Banned Book Week Hop/Giveaway: Day Four
Hey! Welcome back! It's day four of the Banned Book Week hop hosted by the lovely ladies at I Read Banned Books and I'm A Reader, Not A Writer. To find more blogs participating click on the names of the blogs.
Today's book is one of my favorite and completly changed me when I read it in middle school forever ago. It's Lois Lowry's The Giver.
Jonas's world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.
The case against it in Denver:
In the Denver-area case, Mark S. Hanson argued the book, read aloud in his 11-year-old daughter's class, was dangerous because of its portrayal of suicide, euthanasia and infanticide in a neutral to positive light.
He thought that was especially bad in a state with the nation's fifth-highest suicide rate and in the same school district as Columbine High School. Although parents are required to be notified when controversial materials are used in classrooms, Hanson said he was not notified about The Giver because it was approved in 1994.
"A lot has changed in our community and some things should be re-evaluated," Hanson said.
He read the book after his daughter told him about the chapter in which the twin boy is killed. He said his daughter was upset, but he declined to discuss details.
In the book, Jonas is upset when he discovers infanticide. But Hanson does not think other examples in the book are as clear-cut, including the ending when Jonas saves a baby and rides off into a snowstorm without warm clothes.
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