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Happy Banned Books Week!

One of my favorite weeks of the year is Banned Books Week. During this time, I wear my banned books t-shirt, button and bracelet. We create displays in the library to highlight the books that have been banned or challenged within the past 100 years or so. It makes for great discussions/debates/arguments with patrons. Although I have been pleasantly surprised with the feedback in the Children’s Room. Many patrons are surprised and even almost-outraged that certain books have been have made ALA’s list (ALA=American Library Association.)

We have 3 different displays in the library: Children’s, Teens & Adults.

The Children’s display was created by my talented library page, Ali.

Books included in the display: And Tango Makes Three, In the Night Kitchen, The Giver, Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, The Giving Tree, Heather Has Two Mommies, Where the Wild Things Are, King and King, The Lorax, Huckleberry Finn, Captain Underpants and lots more.

For the Teen display, I added a chain and lock to give my rush-job poster a little style.

The list for teen or young adult banned & challenged books is pretty long. Some books I included this year were: The Hunger Games, Speak, TTYL, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Harry Potter, Sex Education, The Geography Club, Rainbow Boys, Annie on My Mind, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, A Wrinkle in Time, Jacob Have I loved, The Chocolate War, Jumping Off Swings, Crank and others.


What are your favorite banned books? Click on the ALA list link above to see how many you’ve read!


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YA Book Review

Crank (Crank, #1)Crank by Ellen Hopkins

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

OK, I liked this book a lot, but I think that Burned was much better. For some reason, I didn’t feel like I could identify with Kristina/Bree as much as I have with other characters, but I have also never had a crank addiction either. Kristina/Bree’s downhill spiral was heartbreaking to read about and while I didn’t feel as connected to this book as I did with Burned, I do think that the characters were very real and I kind of liked how it wasn’t exactly a big lesson-learned ending with everyone being OK. It was dramatic, but not over-done.

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>YA Book Review: Burned

>Burned (Burned, #1)Burned by Ellen Hopkins

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was blown away by this book. It was incredible. And Ellen Hopkins is an amazing writer. I’ve heard that she’s gotten some flack about topics in her books, which only makes me like her more. I was riveted from beginning to end. And luckily I won’t have to wait too long for the next book, which is supposed to be out sometime in 2012. I don’t even know what else to write. I literally said “wow” when I finished. It’s that good.

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