The Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop, hosted by I Am a Reader, Not a Writer and BookHounds, works like this: each participating blog hosts a giveaway and then we link up together allowing our followers to hop easily from one giveaway to another. For followers, it means lots of chances to win free books. For blogs hosting giveaways, it means lots of new visitors and followers. It's a win-win! The Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop is scheduled from September 21st at 12.01 AM until September 27th at 11:59 PM (EST).
One lucky follower will win their choice of ANY book from last year's ALA Top Ten Challenged Books list. Here are the contenders:
Out of 307 challenges as reported by the Office for Intellectual Freedom
1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence
2. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence
3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James
Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
5. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group
6. A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl, by Tanya Lee Stone
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit
7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
9. Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
10. Bone (series), by Jeff Smith
Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence
Just to give a little background information, these "bans" or challenges are defined as "a formal, written complaint, filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness."
I personally have read exactly 5 out of the 10 books on the list, and can tell you that none of them deserve to be taken off shelves. In fact, a few of them (like The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Looking for Alaska) happen to be some of the most powerful YA books I've ever read... and while they may contain mildly "inappropriate" content—toss that word around to your liking—they're hardly illegal, and in print, can become an integral part of a child's development and literary maturity.
The only exception is Fifty Shades of Grey; honestly that book sort of is illegal. Not because of the explicit sexual content, but because of how poorly it was written lol. I definitely have a lot to say about it, but won't waste your time here. It was crafted for an ADULT audience anyway, and should not be found on SCHOOL library shelves in the first place...
Back to the giveaway details: As always, winner gets to choose between eBook or print.
What would you choose if you won?
And yes, we'll have ANOTHER winner for this amazing set of eBooks:
That's two winners total! Woohoo!!!!