September 23-29 is Banned Books Week, a week that promotes the freedom to read. Every day this week, I’ll be sharing three banned books that you should add to your TBR lists.
Carrie by Stephen King
Stephen King’s first published novel, Carrie was banned in some places due to people believing it to be anti-religious, as well as it’s violence and sexual content.
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
This incredible graphic novel received a great deal of praise when it was released, but it was also banned and challenged in places around the US, including Illinois, Oregon, and California. The schools and teachers who banned the book cited its graphic language, its depiction of violence, that it was inappropriate for the intended age group and scenes of torture.
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Due to its Netflix adaptation, this book has been widely discussed lately. Some schools decided that since they weren’t sure of how students would be affected by its themes of bullying and suicide, that it should be banned or restricted in their libraries.
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