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LA 10: Banned Books

Oct. 3. 2012
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Tianyi H.

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Written by Anne Marie Frank (1929-1945) during the Holocaust
Chronicles her life from June 12th, 1942 to August 1st, 1944 when she and her family hid from the Nazis in her father’s office building
First Published in Netherlands in 1947
Has been translated into over 70 languages The Diary of A Young Girl 2009-present:
Banned in many schools in Lebanon for "portraying Jews, Israel, and Zionism favorably" The Diary of A Young Girl: Banned Diary of a Young Girl:
- "Fight Hatred." Anne Frank's Diary Banned from Lebanese School. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Oct. 2012. <http://www.fighthatred.com/recent-events/academic-hate/439-anne-franks-diary-banned-from-lebanese-school>.
- "Annual Report 2005 - Against Racism and Violence." Anne Frank-Fonds. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Oct. 2012. <http://www.annefrank.ch/index.php?page=854>.
- Chandler, Michael Alison. "School System in Va. Won't Teach Version of Anne Frank Book." Washington Post. The Washington Post, 29 Jan. 2010. Web. 04 Oct. 2012. <http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/28/AR2010012804001.html>.
- "The Diary of a Young Girl." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 10 Apr. 2012. Web. 04 Oct. 2012. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Diary_of_a_Young_Girl>.

Charlotte's Web:
- "Banned Books Awareness." Banned Books Awareness. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Oct. 2012. <http://bannedbooks.world.edu/2011/04/03/banned-books-awareness-charlottes-web-eb-white/>.

To Kill A Mockingbird:
- "Banned Book Week." Marshall University Libraries. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Oct. 2012. <http://www.marshall.edu/library/bannedbooks/books/killmockingbird.asp>.
- "To Kill To Kill A Mockingbird." Fox News. FOX News Network, 29 Aug. 2001. Web. 06 Oct. 2012. <http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,33108,00.html>. Bibliography Alice in Wonderland:
"Banned Books Awareness." Banned Books Awareness. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Oct. 2012. <http://bannedbooks.world.edu/2011/08/01/banned-books-awareness-alice-wonderland/>.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn:
- Kakutani, Michiko. "CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK; Light Out, Huck, They Still Want To Sivilize You." The New York Times. The New York Times, 07 Jan. 2011. Web. 06 Oct. 2012. <http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/07/books/07huck.html?pagewanted=all>.
- "Controversy Over Huckleberry Finn: Depictions of Slavery & Racism Caused a History of Banning." Bright Hub Education. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Oct. 2012. <http://www.brighthubeducation.com/homework-help-literature/66518-huckleberry-finn-racism-and-controversy/>.

Twilight:
- "School District Briefly Bans Vampire Book from Middle Schools." The Orange County Register. N.p., 30 Sept. 2008. Web. 07 Oct. 2012. <http://www.ocregister.com/news/books-194237-school-series.html>.

Bibliography (Continued) Banned Books Tianyi Han 2010-present:
Banned in Culpeper County public schools (Virginia) for including sexually explicit material and homosexual themes Written by American author E.B. White
About the friendship between a pig, Wilbur, and a spider, Charlotte
Published in 1952
Translated into over 23 languages
Adapted into films
Recipient of the 1953 Newberry Honor Charlotte's Web 2003-2003:
At junior high in Batley, West Yorkshire, England, the school’s Headteacher decreed that all books featuring pigs should be removed because it could offend Muslim students and their families. No such complaints were ever filed by any parent involved with the school. Islamic leaders in the community asked the school to drop its ban, which included Charlotte’s Web, Winnie the Pooh, and the Three Little Pigs.

2006:
Challenged by some parents in a Kansas school district. They believed "humans are the highest level of God’s creation and are the only creatures that can communicate vocally. Showing lower life forms with human abilities is sacrilegious and disrespectful to God." They thought talking animals are blasphemous and unnatural and the spider dying was “inappropriate subject matter for a children’s book.” Charlotte's Web: Challenged
and Banned In my opinion, it is wrong to ban books.

