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LIST OF THE WEEK: TWENTY BANNED BOOKS
Celebrate your intellectual freedom. Read a banned book.

Learn more about each book here: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Looking for Alaska, I Hunt Killers, Eleanor & Park, Gossip Girl, The Hunger Games, TTYL, 13 Reasons Why, The Giver, Speak, Hold Still, Whale Talk, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Twenty Boy Summer, Boy Meets Boy, Living Dead Girl, Fallen Angels, Vampire Academy, The Supernaturalist, A Wrinkle In Time.

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these lists of books to read before you die that are full of classics are all well and good but what if you don’t like classics? and what about the ya ones that are just full of popular series? so this is an alternative list of ya books you should read before you die. thanks to everyone who contributed books; i’ve had to miss some off because i’ve got more than 100, so i’ll probably include them on a second list. (also, i’ve not actually read all these books. it’s a group effort)

  1. under the lights by dahlia adler
  2. the wrath and the dawn by renee ahdieh
  3. throne of the crescent moon by saladin ahmed
  4. simon vs the homo sapiens agenda by becky albertalli
  5. the absolutely true diary of a part time indian by sherman alexie
  6. last night i sang to the monster by benjamin alire sáenz
  7. aristotle and dante discover the secrets of the universe by benjamin alire sáenz
  8. mosquitoland by david arnold
  9. pure trilogy by julianna baggott
  10. the fixer by jennifer lynn barnes
  11. the last leaves falling by sarah benwell
  12. ashes trilogy by ilsa j bick
  13. the darkest part of the forest by holly black
  14. curse workers by holly black
  15. noughts and crosses by malorie blackman
  16. anna duology by kendare blake
  17. the princess and the captain by anne-laure bondoux
  18. the diviners by libba bray
  19. gemma doyle trilogy by libba bray
  20. fire and thorns by rae carson
  21. gallagher girls by ally carter
  22. heist society by ally carter
  23. graceling realm by kristin cashore
  24. a hero at the end of the world by erin claiborne
  25. artemis fowl by eoin colfer
  26. the miseducation of cameron post by emily m danforth
  27. i’ll meet you there by heather demetrios
  28. just listen by sarah dessen
  29. spiderwick chronicles by tony diterlizzi & holly black
  30. penryn and the end of days by susan ee
  31. engelsfors trilogy by sara b elfgren & mats strandberg
  32. fearsome dreamer by laure eve
  33. dragonfly by julia golding
  34. since you asked by maurine goo
  35. half life trilogy by sally green
  36. to all the boys i’ve loved before by jenny han
  37. burn for burn by jenny han
  38. saving june by hannah harrington
  39. the outsiders by s e hinton
  40. shades of london by maureen johnson
  41. shadowshaper by daniel josé older
  42. everybody sees the ants by a s king
  43. in honor by jessi kirby
  44. charm & strange by stephanie kuehn
  45. everything leads to you by nina lacour
  46. micah grey by laura lam
  47. momentum by saci lloyd
  48. huntress by malinda lo
  49. adaptation by malinda lo
  50. we were liars by e lockhart
  51. legend by marie lu
  52. the lost girl by sangu mandanna
  53. the lumatere chronicles by melina marchetta
  54. on the jellicoe road by melina marchetta
  55. wicked lovely by melissa marr
  56. since you’ve been gone by morgan matson
  57. yaqui delgado wants to kick your ass by meg medina
  58. the lunar chronicles by marissa meyer
  59. conquered earth by j barton mitchell
  60. if you find me by emily murdoch
  61. i’ll give you the sun by jandy nelson
  62. chaos walking by patrick ness
  63. a monster calls by patrick ness
  64. the summer of chasing mermaids by sarah ockler
  65. before i fall by lauren oliver
  66. wonder by r j palacio
  67. even in paradise by chelsey philpot
  68. his dark materials by philip pullman
  69. the demon’s lexicon by sarah rees brennan
  70. the lynburn legacy by sarah rees brennan
  71. slice of cherry by dia reeves
  72. falling kingdoms by morgan rhodes
  73. how i live now by meg rosoff
  74. bone gap by laura ruby
  75. the winner’s trilogy by marie rutkoski
  76. written in the stars by aisha saeed
  77. persepolis by marjane satrapi
  78. the archived by v e schwab
  79. between shades of grey by ruth sepetys
  80. the bone season by samantha shannon
  81. far from you by tess sharpe
  82. more happy than not by adam silvera
  83. jasper jones by craig silvey
  84. unwind dystology by neal shusterman
  85. grasshopper jungle by andrew smith
  86. the secrets of lily graves by sarah strohmeyer
  87. all the rage by courtney summers
  88. an ember in the ashes by sabaa tahir
  89. because you’ll never meet me by leah thomas
  90. my heart and other black holes by jasmine warga
  91. ms marvel by g willow wilson
  92. don’t touch by rachel m wilson
  93. brown girl dreaming by jacqueline woodson
  94. howl’s moving castle by dianna wynne jones
  95. dirty london by kelley york
  96. made of stars by kelley york
  97. how to save a life by sara zarr
  98. falling into place by amy zhang
  99. i am the messenger by markus zusak
  100. wolfe brothers by markus zusak
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LIST OF THE WEEK: TEN NATIVE AMERICAN PROTAGONISTS
We thought about what to put here, but these ten Native American protagonists speak for themselves. For more fun lists and all things YA lit, visit our website, follow us here and on Twitter, and subscribe to our weekly newsletter!

