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Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson, winner of a Newbery award, has been removed from classrooms and libraries due to "profanity, disrespect of adults, and an elaborate fantasy world that might lead to confusion."

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message 2: by Meels (new)

Meels Rediculous!


Mr. Genie It's sad, but it's not the only great book banned... The Giver is another......


message 4: by Cindy (new)

Cindy Bridge to Terabithia has been banned over and over again since it was first published.


Lisa Who the heck thinks kids will be confused? Do they think students will be like "oh my gosh, do i really live in a magical fairy world??????"


Malia lol! they probly made that up as a excuse due to "disrespect of adults".


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Roni THAT IS TOTAL BS!!!!!!!!!!!! What the heck is there to be confusion about? I mean, they didn't ban harry potter did they? and that is more fantasy than this book!!!!!!

And I don't particularily recall disrespect to adults that much. I am sure I have read a ton of books that are much more disrespectful!!!! And profanity?!?!?! What are they talking about? I don't think that it has any more than normal!

They may as well say that they are getting rid of the book so that they can tell kids what to think, which is probably much closer to the truth than all this crap that they are dishing out for excuses!



Malia you have a good point thats toalltaly true.


Sella Malin That's crazy!! How will kids be confused? I can think of many other books that are way more confusing than that. And profanity- that's just an excuse. I see no reason to ban this book.


Heather The word "Bitching" is used in the first paragraph at the beginning of the book. That is what they are calling profanity.


Mr. Genie do these schools want to ban 1984 by George Orwell as well? In some copies, I think they got rid of the profanity....


message 12: by Grace (new)

Grace i agree that's just wrong it is a good book and how bad good it be if they made a children's movie about it


Brigid ✩ Cool Ninja Sharpshooter ✩ This book being BANNED? It's not one of my favorite books, but that's absolutely ridiculous. I think that it has a good message--that children have a right to escape sometimes from the rest of the world and from the control of adults. Jess and Leslie are trying to escape from the kind of adults that would ban books like this!


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Jameson (Jamie) I completely agree with banning the bible. Currently reading GOD is not GREAT... :)


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Emily Rule Wait, the Giver was banned too?! You've got to be joking! Our society is scary....scary I tell you. FREE CHOICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Kjanela Bridge to Terebithia is a great book... It is just showing what you can do with your imagination... and currently people in this world are finding their imaginations suffocated... We need the books that will help us use are immaginations in the best way possible... banning that book is dumb...


Jenna I guess I didn't the memo on this because I read it with my 3rd grade class this year. I think it has the word "damn" a few times, but we talked about how the author used it in the context of the story and I didn't have any problems. Who banned it and where?

Also, I'm pretty sure one of the 5th grade teachers at my school uses The Giver.


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Amrita Why would anybody EVER ban Bridge To Terabithia or The Giver?????!!! They're so good!!! This is outrageous.


Christina This is silly. Books should not be "banned"; people should be able to read as they like, and what they choose is their choice with resulting consequences.. oh and I think those who want to ban the Bible need to take a real good look at what our country was founded on.... yeah those basics: the Constitutional Convention, the Mayflower Compact, the first state constitution (Connecticut), and the Declaration of Independence even, all these used the Word of God to found our country.. Enough said.


Heather I totally agree with you, Christina. A store I frequent sells various items that sums up my thoughts on banning anything: "Censorship- The assasination of an idea." The thing is, banning books does no one any good because there is no such thing as a perfect understanding of literature. Also, it is much simpler to avoid reading the book and avoid having whoever read the book. Besides, people censor things for weird reason, for example, someone forbade their children from reading The BFG because it had characters cooking bacon, which went against their vegetarianism.


message 21: by Pandora (last edited Jun 30, 2008 07:09PM) (new)

Pandora I believe in a bumper sticker I have on my wall in the library any book worth banning is a book worth reading. People will try to ban anything. And yes that does include Harry Potter. I remember seeing a picture of a church group burning Harry Potter. Don't know what they thought they accomplished. I hate to say it as a German America but, burn books and I think Nazis.

There is hope though. I also remeber reading an editoral by an African-American man who finally read the Adventures of Huckeleberry Finn. He was amazed at the power of the book and the crazinesss of the banners who had kept him away from the book. Mark Twain though does have the ability to get hated by both the right and the left.

Some authors though do take it as a badge of honor to be banned. Then you know you have a hit a nerve and isn't that what writing is suppose to do. Get us out of our comfort zone and think out of our boxes. This is way I oppose banning. Books I don't like I just don't bother with. All right I might argure a bit but, no banning.

