BBW Day 3- Unwind by Neal Shusterman

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.    Included in this giveaway is a signed copy of Unwind so make sure to enter!

Banned Book: Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Where/Why It’s Been Banned: “Withdrawn from classroom use and the approved curriculum at the Montgomery County, Ky.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 containing foul language and cover topics — including sex, child abuse, suicide, and drug abuse — 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: Yet again, I have another book for reluctant readers 🙂  Unwind has turned at least three of my students last year into excited readers.  The cooler part is that those three students told other students about their success with the book!

Besides hooking teens, Unwind also makes readers think and promotes discussion.  Almost every student of mine that’s read this has said “What if that happens to us?”  Yes, what if?  It’s important for books like these to be readily available to students because one day they’ll be in charge and making big decisions.  We should all hope that teens are thinking in-depth about the future now.  I suppose thinking is dangerous, but where would we be if we didn’t? 

Student Response: This is a response written by my student, Caroline, that graduated last year- “I absolutly loved the book Unwind by Neal Shusterman.  This book constantly had my attention.  Based on the future where abortion is no longer allowed at all, parents can choose to have their children unwound during the child’s teenage years.  I loved following the run-away unwinds through their journey for survival.  I don’t think that this book should be banned. This book can give kids an insight on how things could be, and how to look at all sides of a story.  On one hand, the unwinds are helping others, but on the other hand, the unwinds don’t get to live a normal life.”

Comments

  1. I love it! As I clearly stated before. 🙂

  2. Morgan Smith says:

    I absolutely loved this book and I agree it shouldn’t be banned. It promotes thinking about going outside the norm…*OH NO! we shall not promote such things* Yeah right, I think conservative parents need to step back a little bit and let their children explore different areas of thinking and let them decide.

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