Sunday, September 25, 2016

Banned Books Week Giveaway!

I can't believe it's banned books week again! 
In honor of Banned Books Week, I am giving away my trio of Phantom books to a random commenter (to be chosen by Random.org). The winner may choose the format: digital, paperback, or audio (GREAT NARRATION ON THIS SERIES, just sayin') 
BE SURE TO LEAVE ME YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS SO I CAN NOTIFY YOU IF YOU WIN! (Giveaway ends Oct. 2, 2016)
GOOD LUCK now GO OUT AND READ A BANNED BOOK JUST FOR FUN!


Stevie-girl and the Phantom Pilot http://ow.ly/rkYrw
Book Two Phantom Student http://tinyurl.com/d47a8hs
Book Three Crybaby Bridge http://tinyurl.com/n7pusfw


I'll bet everyone is familiar with certain banned books like Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man about the horrors of racial discrimination, 

but did you know the chunky children's book Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See was once banned by the Texas Board of Education. Author Bill Martin Jr. happens to Texas Board of Ed because Bill Martin, Jr (the author) has the same name as a Marxist theorist and no one checked to see if they were the same person. Talk about oversight. Sheesh!

For another surprise, check this out. In 1987 the Anchorage, Alaska school board voted to ban the American Heritage Dictionary because of entries for slang words like "knocker," and "balls." I may be twisted, but I think that's funny. As if any self-respecting teen would check out the dictionary to learn new slang.

Those are only a few of the strange reasons books get banned, and while my Phantom series hasn't been banned--to my knowledge--it did have several religious references cut by the publisher. I've restored some of those references in the first book, but not all. 
Afterthought: Censorship comes in many forms.

45 comments:

  1. There are so many books on the banned list that I can't figure out why they are there!! Many of them I was made to read in school for projects and it did no damage to me!! At least I don't think it did!!!!!ha

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    1. Right! Just like the Brown Bear banning, some were banned by mistake! LOL

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  2. HOW AWFUL TO BAN BOOKS EXCEPT PORN AND CHILD PORN!!! GOOD LUCK ALL

    lindarb49@hotmail.com

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  3. I open wonder how they can ban anything in the US. Are we not supposed to be the land of free speech, etc. among other things. They ban stupid things and let really obscene things be printed. Will never understand it.

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    1. You're right, Julie. It's very arbitrary!

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  4. Reading about Banned Books always makes me sad. Course it also makes me want to go out & buy those books. :) Thanks for the giveaway.
    turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Jana. Good luck in the giveaway (I wish I had time to read all the banned books, LOL).

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  5. I thought free speech would prevent banned books. I guess there are always exceptions.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Yes, I think most of the banning is done by school districts for various reasons, or so it seems.

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  6. I thought free speech would prevent banned books. I guess there are always exceptions.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. because this is public I'll pm you my email if I win.

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  8. I have always had preferred books that are banned. Lady Chatterly's Lover is one of my favorites. So many were required reading when we were younger. chelle_ferrari@yahoo.com

    Thank you

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Michelle. I remember my big sister reading LCL when we were younger!

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  9. Love to win the print set! Labyrd@msn.com

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  10. i would love to win them in print ( if international can) thank you a lot
    isabelle(dot)frisch(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. Doing this for shits and giggles. And banning a book for what ever reason is like running a giveaway where winners are pre-determined and some entries are ignored ๐Ÿ˜ž

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    1. Hmmm, so what exactly are you trying to say?

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  12. Oops....here is my email so you can let me know I lost. brianplane57 at yahoo dot com

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  13. I would enjoy reading your books.
    JFWisherd(at)aol(dot)com

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  14. I enjoyed your first book in the series and would be thrilled to win all of them! Thanks so much.
    laurathomas61(at)att(dot)net

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  15. I've been reading all my life thanks to my mom and it bothers me as a reader that anyone would ban books. It's just so wrong in my opinion. njp42474@gmail.com

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    1. Me, too. And my Mom never banned anything!

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  16. I saw that my favorite middle grade novel Maniac Maher is on the list. We should be able to read what we want. dhammelef at Yahoo dot com

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    1. I'll have to look that one up. I'm not familiar with it. Best of luck in the giveaway.

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  17. Hearing that a book is banned only makes me more likely to want to read it. Curiosity I guess.


    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  18. Thanks for the opportunity to win a book from the banned list. I was unaware there was a banned list. I thought that only Nazis banned books. Of course, they burned them too. Although I recall when people burned The Beatles' albums in the 60s.

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  19. I guess my whole take on banning books is that it is stupid. If you don't want to read it, don't read it, But don't waste my time by telling me or otherwise trying to prevent me from reading it. You do not get to define my tastes for me.

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  20. It's amazing to me how many books get banned. It's a pretty sad state of affairs, to be honest!

    I'd love the audio edition, if I win. vipersweb@gmail.com thanks for participating in the hop!

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  21. I love banned books! As a school librarian, I promote this week and am so happy to see the surprise on children's faces when they realize that there are folks out there who want to control what others read! and then they are soooo happy to hear that our library actually CONTAINS banned books!

    elizcoble@gmail.com

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    1. I love hearing that. School libraries (and all libraries) have always been my favorite places, aside from swimming pools that is...

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