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PostSubject: The Forbidden Library   Wed Sep 17, 2008 8:40 am

The top 100 Banned & Challenged Books (1990 – 2000)


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Which of those books on the list have you read and why do you think they are on this list?

Here is the list of books I have read from that list:
1. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
2. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
4. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
5. A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
6. Cujo by Stephen King
7. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
8. The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney
9. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
10. Where's Waldo? by Martin Hanford

Well, I will only talk about one of the books on the list: The Outsiders
It’s one of my favorite books and movie. I can see why they might want to put it on this list… maybe they says because it’s about gangs.
Well I see it a different way. Ponyboy who is part of the greasers is not shown as someone who wants to pick fights with the rival gang all the time; instead he’s just trying to survive in that world. You can see the reality, all the emotions, the feelings he goes through. You realize that people are the same, both sides had boys who were good at something and you realize that some people judge you because of the way you look, you dress, or where you live. There is a line I like that is between Cherry (belonging to the socs type of crowd) and Ponyboy (a greaser). It goes:

Ponyboy: Can you see the sunset from the North side real good?

Cherry: Yeah… real good

Ponyboy: You can see it from the South side too.


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PostSubject: Re: The Forbidden Library   Wed Sep 17, 2008 9:12 am

I haven't read that many of them and one of them I was forced to read in high school and I still consider it the worst thing I've ever read.

A Light in the Attic
Lord of the Flies
Little Black Sambo

Okay, the two kids books on my list (A Light in the Attic and Little Black Sambo) I'm totally confused about. Shel Silverstein's poetry is offf the wall, but I don't think it's dangerous in any way. And my only thought about why Little Black Sambo is on it, is the fighting. I guess kids books aren't supposed to have mean, nasty animals in them.

As far as Lord of the Flies goes, I can understand why it's there; it's about a group of children stranded on a desserted island who try to govern themselves and fail. It's violent and basically plots individual desires against what is good for the majority. Since we are not supposed to do anything that will undermine our government, I could see this book being considered a threat to the peace and tranquility that our government supposedly grants us; but as a writer I don't believe in banning books.


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PostSubject: Re: The Forbidden Library   Wed Sep 17, 2008 1:10 pm

Carol wrote:

Which of those books on the list have you read and why do you think they are on this list?

Here is the list of books I have read from that list:
1. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
2. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
4. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
5. A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
6. Cujo by Stephen King
7. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
8. The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney
9. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
10. Where's Waldo? by Martin Hanford


I've read: #2, #3, #4, #6 and #9. 3 & 9 where, I believe, required reading in school. The others, I read on my own. I guess I liked them all. They were all unique books. I was too lazy to click the link, but was "Animal Farm" by George Orwell, on the list? I could re-read that over & over.



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PostSubject: Re: The Forbidden Library   Sun Nov 30, 2008 10:58 am

bethandmanly wrote:
I haven't read that many of them and one of them I was forced to read in high school and I still consider it the worst thing I've ever read.

A Light in the Attic
Lord of the Flies
Little Black Sambo

Okay, the two kids books on my list (A Light in the Attic and Little Black Sambo) I'm totally confused about. Shel Silverstein's poetry is offf the wall, but I don't think it's dangerous in any way. And my only thought about why Little Black Sambo is on it, is the fighting. I guess kids books aren't supposed to have mean, nasty animals in them.

As far as Lord of the Flies goes, I can understand why it's there; it's about a group of children stranded on a desserted island who try to govern themselves and fail. It's violent and basically plots individual desires against what is good for the majority. Since we are not supposed to do anything that will undermine our government, I could see this book being considered a threat to the peace and tranquility that our government supposedly grants us; but as a writer I don't believe in banning books.


ugh.. i hated that book had to read it in high school!
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