Name the Banned Book Contest: Question 4
The Birmingham Public Library is conducting a trivia 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 at the end of the contest. Prizes include library totes, gift certificates to the Friends Bookstore, a Friends gift membership, and a Grand Prize drawing for a book bag or T-shirt of your choice from the Friends Bookstore. Winners will be posted on the blog Monday, October 8. Good luck!
Trivia Question 4: What book that features a boy with Asperger's syndrome is this passage from?
I rolled back onto the lawn and pressed my forehead to the ground again and made the noise that Father calls groaning. I make this noise when there is too much information coming into my head from the outside world. It is like when you are upset and you hold the radio against your ear and you tune it halfway between two stations so that all you get is white noise and then you turn the volume right up so that this is all can hear and then you know you are safe because you cannot hear anything else.
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Answer to yesterday's trivia question:
Push by Sapphire is a novel written in diary form in the voice of a 16-year-old illiterate, overweight African-American girl named Precious, who has given birth to one child by her father and is now pregnant with his second. She lives with her reclusive mother, who is verbally and physically abusive to Precious, and has been sexually abusive to her in the past. Precious is sent to an alternative school because of the pregnancy, and there she meets a dedicated teacher and fellow students who inspire her to learn to read and write and discover her self-worth.
Push was removed from middle school libraries in Horry County, South Carolina, because it contains profanity and sexual imagery deemed inappropriate for middle school-aged children. One concerned man at a school board meeting read excerpts from the novel and implored, "Where are the books about America and where are the good books that promote good family values?"