In honor of Banned Books Week, we at Teen Lit Rocks want to celebrate books and the freedom to choose what you want to read. As it states on the American Library Association’s website, “Intellectual freedom—the freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular—provides the foundation for Banned Books Week.”
We agree with this premise and so, as our first giveaway, we would like to give away one of the books that is actually on the banned books list.
It is surprising to see both the number of books and also how many of them are classics. When Sandie and I decided to do this giveaway, we wanted to select a book that has meant a lot to both of us, so, it came down to two books and the winner can choose between them.
The first book is “The Diary of Anne Frank.” Yes, believe it; “The Diary of Anne Frank” is on the banned books list. My chin dropped to the floor. There is no other book that has been more powerful in portraying the effect of the Holocaust on a young teenage girl. How many of us were inspired to keep diaries because of her? How many of us felt the injustice, the pain, and the horror of the Holocaust because of her words? Even if you’ve already read, take this opportunity to reread it and remember once again, the power of words. Even those of a young teenage girl who never knew that the whole world would one day read them.
The second book is “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, and we will give away the first book, “The Fellowship of the Ring.” I was never a fantasy reader, but when I was in college my older brother was very excited about these books and couldn’t stop talking about them. Since he was NOT an avid reader, I figured I should give them a chance. I was immediately hooked. Even if you don’t like fantasy, give these books a chance. You will enter Middle Earth and never want to leave. You will laugh and cry with Elves, Hobbits, Wizards, dwarves and men. These books impacted me in a way I never imagined. I probably wouldn’t have read the Harry Potter books if not for The Lord of the Rings. My entire family got swept up with Middle Earth and we loved the movies. We are now anticipating The Hobbit movie. So first read these books and you’ll find out why I am perplexed that anyone would want to ban them. Actually I am perplexed at why anyone would want to ban any book.
Celebrate intellectual freedom and sign up for our first giveaway. Here’s how to enter (deadline is 11:59PM on Oct. 1):
1. Comment (don’t forget your email!) with your own favorite Banned Book
2. For an extra entry, follow us on Twitter and come back and let us know your Twitter handle
The winner will have his choice of either book. We can only ship to U.S. addresses at this time.