Sunday, 27 September 2015

Celebrate the Freedom to Read with C. Lee McKenzie #bannedbooksweek

September 27th - October 3rd

It's BANNED BOOKS WEEK and we're recognizing this important week with BANNED BOOK features from our authors.

Please welcome C. Lee McKenzie, Evernight Teen author of SUDDEN SECRETS and DOUBLE NEGATIVE.

I love that the last week in September is “Banned Book Week.” And that doesn’t mean it’s time to ban books. No. It means that it’s time to find out why Book Banning happens.  

For me, it seems the question is should book banning happen at all. When I was a young reader, I wasn't aware that some books "shouldn't" be read. Nobody told me what was "bad" or what was "good." Later I discovered that I'd read a lot of banned books. As some who know me would point out, that's probably why I'm the way I am. Here are some of the books that warped me when I was a impressionable, vulnerable youth.

  • Catcher in the Rye (Sex from the male POV)
  • Heart of Darkness (Cannibalism?)
  • Peyton Place (Whahoo! Spicy)
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Lots of tea drinking in this one and some insidious croquet.)
  • Fahrenheit 451 (Book Banning to the max.)
  • The Invisible Man (A black man's struggle in America. We should never read about that.)
  • The Diary of Anne Frank (This one made me cry, so I was made aware of a terribly cruel world out there.)

So back the to question. Should books be banned? Well, if they should, then what follows is my all time favorite list of reasons. This list comes from a post by Amy Thibodeau. I’ve included it here, and added the link below if you want to see the original. 

The Top Ten Ludicrous Reasons Ban A Book

“Encourages children to break dishes so they won’t have to dry them.” (A Light in the Attic, by Shel Silverstien)

“It caused a wave of rapes.” (Arabian Nights, or One Thousand and One Nights)

“If there is a possibility that something might be controversial, then why not eliminate it?” (Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, by Dee Brown)

“Tarzan was ‘living in sin’ with Jane.” (Tarzan, by Edgar Rice Burroughs)

“It is a real ‘downer.’” (Diary of Anne Frank, by Anne Frank)

“The basket carried by Little Red Riding Hood contained a bottle of wine, which condones the use of alcohol.” (Little Red Riding Hood, by Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm K. Grimm)

“One bunny is white and the other is black and this ‘brainwashes’ readers into accepting miscegenation.” (The Rabbit’s Wedding, by Garth Williams)

“It is a religious book and public funds should not be used to purchase religious books.” (Evangelical Commentary on the Bible, by Walter A. Elwell, ed.)

“A female dog is called a bitch.” (My Friend Flicka, by Mary O’Hara)

What books have you read that have been banned? What did you think about their being banned after reading them? Should book banning be banned?

About the author:

C. Lee McKenzie is a native Californian who grew up in a lot of different places; then landed in the Santa Cruz Mountains where she lives with her family and miscellaneous pets—usually strays that find her rather than the other way around. She writes most of the time, gardens and hikes and does yoga a lot, and then travels whenever she can. Her favorite destinations are Turkey and Nicaragua, but because she had family in England, Switzerland, and Spain she goes there when she can. 
She takes on modern issues that today's teens face in their daily lives. Her first young adult novel, Sliding on the Edge, which dealt with cutting and suicide was published in 2009. Her second, titled The Princess of Las Pulgas, dealing with a family who loses everything and must rebuild their lives came out in 2010. She just published her first middle grade novel titled Alligators Overhead.
C. Lee McKenzie is the author of Sudden Secrets and Double Negative.
Find C. Lee here:


  1. Those are some truly weird reasons to ban books! Great post.

    1. I loved them because they point out just how ridiculous the concept of banning books is.

    2. This comment has been removed by the author.