Over the years it seems like just about every great book was challenged at one time or another for reasons ranging from the well-intentioned to the indubitably dubious. At the Banned Book Week website you can check out a map of book banning and challenges, and the ALA has a list of the Top Ten Most Challenged Books in 2009 and the decade, as well as a list of banned/challenged classics, along with some of the reasons and places.
Which one is your favorite?
The great Tahereh Mafi (who by the way I had the pleasure of meeting yesterday she’s awesome) is compiling a master list of blog odes to banned books, so if you decide to blog about it don’t forget to add your name to her list and check out the others!
I’d like to give a shout out to #58 on the most-challenged-books list of the decade, Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going, one of those books that, when you see it on a banned books list, it makes you say, “Wait, what?!?!” I mean, what was this challenged for, EXCESSIVE AWESOMENESS?
FAT KID opens with an overweight teenager contemplating suicide on a subway platform, but instead Troy strikes up an unlikely friendship with Curt, who is cool and edgy and wants Troy to be in his band. It’s a realistic and heartfelt and engrossing book that has an incredible friendship at its core.
This one is extra special because K.L. used to be a colleague of mine at Curtis Brown, and when I read it I was just blown away that I knew someone that insanely talented.
Please check it out if you haven’t read it already!
And in the meantime, looking forward to hearing which is your favorite banned/challenged book in the comments section.