Thursday, September 30, 2010

Banned Book Week + Giveaway

I'd enjoyed the challenge of reading The Grapes of Wrath in 8th grade Honors English, and I did finish the book (my mom owned a copy). But most of my class didn't get that chance. A parent demand that the book be withdrawn due to strong language.

Had she heard the language her own son used? Before we started reading Steinbeck?

And guess what? Junior high kids still relish tossing around strong language. And books are still withdrawn from classrooms and libraries because parents object to content. Content that kids deal with on a daily basis. You could pick any junior high student at random and ask--who's struggling with an eating disorder? Who's cutting? Who takes drugs? Who's most likely to get pregnant? Who's already been pregnant?

Books aren't the problem.

Stories about tough subjects show kids that they aren't alone in their experiences. Stories show a way out, a solution, new possibilities, and sometimes they simply provide an escape. As Chris Crutcher says, "Censorship works against kids who don't have much anyway."

Let's try banning poverty, abuse, and racism instead!

To win a signed copy of Chris Crutcher's banned book Deadline, please leave a comment. Drawing will be held on Wednesday, October 6, 2010.


  1. Amen! I think we should ban all those things. Also bullying, heartbreak and loneliness.

  2. Already own the book, but I just wanted to say what a great post this is. I've enjoyed reading everyone's stories during banned books week.

  3. Please enter me.
    bkhabel @ gmail dot com

  4. "Censorship works against kids who don't have much anyway." ~ total gem!

    Love the cover with the inverted boy :)

  5. I posted about banned book week too. It's been interesting reading other blogs about the same topic. The book looks interesting!

  6. Lots of things deserve banning, not books. I'm so glad there's been such a great response the idiocy afoot.

    Love Cris Crutcher

  7. Please enter me!
    I hate how people spend so much energy attempting to ban books when there are bigger problems in the world. Not that the books deserve to be banned in the first place.

    kayla3194 at gmail dot com