Banned Books? Why?

There are always puzzling choices on the banned books list. I think, “Why was Grapes of Wrath banned? Why Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451?”  Here is a partial list. I don’t know why some of these books were banned…but then, that’s the danger in banning books,isn’t it?

Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher- This book is about a young boys efforts to confront his multicultural heritage while trying to create a swim team at a school that has no pool. Because the book has several curse words in it, the book was banned in Athens,Alabama.

Hot Zone by Richard Preston-Parents in the Blue Valley School District in Kansas object to the graphic depiction of the effects of viruses in general, and (from what I can determine) the Ebola virus in particular.  They challenge Preston’s veracity on this one.  I would be curious to know if they’ve actually checked into the facts. Furthermore, is there a good way to portray the symptoms of Ebola?

Roll of Thunder,Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor- A parent in Florida thought children shouldn’t learn about racism in the South. Really.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. Yes. I’m not kidding.For a single profanity.Could that word possibly be…IRONY???

Lord Of The Flies by William Golding- Not for savage barbarity. For a single profanity.

For Whom The Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway. Parents in several school districts throughout the years have claimed this work is sympathetic to Socialist doctrine. I read it at 17, and thought it was about the brutality of war.

Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes -It’s about a man with a low IQ who is given a miracle drug and becomes a genius, only to watch his new found genius fade. Don’t ask me.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott- I’m not kidding.

If you don’t believe me, check it out for yourself. There are hundreds of books challenged and banned each and every year. Go to ALA list of frequently challenged books for yourself.  You’ll be amazed

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