Banned Books Week Hop And Giveaway

Today I'm post-poning the creature feature to take part in a very important blogfest honoring banned books. It was brought to my attention by the fantastic I Am A Reader Not A Writer blog.

Nearly every one of the great Ellen Hopkins's novels has been banned somewhere. She writes about things that challenge kids today, sex, drugs, prostitution, terrible things for sure, but things kids are dealing with whether we like it or not. Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak, about a girl who is raped, is banned in many places. Others may surprise you such as The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares, Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, The House of Night novels by P.C. Cast, The Golden Compass novels by Philip Pullman, and the Vampire Academy novels by Richelle Mead. There are so many more that it saddens me to go on. I've recently learned that my own novel, The Secret of Spruce Knoll, will not be carried in my most local bookstore because of an intense scene in it.

I understand parents reluctance to have their children read about certain subjects, and their desire to teach them about it themselves. But there are kids who don't have parents who can or will teach them and often the solace of books is the only place they can find answers to tough questions, feel a sense of connection, or understand they aren't alone, or that they have a choice. Banned books have helped me know I wasn't alone when I was a kid and I have no doubt they'll continue to help others.

In support of banned books week I'll be giving away the winner's choice of any one of the books pictured on the left (or any book by an author who has a book pictured below). The contest is open to followers of this blog and all you have to do to enter is leave a comment below. For extra points you can tweet or post on Facebook about the giveaway (+1), place a link on your sidebar (+2), or blog about the contest and link back to me (+2). This giveaway is open from September 24th~October 1st. Be sure to click on all the other links below and enter their giveaways as well!


  1. Heather, you have so many blogger friends! I'm going to spend all weekend meeting them all. Okay... between baby naps that is.

    What a great cause. I think that banned books is perfect for the Creature Feature because those people who ban books are creatures.

    We should have the right to read what we want, and protect our children. But to take away others rights, tell other parents what their kids should read, and or prevent the scary truth or reality, as dark as it may be, from being known and learned about... is awful.

    Am I'm being opinionated here? :) This is a great cause. Thank you for your support.

    Excellent post!

  2. The one things that always amazes me about banned books is that sometimes the banner hasn't even read the book!

    Thanks for the links! I'll be sure to spread the word on Twitter. :)

  3. When I have some more time, I'll check these other entries out. I can't believe that in the 21st century, this is still happening.

  4. Through no fault but my own, I missed signing up, if only to support efforts to stop this maddening mentality that thinks books should be banned. CNN starts a two-part series Sunday night about young girls being sold into prostitution. A blogger I follow tackled public sentiment for a gang who raped a girl for five hours in Nigeria (and videoed and posted much). I know parents here in the U.S. who turn a blind eye to sexting but explode about books in the library.

    Banning books is really bad!

    Thank you for this much-needed post!

  5. Such an important cause! Thank you so much for this post, and all the great links!

  6. Heather, you have so many blog friends. More than me and that is for sure! I wish you well, Roland

  7. Grrr...don't even get me started! What I really hate is when people speak out against or ban a book they haven't read!! :-)

  8. Thank you so much for supporting banned books everyone! I'm going to keep my responses to a minimum to free the comments up for entries. But just know that I appreciate each and every one of your comments and support. :)

  9. Great giveaway Heather. This is really going to be a fun giveaway hop.

  10. I really can't believe that, in the Information Age, books are still getting banned. It's infuriating when someone hears that a book might have something they don't think is "appropriate" in it, and immediately blacklists it without ever giving it a chance.

  11. gfc follower (Ruth)

  12. LOVE the banned books week - this is like my favorite time of year, not because they're censored (booo) but because we can draw attention to these books and support them!

    tweeted for extra entry:!/sophthewriter/status/117525223812759552

  13. Hi Heather,
    I love THE SECRET OF SPRUCE KNOLL I want to thank you Heather that you write real,this is what teens face today! <3u!

  14. Thanks for the giveaway!
    Sorry to hear that your book is being banned in some places.
    GFC follower Library Lady
    adsanders77 at gmail dot com

  15. I'm shocked that your book was banned from your bookstore. It's great and you should be proud of it.

    Tweeted here:!/Tina_Moss/status/117714013470732288

    Blogged about it here:

  16. thank you!! i'd love to read speak

    americangirlie1991 at yahoo dot com

  17. ooo, I'd love to read the golden compass book! :)

  18. I was surprised to see the books on the banned/challenged list. I saw some and i was like, why is that one here.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    Follower:Amy@Amy's Book World

    amys_book_world AT rock DOT com

  19. I've read or own many of the books on the list, including yours. I agree that a lot can be learned from these books. All the best!

