time reading them than banning them!


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Hayes wrote: "If they would only spend more time reading them than banning them!"

Amen. What disturbs me just as much, though, is the idea that some of the people behind the decision to ban these books actually DID read them ...


message 6: by Anais (new)

Anais Enriquez Wow Arizona just keeps outdoing itself!


message 7: by Nicole (new)

Nicole Like Water for Chocolate, the Hunger Games, and Wicked were never banned at my school. We actually read Like Water for Chocolate in my old English class.


message 8: by A. (last edited Jun 07, 2012 08:05PM) (new)

A. Nicole wrote: "Like Water for Chocolate, the Hunger Games, and Wicked were never banned at my school. We actually read Like Water for Chocolate in my old English class."

Reading silently is not the same as being taught a book by a qualified instructor. To clarify for all who follow this list, here is a quote from the Tucson Weekly that refers to silent reading vs. teacher instruction of books:

"In the junior level class they were studying Mexican Revolution-era literature and reading Like Water for Chocolate. Those students have decided to keep reading that book during silent reading. One irony in this process is that an American literature book [that one instructor] was provided to use in her classes has two pieces she’s taught in her Chicano literature classes including Yo Soy Joaquin, a poem that captures heart and soul of the Chicano movement by Rodolfo Corky Gonzales. 'It’s OK to teach it if it’s in this book, but not in (a Chicano literature) class,' she said, obviously frustrated." Tucson Weekly, Jan. 17, 2012


message 9: by A. (last edited Jun 07, 2012 08:19PM) (new)

A. According to The Huffington Post:

" . . .ethnic-studies programs were suspended after Arizona State Superintendent John Huppenthal ruled that the high school MAS [Mexican American Studies] courses were in direct violation to ARS 15-112, a segment of the controversial law Arizona HB 2281, signed by Gov. Jan Brewer in 2010, according to a TUSD press release.

"ARS 15-112 focuses on 'prohibited courses and classes; enforcement' and it states that a program in a school district or charter school in Arizona shall not:

•Promote the overthrow of the United States government.
•Promote resentment toward a race or class of people.
•Are designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group.
•Advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals.

"Based on this criteria, TUSD suspended its MAS program on January 10th. The reaction was immediate, and many TUSD students, 60% of which are of Mexican descent, fled the streets in protest." The Huffington Post, January 31, 2012.

Therefore, the books on this Goodreads list, whether in practice or in theory, are potentially in violation of this so-called "law." I included books like The Hunger Games and Wicked on this list because they include revolutionary themes and movements against fascism, imperialism, and totalitarianism. I can't imagine teaching these books without discussing parallels to current historical events--especially to junior high and high school level children.


message 10: by Alejandra (new)

Alejandra I work for a public library in Colorado and on a positive note, I find this list very useful to make sure our collection has most of them.

"A book whose sale's forbidden all men rush to see, and prohibition turns one reader into three." - Italian proverb


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