The last couple of years I think I’ve always made a mention of Banned Books Week but for some reason or another I just haven’t been able to really participate by reading a banned book. Not so this year.
Thanks to Stefanie, Eva, Nymeth and many others of you who’ve recently mentioned the importance of celebrating the freedom to read, I decided that I had to make my contribution. So I looked on the ALA list of frequently challenged books and decided to read, The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier. In this decade so far the book has been one of the top 10 challenged books list six times.
The Chocolate War is about a high school boy, Jerry Renault, who ponders the question on the poster in his locker: Do I dare disturb the universe? I think I already like it but here’s a snippet from the first page describing a game:
“They murdered him. As he turned to take the ball, a dam burst against the side of his head and a hand grenade shattered his stomach.”
How’s that for a description? Anyway, how about you, are you reading a banned book this week?