Those I put on my worst book list where for first bad writing style then content. I will also add that my selection is my opinion and people are free to disagree. Hey, I could be wrong wouldn't be the first time.


Orlene and Stan Interesting which books people think should be banned. The power of helping students understand choices, consequences, decision making, and many others is very real when utilizing both Bridge to Terabithia, The Giver, and yes even The Bible.

So many people are so set on their own point of view and definition of choice they forget to allow others to make choices and then live with or experience the consequences of their choices. As a school teacher, I prefer to have my students read about tragedies and how to evaluate decision they make rather than act out some of the things and having the lessons be much more permanant.


Amanda The previous poster was correct, when they try to suppress books they are really trying to control how we think. Books are powerful, they cause us to ponder, to wonder, to think in ways we might not have. In fact, books can encourage behaviours in ways that are either negative or positive. What I do not want, what I will not accept is anyone telling me what I may or may not read. I've never done it, but hearing that some raving lunatic has tried to ban a book from a school library makes me want to get copies from used books stores and pass them out the the kids at the school. I have read books that offended me, books that grossed me out (In Praise of the Stepmother, ugh, ugh, ugh.) but that doesn't mean they should be banned.


Melanie I couldn't believe this book was banned. I read it with my (then 7 year old) in January. He enjoyed it the entire time and it allowed for a lot of discussion. I agree that any banned book is a book worth reading.


Meghan I always wondered if it was banned due to a possibly illicit relationship between the main character and his teacher. Not that there was anything there but that perhaps someone had read too much into it.

Why don't the just say they want it banned due to the traumatic life of a child? That is much more plausible reason than "profanity, disrespect of adults, and an elaborate fantasy word"


Nathalie That is ridiculous! It supposed that books are for that so the create a whole new world in our mind where you can forget about problems. In what part they disrespect adults??? Ridiculous!


Gretchen I think this all depends on the school. I had it read to me as a student. I read it to my students. There are books that you use discretion in reading as they might offend (lot of parents don't agree with Harry Potter) however, in all of the schools I have ever worked in I have never been given a list of banned books.


Lauren Willshire That is absolutely ridiculous. but romance novels are fine. Twilight is fine. What is this world coming to when our children are no longer encouraged to think and actually use their brain. Pathetic.


Kailey Wow this was such a great book too. IT was just like amazing and the favorite of many children. like mee


Grecia Lopez Making books banned just makes me want to read them even more. But back to the point, this book is soo good, it made me cry! It shouldn't be banned!!!


Astra WTF! How the hell is that disrespectful to adults!


message 32: by Sara (new) - rated it 2 stars

Sara Roni wrote: "THAT IS TOTAL BS!!!!!!!!!!!! What the heck is there to be confusion about? I mean, they didn't ban harry potter did they? and that is more fantasy than this book!!!!!!

And I don't particularily ..."


Actually, Harry Potter has been banned repeatedly as well, for use of magic that could corrupt children. *rolls eyes* So insane.


Denise Absolutely ridiculous, I think book banning is just an power play by people that have nothing better to do with their time. I love the fact that my daughter is reading it in her novel group at school. So not banned there, AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!


message 34: by [deleted user] (last edited Oct 05, 2011 06:04PM) (new)

"Profanity"? I hardly remember any, if there was any at all. "Disrespect for adults"? Well, no freaking duh. He's a troubled kid. He's not going to have perfect manners. NO ONE DOES. Every teen, I'm pretty sure, will disrespect their parents in some way multiple times in their life. I'm so sorry that realism offended those who banned this book. "Elaborate fantasy world that might lead to confusion"? Oh. My. Word. Anything can lead to confusion. So, if you're going to ban anything that could lead to confusion, why not ban all books, then? Why not ban movies? Why not ban virtual media? Why not ban people? Why not ban life?

It's so astounding, I can't even... *dramatic eye roll* People...


message 35: by Dee (new) - rated it 4 stars

Dee Twilight is also on the banned book lists..or rather the challenged books list that the ALA publishes each year. Harry Potter and many other great books also show up. Here is the list for the 2000's - http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy...

Lauren wrote: "That is absolutely ridiculous. but romance novels are fine. Twilight is fine. What is this world coming to when our children are no longer encouraged to think and actually use their brain. Pathetic."


