Every year the American Library Association publishes a list of books that were challenged by people and organizations who wanted those books banned from schools and libraries. This year, independent bookstores throughout California who are members of the California Independent Bookstore Association (CALIBA) challenge you to a Banned Books Week contest! Anyone who answers all challenges correctly will be entered to win a drawing for a $100 gift card from their favorite participating California independent bookstore. Some bookstores are doing this challenge on Instagram, others through their web sites, and some are doing both!
So, ready for the challenge from the team at BookSmart? Below is an excerpt from a book that was challenged somewhere in America. Your challenge is to name the book and share why you think it should NOT be banned. After you respond to this challenge you'll find a list at the bottom of this page with links to all the other participating stores. So, ready for the challenge from the team at BookSmart?
“How can we live without our lives? How will we know it's us without our past?”
We yearned for the future. How did we learn it, that talent for insatiability? It was in the air; and it was still in the air, an afterthought, as we tried to sleep, in the army cots that had been set up in rows, with spaces between so we could not talk. We had flannelette sheets, like children's, and army-issue blankets, old ones that still said U.S. We folded our clothes neatly and laid them on the stools at the ends of the beds. The lights were turned down but not out. Aunt Sara and Aunt Elizabeth patrolled; they had electric cattle prods slung on thongs from their leather belts.