Feeling Rebellious? Read a Banned Book!

September 30 to October 6 is Banned Books Week – a celebration of free speech that challenges the attempts to censor books that are offered in public libraries or public schools. The Huffington Post has put together some information on the event (Click HERE), including an infographic that highlights the ten most challenged books of 2011, four of which are in the BHS curricula:

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Sophomore CPII text)
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (American Lit CP II text)
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (AP Literature)
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (Freshmen core text)

Among other BHS books that often find themselves in the crosshairs of controversy:

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (Sophomore core text)
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (American Literature)
Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut (Sophomores)
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (American Literature)

We are pleased to see that so many of our titles are on these lists, as literature should not merely serve as a mirror to reflect back our own lives, but rather, as Kafka said, as an axe to break the frozen sea within us.

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