What I Love About Banned Books Week (September 22–28, 2013)

Last year I wrote about three books that I really want to read and only heard about because of a banned books list.

In keeping with that tradition, here are my three picks from Banned Books Week 2013.

When It Happens, by Susane Colasanti
Books Challenged or Banned 2012-2013
According to the ALA, challenged for explicit content.

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From Goodreads:

At the start of her senior year in high school, Sara wants two things: to get into a top college and to find true love.

I never, ever get tired of a good young/first love story. Never, ever. Why is a subject so universal and timeless always challenged?

Fallen Angels, by Walter Dean Myers
Books Challenged or Banned 2012-2013
According to the ALA, challenged for gruesome descriptions of combat and frequent foul language from soldiers. (Because heaven forbid we ever know about the horrors of combat.)

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From Goodreads:

A coming-of-age tale for young adults set in the trenches of the Vietnam War in the late 1960s, this is the story of Perry, a Harlem teenager who volunteers for the service when his dream of attending college falls through.

This synopsis made my heart go pit-a-pat. It complements another book I’m slowly reading called Bloods: Black Veterans of the Vietnam War. One of my WIP’s main characters is a Vietnam War veteran so this subject really strums my heartstrings.

Intensely Alice, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Books Challenged or Banned 2012-2013
According to the ALA, challenged for a safe sex scene.

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From Goodreads:

Wouldn’t it be great to go back to the time before Pam got pregnant, before Patrick left for the University of Chicago, before anyone was making any big decisions about sex or college or life in general? Wouldn’t it be great to get the whole gang together again, just once?

Alice does it again! I really am going to have to read this entire series.

Banned Books Week 2013 is September 22 through September 28 and celebrates our freedom to read. Click here to see ALA’s list of top ten challenged books by year.

What are your favorite books that show up on challenged lists?


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