Welcome to Maisie's Banned Book Club
For ages 10 to 18
What is the Banned Book Club?
This Banned Book Club is a teen-led program focused on reading and learning from books that are banned in school districts across the United States. Spearheaded by our delightful book junkie, Maisie, a sophomore in Westchester County, New York, The Bittermelon is excited to welcome fellow youth across the country on a journey exploring tough realities and thoughts that we might have never considered!
Check out the upcoming book selection below or by clicking here.
Why Banned Books?
Books are often banned because they contain subject material that is deemed to be inappropriate, even though many teenagers today go through similar issues. These books can be very controversial, but they are harsh truths that teens need to know. Furthermore, book banning disproportionately affects authors who are minorities, making it harder for teens of ethnic minorities to access books that can teach them the knowledge to deal with touching issues.
When will the Club meet?
Maisie's Banned Book Club kicks off on Sunday, January 8th from 4:30PM to 5:30 PM via Zoom! We will meet every other Sunday at that time after that. Zoom link will be sent by email the day before our kickoff.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
by Sherman Alexie
"I chose this book because indigenous people, who lived on this land for thousands of years, are now a marginalized group in the US, and this book tells the story of an indigenous teenager needing to assimilate to American culture. I think it is important to understand the perspectives of indigenous people in the land we now call America." - Maisie
Since its publication in 2007, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian has been the source of much controversy, becoming ALA's most challenged book from 2000 to 2009. This book has been banned in schools across America for its depiction of sexuality, violence, profanity and slurs relating to homosexuality and mental disability. In 2018, rumors began surfacing regarding Sherman Alexie's sexual misconduct towards women authors, adding to the controversy of his career and his works.