Saturday, October 2, 2010

Banned Books Reading Challenge!

Steph Su is hosting a Banned Books Reading Challenge. I'm doing this really late and I'm not even sure if I'll be able to complete it but I'll try. I haven't been to the library or bookstore in FOREVER and that makes me sad =/

Starts: September 1, 2010

Ends: October 15, 2010

You know how I do, so you should already know that I'll be reading banned books about poc. Since it's the school year, I'm going to focus on YA/MG since that takes less time.

The Books

1. The Afterlife by Gary Soto

2. Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher (as you all know this is my favorite book EVER. But I don't own it and my first review of it is horrible. So I want to buy this book and give it a way better review)

3. A Hero Ain't Nothing But a Sandwich by Alice Childress

4. Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers

5. Jamzin's Notebook by Nikki Grimes

6. Shiva's Fire by Suzanne Fisher Staples

7. Romiette & Julio by Sharon Draper

8. Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez

9. The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

10. Hush by Jacqueline Woodson

It became difficult to find yA/MG books about poc were banned once I decided not to repeat authors. Alex Sanchez, Chris Crutcher, Virginia Hamilton and Jacqueline Woodson have quite a few books about (or featuring) poc that were banned. It's interesting that not many YA/MG poc books are banned compared to the adult books about poc (I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Native Son, The Bluest Eye, etc). I wonder why that is?


  1. Those are adult books, but they feature children or teen protagonists and are frequently taught in schools.

  2. Ari,
    What's up with those Bears!!?

  3. ALL of Chris Crutcher's books have been challenged or banned. Whale Talk is also one of my favorite books.


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