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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

To Tamper With The Truth (Banned Books Week)

It's that time of year again....Banned Books Week. Time to check out the ALA List of banned and challenged books and read a banned book. Jemi Fraser has an excellent post on this subject here, and then there's this passage for Three Word Wednesday from Rebecca,

To tamper with the truth
And court false tales . . .


Can you guess what banned book inspired these words? Check out Rebecca's blog to read her entry and find out.

I'm proud to say my local library has posted signs for Banned Books Week, challenging patrons to read one. I'm reading A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY. So what are you reading? Let's hear it for the mighty book!

11 comments:

Anthony Duce said...

John Irving’s “A Prayer for Owen Meany” is a wonderful story. Even the movie based on the book was very good. I can’t imagine why anyone would want to ban it….. I'll have to look up and see how many others on the banned lists I have read. Thank you so much for posting.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Tony,
The list will jar you. It did me. I'm proud to say I've read many of those "banned" masterpieces. I'm so far out of the movie loop I didn't even realize there was one! Thanks.

Wine and Words said...

Oh gosh. I don't hardly read anymore ules its blogs. Any of your banned? Does that count?

Judy Croome said...

Just popped over to Rebecca's blog to find out where that quote is from. Now I know! :) Having lived ina country which banned "Black Beauty" because of its title (I kid you not - luckily I had liberal parents & they got a copy for me!) I have a strong aversion to books being banned.
Judy

Jemi Fraser said...

Thanks so much for the shout out! You're a sweetie! :)

The list boggles my mind. I have at least 30 of these in my classroom! And they're wonderful :)

Yvonne Osborne said...

W&W,
You mean banned blogs? :) Now that would be cool. Talk about upping your readership...

Judy,
Thank you. Black Beauty was banned because of its name? Yikes. Yes, thank goodness my parents believed in books. We thought we were so deprived growing up because they refused to buy a tv. Now we know what a gift that was.

Jemi,
Thank you for all you do in the classroom. Teachers like you ROCK. I know....my sister is one.

SAMUEL PARK said...

Wow. I love this idea of a library promoting banned books! That is the kind of library I'd like to go to. Thanks for this inspiring post--it made me think of some of the great literature that has been banned, from Push to Tom Sawyer to Maurice, one of my favorites.

Jean said...

Oh dear... I challenged myself to read 5 banned/challenged books over the year and I fear I only read um, one. Eeee. I really thought I could slide them in there. I guess there is this year! There are some really good books on the list.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Samuel,
Thank you. Now you have me searching for Push and Maurice. Thanks for the tip. The beauty of Blogger!

Jean,
Good to hear from you! Sometimes I don't intentionally pick a banned book; it just happens. I guess my tastes run a little wild! Remember the fun we had with The Giver?

Joanne said...

The good that comes from banned book week seems to be that the issue really brings attention to some great books, resulting in even more readers and dialogue.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Joanne,
Right you are. Banning books has the opposite of the intended effect.

Thanks for commenting here.