Saturday, September 24, 2011

Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop!

Welcome to my stop on the Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop! This hop is being hosted by I Am a Reader, Not a Writer and Jen from I Read Banned Books! It was inspired by the ALA’s Banned Books Week that runs from September 24th to October 1st. For more information on BBW, visit the ALA HERE.

I have been a supporter of Banned Books Week for about five years now. Although there are certain genres that I do not read (erotica, for instance), I firmly believe that no book should be removed from the shelves just because certain persons believe it immoral, racist, or whatever the reason. When I think of books being challenged/banned, Fahrenheit 451 always comes to mind. We do not want to become a society that burns books because the powers that be think they provoke dangerous thoughts and/or actions. That is why events like this are so important. This Monday - Friday, I will be featuring historical fiction books that have been banned/challenged, along with historical fiction authors who have had their works banned. Over at Castle Macabre, I will be featuring banned/challenged horror books and authors. Hope you will stop by!

Now for the giveaway goodies!

(Click covers for book descriptions)

Trade Paperback-movie tie-in edition

Years of, and reasons for, being challenged/banned:

2006-2008
Challenged at the Coleytown Middle School Library in Westport, Conn. (2007).  The school superintendent acknowledged that the book is "for mature readers" and also acknowledged that "the book is appropriate to be part of a middle-school library collection serving students from ages 11-14, many of whom possess the maturity level to read this book."
2007-2008
Moved to the faculty section of the John W. McDevitt Middle School library in Waltham, Mass. (2008) because its content was too frightening for middle school students.
2008-2009
Moved to the faculty section of the John W. McDevitt Middle School library in Waltham, Mass. (2008) because its content was too frightening for middle school students. 

Hardcover edition
2008-2009
Banned for just four days from the Beulah, N.Dak. High School library (2008). Two school employees followed school policy to request removing the book after their son brought it home from an accelerated‑reading program, in which students pick from a couple of hundred titles. The parents said the 1994 runaway nonfiction best seller was too pornographic and at odds with student behavior promoted in the school handbook. The board reversed its decision at the encouragement of the board president, who said the board moved too fast and unleashed a possible court case it would never win. He said there might be more palatable alternatives, like creating a list of restricted books that parents have to approve before their children can check them out. A decision to review school policies and investigate less‑restrictive means to control library books was approved by the school board.

(all info obtained at ala.org/bbooks)


To enter the giveaway, you must leave me a comment telling me your favorite banned book OR the name of a book you were surprised to hear was banned/challenged.  Also, let me know which book you would prefer.  Please include your email address for notification if you're a winner.  There will be 2 winners chosen by random.org  First winner chosen will receive their choice, second winner receives the remaining book.  Open to US only.  Giveaway ends October 1st at 11:59 pm CST and I will announce the winner on the 2nd or 3rd.  Winners will also be notified via email.  Winners must respond within 48 hours to the winning notification email, or another winner will be selected.

Thanks for 'hopping' by! Good luck!

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  1. My favorite banned book is a tie between Catcher in the Rye and Huckfinn.

    I would pick Midnight in the garden of good and evil since I have not read that one.


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  2. I'm largely a sci-fi/fantasy reader though I branch out into horror as well as more mainstream fiction from time to time. I've made it a point to try to read more of the sci-fi "classics" that I never have and was recently surprised to learn that Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes was a "banned" book.

    Should I be lucky enough to win (and thank you for the great giveaway!) I think I'd like to read The Lovely Bones.

    Thanks again for the giveaway!

    GFC follower Spaz
    zsaz1029.at.yahoo.dot.com

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  3. Thanks for the great giveaway.

    My favorite banned books is "The Sandman" by Neil Gaiman. To be honest, I cannot believe we are having this discussion in 2011.

    The book I'd like is Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

    Thanks,

    ManOfLaBook at gmail dot com

    http://www.ManOfLaBook.com

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  4. Years ago I served on a committee at my school to review Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret after it was challenged by an elementary school parent. Others on the committee were a local minister,and a well-respected elem. teacher. The minister read the book, praised it, and said he intended to buy it for his daughters. Case closed! I would love to win The Lovely Bones, and thanks for the giveaway.

    lcbrower40(at)gmail(dot)com

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  5. grapes of wrath i love and would want to get a copy.

    wow when i went to school they were on the required list to read, thanks for having this tour.
    Julie

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  6. My fave banned book is 1984.
    -Heather @BookStacksOnDeck
    ycantujustfocus@gmail.com

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  7. i was really surprised when i saw that "What my mother doesn't know" by sonya is banned.

    I would love to win the lovely bones

    email: mc.jay.jay(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  8. i was quiet surprised to see that some of the books my kids own are on the banned books list!? i still plan on letting my kids read them anyways.

    i would like to win Midnight in the garden of good and evil.

    Terri M
    oklahomamommy0306@gmail.com

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  9. I would like to win Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. I was surprised that the Hunger Games was on the list. Books should not be banned. People should be able to choose what they read and be accountable for their own actions not blame it on a book. Tore923@aol.com

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  10. My favorite banned book is The Giver by Lois Lowry

    I would love to win the copy of The Lovely Bones

    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

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  11. Not entering giveaway. Posted on Murder She Writes but reposting where I can, to say thank you for raising this issue.