Although books are usually challenged or banned in schools with good intentions, when schools remove a book from their shelves, they close a door for students and Stifle education. Students have the right to decide which books they read and decide whether or not they agree with the ideas being expressed.

The First Amendment of the Constitution guarantees our right to free speech, which includes the right to read and write books that expresses our ideas, beliefs, opinions, and values. This is every American's right, regardless of age, gender, or ethnicity. Because freedom is one of Americans' most important rights, I feel that any form of censorship is wrong.

My Reflections Written by Lewis Carroll
story of a girl named Alice who falls down a rabbit hole into a fantasy world (Wonderland) populated by peculiar, anthropomorphic creatures
Published in 1865
Adapted into films Alice in Wonderland To Kill A Mockingbird 2006
Challenged at Brentwood Middle School, Tennessee, because the book "contains themes such as sexual intercourse, rape, and incest" and the use of racial slurs promotes "racial hatred, racial division, racial separation, and promotes white supremacy"
2005
Challenged at Stanford Middle School in Durham, North Carolina, for use of profanity
2004
Challenged in the Normal Community High Schools, Illinois, as "being degrading to African Americans" To Kill A Mockingbird: Challenged Written by Mark Twain
Story about the adventures of a young boy, Huckleberry Finn, who runs away from home, floats down the Mississippi River, and meets Jim, a run away slave
Published in 1884 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 2009:
High school teacher John Foley in Washington State wrote a guest column in The Seattle Post-Intelligencer in which he asserted that “Huckleberry Finn” don’t belong on the curriculum anymore because of its racial slurs
1902:
Briefly banned in Children's section of Brooklyn Public Library, New York, for Huck's inappropriate behavior and depictions of slavery and racism The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn:
Banned 1900
Temporarily banned from classroom use at Woodsville High School in Haverhill, New Hampshire, because the novel contained sexual references and was “derogatory characterizations of teachers and religious ceremonies.” Alice in Wonderland:
Banned 2008
Banned from middle school libraries in the Capistrano Unified School District, California, over concerns about age-appropriate content, but reinstated four days later without explanation.
Twilight 2010
Parents demanded that the Goffstown School Board (New Hampshire) remove this book from Mountain View Middle School curriculum the book is "inappropriate for age group" and it "desensitizes children to murder and encourages violence as entertainment" The Hunger Games James and the Giant Peach:
Challenged The Hunger Games:
- "Parent Complaint Stirs Debate about 'The Hunger Games' in the Classroom." Examiner.com. N.p., 4 Oct. 2010. Web. 07 Oct. 2012. <http://www.examiner.com/article/parent-complaint-stirs-debate-about-the-hunger-games-the-classroom>.

James and the Giant Peach:
- "BuzzFeed." BuzzFeed. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Oct. 2012. <http://www.buzzfeed.com/donnad/banned-books-you-read-as-a-child>. Bibliography (Continued) 1992
Removed from Stafford County, Virginia, elementary schools because the book contained profanity, was too scary for the age group, and encouraged disrespect of adults Written by Harper Lee
Story of Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, who defends an African American man against an undeserved rape charge, and his kids against prejudice
Published in 1960
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize Written by Stephanie Meyer
Story about a teenage girl who moves to a small town and falls in love with a vampire
Published in 2005
Translated into over 38 languages
Adapted into films Twilight* *Twilight refers to the novel, not the series Written by Suzanne Collins
Story set in a future where Katniss Everdeen is chosen as one of the girls and boys that Capitol from the 12 districts to fight to death
Published in 2008
Translated into over 26 languages
Adapted into films
The Hunger Games* *refers to the novel, not the series Written by Roald Dahl
Story about a young English orphan boy who enters a gigantic, magical peach, and his adventures with the anthropomorphic insects he meets
Published in 1961
Adapted into films James and the Giant Peach
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