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Censorship Causes Blindness: Read! Celebrate Banned Books Week, not by reading one but by checking out one of these titles about what happens when the culture of censorship reigns supreme.


Places I Never Meant to Be : Original Stories by Censored Writers
Places I Never Meant to Be : Original Stories by Censored Writers

A collection of short stories accompanied by short essays on censorship by twelve authors whose works have been challenged in the past.


Fahrenheit 451
Fahrenheit 451

Imagine a world where firemen start fires, instead of putting them out -- and every fire gets up to 451 degrees, the temperature at which books paper burns...


The Sledding Hill
The Sledding Hill

Billy Bartholomew is dead, but that won't stop him from helping his best friend stand up to a conservative minister who is orchestrating a censorship challenge.


The Loud Silence of Francine Green
The Loud Silence of Francine Green

When her outspoken friend Sophie is kicked out of school for painting "There is no free speech here" on the gymnasium floor, eighth-grader Francine begins to learn what censorship is all about.


The Silenced
The Silenced

Marena remembers a better time: a time before her parents were murdered, a time when she was allowed to read and write, a time before the world was silenced.


Little Brother
Little Brother

Swept off the streets after a terrorist attack and interrogated for days, Marcus can't help but be relieved when he's finally released -- until he realizes that his beloved San Francisco is rapidly becoming a police state, and no ones thoughts are safe.


Truancy
Truancy

The educational system is used to control the citizens, and fifteen-year-old Tack wants to shake things up. But will he join the renegade Truants, despite their having caused a loved-one's death?


Fly by Night
Fly by Night

Taught to read by her scholar father, orphaned book lover Mosca Mye is an anomaly in a culture where literature is highly suspect and tightly controlled.


Voices
Voices

Young Memer takes on a pivotal role in freeing her war-torn homeland from its oppressive captors.


V for Vendetta
V for Vendetta

In an alternate future in which Germany wins WWII and Britain becomes a fascist state, a vigilante named "V" stalks the streets of London trying to free England of its ideological chains.


How to Get Suspended and Influence People: a Novel
How to Get Suspended and Influence People: a Novel

Gifted eighth-grader Leon Harris becomes an instant celebrity when the film he makes for a class project sends him to in-school suspension.


The Book Thief
The Book Thief

Narrated by Death himself, this is the tale of Liesel Meminger, a girl who secretly rescues books from destruction at the hands of the Nazis. Liesel also harbors another secret: her family is hiding a Jewish prize fighter in the basement, an offense punishable by death.