    Went to American Library Association website for list of banned/challenged books.

    Happy to say, I’ve read most of the classics, or consciously chose not to read a few, but was floored to see To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee; 1984, by George Orwell; A Farewell to Arms and For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway; Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell; and Sophie’s Choice, by William Styron, to name a few on the short list.

    A commenter there pointed out that the Bible often is banned.

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  12. i still can't believe there are such things as banned books. is this not america, 2011? scary. the HP series and To Kill a Mockingbird are a few of my favorites.

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  13. I just wanted to stop by and personally thank you for participating in the hop this year!

    Jen

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  14. I was so shocked to hear that A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein was on the list! What an amazing children's book!!

    Thanks for taking part in this!

    widsfam7 @ digis dot net

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  15. i was surprised that harry potter and vampire academy were on the list.
    nightsky1102(at)gmail(dot)com

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  16. One of my favorites is also one I'm surprised was banned: Slaughterhouse Five!! :)

    I'd love to win either book, but I'll pick Midnight in the Garden... :)

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  17. My favorite book is Gone with the Wind.

    I would like Lovely Bones- never read it. Thanks for the giveaway.

    GFC- Christine A.

    your1chef at aol dot com

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  18. I'd love a chance at Midnight in the garden of good and evil. My favorite banned book is scar by cheryl rainfield.

    unforgetable_dreamer_always (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  19. My favorites from the banned and challenged list range from Go Ask Alice to the Harry Potter series, each having its own significant impact on me as a reader. I would choose Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

    Donna @ The Happy Booker
    ahappybooker at gmail dot com

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  20. I was surprised that Water for Elephants was banned in some places. That seemed incredibly strange to me.

    I would like Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

    Thanks for the giveaway! :)

    archambo.alyssa(at)gmail(dot)com

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  21. I'd like Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.
    Honestly, I was surprised to hear that Twilight was challenged/banned.

    strs4u2000[at]yahoo.com

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  22. I was surprised to see Gone with The Wind on the list this my fav book

    I`d choose Lovely Bones, saw the movie & would love to read the book

    ctymice at gmail dot com

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  23. The Diary of Anne Frank.
    Chanticlear1(at)gmail(dot)com
    Isn't the ALA list surprising? Thanks for your generosity and being part of the Banned Books Week Blog Giveaway Hop!

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  24. My favorite banned book is flowers for algernon and of mice and men.. I would like midnight in the garden of good and evil.
    twoofakind12@yahoo.com

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  25. I would have to say Harry Potter is my favorite banned/challenged book. Before the mad movie rush, I have many fond memories of late childhood nights reading the series over and over until the next came out.

    If I had a choice it would be Lovely Bones to win :) I haven't read it yet!

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  26. I love Perks of Being a Wallflower

    I'd love to win The Lovely Bones
    insanityisnormal(at)gmail(dot)com

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  27. Thank you for the giveaway. I was surprised to see the Dictionary make the list.

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  28. My favorite banned book of all time is Fahrenheit 451, and the one I was most surprised made the list is a tie between the Diary of Anne Frank and Gone With The Wind

    Thanks for the giveaway! I want The Lovely Bones

    Jess
    Romanceaholic at gmail dot com

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  29. I was surprised to hear that the DICTIONARY was challenged. I mean, what the heck?!
    I'd like The Lovely Bones.
    amercnchic (at) aol (dot) com

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  30. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle, now that was one book that surprised me. I had no idea that it had been challenged or banned (cannot remember which it was).

    I would love ti win The Lovely Bones. Thanks for the great giveaway. =)

    Orchid
    The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia
    hauntingorchid(at)aol(dot)com

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  31. I love the Hunger Games and I'm surprised it made the list.

    I would love to win Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

    Poisnivyred AT gmail.com

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  32. I was surprised to see James and the Gian Peach by Roald Dahl on the list!

    I would love to win Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

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  33. My favorite banned book would be The Hunger Games.I would love to win Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.
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    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com
    http://lisaslovesbooksofcourse.blogspot.com/

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  34. I am suprised that Harry Potter books and The Diary of Anne Frank were on the Banned lists at certain times.

    Both of these books up for grabs are great. I have seen both movies and I have Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil book ( and it is one of my favorite books). I would pick The Lovely Bones since I do not have the book, and I like to read the book usually before seeing the movie.

    Judy
    magnolias_1[at]msn[dot]com

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  35. I would love midnight in the garden of.....

    My fave bb is hunger games. GFC holly wright. I'd love to win! Thanks!

    Hollybwright at comcast.net

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  36. I was surprised that The Lovely Bones was on there and also that would be my choice because I gave my copy away and I would love to re-read it.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  37. I did not realize that The Lovely Bones was on the list! That was an awesome book!
    charlawilson@me.com

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  38. Yay for banned books! My favorite is To Kill A Mockingbird. No need to sign me up - I have both of these books ;)

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  39. I have always enjoyed Fahrenheit 451 edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom Thank you!

