September 22-28 is Banned Books Week!
Have you read a banned book this week?
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Tumblrarians, this is not to be missed! Alexie’s National Book Award-winning young adult novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is one of the ten most frequently challenged books.
The author himself defended the novel’s more mature themes in a 2011 Wall Street Journal essay, saying he didn’t write to protect the readers. "It’s far too late for that," Alexie explained. “I write to give them weapons — in the form of words and ideas — that will help them fight their monsters.”
I’m sure you hear about the impact True Diary has on kids all the time. What story has left the most lasting impression on you? The big moment for me was when I gave a reading in Spokane in 2009, and eight or nine Chicano boys drove up with their teacher from Ephrata, WA, which has a heavily migrant worker population. These Chicano boys were so into the book—and they were all wearing ties—and they told me that they had decided to put on ties to show respect to me and the book. Their excitement was amazing, and all of them said it was the first book they’d ever finished. What made the book so special? It was the first book they ever read that felt real.