Hit List for Young Adults: Frequently Challenged Books

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Written to help librarians defend controversial young adult titles, this work profiles 20 books that have been challenged and banned in public schools. Entries include plot synopses, lists of challenges and outcomes, and lists of published reviews, awards, and Web sites. Titles profiled include those by popular authors such as Maya Angelou, S. E. Hinton, Paul Zindel, and Judy Blume. Appendices list reference works about authors, recent books on intellectual freedom, Internet sites, and tips for dealing with ...
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Overview

Written to help librarians defend controversial young adult titles, this work profiles 20 books that have been challenged and banned in public schools. Entries include plot synopses, lists of challenges and outcomes, and lists of published reviews, awards, and Web sites. Titles profiled include those by popular authors such as Maya Angelou, S. E. Hinton, Paul Zindel, and Judy Blume. Appendices list reference works about authors, recent books on intellectual freedom, Internet sites, and tips for dealing with censorship. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Editorial Reviews

VOYA
Proponents of freedom of choice will want the long-awaited second edition of this valuable resource close at hand when responding to concerns or questions about frequently challenged young adult titles. Twenty well-known YA titles ranging in copyright from the 1951 classic The Catcher in the Rye to Steven Chbosky's more recent The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Pocket Books, 1999/VOYA December 1999) and the 2000 Printz honor book, Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson (Farrar Straus Giroux, 1999/VOYA December 1999) are detailed in segments of two to four pages. Each segment is composed of a concise plot review, awards and prizes, related books, history of challenges to the title, relevant Internet sites, review citations, and video material, if any. The foreword alone is worth the price of the book. Written by young adult author Chris Crutcher, it is a thought-provoking and passionate commentary on the importance of respecting the right and ability of teens to make reading choices appropriate for them. Appendixes cover reference works about the authors included in the book, resources recommending challenged books, a selection of recent books on intellectual freedom, Internet sites of intellectual freedom advocates, Internet guides to intellectual freedom, tips for dealing with censorship and selection, how to write a book rationale, the Library Bill of Rights, and the Freedom to Read statement. Whether one works in a school or public library, this slim volume belongs on the must-have list. Source Notes. Further Reading. Appendix. 2002, ALA Editions, 70p,
— Cindy Lombardo
School Library Journal
In the past 10 years, the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom has had reports of more than 6700 attempts to ban or restrict access to library and curricular materials throughout the nation. Judy Blume's Blubber, Brock Cole's The Goats, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's "Alice" series, Lois Lowry's The Giver, and J. K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" books are among the 24 books featured in the first book. Among the 20 books featured in the second title are Marion Dane Bauer's Am I Blue? Coming Out from the Silence, Nancy Garden's Annie on My Mind, Robert Cormier's The Chocolate War, and Paul Zindel's The Pigman. Each entry includes a lengthy annotation; a discussion of some of the challenges to the title; relevant articles, awards and prizes; references to biographical information about the author; and sources recommending the novel. These slim books provide the necessary information to help teachers and librarians deal with censorship cases. The authors also make the point that the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom is available to assist with challenges to materials, and the specific services they offer is discussed in the appendixes.-Pat Scales, South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, Greenville Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Written to help librarians defend controversial young adult titles, this work profiles 20 books that have been challenged and banned in public schools. Entries include plot synopses, lists of challenges and outcomes, and lists of published reviews, awards, and Web sites. Titles profiled include those by popular authors such as Maya Angelou, S. E. Hinton, Paul Zindel, and Judy Blume. Appendices list reference works about authors, recent books on intellectual freedom, Internet sites, and tips for dealing with censorship. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780838908358
  • Publisher: American Library Association
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword v
Introduction ix
Am I Blue? Coming Out from the Silence 1
Annie on My Mind 3
Athletic Shorts: Six Short Stories 6
Baby Be-Bop 9
The Catcher in the Rye 11
The Chocolate War 15
A Day No Pigs Would Die 19
The Drowning of Stephan Jones 22
Fallen Angels 24
Forever 26
Go Ask Alice 29
Heartbreak and Roses: Real Life Stories of Troubled Love 32
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings 34
Killing Mr. Griffin 37
The Outsiders 39
The Perks of Being a Wallflower 41
The Pigman 43
Shade's Children 45
Speak 47
The Terrorist 49
Appendixes
A. Reference Works about Authors 51
B. Resources Recommending Challenged Books 52
C. Selected Recent Books on Intellectual Freedom 54
D. Internet Sites of Intellectual Freedom Advocates 55
E. Internet Guides to Intellectual Freedom 56
F. Tips for Dealing with Censorship and Selection 57
G. How to Write a Book Rationale 58
H. Library Bill of Rights 60
I. The Freedom to Read 61
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