[EDIT] Thanks to Crystal Brunelle for pointing out that Dragon Castle has a Slovakian protaganist. Our bad! We’ve replaced it with The Lesser Blessed.

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High School Reading List

Back in May, the #weneeddiversebooks campaign lit a fire to fulfill the desperate need for diverse books in children’s literature. Behind the Book has always championed efforts to find diverse authors and protagonists that will appeal to students since we serve communities of color. For your enjoyment (and enrichment), we’ve created an epic list of diverse books to reflect the diversity in our city; here’s our list for high school students.

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Drown by Junot Diaz

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

The Chaos by Nalo Hopkinson

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

The Living by Matt De La Peña, a Behind the Book author

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin

The Pearl that Broke Its Shell: a Novel by Nadia Hashimi

Mare’s War by Tanita S. Davis

A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea by Dina Nayeri

The Book of Unknown Americans: a Novel by Cristina Henríquez

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah

Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal by Margarita Engle

Naughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman

The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeyemi

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(Click the following links to be directed to the Kindergarten, (early) Elementary and Middle Grade lists)

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“Banning books gives us silence when we need speech. It closes our ears when we need to listen. It makes us blind when we need sight.”
   ― 
Stephen Chbosky

You can do it.’ Do you understand how amazing it is to hear that from an adult? Do you understand how amazing it is to hear that from anybody? It’s one of the simplest sentences in the world, just four words, but they’re the four hugest words in the world when they’re put together.
You can do it.

I can do it.

Let’s do it.

Parent calls cops on teen for giving free books away at a free book giveaway

So, this happened: Someone called the cops on a teenager for giving away free books.

At—wait for it—a book giveaway event.

Just last week, we wrote about the difficulties Sherman Alexie’s acclaimed Young Adult novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, had faced during its four-year-run as one of the most banned books in the U.S.

Two weeks ago, parents in the Idaho school district of Meridian successfully campaigned to remove Alexie’s novel from its 10th-grade reading curriculum and additional reading lists.

Wednesday night, irate parents literally called the cops to the scene where Meridian teens were passing out free copies of Alexie’s novel. Boise news station KBOI reported that even the cops were baffled about why they’d been asked to police a book giveaway.

A National Book Award-winner, The Absolutely True Diary is a searing coming-of-age story about a Native American teenager who decides to attend an all-white high school outside of his reservation. It’s a powerful narrative about modern race relations in the U.S. But the Meridian school board sided with parents who objected to its alleged sexual and anti-Christian content, along with, as noted by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, other stuff:

[A]n adult named Lonnie Stiles complained that the Alexie novel contains language “we do not speak in our home.”

Apparently the adults who objected to the book weren’t thinking about the teens living on Idaho's five Native American reservations

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“Reservations were meant to be prisons, you know? Indians were supposed to move onto reservations and die. We were supposed to disappear. But somehow or another, Indians have forgotten that reservations were meant to be death camps.”

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian — Sherman Alexie

I hate this little town. It’s so small, too small. Everything about it is small. The people here have small ideas. Small dreams. They all want to marry each other and live here forever(…)
I want to leave as soon as I can. I think I was born with a suitcase.
—  Sherman Alexie
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MUST READ:

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

In honor of Sherman Alexie’s birthday today, October 7th, we have reviewed one of our favorites, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Alexie tells the story of an aspiring cartoonist and his journey and life growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determine to make it on his own, Junior leaves his school to attend an all-white farm town high school, where he is obviously the only ethnic person.

Funny, heartbreaking, thoughtful and beautifully written The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian tells a realistic and contemporary tale of a Native American boy who desires to break stereotypes and molds inside and outside his community. Alexie retells his life experiences through his art by pulling away from his tribe, breaking free and beatings all the odds.

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