What frequently challenged or banned MODERN book should we read in July?

(We will select two books but you can read either, both or none of course.)

  6 votes 23.1%

  5 votes 19.2%

  4 votes 15.4%

  3 votes 11.5%

  2 votes 7.7%

  2 votes 7.7%

  1 vote 3.8%

  1 vote 3.8%

  1 vote 3.8%

  1 vote 3.8%

26 total votes

Poll added by: Kelly H. (Maybedog)

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message 1: by Pandora (last edited Jun 18, 2009 12:00PM) (new)

Pandora I switch my vote to Carrie. It is a book that I am very interested in reading because it is on the important topic of bullying. I also selected because it has the most votes of the lighter books.

Just a thought but, if Lolita is going to be the classic book I think a lighter more popular book should be the pick for the modern book. Lolita is not an easy book to get through. For me the summer is a very busy time and I would like to have the option of an easy book to read rather than two dense books.

Kelly H. (Maybedog) Mod
That makes sense. Hopefully people will consider it. I don't want to choose for folks. The Tango book would be easy as it's a picture book. :)

message 3: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Vegan I just voted for Tango. It was adorable, and if people can get a hold of a copy, there's no faster read.

message 4: by Pandora (last edited Jun 20, 2009 05:03PM) (new)

Pandora I just was wondering in August could we change the lineup? When we first got talking about this we were talking children books and adult books. I think that is a better division since most children books that are talk about are modern. Anything in children's literature published after 1960 is looked at the way some people look at Romantic fiction - too old or at very least tame unless its by Mark Twain. I think Steinbeck and London can hold up against an adult list better than Cromier, Blume, or Paterson.

I also don't think it is fair to put Blabber up against Stantic Verses. By making the switch you could put The Outsiders and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (it now get in trouble for being on school's lists)with the other children/YA books what is now the modern list. Song of Solomon and The Statanic Verses would be on what is now the classic list and go up aganist books that they more like them.

As it is now anybody interested in disscussing children literature is going have a long wait. There is a big difference between what get banned as a school book and what causes problems as just a general book.

The only books that would be difficult to place would be Carrie, Of Mice and Men, and Call of the Wild. book. Carrie probably would be best on the Children/YA list since it is about High School. Of Mice and Man can stand on its own as an adult book. Call of Wild perhaps place on whichever list is the shortest?

As I see it now it seems eleven people what to disscuss a children's book and eleven what an adult book. The Carrie votes probably could go either way. Since the adult books people are going to win with the classic vote doesn't seem fair they also got the modern vote does it?

Kelly H. (Maybedog) Mod
I definitely see your point and we can definitely change it. The problem is that almost all of the classics are books that are assigned to kids in high school. So I'm not sure where to put them. People argued where I initially put Steinbeck's books (adult). I agree that this division probably isn't the best option, I'm just not sure how to go about it.

I think I'm going to create a discussion for this topic so we can get more input on this.

message 6: by Pandora (new)

Pandora Saw that topic and added my two cents. Thanks for listening.

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