Young Adults Banned Books

Banned Book Week – Banned Young Adult

The following books/series are a huge hit with teens and adults alike. Yet they are some of the most continuously challenged and banned books of the last 10 years.

The Complete Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Harry potter series

US readers $57.54 (through Pottermore) click HERE!

About the book:

Harry Potter is only 11 years old when he finds out that he’s a wizard. The series follows his life in the wizarding world and the challenges he must face.

His Dark Materials (series) by Philip Pullman

His dark materials

US readers $13.84, click HERE!

About the book:

In the epic trilogy His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman unlocks the door to worlds parallel to our own. Dæmons and winged creatures live side by side with humans, and a mysterious entity called Dust just might have the power to unite the universes–if it isn’t destroyed first. The three books in Pullman’s heroic fantasy series, published as trade paperbacks, are united here in one dazzling boxed set that includes The Golden CompassThe Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass. In these new editions, each chapter opens with artwork by Pullman himself, along with chapter quotations from the likes of Milton, Donne, Black, Byron, and the Bible that did not appear in earlier editions. Join Lyra, Pantalaimon, Will, and the rest as they embark on the most breathtaking, heartbreaking adventure of their lives. The fate of the universe is in their hands.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

A wrinkle in time

US readers $4.99, click HERE!

About the book:

It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.

“Wild nights are my glory,” the unearthly stranger told them. “I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I’ll be on my way. Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract.”

A tesseract (in case the reader doesn’t know) is a wrinkle in time. To tell more would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Miss L’Engle’s unusual book. A Wrinkle in Time, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963, is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O’Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg’s father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky

The perks of being a wallflower

US readers$6.83, click HERE!

About the book:

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a story about what it’s like to travel that strange course through the uncharted territory of high school. The world of first dates, family dramas, and new friends. Of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Of those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.

 

– See more at: http://www.ereadernation.com/banned-book-week-banned-young-adult/#sthash.OQMnJ3bO.dpuf

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Young Adults Banned Books

Banned Book Week – Banned Young Adult

The following books/series are a huge hit with teens and adults alike. Yet they are some of the most continuously challenged and banned books of the last 10 years.

The Complete Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Harry potter series

US readers $57.54 (through Pottermore) click HERE!

About the book:

Harry Potter is only 11 years old when he finds out that he’s a wizard. The series follows his life in the wizarding world and the challenges he must face.

His Dark Materials (series) by Philip Pullman

His dark materials

US readers $13.84, click HERE!

About the book:

In the epic trilogy His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman unlocks the door to worlds parallel to our own. Dæmons and winged creatures live side by side with humans, and a mysterious entity called Dust just might have the power to unite the universes–if it isn’t destroyed first. The three books in Pullman’s heroic fantasy series, published as trade paperbacks, are united here in one dazzling boxed set that includes The Golden CompassThe Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass. In these new editions, each chapter opens with artwork by Pullman himself, along with chapter quotations from the likes of Milton, Donne, Black, Byron, and the Bible that did not appear in earlier editions. Join Lyra, Pantalaimon, Will, and the rest as they embark on the most breathtaking, heartbreaking adventure of their lives. The fate of the universe is in their hands.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

A wrinkle in time

US readers $4.99, click HERE!

About the book:

It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.

“Wild nights are my glory,” the unearthly stranger told them. “I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I’ll be on my way. Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract.”

A tesseract (in case the reader doesn’t know) is a wrinkle in time. To tell more would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Miss L’Engle’s unusual book. A Wrinkle in Time, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963, is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O’Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg’s father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky

The perks of being a wallflower

US readers$6.83, click HERE!

About the book:

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a story about what it’s like to travel that strange course through the uncharted territory of high school. The world of first dates, family dramas, and new friends. Of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Of those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.

 

– See more at: http://www.ereadernation.com/banned-book-week-banned-young-adult/#sthash.OQMnJ3bO.dpuf

The Shining by Stephen King

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You either love being sacred or you don’t. I LOVE being scared! I love scary movies! Not the blood and gore types, but the “Hmm, that might just happen if only….” kind of being scared! Stephen King is the master of that kind of scared. I read a lot of his earlier books. When he was in a horrible car accident, I feel his style of writing changed but it his classic books is what I loved the most. This was the third time reading The Shining I read it the first time in high school and then again while I was teaching high school. When I was in Graduate School, I had a great professor who told us if you want to get high school males to read, introduce them to Stephen King so I re-read it. Then the stroke came and I forgot the story! So when I heard that his was writing a sequel, I decided that I needed to re-read it a second time! So here we are.

