27.9.12

Banned Books Week Giveaway: Crank and Pretty Amy



welcome to the banned books week giveaway!

Censorship sucks.  It takes important issues that need to be talked about and tries to hide them.  But, guess what?  Pretending they don't exist doesn't make them go away.  Maybe you don't want your kids reading about them...so what do you do when it happens to them?  Knowledge is power.  Don't be powerless.   

Enter this giveaway to win one of two awesome books that have been challenged or banned...and go to the rest of the hop for more great prizes! 

- click the covers to learn more - 



CRANK 

challenged, banned, you name it. 




PRETTY AMY

a national magazine pulled its review 
because it references drug use. 











This giveaway will run until October 6th. 

This giveaway is open to anyone whom Book Depository ships to.  

The winner of the giveaway must respond to my winner e-mail within 48 hours to claim the prize. 

Thanks for stopping by!  






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48 comments:

  1. Banning books is a completely ridiculous idea!
    Books like this give us an idea on what's going on so that we wouldn't fall prey to the same thing.
    Banning these books would be like encouraging ignorance!

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  2. I don`t support it. But at the same time people shouldn`t give `adult themed` books to pre teens.

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  3. Everyone has a right to read what they choose. Banning books is just plain wrong!

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  4. i don't care too much. i just would read those books at home.

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  5. I understand that many parents may feel that certain books are inappropriate for children of a certain age and I absolutely understand the urge to protect their children. However, I do not feel that any parent has the right to dictate what MY child should or should not read. Banning books takes those choices away from everyone. The problem with making those kinds of judgment calls is - who is qualified to be the morality police and decide for everyone what is and is not appropriate? Just because one parent thinks that their child is too young to deal with the themes discussed in books like Harry Potter does not mean that the next parent will feel the same. The answer is to improve parent/child relationships so they make good choices, not remove those choices altogether. Also, many of these books are an opportunity to open a dialog about some difficult subjects, and subjects that are very relevant to children of a younger and younger age every year.

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  6. I don't think that books should be censored in most cases but some yes. Parents should have the ultimate say in what their kids read though. It is a tricky subject. I think some people are over sensitive to the topics that ban them though.

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  7. I think parents should be (and stay) involved in what their children are reading. Read the books their children are bringing home, and make an INFORMED decision whether or not the topics discussed in their books are suitable for their child's particular age and maturity level. Parents should also keep an open mind, that though they may find the subject material questionable, their child may be able to relate to it (whether the parent wants to admit it or not lol), and understand that it can help educate their child and open up discussions. They do NOT however, have the right to stop anyone else's child from having access to books with "controversial" topics. Everyone's beliefs are different, and what may not be appropriate for one child does not necessarily mean it is for another.

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  8. Well, I do think the schools should make sure what the kids are reading is age appropriate.

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  9. I can understand why some would wants to censor books in schools, but I think that the responsibility for what children read should be left with the parents. I do monitor what my children read and try to steer them toward books I deem appropriate for their age, but I would find it wrong to impose my own views on other people.

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  10. I disagree with censoring books. In fact a lot of them on the banned list I was required to read in school. Thanks for the hop!

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  11. I don't think books should be censored or banned. Thanks for this amazing giveaway - I would love to win!

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  12. I don't think books should be censored or banned. I read about 10 banned books throughout my education for class and I turned out just fine. We can't walk on egg shells because someone is offended by the content.

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  13. I don't think books should be censored. Children should have every opportunity to read whatever books they want.

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  14. I think these books talk about problems that every teenager will face some time in his/her life. So reading them in class and talking about them with a teacher and discussing ideas and solutions and stuff is a good thing. I don't know why teachers don't see it that way.

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  15. I think it's without any sense. They teach kids about freedom and so on and then ban books?

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  16. I still don't understand how they pick certain banned books. It is so....unexpected. How about books involving rape and all those non-consensual stuff? I don't get how so many classics have been banned. It's crazy!

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  17. If the child is underage and their parent doesn't want them them to read the book, fine, but I don't think a school should have the power to ban books.

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  18. I think this is very controversial and it isn't the schools place to expose children to some of the more disputed titles. Appropriateness is something the parents should be monitoring in my opinion. If religion has no place in schools, then neither does subjective literature.

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  19. I personally do not understand the banning. In the modern world, everything is available if you really really want to read something. I also don't understand parents forbidding their children reading some specific books. I think it's better than they read and discuss things with their parents, than doing it alone in secrecy anyway. Banning does not do any good.

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  20. I think that there are books that really need to be censored, but most of them are harmless. If someone wants to read a banned book, he can do it easily at home or somewhere else.

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  21. Hi C.J. I am not sure what to say about that. First of all, I hate censorship. I would love to read books, any book that I would be interested in. I think schools try to censor some books as their students are not in the right age yet..