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  40. My favorite banned book is The Catcher in the Rye. I would be happy to win either book you are giving away, they both sound great. Thanks! sbcashortie at hotmail dot com

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  41. I feel so Niave because I didn't even know about the banning until I entered the book blogging world..I would say my favorites are To Kill a Mockingbird and the Hunger games series

    GFC Michele Luker
    thanks for the giveaway

    jmluker at winco dot net

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  42. Little Women is surprising to me. But I like The Giver as well.
    I would want Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

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  43. Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews not a particularly good book but it was one that I had read.

    Sally A Wolf sallyawolf@gmail.com
    I would Like Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

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  44. My favorite banned book is Gone With the Wind. Great giveaway!

    lead[at]hotsheet[dot]com

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  45. I was surprised to hear that Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See was on the challenged book list! How odd! I would love to have The Lovely Bones. Thank you for the giveaway!

    mdh0115(at)gmail(dot)com

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  46. I was surprised by most of the books on the list, but when I heard the Bible was one, I was shocked.

    I've read and loved The Lovely Bones. I haven't read Midnight, so I suppose that would be my choice.

    Thanks!!

    geekgirl at comcast dot net

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  47. My favorite banned books would have to be any by Stephen King that made the list - which I am sure is most of them.

    I would love The Lonely Bones if I win.

    suzebomb(at)gmail.com

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  48. my fav banned books have to be Hunger Games, Speak and To Kill a Mockingbird

    I would love to read Midnight In the Garden of Good and Evil

    thanks for the giveaway!

    gfc follower - Katie

    katie_tp(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  49. The lovely bones is actually one fo my favorite books.. so i was surprised to see it on the list.

    if i won i'd want good and evil.. since i havent read it yet.

    raynekitten@gmail.com

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  50. I couldn't belive that Brave New World and Catcher in the Rye are in that list. They considered CLASSICAL AMERICAN LITERATURE in my country and we had to study them
    galyettina at yahoo dot com

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  51. I love The Perks of Being A Wallflower. I was surprised that What My Mother DOesn't Know was on the list along with My Sister's Keeper. I loved them both.

    ~Mera
    mirrormera92 at aol dot com

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  52. I cannot believe that a book of poetry by Shel Silverstein was banned!

    derangedpegasus@gmail.com

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  53. Fav Banned Book Speak!

    I would like The Lovely Bones!

    ashtreygonesmokeya@yahoo.com

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  54. My favorite banned book is The Lord of the Flies by William Golding.
    I would like The Lovely Bones.
    mizztuts AT bellsouth DOT net

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  55. I was really surprised that Harry Potter, The Giver, and To Kill a Mockingbird were all banned/challenged books. The Giver was one of my favorites of all time growing up!

    I would love to win The Lovely Bones, it's been on my "to read" list for far too long!

    marciclark88 at gmail dot com

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  56. I know why the caged bird sings.
    would like to win lovely bones

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  57. My favorite banned books are The Catcher in the rye, To Kill a Mockingbird, Grapes of Wrath, Twilight. I would love to win either book.
    alison.fees@gmail.com

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  58. My favorite banned book is To Kill a Mocking Bird... I would love to win Midnight in the Garden...
    april@pinebelt.net

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  59. My favorite banned boook would probably be Catcher in the Rye.

    I would like to read both of them . :)

    Adri
    adri_love@sbcglobal.net

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  60. My favorite is To Kill a Mockingbird.

    I would prefer Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

    supaflychikenpi2 AT gmail DOT com

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  61. sorry forgot email...familyroom2@gmail.com

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  62. I was surprised to find out that Of Mice and Men and James and the Giant Peach (this last one cracks me up a little lol)were on the list. My favorite book is Of Mice and Men.

    I would be happy to read either book, as I've not had a chance yet to read them. But my preference is Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

    couponcookie at gmail dot com

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  63. I'm surprise to see that the Hunger grames was banned :O

    I prefer the Midnight in the garden of good and evil ^_^

    kimyunalesca(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  64. My favorite banned book is Fahrenheit 451, my book pick is the Lovely Bones.

    Morganlafey86(at)aol(dot)com

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  65. Thanks for the giveaway :) My favorite banned book is Harry Potter :) I'd love to enter for Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

    aprilxu2222@gmail.com

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  66. I loved Speak and 13 reasons why. I think both are must reads
    I would pick Midnight in the garden of good and evil .
    Thanks for the giveaway
    veltara(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  67. My favorite banned book is Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Hermione even talks about banning in it! I've no book preference for the giveaway, as both look fantastic. :) Please count me in, though!

    Karaliene24[@]gmail[.]com

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  68. Thanks for the giveaway! My favorite is The Giver which also surprised me because it was required reading for me in school.

    I'd like Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil
    Melanie.M.McCullough @ gmail.com

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  69. I was surprised to hear Water For Elephants was on the list. Can't remember if it was just challenged, or actually on the banned books list. linetteg at embarqmail dot com

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