BBW Final Post- The House of Night series

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!  FINAL DAY TO ENTER!

Banned Book: The House of Night series by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Where/Why It’s Been Banned: “Banned at Henderson Junior High School in the Stephenville, Tex. Independent School District (2009). The entire teen vampire series was banned for sexual content and nudity. Since the series has not been completed, “Stephenville ISD actually banned books that have not yet been published and perhaps even books that have yet to be written. There is no way the district could know the content of these books, and yet they have been banned.” Source: Nov. 2009, pp. 197–98, 225.” (Taken from ala.org)

Why It Should Be Read: My best friend, a fellow teacher, recommended reading this series while we eagerly awaited the release of Breaking Dawn.  I was instantly hooked and read the first books in a matter of days.  This was over the summer, so when the school year started I told my students all about this series.  It didn’t take long for these book to become popular.

What I like best about this series is that not only do my female students enjoy this series, but many of my male students as well.  They’re fun and easy to read, so many of my more reluctant readers have advanced to series like The Mortal Instruments after reading The House of Night books. 

Sure the series revolves around teenage vampires, but all of the characters are dealing with normal high school issues.  They learn how to handle bullying, rumors, becoming a leader, relationship issues, and making and maintaining friendships.  P.C. Cast is a high school English teacher, so she understands the dynamics at play in the world of teenagers.  She’s writing the series with her daughter, Kristin Cast, who is in college now so she hasn’t forgotten the first-hand experiences of high school.  They’re a winning combination writing books that hook readers and help them in the process.

Student Response: This response comes from one of my students, Ellie, that graduated last year (Isn’t it cool that my kids are still participating even after high school?!)- “The House of Night series should be read because, aside from the whole vampire thing, there are a lot of normal teen problems, like discrimination, juggling guys and fitting in.  It shows that just because a problem is your own doesn’t mean you have to handle it by yourself.  I honestly don’t understand why the whole series is banned seeing as not all of the books in the series even exist at this point in time.  If the content hasn’t been written yet how do you know it will contain sexual material?  You don’t.”

Comments

  1. I have only read the first book in this series so far, although I do have the second and third sitting on my window sill. I liked the first one alot.

  2. I’d have to agree, Stark is just awesome lol

  3. I think I may have to pick one of these books up at the library to see what the ruckus is about. 🙂

  4. samantha englehart says:

    i think everyone should read these books. i have read them even my mom (who by the way hates vapire series and thinks they are bad for me) has enjoyed them. If schools want to ban them i think they should read them first. they cant ban anything without readung them first.

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