1) Thanks to BlueHerald for providing a link to this great, old Onion story:
Nation’s Teens Disappointed By Banned Books (note: it’s naughty and should probably be banned.)
2) Don’t ban Huck Finn, but do ban Tom Sawyer Abroad.*
3) The Chocolate War** shouldn’t be taught to a entire class of kids at the same time. It’s a disturbing book that by its nature must be gotten through as an individual experience. Otherwise you risk a Monty Python-type scene of the entire class saying in unison, “I’m an individual. I will take the road not taken. I will eat a peach.”
*Just kidding. But it’s a shame that some kids (like myself) have been forced to read it. Actually, they probably shouldn’t be forced to read Huck Finn either.
** I was a big Cormier fan when I was a kid, but now I wonder if the dude didn’t wallow in the dark side a bit much. This book for instance sets kids up to look at high school as me vs. everyone else, when in truth it’s not usually quite so bad. In real life, no student really cares if another student sells chocolate or not. (My apologies if I’ve harped on this before.)