BBW Day 1- Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson

In honor of Banned Books Week I am highlighting a different banned book each day of the event (maybe even more!) here on my blog.  I’m also hosting a Banned Books Week giveaway.  If you’d like the chance to win two free banned books of your choice enter the giveaway!

Banned Book:  Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson

Where/Why It’s Been Banned: “Withdrawn from classroom use and the approved curriculum at the Montgomery County, Ky. High School (2009), but available at the high school library and student book club.  Some parents have complained about five novels that contain foul language and cover topics — including sex, child abuse, suicide, and drug abuse — deemed unsuited for discussion in coed high school classes. They also contend that the books don’t provide the intellectual challenge and rigor that students need in college preparatory classes. The titles appeared on suggested book lists compiled by the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, for twelve- to eighteen-year-olds who are “reluctant readers.” The superintendent removed the book because it wasn’t on the pre-approved curriculum list and couldn’t be added by teachers in the middle of a school year without permission. Source: Jan. 2010, pp. 16–17; Mar. 2010, p. 56.” (Taken from ala.org)

Why It Should Be Read: Twisted is currently Laurie Halse Anderson’s only young adult novel with a male protagonist, and just like all of her other young adult novels, it really speaks to teens.  I recommend this book to many of my reluctant male readers in class, and pretty much all of those boys have discovered the love of reading because of it.  Last school year one of my freshmen boys randomly picked up Twisted for SSR and didn’t stop reading it for the remainder of the hour.  The next morning (I had him during 1st hour) I had the pleasure of watching him finish reading it!  He wanted to discuss it with me as soon as he was done, and he was a proclaimed non-reader.  Once the other boys in class heard our discussion, it was immediately borrowed by another boy in class.  How a book that powerful can be banned is beyond me.  Yes, the topic of suicide is present in the story, but it’s done with Laurie Halse Anderson’s classic grace.

Student Response: Both of these quotes are from boys that read Twisted last year.  “Once I read a page I couldn’t put it down!” & “Do you have another book like this I can read?”

 

 

 

 

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