“But it's not just the books under fire now that worry me. It is the books that will never be written. The books that will never be read. And all due to the fear of censorship. As always, young readers will be the real losers.”—Judy Blume
The Lovely Bones is a coming of age story narrated by a young girl who is watching her family, friends and community cope with the aftermath of her murder. 14 year old Susie Salmon was brutally raped, murdered and then dismembered and stuffed in a safe which was then dropped in a sinkhole. In the weeks, months and years that follow she watches from her personal heaven the devastating impact of her loss upon her parents, siblings, grandmother, close friends, classmates, teachers, neighbors and the detective who headed the investigation. Each of these must internalize the meaning of what happened to Susie for themselves, must learn to move through the grief and find a way to say Yes! to life again. Read more...
For the reviews I'm reposting for BBW this week I'm going to use the excerpt with link to original post so that discussion in comments, if any, can be kept in one place.
Here are a few bookish events going on for BBW:
|Hosted by Bookjourney|
Get on the BANNED WAGON!
Giveaways, a scavenger hunt and links to participating blog's BBW reviews are some of what's happening at Sheila's BookJourney this week. Along with her own reviews of banned or challenged books and of course her daily Morning Meanerings post.
|Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop|
Banned Books Week Hop
Giveaways galore and lots of participating blog's to visit and comment on.
|Banned Book Week Virtual Read Out|
Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out
The annual BBW readout traditionally conducted in public at bookstores and libraries where individuals read aloud form a banned book has now gone digital. Now you can video record yourself reading a banned book and upload to a YouTube channel