Texas and the Challenged Book

I just finished reading 2 more challenged books for #bannedbooksweek which is officially this week. Coincidentally, both seemed to have only been challenged in Texas. Those Texans sure can be difficult, can’t they? (I say that as a Texan who hasn’t lived there since 1984.)

I’ll be nice here… **NO SPOILERS** IN THIS POST.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

This book, by Mark Haddon, is wonderful! It has been around since 2003, so it’s not exactly new, but it was new to me. Haddon’s debut novel, The Curious Incident, is a mystery novel. Christopher Boone, a 15 year old mathematician with some behavioral issues, finds a murdered dog (not a spoiler, have you seen the cover?) and sets off doing some “detecting” to find out whodunit. Challenges and revelations abound for Christopher.

Challenges for the book itself? Well, some folks in Galveston and Bryan, Texas (on separate occasions) did not like that there was some use (limited) of the F-word and Christopher does not believe in God or the afterlife.

I find people confusing.

~Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

I have nothing to say about this as I found nothing objectionable and plenty to talk about in this book ranging from Christopher’s schooling, his parents, lying, and of course the dog. I highly recommend reading it.

The Curious Incident has also been adapted into a play which has appeared in London and on Broadway.

Drama

Drama, by Raina Telgemeier, is a graphic novel that was published in 2012. I am new to the world of graphic novels and I really enjoyed this one. One perk of the graphic novel is how fast you can read one. Set in a middle school drama department about 7th and 8th grade students putting on a musical, this is a sweet coming-of-age story about girls and boys figuring out who they are and what is important to them.

The Texans were back at it in the challenge department, claiming that Drama is sexually explicit. Yes, there are homosexual themes, and one kiss, but I would hardly call it explicit. Yet this book was banned in an elementary school in Mt. Pleasant, Texas and one in New Braunfels.

Go figure.

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