Warning! Danger! Please, whatever you do, don't read this powerful, well-written, Pulitzer Prize-winning example of classic literature that has sold millions of copies since it's publication in 1960. It includes racism, offensive language, and is unsuited for any age group. (Interested yet?)
According to the American Library Association, this novel took the 21st spot on the Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books from the years 2000-2009, making it high on the list of controversial material. (Intriguing, right?)
This novel was chosen for the "One Book, One Chicago" city-wide reading program in 2001, and has been taught in High School English classes for over 5 decades. Sounds like trouble! And I bet you can't wait to read it!
By now, I am sure you have guessed that I am referring to Harper Lee's popular novel "To Kill a Mockingbird".
While considered by many to be one of the greatest American novels of the 20th Century, this book continues to be challenged in schools and libraries all over the country due to its coverage of themes like racial justice, and the treatment of class differences. These are potent issues that can still promote discussion today. The topics sound heavy, but bottom line? It's just a great story.
So if you are interested in a stimulating, thought-provoking read, pick up a banned book today!