Banned Books Week: Read ‘The Hunger Games’ or the ‘Koran’

Banned Books Week: Read ‘The Hunger Games’ or the ‘Koran’

By Liz Kelly Nelson

Thanks to the vigilance of the American Library Association (ALA), the list of books banned or challenged in 2010-2011 isn’t as long as it could be, but it’s long enough to keep a person out of books for at least a year. Every year during Banned Book Week the ALA works to keep books considered controversial, obscene or profane on library shelves and in schools.

In the past year, books in danger of censorship include Suzanne Collins’ popular “Hunger Games” series, which was adapted into a screenplay and will arrive in theaters sometime in 2012 to torment parents and others who think it numbs kids to violence. A Virginia school system also tried to ban “The Diary of Anne Frank,” when it received a complaint that the book “sexual material and homosexual themes.”

The ALA asks that from Sept. 24 – Oct. 1, lovers of literature read a banned book. Below, some titles from the 2010-2011 list to get you started:

  • “The Hunger Games,” Suzanne Collins
  • “The Diary of Anne Frank,” Anne Frank
  • “Water for Elephants,” Sarah Gruen
  • “Brave New World,” Alduous Huxley
  • “The Koran”
  • “The Catcher in the Rye,” J.D. Salinger
  • “Push,” Sapphire
  • “Slaughter-house 5,” Kurt Vonnegut
  • “Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle With India,” Joseph Lelveld
  • “My Mom’s Having a Baby,” Dori Hillested Butler

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