Saturday, October 02, 2010

Banned Books Week, Day 8

What? you may ask. Banned Books Week is more than seven days? Yes, but only by one day. It's a big enough topic that it can handle an extra day. So here it is, the final banned book that I plan to highlight this year. But there are plenty of others, so feel free to take a look at the ALA's lists of frequently challenged books and read something that someone else thinks you shouldn't. You can do this any time of the year.

Kurt Cobain by Michael Martin (Capstone Press). Removed from all elementary and middle Farmington, Minn. school libraries (2009) because the book was "very dark and violent and made references to the use of Ritalin as being a precursor to the use of illicit drugs. It also covered topics such as mental illness and suicide." Er, how else are you going to tell Cobain's life story?