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  22. I am in school to be a teacher and I certainly do not think that schools should ban books but have the school do their due diligence when signing out books to students and if a student is not the "right age" that child can have the parent sign a waver of permission. Also I believe that teachers, in the older grades, should speak openly with their class about the concept of banned books and open a discussion about it with their students.

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  23. I don't support banning books at all and I don't like when I'm told I cannot read something. I think it's better if books about sensitive topics are discussed in class and if someone or their parent is totally against them reading a specific book then they have the right to not read that book but it shouldn't be banned from schools or classrooms.

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  24. I hate censorship! As a future English teacher, I really hope that I can expose my students to amazing books, no matter what their parents/the school may think about it. No one has the right to tell a person what they can and can't read!

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  25. I don't believe in censorship in any form... at all. That being said, I'm not talking about a grade school library carrying adult or even more mature ya books... I think all people should have access to all items. I don't want to police what your children read, and I certainly don't want you to decide what my 11 yr old can read.. I'm also talking about common sense though...and books that are obviously made for children to read, they should have access to. The grade school here removed Huckleberry Finn...so I bought it, and let her take it to school to read in between her classes. I want no part of small minded people, and I don't want any of my children subjected to them either..

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  26. I don't think the schools should be allowed to censor books. As a parent, that option belongs only to me! And if I think it's ok for my kids to read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn or Of Mice and Men, that's my choice to make and I should have the final say :)

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  27. not a good idea, reading about other views and talking about problems i think is always better than ignoring them and pretending that they don't exits. also teaching youngsters that there are other views, people think differently and tolerance is big step towards a better world

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  28. I disagree with censoring books! I've read lots of banned books and they were amazing!

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  29. I strongly oppose to banning and censoring books! We have a right to choose what we want to read.

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  30. It does more harm than good!

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  31. People should be able to choose what they want to read or not read and that goes for their children as well.

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  32. I think they shouldn't ban books. It just does more harm than good. Kids are just going to find someone who has the book or they are going to find it online.

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  33. The library I use wifi from totally has a table dedicated to banned books. I thought that was pretty stellar of them.

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  34. I think censoring shouldn't be done anywhere. If a parent doesn't want their child to read a book for any reason, they should monitor their child. It's the parents' responsibility. Schools do a good job with monitoring what's appropriate to read for a child's age group. When I was in school, which I've only been out of school for 2 years, the books were color coded based on middle school and high school reading. In my opinion, a high school teenager in 10th grade or higher has a good understanding of what he/she wants to read and how to interpret what he/she has read. If people who want to ban books would pick up the book and read it, maybe they'd change their minds and realize that these books are there to teach people about other cultures and life lessons. The real offense here is that people want to push these young minds away from learning things about other people and big issues that SHOULD be talked about and not ignored like it doesn't happen. That's what will hurt children in the long run.

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  35. Schools should be careful with censoring books, except in the case they think a book isn't suitable for children. As long as children can read these books at home with their parents monitoring, it's ok.

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  36. I don't think books should be censored. Kids should be able to read whatever they want.

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  37. I don't think it should be the school board's decision on what books are appropriate or not. I think the parents should have a bigger say in what their children can read.

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  38. I think there are books that children should not read but banning is not the right way. I mean there are so many other ways by which they could still read it. So banning makes no sense to me.

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  39. I think that some books should be censored in schools, but there are alot on the list that i don't believe should be.

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  40. I think censoring isn't need in order to make sure our children are only reading what we want them to read. This should come from being well informed about what your child is picking up~ being aware. If the school board is that worried about what kids are picking up it's yet another thing they can ask for a parent signature for before handing over a certain book.

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  41. I believe in 'book freedom' - no one should be forced to read a certain book, or stopped from reading it.

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  42. I do not agree with the banning of books. I believe it is our right to be able to read and write what we choose. Just because someone or a group of someones do not like a book or series should not dictate our right to read it. There will never be a book or series that everyone likes and people need to just deal with that. I do agree that some novels should not be available to some younger age groups but if it's such a problem they should sell start selling books just like they sell other forms of entertainment (movies, magazines, & other things) by carding people. I still don't think that would be a good solution but it's better than trying to completely stop people from reading.

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  43. I think that schools should carry age appropriate books, but i don;t think any books should be outright banned.

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  44. yes the school shouldn't push non age appropriate subjects like explicit sex & violence - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  45. I believe that there are a lot of amazing books out there that teach valuable lessons and differing perspectives which are being challenged in the schools. When I was in high school, many of the books we were required to read came from the "banned/ challenged" list, and still today, my high school children are reading many books that appear on these lists. I think that a certain level of maturity must be reached before certain books are introduced, but there are so many wonderful books out there that our children should not be denied.
    Lisa Hackney
    yankssssrule08 at yahoo dot com

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