In Honor of Banned Books Week (September 25, 2010-October 2, 2010) I am holding my very first blog contest! Are you shivering with anticipation or what?
Let's get down to the nitty-gritty.
I have three (count them, 3!) banned or challenged books to give away this week, but it only takes one entry to win.
SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson
Well, we should all know why this one was challenged. If not, please see either of my blog posts (here and here) relating to the recent controversy.
LOOKING FOR ALASKA by John Green
Challenged in 2008 for sexually explicit situations. I've also heard complaints about the teenage characters' use of "bad" language, cigarettes and alcohol.
DEENIE by Judy Blume
Challenged in 2004 and 2005 for passages that deal frankly with masturbation.
(Note: My copy is NOT new. It's got the cover seen to the left and was already old when I obtained it lo those many years ago. Original copyright 1972)
1. To enter, become a follower on the blog, and make a comment on this blog entry. Bonus points if you Tweet or Facebook about it. Just tell me in your comment.
Here's the twist: In the comments, please tell me if you plan to share this banned book with anyone. You could lend to a friend, donate to your library, leave it in the dressing room at a clothing store--the possibilities are endless. Be creative, and be sure to tell me about it.
You can still win, even if you plan to keep the book. Just lend it to a friend, okay?
2. On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, I will use go through the entries to look for the best ideas (Hey, it's my blog, I get to be the judge.) The top five will go into a randomizer and the winner will be notified.
3. Wednesday's winner gets to choose from the three books available, Thursday's chooses from the remaining two, and Friday's gets whatever is left.
4. Oh, and I'm not rich, so let's restrict winners to the U.S. and Canada, please!
So, tweet it, blog it, Facebook it--spread the word. Books for free. All you need is a mailing address and some creativity.
Have fun. Even if you don't enter, please read a challenged book this week. It's good for the soul.