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.