Lauren Myracle: Beloved and Banned

Should This Woman’s Books Be Banned?

Author Lauren Myracle’s young-adult novels have topped the American Library Association’s list of books people want to ban. She tells Abigail Pesta what gets parents so riled.

Lauren Myracle, a New York Times bestselling author, knows how to make parents mad. A series of her young-adult novels has topped this year’s annual list of “Most Challenged Books,” released by the American Library Association. In other words, these are the books that receive the most complaints at libraries and schools—the books people want to ban.

The Hunger Games is on the list (No. 3), as is To Kill a Mockingbird (No. 10). The reasons range from “offensive language” to “racism,” according to the American Library Association. Myracle, who has been called a modern-day Judy Blume, is at No. 1 with her Internet Girls series—three books written entirely in “instant-messaging” language. The books’ titles: ttylttfn, and l8r, g8r. (Translation: Talk to Ya LaterTa Ta for Now, and Later, Gator.) Critics say the books, which focus on a trio of high-school friends, are sexually explicit and offensive.

Watch a video explaining about Myracle’s books at the source, here.  (Apologies, it wouldn’t embed correctly!)

Source: The Daily Beast + link has 10 Top Banned Books.

Epic Fail School! Epic Win Library!


Ooh, fun, book-banning! Once again, Kurt Vonnegut’s science fiction masterpieceSlaughterhouse-Five has been banned from Republic High School in Missouri. This is far from the first time the book has been banned, or burned; schools in the U.S. have frequently struck the book from the curriculum, and removed it from the libraries, and it solidly holds its place on the American Library Association’s list of “100 Most Challenged Books of 1990-1999.” When the Vonnegut memorial library heard about this particular one, however, they reached out to the students who would be deprived of reading the book, and are providing those students with free copies of the novel.

Mark this under “Rebellion that rocks.”

To the 150 students who were originally supposed to read the book, Vonnegut Library is offering them the opportunity to exercise their First Amendment rights, saying that all the students have to do is email them with their name, address, and grade level, and they will receive a copy of the book. This was their message:

We have up to 150 books to share, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor. We think it’s important for everyone to have their First Amendment rights. We’re not telling you to like the book… we just want you to read it and decide for yourself. We will not share your request or any of your personal information with anyone else.

Slaughterhouse-Five is a satirical novel that tells the story of Billy Pilgrim, World War II experiences, and his travels through time. It is generally reguarded as Vonnegut’s most popular and influential work. The School Board has publicly stated their reason for banning the book, saying that it creates “false conceptions of American history and government or that teach principles contrary to Biblical morality and truth.”

This is a book that contains so much profane language, it would make a sailor blush with shame. The “f word” is plastered on almost every other page. The content ranges from naked men and women in cages together so that others can watch them having sex to God telling people that they better not mess with his loser, bum of a son, named Jesus Christ.

Is it worth mentioning that it also dissipates the “false conception of American history” that we didn’t bomb civilian targets in World War II, though an essentially autobiographical retelling of Vonnegut’s survival of the bombing of Dresden while a prisoner of war? Or that it was one of the the first literary sources to acknowledge that gays and lesbians were shipped off to Nazi camps as well as other German scapegoats? Hmmm.


From TheMarySue blog.