Monday, October 5, 2009

Five Books Series

Here are the books from last week's Five Book series discussion. You should check them out.

Five Banned Books Everyone Must Read

5) And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

True story of two male penguins at NYC's Central Park Zoo who become a couple, are given an egg to hatch by the zookeeper, and parent a penguin named Tango. Banned from some school libraries for its "homosexual-lifestyle" content.

4) Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark, by Alvin Schwartz

A collection of tales about eerie horror and dark revenge. Banned from some school libraries because of its gruesomeness.

3) Forever, by Judy Blume

Story of a high school girl who falls in love and has eventually sex with her boyfriend. Banned from some school libraries because of its depiction of high school sex as "normal," and because the girl visits a clinic to get birth control.

2) Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence

Story of a woman whose husband is rendered impotent by war injuries; she takes a lover. Banned by some libraries because of its explicit, artistic depictions of sex and its normalization of adultery.

1) Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Story of a future society in which books are burned because they inspire independent thinking. Ironically, in the years after the book was written, Ballantine Books, fearful of contaminating young readers, censored 75 separate sections of the novel, mostly those that used the words "hell" and "damn."

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