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Banned Books Week 2021: Play the BBW Trivia Contest

A guide to links and Banned Books Week resources on the web and home to the world famous UST Banned Book Trivia contest!

Ridiculous Reason for Banning a Book

Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown

Removed in Wild Rose, Wisconsin in 1974 by a district administrator because the book was 'slanted' and 'if there's a possibility that something might be controversial, then why not eliminate it.'

Daily Banned Books Week Trivia Contest - The Fine Print

 Welcome to the contest of Banned Books Week Trivia

 

One question will be posted per day during Banned Books Week.  Send guesses to andrea.koeppe@stthomas.edu before 7 PM and one winner will be randomly selected from the pool of correct answers.  The name of the previous day's winner along with the answer will be posted on this page.

Question for Friday, October 1st

 

 

This highly acclaimed graphic novel about a middle school play hardly seems to be the type of book to be the target of challenges, but a storyline that involved a crush between two male friends of the main character Callie set off challenges in middle schools and landed this book on the ALA list of Top 10 Most Challenged books in 2018, and 2019.  

Today's answer: Drama (get it?)

Today's winner: Tom Kreuger.  Congratulations Tom!

 

Question for Thursday, September 30th

 

This debut novel published in 1970 by a woman who has gone on to become an award winning author, essayist, book editor, and college professor, is a story of an eleven-year-old African American girl who is convinced that she is ugly and believes that if she had lighter skin and blue eyes it would change her lot in life.  It has also ended up on ALA's list of Top 10 Challenged Books many times, including in 2020.  Some reason cited is that the book contains “sexually explicit material,” “lots of graphic descriptions and lots of disturbing language,” and “an underlying socialist-communist agenda.” 

Answer: The Bluest Eye

Today's winner: Kelly Reynolds.  Congratulations Kelly!

Question for Wednesday, September 29th

 

This brilliant skit is based on a classic novel, and high school English mainstay, published in 1937 that still made it on the list of the Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2020 due to complaints about 'profanity', 'morbid or depressing themes,' and the author's perceived 'anti-business attitude.'  

Answer:  Of Mice and Men

Tonight's winner: John Campbell  Congratulations John!

 

Question for Tuesday, September 28th

 

There is nothing wrong with disparaging puns, but having one in the title of a book does not justify an official challenge.  Nor should it matter that this book about two male bunnies who fall in love should be challenged, but that is exactly what happened.  It is on the list of the Top 10 most banned books of 2019 because of LGBTQIA+ content and for concerns that it is 'designed to pollute the morals of its readers.'  

Today's answer:  A Day in the Live of Marlon Brando

Today's winner:  Brad Suster.  Congratulations Brad!

Question for Monday, September 27th

 

This childrens book about the aftermath of a police shooting of a black man and the conversations about race it sparks within two families makes its debut on the Top 10 Most Challenged Books list for 2020 because of 'divisive language' and because it is thought to promote anti-police views.  

Answer:  Something happened in our town: A child's story about racial injustice.

Tonight's winner:  Shannon Butler.  Congratulations Shannon!

G. Willow Wilson - Mrs. Marvel