These 10 books were the bestsellers of September! Check them out on our shelves if you're local, and don't forget to check the authors out online as well! If you've read any of the books on this list, don't forget to leave a review!
1. Little Girl Mended by Niki Kraus
2. Thin Ice by Robin Young
3. Ben's Little Acorn by Barbara Lieberman
4. Pulling Petals by Becca Lee Poetry
5. The Last White Fairy by Roger Ewing Taylor
6. Methuselah by Ron Stieger
7. Calliope Jones and the Last World Diver by Haylie Machado Hansen
9. The Unexpected Rainy Day by Hannah Shafiroff
Banned Book Week is kind of a holiday for the owners of Pipe & Thimble Bookstore and Publishing Co. The Pipe of Pipe & Thimble, Barbara's father, Richard, was of the philosophy, "Read everything." This was a philosophy Barbara extended to her own children, and can be a reason why both Ben and Ellie's own work can be seen as just as controversial as their mother's at times. It is also a contributing reason to why Ellie can often be heard saying, "Banned books is my favorite genre."
Banned Book Week is coming to a close and we've asked our authors if they thought their books would be banned. We received a variety of responses from Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Some, like Conor Walsh, author of Little Glass Men, felt that his current book would not be, but he's pretty sure the book he's working on now would. Others, like Chip Davis, "write as though my sainted grandmother will read it and act accordingly." (Squirrel Bait, compared to Trail of the Raven, Haiti, might be a different story, as a reader pointed out!) There were some, like Richard Paolinelli, who said while the content might not be what gets his books banned, his political views as the author could be a cause for some to ban his work.
Here are the books authors said would be banned and why:
According to Laurencia Hoffman, author of A Wish for Rembrance, No Love Lost, and Life and Death, though she write a variety of fiction, it's possible all her books could be banned. The reason: "I talk about difficult issues, there's always violence and swearing, sometimes sex."
Joanie Chevelier said, "Mine, Heads Will Roll, is radical and modern thinking! Head transplants!? Wowza!"
Ellie Lieberman did not hesitate to claim her books at banned. Her book, Society's Foundlings, has been called "a modern day Outsiders." She explained that because of this, her YA book would probably be banned for similar reasons, including, profanity, smoking, violence, all the characters essentially coming from broken homes, and probably some other controversial topics that adults might feel are unsuitable or inappropriate for young adults, such as abuse or financial issues, gun violence, poverty or suicide. She went on to add, "Oh, and religious views. That whole conversation about what happens when we die would probably be considered a big no-no by some people, especially with that one joke at the end."
Barbara Lieberman would assume the two first books in her McEwen Family Series would be could be banned for several reasons. These would include violence, attempted rape, racial themes, implied sex, alternative lifestyles, and unpopular religious views.
According to Jena Baxter, "Veiled Memories could be banned. The other two [Reflections and The Carriage], for the most part, are mild with sexual innuendo and some violence. Veiled Memories has what looks like a terrorist attack, sex and violence. It, also, has an 'almost' rape scene which I've been told is considered unacceptable with traditional publishers.
Last but not least, Evangeline Duran Fuentes, shares, "I believe some of my books would be banned. I write about difficult issues that children have to face, ie. Death, discrimination, bullying, etc. Also, I introduce children and young adults to paranormal legends. These are challenges that kids face everyday, get I'm sure that some adults, somewhere would object to the subject matter."
Celebrate your freedom to read with controversial and banned books! Support indie authors as you do so, with books that could be banned. Often time, as Jena Baxter pointed out, indie books have the freedom to tackle difficult issues that traditional publishers might shy away from. And, remember, "Read everything!"
These 10 books were the bestsellers of August! Check them out on our shelves if you're local, and don't forget to check the authors out online as well! If you've read any of the books on this list, don't forget to leave a review!
1. The Adventures of Duke and Daisy by Robin Nieto and Logan Nieto
2. Shut the F*ck Up or Else You'll Get Fired by Cristina Perelman
3. The Peacocks of Palos Verdes by Mary Jo Hazard
4. Why Does The Moon Follow Me? by Barbara Lieberman
5. The Heretic's Child by Nyasia Maire
6. Sam and the Secrets of the Universe by J.P. Cawood
7. Assante's Gullah Journey by S.A. Gibson
8. Collide by Christine Fonseca
9. Friends Across the Border by Evangeline Duran Fuentes
10. Poetry Pieces by DSTL Arts
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