Julie Roni wrote: "THAT IS TOTAL BS!!!!!!!!!!!! What the heck is there to be confusion about? I mean, they didn't ban harry potter did they? and that is more fantasy than this book!!!!!!

And I don't particularily ..."


as a matter of fact some school libraries did ban Harry Potter because in encouraged witchcraft! I don't understand banning of any book. Terabithia was one of my favorites along with Tuck Everlasting. There is no sense in it.


Anna Lee THIS MAKES ME SO MAD!!!!!!!!!
*sigh*
:(


Valerie What do you mean banned?


message 39: by Dee (new) - rated it 4 stars

Dee there are libraries which have removed this book from the shelves and students are not allowed to borrow it


Lea (Peeta's #1 Fangirl!) WHAT!! Like I think banners of books need to get a life! They could do awesome things with their life, but instead they spend theirs banning great books!


message 41: by Dee (new) - rated it 4 stars

Dee most of these banned and challenge books are started by parents who don't want their kids to read certain things. this link has a good view of the statistics about who challenges; why they are challenged etc - http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy... - as you can see, parent challenges make up the majority of the challenges to various books


Apollinaria Fowl Julie wrote: "Roni wrote: "THAT IS TOTAL BS!!!!!!!!!!!! What the heck is there to be confusion about? I mean, they didn't ban harry potter did they? and that is more fantasy than this book!!!!!!

And I don't par..."


they banned harry potter because "it encouraged witchcraft"? Yep, I'm reading Harry Potter so know I'm gonna go researching how to preform spells in my free time, and I'm eventually actually gonna be able to do it. Very realistic.


Sharell94 What?! I read this book in 5th grade. I wasn't the smartest kid, but i loved this book and still do. Valuable lessons learned. Bring this book back.!


Julie Pandora Kat wrote: "I believe in a bumper sticker I have on my wall in the library any book worth banning is a book worth reading. People will try to ban anything. And yes that does include Harry Potter. I remember..."

I agree with you 100 percent! I just had this argument on facebook with people and I was shocked how many people believe that it's ok to ban books and that our tax dollars shouldn't pay for questionable material...what? I'm just happy that I was the kind of librarian(just an assistant) and mother who felt if a child shows interest let them read and learn and grow.


Laura I can see where The Giver would be banned in certain societies. It has some heavy subjects to deal with. Bridge to Terebithia, not so much. I am a Christian, but I feel there are valuable lessons these and many other books can impart. I'm also a diehard fan of Harry Potter, witchcraft and all.

I will never forget that in my freshman year of high school we read To Kill a Mockingbird. A parent came to the school in a rage and said he didn't want his child to read the book because it had the word n***er in it. He didn't understand (because he hadn't read the book) that the people using that word in the book were portrayed negatively.

I swear ignorance is a disease.


Julie Apollinaria Fowl(Artemis Fowl's wife!) wrote: "Julie wrote: "Roni wrote: "THAT IS TOTAL BS!!!!!!!!!!!! What the heck is there to be confusion about? I mean, they didn't ban harry potter did they? and that is more fantasy than this book!!!!!!

A..."

After reading the Harry Potter series I have decided to be Dumbledore! There isn't any rhyme or reason to why people want to ban books but my theory is that if a person is determined to find evil, they will find evil in everything. It is up to the rest of us to fight against this kind of censorship!


Jason Lilly Amazing. If you check most of the acceptable books that haven't been banned, most of them encourage conformity, following the status quo... What a great message to teach young adults. Be a follower, not a leader. Don't you dare be original or think for yourself. It might confuse people. Ugh, the whole thing makes my head hurt. This book is one of the few that changed my life.


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Riké man i didn't even like the book when we read it; so idk why it's such a big deal to ban it. I mean honestly when people are like "don't read this book" it's like they're begging other people to read it. I thought it was fine. I highly doubt if me or any of my classmates were more disrespectful to adults after the books. Oh and profanity? Kids are going to curse when they want. Books aren't the only things that influence them.


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Laura wrote: "I can see where The Giver would be banned in certain societies. It has some heavy subjects to deal with. Bridge to Terebithia, not so much. I am a Christian, but I feel there are valuable lessons t..."

"Ignorance is a disease." So amazingly true. *rolls eyes*


Julie We live in a FREE SOCIETY this means we should be free to choose what books we or our children read, it does not mean choose for anyone else! When will people stop thinking they know what's best for everyone else? There are a lot of other things I think we should be able to choose for ourselves but this isn't the right platform for that discussion!


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