When you check out the lists of young adult books that have been banned over the years, it's almost like a who's who of some of my favorite YA novels and authors. Which might be funny if it didn't also mean books are still being censored and pulled from library shelves. Ugh. The antidote to that? Turning Banned Books Week into a celebration of reading.
Earlier this week, my fellow editors each chose a book from the list to defend, from classics like Fahrenheit 451 to the graphic novel Persepolis. Since there are so many YA books that have been challenged, I decided to choose three for my own mini list:
Banned Book: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Suicide, sex, drugs. Okay, I get why Thirteen Reasons Why might make some parents
Banned Book: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I won't argue that The
|Banned Book: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee|
I don't even know what to say here. REALLY? But yes, as recently as 2011, To Kill a Mockingbird made the list of