Thursday, September 23, 2010

Bloggers Speak Out: Book Swarm Giveaway

I'm speaking loudly by giving away four of the most frequently challenged books in the last four years, including the most recently challenged book, SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson. 

Five challenged books, five winners! Contest runs from today, Sept. 23-Oct. 3, 2010 and is open internationally.

2010: SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson Reasons for challenges: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language

2009: THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER by Stephen Chbosky Reasons for challenges: drugs, homosexuality, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit, suicide, and unsuited to age group

2008: TTYL by Lauren Myracle Reasons for challenges: Nudity, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group, Drugs 

2007: OLIVE'S OCEAN by Kevin Henkes Reasons for challenges: offensive language, sexually explicit

2006: ATHLETIC SHORTS by Chris Crutcher Reasons for challenges: homosexuality and offensive language


  1. I never realized there are so many books out there that get banned. It's such a shame.

  2. Hey there! Thanks for this international giveaway. I hardly ever get to participate in giveaways, since I don't live in the US. I'm here to say thank you for supporting Speak, which is one of my favorite books ever.

    Oh, and I didn't subscribe because my (currently inactive) blog is not hosted in blogpress, and it seems like my hosting site makes a point of not letting one subscribe to blogspot sites. I'm still adding you to my favorites bar, though. Thanks!

  3. Our biggest problem was censorship by theft. If people didn't feel someone should be reading a book, they would just steal it. Harry Potter and Charles Darwin suffered from this. Small libraries seldom have the money to buy books the first time, let alone replace them.

  4. I know, Jessy! I was looking at the lists on the ALA site of the challenged books and was absolutely amazed.

    Thanks for the info, Feryerith! And I'm excited about my first international contest. :)

    Wow, Librarypat. I never thought of that but, unfortunately, I can see censorship by theft as highly effective.

  5. I love to see so much support for reading banned books! Thanks for hosting.

  6. Hi. Great idea for a giveaway and wonderful way to support banned/challenged books.

    New follower.

    BookNoise at gmail dot com

  7. I don't follow because I have an easier time keeping things organized if I just use the bookmarks on my computer.

  8. I don't follow because I use this blogger account for school purposes. Also, like ikkinlala, I prefer to use bookmarks.

  9. Book banning drives me nuts! It makes me smile when the complaint actually creates more positive spin and sales for the book in question!

  10. I have not read these, thanks for the chance to win them!

  11. These look cool. I think ur blog is good enough already . kudos to trying constantly improving it though.