Celebrate your freedom to read this week! Visit the official Banned Books Week website and the ALA website to learn more about banned & challenged books.
Check out the map to see where books have been challegned and banned during the past couple of years. Do you know of a book challenge that hasn’t been included on the map? Tell us about it!
Also, be sure to read the poem “Manifesto” by Ellen Hopkins. You may have read her work before, she’s written several popular books including Crank & Glass, both of which were recently challenged at a school library in Norman, OK.
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Actor Josh Hutcherson has been chosen as the official spokesperson for Teen Read Week 2008. 15-year old Josh has appeared in many movies, including Journey to the Center of the Earth and Bridge to Terabithia. He recently finished filming Cirque du Freak, based on the series by Darren Shan. Here’s a brief excerpt from a recent interview:How has reading helped you become a movie star?
Well, I have to read a lot of scripts first of all. Also, reading helps you learn about the type of character that you are going to play. For example, if you are going to play a role of someone who lived in the 18th century, you have to read about life back then in order to understand your character.
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