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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Want to read something really scary?

The American Library Association is marking this as Banned Books Week until Oct. 2nd to highlight the challenges to intellectual freedom in this country. Here's the horror and (sort of) horror-related books challenged most frequently from 1990 to 2000 in an effort by extremists to get them banned from libraries to keep people from reading them. 1. Scary Stories (Series) by Alvin Schwartz 7. Harry Potter (Series) by J.K. Rowling 16. Goosebumps (Series) by R.L. Stine 27. The Witches by Roald Dahl 34. Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam 45. Bumps in the Night by Harry Allard 73. Curses, Hexes and Spells by Daniel Cohen 77. Carrie by Stephen King 83. The Dead Zone by Stephen King So it's not just that the extremists - and we know who they are, they're the American Taliban - don't want to read the books and don't want their children to read them. They don't want the rest of us to read them either. Go look at the list. Many of the titles will surprise you and if you love liberty and freedom (and good books) it'll scare you.


Blogger 42 said...

It is encouraging that over 95% of librarians supported Kerry in the last election.

Unfortunately many of the libraries Board of Trustees (or something similar in each community) aren't as democratic or supportive.

9/29/2005 10:14:00 AM  
Blogger FARfetched said...

I remember The Boy reading Goosebumps books, and watching the TV show. Neither of the kids were much captivated by the Harry Potter books; they read the first couple but that's all.

Recently, he's been reading Stephen King's Dreamcatchers. It's good to see him walking around with a book. ;-)

9/29/2005 03:28:00 PM  

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