24 September, 2011

Banned Books Week Hop - Giveaway



Thanks so much to Kathy at I Am A Reader, Not a Writer and Jen of I Read Banned Books for hosting this blog hop.

My co-bloggers Thuy (RNSL Nite Lite) and Kimberly (The Windy Pages) and I all agree -- book banning is the pits! While we understand and respect parents' concerns about what their kids encounter in their lives, we believe in everyone's "freadom" to read and enjoy whatever they want.

Speaking for just myself (my co-bloggers will chime in throughout the week) reading about "objectionable" things doesn't necessarily mean the reader becomes a bad person. There's a lot of nature and nurture that shapes a person's thoughts and actions, so I think laying the blame on "bad" books is a poor job of scapegoating. I believe reading expands the mind and helps to show us perspectives about our crazy world that we might not have discovered on our own. I also believe that reading is a safe way to help people form a mental scale for right vs. wrong and good vs. evil without putting themselves in the peril that books' heroes and heroines often find themselves facing. Most of all, I believe in the reader's right to choose what to read and what not to read--and that with some guidance, kids can learn to make the reading choices that are best for themselves.

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THE GIVEAWAY

To celebrate Banned Books Week, we will be posting themed reviews and articles throughout the week and giving away a banned juvenile book to a lucky reader in the US or Canada! See the Rafflecopter widget below for the details. Please DO NOT leave personal info in the comments section--the Rafflecopter widget will collect your contact info so we can tell you if you have won.

The winner gets to choose their book prize (within the guidelines stated below) and will be notified by email through Rafflecopter. Our sister-site Nite Lite will be doing the same (but you can win an adult book instead).

Here are some banned book reading suggestions from the RNSL team. Clicking on the book cover will take you to the Goodreads page for each book.

Alethea recommends:

The Marbury Lens
by Andrew Smith
Speak
by Laurie Halse Anderson
The Giver
by Lois Lowry


Thuy recommends:

Twenty Boy Summer
by Sarah Ockler
Lush
by Natasha Friend
The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins

Here are a couple more links to banned book resources and articles.


Don't forget to visit the other blogs on this blog hop!









54 comments:

  1. I really want to read The Marbury Lens. I have heard so much about it. So that's what I am entering to win.

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  2. I want to read The Perks of Being a Wallflower. It's been on and off the top ten most challenged list for the past ten years, and a lot of people have recommended it to me as one of their favorite books from middle and high school.

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  3. I want to read Vonnegut, Kurt. Slaughterhouse-Five. It's been killing me that I haven't yet.

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  4. I'd love to enter for The Marbury Lens I've heard good things about it :)

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  5. I'd love Twenty Boy Summer--I've heard great things from a Teen Librarian!

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  6. I would choose Lush if I won.

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  7. I would love to read The Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith or The Giver by Lois Lowry, those are the two books I've been meaning to read for some time now, but never gotten around to =)
    Thank you for hosting this giveaway and being a part of the Banned Books Week Hop!!

    Have a safe and great weekend!

    GFC Follower: SpadesHighReads

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  8. I would like to read The Giver. It sounds really good!

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  9. I would love to win "The Golden Compass" by Phillip Pullman.

    Thank you for the chance to win!

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  10. I'd love to win Forever by Judy Blume. :) Somehow I still haven't read that one yet. :P

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Ambur :)

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  11. Oh wow I want a copy of The Giver!

    Jess

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  12. twenty boy summer. just the fact that it is banned, i would read it. :D

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  13. I would love to win the Hunger Games. Such a powerful book, and I love how strong the protagonist it. :)

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  14. Twenty Boy Summer! I love the book and I'd love to have a print copy of it.

    I like your random test comment. :)

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  15. I'd like the Marbury Lens because I've read so many intriguing reviews.

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  16. I would love to get twenty boy summer

    -Michelle A

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  17. I'd like to win The Marbury Lens. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  18. Hmm... Let's go with STOLEN by Lucy Christopher. I think I saw that one on the list.

    Thanks for the giveaway,

    - Megan

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  19. I'd like The Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith.

    Haven't read it yet - and I'm always looking for new reads!!

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  20. I always love having a choice! Course I don't know what I would choose - I'd have to peruse the list thoroughly.

    Pabkins @ Mission to Read

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  21. Ok I changed my mind I made a decision - I'm so fickle I know - it would be The Marbury Lens because it sounds awesome and has a smoking neat cover! muuwhahah

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  22. I would choose TTYL by Lauren Myracle. Thanks for the giveaway!!
    Donna @ The Happy Booker

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  23. Wow! Awesome giveaway! Thanks!

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  24. I would love Awakened by P.C. Cast (the entire House of Night series was banned)

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  25. I'd like a chance to read Twenty Boy Summer, please.

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  26. I would love to read Twenty Boy Summer. I haven't gotten the chance to yet and after BBW it's definitely moved up on my TBR.

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  27. I'd love to receive Twenty Boy Summer as I've heard a lot about it!

    -Debbie W.

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  28. Thanks for the giveaway! I'd like to win Johnny Got His Gun, which I found on the Skokie Library site. I find interwar anti-war novels interesting.

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  29. The Marbury Lens looks interesting to me. The biggest reason is because my 14 year old daughter told me she's heard that it's really good.

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  30. i really really want to read the controversial book Forbidden. Not sure what list it's on. But it's been very controversial. hope it qualifies.

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  31. twenty boy summer by sarah ockler. I borrowed this book from my library and LOVED it. I want to own it <3

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  32. I would pick Speak or The Giver. Not sure which.

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  33. I'd love The Marbury Lens. :)

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  34. I would pick either The Marbury Lens or Speak.

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  35. I would pick the Hunger Games, I still haven't read that book!

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  36. The Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith looks really interesting and different. I love stuff that's unexpected.

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  37. I want to read Lush, since I haven't yet. Also, Twenty Boy Summer. Great giveaway! Check mine out if you get a chance!

    http://yalitwit.blogspot.com/2011/09/banned-books-week-giveaway-hop.html

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  38. I really want to read The Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith. It has such a great steampunk vibe to it, I really can't wait to dive in!

    Thanks,
    elisquared

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  40. The Marbury Lens is one I'd really enjoy.
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  41. I'm not really sure yet. Perhaps either Hunger Games, or Forbidden or Crank. Lots of choices. LOL

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  42. Thanks for the giveaway.

    Here's Mine. Hope you'll stop by and enter as well: Read Banned Books Week Hop and Giveaway

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  43. I'd love a copy of BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA. Loved the book as a child and don't currently have a copy!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  44. I have actually never heard of The Marbury Lens
    by Andrew Smith, but it sounds very interesting!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  45. I would probably choose Awakened by P.C. Cast. The whole House of Night series has been wonderful.

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  46. I think Crank by Ellen Hopkins is considered YA, right? It's funny that I have most of the books on your recommended list! I think teen drug use is a problem that can only be rid of when young people are informed and KNOW what the consequences could be. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  47. Hunger Games
    Thanks for the op to get my hands on more banned books.

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  48. I 'd love to win The Marbury Lens
    by Andrew Smith.

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  49. I'd love to win Catching Fire-I love the Hunger Games trilogy, but don't own the books!

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  50. I would choose The Hunger Games!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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