Banned Books Week, September 25-October 1 2016
Celebrated internationally, read or become familiar with titles that have been banned in the past or are being challenged now. I am participating in an event hosted by Little Book Owl.
~The Witch of Blackbird Pond-Elizabeth George Speare
banned for promoting violence and witchcraft
~A Wrinkle in Time-Madeleine L’Engle
one of the most frequently banned books of all time
~The Giver-Lois Lowry
banned for violence, language, objectionable themes. From an adult point of view, without taking into consideration the point of the book at what happens in a society without choices in life.
~Bridge to Terebithia-Katherine Paterson
banned for language, religion, sad ending (“the idea that a book is depressing or upsetting is often used as a rationale for wanting a book banned. “)
For this challenge I read and reviewed, The Witch of Blackbird Pond and read A Wrinkle in Time and The Bridge to Terabithia. I did not have time for The Giver.
One of the things that stands out to me in both A Wrinkle in Time and The Bridge to Terabithia is the issue of child neglect and abuse. Both books have major characters who experience this at home. I hope, while some parents are busy trying to get these books banned, other parents and teachers are helping those students who experience this in real life to get help. And this is why books like this can be so very important and critical in a child’s life.