Tuesday, September 30, 2008

happy banned books week

“[I]t's not just the books under fire now that worry me. It is the books that will never be written. The books that will never be read. And all due to the fear of censorship. As always, young readers will be the real losers.” — Judy Blume

Spied on Bookshelves of Doom: A Quiz on Banned Books

I got 10 out of 13, which I thought was pretty good, but the computer scoring system didn't seem wildly impressed with me.

What's your score? And what's your favorite frequently banned or challenged book/author? I'm always a big fan of Robert Cormier and Judy Blume (she sure is showing up everywhere these days).

Also, are you keeping up with YA for Obama? Lots of interesting posts on there.


kristin said...

I only scored a 6, and frankly, I was kind of insulted by the computer scoring system, which basically told me that I'm horribly ignorant and basically responsible for censorship. Umm? Some of those questions were really obscure! And I don't think the ability to remember which farm animal sentence *wasn't* in Animal Farm has anything to do with my politics! I read that book like 20 years ago!

I'm a big fan of Ulysses, and, of course, Holden and Huck, 2 of the three big H's. AND Judy Blume, of course. I basically learned about sex from her -- I was a Catholic girl who needed her.

Haven't made time for YA for Obama -- maybe I'll go take a peek.

Amanda said...

i'm willing to bet most people (non-english major-type) couldn't get more than maybe one or two of those questions. some of them i really knew, but some i got on a guess. and yes, the computer scoring system is MEAN! 6 is a perfectly good score:)

Cassandra Mortmain said...

Yeah, I think the scoring system must be deliberately wry in its negativity. It WAS a hard test, and I scored an 11 (mostly through luck) and still did not get much in the way of congratulations.

I have been keeping track of YA for Obama, and I've loved what both John Green and Judy Blume have to say on the subject.

And my favorite challenged book (of 2007) is CLEARLY The Golden Compass. F'LOVE me some Pullman.

Also, can we discuss this list:

1. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

2. "The Chocolate War" by Robert Cormier

3. Alice series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

4. "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck

5. "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou

6. "Fallen Angels" by Walter Dean Myers

7. "It's Perfectly Normal" by Robie Harris

8. Scary Stories series by Alvin Schwartz

9. Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey

10. "Forever" by Judy Blume

....Scary Stories by Alvin Schwartz is the 8th most challenged book of the 21st Century? Srsly???? That book is SUPER FORMATIVE, and kind of aggressively unobjectionable. Like, what's so challenge-able about The Green Ribbon story???