In honor of Banned Books Week, which starts tomorrow, every Staff Pick of the Week this month will feature Banned Books.
There are hundreds, if not thousands, of books that people have attempted to ban, but we believe you should choose what you read – not someone else. Young Adult books seem to be the highest targeted, but there is attempted censorship in every genre.
Here we list some absolutely wonderful Young Adult books that are on ‘popular banned lists’ that are not also listed on the month’s new Staff Pick Banned Books Young Adult Bookmarks (there are 3). Please note that this isn’t even the tip of the iceberg. Find out more at Banned Books Week’s official page.
Banned books are books that have been removed from the shelves of a library, bookstore, or classroom due to controversial content. A book may be challenged (an attempt to ban) or banned on political, religious, sexual, or social grounds. The acts of banning or challenging a book are a serious matter, because these are forms of censorship which strike at our freedom to read.
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Monster by Walter Dean Myers
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Tithe by Holly Black
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud (we also have the graphic novel!)