Banned Books Week

A, what else, Google map of places books were banned in the United States in 2008-2009.

South Dakota and New Mexico, please note, banned no books during this period.
Also, please note, Alaska and Hawaii nowhere to be found. (That’s okay, we’ll be hanging off the coast of California during the evening weather report on your television.)

Banning books enrages me, as a reader, as an author, and as a citizen of the United States. Banning books is downright unAmerican. Americans don’t let anyone tell them what books they can and can’t read.

Allow me to recommend just three banned titles I personally guarantee to be great reads:

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Jumper by Stephen Gould

The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

Note inspired by blinding light:
Writing this post, I wondered — have any of my books been banned? (Right away I’m thinking of Play With Fire.) If you know of any instance where any one of my books was banned or even protested, let me know. I’d be proud to post it here.


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  1. SPEAK is required summer reading for rising 9th graders in our county school system. Out of a general policy of wanting to know what my kids are reading (TWILIGHT, anyone?) I read it. It is really excellent.

  2. Having read all your books at least twice I did remember about the senario in Play With Fire, but I still cannot see it being banned. My public library has a pretty good stock of all your books. Of course I have my own that are getting pretty dog-eared.

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