The story takes place at The Overlook Hotel in Colorado. Jack Torrence has been hired as the caretaker during the closed season from October till May. He brings his wife Wendy and their small child Danny to stay for the winter. And when I say winter, I mean WINTER! Once the snow starts, all the roads are closed, your only communication with the outside world is through a CB radio ( this was written and takes place in the 1970’s), and you see no other humans.

Jack thinks this will be a great opportunity to finish writing his play and get his life together. You see, Jack is an alcoholic with an anger problem. So you might say he is “in between jobs”. When the snow starts, the fun begins!

Jack and Wendy’s son can “shine”. That means that he can read minds, communicate non verbally with other “shiners”, and no what others are doing even when he is not in their company. Those are good traits when the hotel and all the ghosts that live there want to take over your whole family. So Danny has his hands full being a resident of that hotel.

There are enough twists and turns in the plot to keep you guessing and if you pay close enough attention, all the pieces fit together to give you a good scare.q

Some trivia for you:
– Stephen King did not like the popular movie that was based on the novel that was made in the 70’s staring Jack Nicholson. That is why he wrote the screenplay for the television mini series that was made in the early 2000’s.
– The 1970’s movie did not have the large garden animals in it, because they didn’t have the technology to do that so Stanley Kubrick used the maze instead.
-King has written a sequel called Doctor Sleep which will be published in 2013. It picks up when Danny is in his 40’s and works as an orderly and tries to help children who “shine” and protect them from an evil society.

After I read that, I will review that!

Forget Summer Reading: What’s On Your Autumn Books List?

 

Posted by  × September 10, 2013 at 2:00 pm

 

Loads of ink has been spilled on summer reads, the kind of fun, dishy fiction that can be read in an afternoon and discarded without regret after sustaining one too many piña colada rings. But what about autumn reading? Goodbye, marriage plots, celebrity name dropping, and candy-colored covers; hello, tales of first love, melancholy endings, and roll-neck sweaters. Here are my favorite kinds of autumn fiction, and a few titles to add to your reading list:

1. Noir thrillers. Philip Marlowe may be sweating through his suit in the bars and back alleys of Los Angeles, but I like to read Chandler and his ilk when the weather starts to turn. Books like The Big Sleep are by no means winter reads, but are just right for the moment when summer starts to die, and it’s time to belly up to your local bar with a gin gimlet and a dog-eared paperback.

One to try: A.S. A. Harrison’s The Silent Wife is less a whodunit and more a matter of how the deed is done. It opens in late summer, in a hermetic apartment overlooking the gray coast of Chicago, and unfolds as the weather turns cold.

2. Coming of age books. There’s just something autumnal about an author writing from a place of (relative) wisdom about a seminal moment in a young character’s life—first kiss, first love, that one fateful summer. In the hot months, we live. In the cooling months, we reflect…at least when it comes to living through a reading list.

One to try: Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl follows the efforts of Cath, a homebody and dedicated fanfic writer, to acclimate to life as a college freshman.

3. Campus books. If back-to-school days are in your past, but you still want to recapture that old feeling, we recommend two things: buying new pencils and erasers, and going back to school with a favorite character. I always want to revisit Harry Potter in September, when he’s raring to break free of the Dursleys, and there are loads of crisp campus-set books that beg to be read on a bench under a shedding oak tree.

One to try: Pamela Erens’ The Virgins, set at an east coast boarding school, concerns the relationship of two rebellious, seemingly mismatched students—and the web of toxic gossip that jealous classmates weave around them.

4. Darker books. I’m not talking about the ice-cold thrillers of midwinter, or the juicy murder mysteries of July. Autumn is made for subtly scary books, the kind of oddball stuff that walks on the chilly edges of autumn’s prettiness—more Gaiman, less Gone Girl.

One to try: Kathryn Davis’s surreal, mesmerizing fiction is perfect darker fare for fall. Try her latest,Duplex, set in a seemingly benign but altogether surreal suburb that exists in a time outside of our own.

