Friday, October 05, 2012

Name the Banned Book Contest: Question 5

American flag made up of banned books
The Birmingham Public Library is conducting a contest to celebrate Banned Books Week, September 30-October 6. Check the BPL blog every day during Banned Books Week and guess the passage from a book that was banned in America. If you guess correctly, your name will go in a drawing for prizes and the winners will be announced on the blog Monday, October 8. Prizes include library totes, gift certificates to the Friends Bookstore, a Friends gift membership, and a drawing for a book bag or T-shirt of your choice from the Friends Bookstore. Good luck! (The contest is not open to BPL employees.)

Question 5: What children's book about a family during the westward expansion is this passage from? 

She said she hoped to goodness they would have no trouble with Indians. Mr. Scott had heard rumors of trouble. She said, "Land knows, they'd never do anything with this country themselves. All they do is roam around over it like wild animals. Treaties or not treaties, the land belongs to folks that'll farm it. That's only common sense and justice." She didn't know why the government made treaties with Indians. The only good Indian was a dead Indian.

Post your answer in the comments section. Comments will not appear online until the next morning when the answer is revealed.

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Answer to yesterday's trivia question:

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon is the story of a 15-year-old autistic British boy named Christopher Boone who discovers a neighbor's poodle impaled with a pitchfork. Christopher, a fan of Sherlock Holmes mysteries, decides to find out whodunit. Embarking on the adventure is more difficult for Christopher because he doesn't like to be touched, doesn't like loud noises, doesn't like crowds, and is literal-minded to the point that he has trouble deciphering people's speech. The book has been adapted for the stage.

Although Haddon doesn't come out and say that Christopher has Asperger's, many of his eccentricities mimic symptoms of the condition. One of the best books I've read about Asperger's syndrome is Look Me in the Eye by John Elder Robison. 

After a complaint from one parent about the number of F-words in Curious, it was removed from the 10th grade college prep English class in the Olentangy school district in Lewis Center, Ohio. It, along with The Lovely Bones, was removed from the list even though neither book was required reading.

4 comments:

Jayne Schrimsher said...

Little House On The Prairie

Debbie said...

"Little House on the Prairie" by Laura Ingalls Wilder

JennSomerset said...

Little House On the Prairie

Tressa said...

Yep, Little House on the Prairie. I was involved in an ongoing discussion at Goodreads years ago about the racism toward Native Americans in LHOTP. Some members refused to let their children read the series. That made me sad because the good outweighs the bad in all those books. I am of the opinion that books like these make great teaching moments if you don't agree with something in them.

Thanks for playing, ladies. Will add your names to the drawing.