It’s Banned Books Week from September 26 – October 3, 2009, a time for everyone to celebrate their freedom to read. This list includes the top 10 books of 2008 most frequently challenged (books that individuals or groups attempted to remove or restrict). For more books, check out the American Library Association’s list of all books challenged and banned in 2008-2009 (pdf).
And Tango Makes Three
By Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
Based on the true story of two male penguins at the Central Park Zoo who built a nest and hatched a chick together, this picture book for children tells a heartwarming story.
His Dark Materials (trilogy)
By Philip Pullman
The three novels that make up the His Dark Materials trilogy are The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass. This landmark epic of fantasy and storytelling invites readers into a world as convincing and thoroughly realized as Narnia, Earthsea, or Redwall.
Scary Stories (series)
By Alvin Schwartz
Walking corpses, dancing bones, knife-wielding madmen, and narrow escapes from death – they're all here in these collections of ghost stories for kids which include Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, and Scary Stories 3.
Bless Me, Ultima
By Rudolfo Anaya
For young adults, this book tells the involving story of Antonio, a boy facing the conflicts in his life with the help of Ultima, a curandera who cures with herbs and magic. At each turn of Tony's life, she is there to nurture his soul. This book has been selected for The Big Read.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
By Stephen Chbosky
This young adult novel follows Charlie as he is caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it which puts him on a strange course through uncharted territory. The world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends, sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Gossip Girl (series)
By Cecily von Ziegesar
This series of young adult books depicts the lives of privileged teenagers in New York City who attend an elite boarding school. The series includes Gossip Girl, You Know You Love Me, All I Want Is Everything, Because I'm Worth It, I Like It Like That, You're the One That I Want, Nobody Does It Better, Nothing Can Keep Us Together, Only In Your Dreams, Would I Lie To You, Don't You Forget About Me, and It Had to Be You.
Uncle Bobby's Wedding
By Sarah S. Brannen
In this illustrated book for kids, Sarah Brannen’s warm story is set in an alternative family as Uncle Bobby marries his boyfriend. Uncle Bobby’s Wedding embraces Bobby’s relationship with Jamie, but keeps its focus where it truly belongs: on an uncle and niece’s love for each other.
The Kite Runner
By Khaled Hosseini
Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of the monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable and beautifully told story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. It is a novel about friendship and betrayal, and about the price of loyalty. It is about the bonds between fathers and sons, and the power of fathers over sons -- their love, their sacrifices, and their lies.
Flashcards of My Life
By Charise Mericle Harper
When Emily receives a pack of note cards labeled Flashcards of My Life as an unexpected birthday present, she uses them as inspiration to journal and to untangle her knotted life. This book for pre-teens also includes illustrations by the author.
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