7 Reasons to Return to 1998

7 Reasons to Return to 1998

Posted by  × September 4, 2013 at 1:00 pm

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Since last week, I’ve been swirling in a vortex of ecstasy and nostalgia. Why? Because after Miley Cyrus fried my neural cortex, I still had enough sentience left to enjoy the NSYNC reunion for which I’d been waiting a decade.

They were marvelous.

Now, after days of of listening to No Strings Attached (on CD, as it was meant to be), I’ve come to this conclusion: WE HAVE TO GO BACK. We’ve got to go back to 1998, the year NSYNC released their first stateside single, “I Want You Back.” If that’s not enough to have you dusting off theold time machine, let me remind you that 1998 was a pretty darn good vintage for books, too. Take a walk down memory lane with me, to a time when Clinton ruled the White House, Tom Clancy was dropping Rainbow Six, and Toni Morrison had just unleashed Paradise. Here’s a noncomprehensive list of some of the brightest tomes on 1998′s bookshelves. I’ll be looking for a flux capacitor while you reminisce:

The Hours, by Michael Cunningham

More than 50 years after her death, Virginia Woolf reigned again in Cunningham’s affecting stream-of-consciousness novel, concerning the lives of three women—one being Woolf herself—all related to Mrs. Dalloway. The concept is the same as Woolf’s original telling, in that it covers a single day in the life of each character, but you come away with a deeper understanding of all three: their struggle for meaning, and the quiet desperation that haunts each one. Heavy, I know, but when you’re done, you can go ogle Nicole Kidman’s fake schnoz in her Oscar-winning performance.

The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver

Oprah loved it. A lot of other people did too. This saga of a missionary family in postcolonial Africa is relayed by the four daughters and wife of fire-and-brimstone Baptist minister Nathan Price. That alternating POV roots the narrative in reality: as the girls mature, so do their outlooks on their situation and on the Congolese who surround them. It’s a swirl of historical upheaval and anthropological observation, told through a bevy of strong female voices and a thought-provoking (if not unanimously palatable) spin on religion.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secretsby J.K. Rowling

Oh, to relive the days when you not only had more wizarding adventures to look forward to, but you also had to wait just one year for the next installment! The second book of Harry and Ron’s magical mischief-making (and Hermione’s putting up with it) finds our young hero in his bedroom, making no noise, and pretending he doesn’t exist. Chamber of Secrets is one of my favorites of the series—the Ford Anglia! The Whomping Willow! Moaning Myrtle! Why did it have to be spiders?! It’s probably a good idea for you to just take some time off work and reread it right now.

Holesby Louis Sachar

The ultimate chain-gang novel for the recess set, Holes put the fear of the Warden into many a late-90s youngster. Sachar’s work won the Newberry Medal, which is all the more remarkable considering how little had gone right for Stanley Yelnats by the time he wound up digging holes at Camp Green Lake. Come on in, the Sploosh is fine.

About a Boyby Nick Hornby

And they say the the aughts were the domain of overgrown man-children. Here, the man-child is a well-off bachelor (so, in essence, Hugh Grant). In his quest to woo sexy single mothers, he joins a single-parent support group, ends up meeting a schoolboy, Marcus, whose grasp on all things social is somewhat tenuous, and bada bing bada boom—you’ve got yourself an infinitely readable, disarmingly witty good time.

Stardustby Neil Gaiman

Gaiman’s rendition of a sweet old-fashioned fairy tale is his standard fare: the surreal meets the familiar, magic is complemented by charming reality. Don’t be fooled: it may be fluffy on the outside, but the quest to find one’s Heart’s Desire can be bitingly funny. Not to mention, it introduces a phenomenal naming strategy for large families: on Primus, on Secundus, on Tertius…

Bag of Bonesby Stephen King

Picture it: a haunted author with writer’s block in Maine. Yep, he’s back! It’s a more subtle spook that King presents here, as opposed to the straight nightmares-forever plots of an It or The ShiningTo say too much about what transpires for Mike Noonan, still grieving four years later for his wife, would be a sin, but it’s safe to say appearances are never what they seem, and King’s Maine can never be fully trusted.