According to the American Library Association (ALA), young adult novels are challenged with the best intentions. In most cases a parent will read a book that their child might be reading in class to find out if the book is hazardous to their child’s well-being. If the novel seems problematic, the parent then challenges the book. Even though the purpose of challenging a novel is to keep children from reading about issues that may not be seen as appropriate for their age group, censoring children from difficult subject matter is not always the solution. There is always controversy when difficult issues arise in adolescent geared novels. Even though there are many concerns with Lois Lowry’s The Giver,
Most believe that this book shouldn’t be banned. I had read this book in 5th grade and never was harmed from reading it. I enjoyed reading this book. This book was very exciting and left you to wonder what would happen next. Stolen Children also stated many points of teaching responsibility. The 14 year old girl named Amy who wanted to become a babysitter, “I’m taking care of Kendra” (Kehret). This statement proves that Amy was working to be responsible so she could take care of children. Throughout t who was also kidnapped shown signs of bravery. This book can educate children he book, Amy has shown signs of nice caring and brave. Kendra the 4 year girl n that bad strange things can happen when you are trying to be responsible but being strong, and brave can help you out of a bad situation. Amy had lost her father when she was at a young age. Showing that she was strong she often felt pain and regret. Stolen Children also shares a message that teaches kids to love their family and friends while they can because you never know when it’s their time to
According to the American Library Association, the most common group of people, challenging a book being read in schools, was the parents of the students. Parents have a right to be in charge of what is put into the minds of their students, however just because one parent objects does not mean that the whole school should ban the book from the list. A solution for this book would be to enforce parental consent for books to be read in the classroom. If a parent does not want a book to be read in the classroom, then there should be other options for the student to read. The school and teacher should not trespass on a parent’s rights of raising their child. I believe that if a parent has a concern, they should go and discuss the problem with the teacher so that the teacher will be able to defend their reasoning for choosing the book to be read in the classroom.
The whole debate started when the Wall Street Journal ran an editorial written by Meghan Cox Gurdon where she described what she saw as a disturbing trend towards ‘darkness’ in young adult literature (Is Current). The article had a major backlash on Gurdon when people started to disagree and argue her statements, such as Maureen Johnson, author of 13 Little Blue Envelopes, who went to twitter to start the #YASaves (Young Adult) hashtag and getting thousands of replies within hours (Springen). Some people agreed with her statement, some of those people think that books should be banned from libraries so that their kids won’t read those books (Parents Challenge) Since the article, there have been many debates on the matter of books being appropriate for teen readers. I believe that young adult literature is not getting too dark for teen readers because the books help them face problems in their own lives, they make teens more aware of loss, and the stories show them that they are not alone in the issues they
I believe that you should be mature enough and warned about it before you read it. This should be required to read in high school. It teaches a very good lesson that everyone should know about. People need to understand how tough she had it, but that she overcame that and became a better person. This book should not be banned just because one person can not handle it. Just because someone does not have the maturity level to get the concept does not mean others should be able to read it. This is an amazing novel that shows you is you think you have it worse than others that you don't and there is people struggling more than you, but it doesn't mean you cannot change it. It might take time but it is
Fahrenheit 451 was published in 1953 by Ray Bradbury in the US. His book is set in a dystopian society where books are illegal and and thinking is restricted. Instead of firemen putting out fires, they start them.. Bradbury’s famous book has been mainly challenged by middle schools and high schools. While Fahrenheit 451 maybe the most controversial novel in the 20th century, it holds the award as being one of the most notable banned books in history. No other book has been written like this so mysterious and real. The idea of how books are banned doesn’t really matter to most people. While Fahrenheit 451 might include some vulgar language and profanity, it shares ideas that can help young people.
It covers adult themes … that most students have not been exposed to and should not be provided by the school. It is a novel that has no life lesson to be learned”(Gomez). A middle school in Minnesota had this book in their library and parents did not approve of their children reading it, because it has explicit scenes in the book. The parents of this community had a meeting in December 2015, talking about if the book should be banned or not. When the meeting was over, the book Just One Day, was banned in Minnesota schools entirely, and parents were happy that the book was finally
The book tells the story of Harry and Craig, two 17-year-olds who are about to take part in a 32-hour marathon of kissing to set a new Guinness World Record -- all of which is narrated by a Greek chorus of the generation of gay men lost to AIDS.” The book has nothing bad in it it talks about two guys kissing and there is nothing bad with that if it was a girl and a guy i bet that parent would not have said anything about it. I don't think it okay for someone to try to banned a book just because they don't think it's right that it two boys kissing and narrated by gay men lost to AIDS. AIDS are a disease that people can't get rid of and there is nothing wrong with
Not only do school administrators want to ban specific books from schools, parents want to take action on this as well. Parents are caving their children away from exposure to the real world. Adults ponder about their children being too young to read these detailed books. The "Book of Solomon" by Toni Marrison was banned at Franklin Central High School due to parents thinking that the content was too explicit. The book contains highly detailed passages of violence and sex. Veerkamp, a worker of the school's administration and father of a student in his 9th grade year, states in paragraph 14 of source number two, "But if it doesn’t get banned... I can assure you that my kids wot be laying eyes on it,"
It was also banned for ages 12 and under and is recommended for ages 12 and up. One of the reason why is was censored or banned was because parents were worried about early exposure to drugs which could lead to temptations. Also, the parents were worried that if their children read this book alone, or in isolation, then it could be interpreted incorrectly. Although, the parents should know what their child is reading, they should know if their child is easily swayed by temptations or peer pressure. It could also be censored or banned for religious beliefs or followings of
Also, Inappropriate Language is used immensely throughout kids books. Exposing inappropriate language into kids heads at such a young age. Therefore, Without parental permission students should not be able to read this stuff. Students read it and than think that it is ok to say. To Kill A Mockingbird and several other children
Also do to Holdens young age, he should not be involved in the acts that he is involved in including drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes and using vulgar language. I think that this book should not be banned. There is inappropriate content and scences but by a certain age, mostly everyone knows about that type of information anyway. In my opinion, this book could be relatable to some teenagers know a days. The book reveals a light onto teenage problems and it can help students, or anyone for that matter not feel as alone as they might
It is my belief that since by the time the child is required to read such literature in school, they are at an age where they can distinguish between things that should and should not be said and it is the job of the parents to educate the child that just because they say it in a book does not mean he or she should.Another subject common to banned and censored books is sexuality.
The first reason is for its sexually explicitness. On most of the cites I went to this was the number one reason for it being banned. It explains and tells about girls growing into women. Also what they go through and experience. Most age groups are not mature enough for these parts of the book.