It reinforces one particular way of thinking and limits others, which might not accurately reflect the lived realities of youth. Blasingame: There’s a three-pronged test that’s been put together over time by court precedents, and that includes: One, would it be considered “obscene” — meaning appealing to prurient interests.The second part is, by contemporary community standards — and that doesn’t mean your local community, that means nationally — would the average citizen find this book to be objectionable? Blasingame: In general, a school has a policy that if a book is questioned — books can be challenged by parents or teachers or anyone in the community — that the school will then review the book.
And they were looking at James Welch’s famously banned book across Montana, which is about the Blackfeet Indians in the 1800s.
They had Tom Brokaw at the convention, and they had James Welch, and they had a superintendent from one of the schools that banned it.
Eleven percent of our population is LGBTQ, and as far as they can tell, they don’t exist because they don’t see themselves in any of the books they read. Durand: Banning books about controversial issues is akin to keeping silent about the fact that many young people face difficult issues in their daily lives.
They’re being told that their existence doesn’t count. Books that don’t have any indigenous characters in them, what does that say to the kid who’s reading these books? The only stories that matter are the stories of Northern Europeans? It implies that reading and talking about these issues is somehow shameful and denies youth the opportunity to find relief in knowing they are not the only ones facing these issues.
Blasingame: One of mine is Sherman Alexie’s “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” and the other one is Laurie Halse Anderson’s “Twisted.”Alexie’s book is largely about a young person trying to live in two cultures.
And this is what’s happening with more and more of our young people.
Her research focuses on young adult literature in general and postcolonial young adult literature in particular.
Banned Books Week promotes the freedom to read and brings books that have been challenged during the year into the spotlight.
Since 1982, more than 11,000 books have been challenged by schools, public libraries and bookstores, according to the American Library Association.
This annual commemoration aims to explore the effects of censorship while encouraging people to read a banned book and exercise their First Amendment rights.