  20. If only parents would take some bleedin' responsibility with their own children, books would NEVER need to be banned. It makes me so mad sometimes, because as another poster mentioned, most of the time, the people ranting about the books in question have never even read them >:(

    Thanks for the giveaway

    romanceaholic at gmail dot com

  21. I would love to win Perfect by Ellen Hopkins!

  22. What a great blog hop. It's amazing how many people try to censor what they don't understand.

  23. Hi Heather and all here,
    what a great idea to highlight Banned Book Week like this! I have a very wee post about it on my blog but the way you have got together with other bloggers and are making a noise is impressive! Look forward to reading new posts from you and maybe joining you and fellow bloggers next year on a the Banned Book Hop:)
    Marianne (in Scotland)

  24. GFC follower - Mary Ellen Thompson

    Thank you for the chance to win!

  25. Hi, Heather,

    Thanks for letting us know this information. I had busy with my blogfest to really look into it, but I will now.

    It's amazing to me that books are being banned in this day and age. IT is our God given right to write and believe what we want.

  26. Thanks for the giveaway!


  27. Thanks so very much for the giveaway! *hug*


  28. I've also tweeted about your giveaway here :!/creatingfantasy/status/118057967705796608


  29. The Secret of Spruce Knoll sounds fantastic. And I love the cover art too.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    GFC @ Jennifer

  30. Several of the books I would love to win. Thanks for the giveaway.

    GFC follower-judy


  31. Thank you so much for this giveaway!

    chelle2006 @


  32. thanks lisapeters at yahoo dot com yea I follow GFC Lisa

  33. We should be encouraging not discouraging reading. Banning books is senseless. Thanks for this giveaway and being part of a great cause.

    your1chef at aol dot com

  34. Thanks for the great giveaway!
    GFC- audreyclair

  35. gfc, fb and blogged about contest

    wow when i went to school they were on the required list to read, thanks for having this tour.

    jbarrett5 at

  36. Thank you for this giveaway!
    emilymeimei204 At yahoo Dot com

  37. Banning books is completely ridiculous! On the bright side, though, you may end up enjoying a spike in sales because of the "forbidden fruit" factor - once people find out your book's been banned, they'll be curious as to what's in there that's so controversial that a bookstore didn't want to carry it on the shelves!!

  38. followers of this blog and comment below

    I wrote a G+ about it -
    (It's my main social networking with writer's tool).

    If that's not okay, I also tweeted about it:

  39. GFC Jennifer


    jlkalman26 at gmail dot com

  40. Thanks SO much for the giveaway

    GFC Michele Luker

    jmluker at winco dot net

  41. I don't know what I'd be like without reading all those challenged or banned books. Thanks for participating in the hop!
    GFC: lindadao2060

    lindadao2060 at yahoo dot com

  42. Ooh, Good choices!

    Lindsey Aylward

  43. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Tweeted +1 :!/laylees/status/118474864465149953

    couponcookie at gmail dot com

  44. Blog Post, AND sidebark linke, check and check:

    Facebook, check:!/julibe27

    Twitter, check:!/

    Also, I admire you for ending up on that list. I think some of the best books ever written have made their way there... just shows your book is on its way to greatness! I tip my hat to you ( :


  45. Thanks for the giveaway!
    follower via GFC.

    kayla3194 at gmail dot com

  46. Thanks!
    I follow via GFC-Throuthehaze
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  47. Thank you for this giveaway.

  48. thanks for the giveaway!

    gfc follower: Katie


  49. Thank you for the giveaway.
    I'm a GFC follower as sablelexi

    jlynettes @ hotmail . com

  50. Thank you so much!
    GFC- Chey


  51. Looking at the lists of books that have been banned and challenged is amazing. Some of them are some of my favorite books. I strongly believe that the choice should be there for everyone in a public location. No one should be able to tell you what you can or cannot read.

    ke7yca at gmail dot com
    New GFC follower

  52. Thanks for the giveaway! I am thankful for the freedom to read whatever I want.

    abbydillon16 AT yahoo DOT com

  53. thanks for this giveaway!
    GFC: juhina
    email: mc.jay.jay(at)hotmail(dot)com

  54. Thanks so much!

    GFC Lisa Manning

    lhoffpauir at gmail

  55. thank you for the giveaway!

    GFC books4me

    books4me67 at

  56. Thanks for the giveaway! I'm a GFC follower (april X)

  57. Thanks for the giveaway! I'm on the hop too:

    jesse.nicole.paul (at) gmail (dot) com

  58. Thank you for the giveaway!


    mary_reiss @

  59. Great choices! I did a showcase post on Ellen Hopkins because I think she is a true literary hero! Stop by my giveaway if you haven't!


  60. Thanks for this amazing giveaway! I would love to win!

    susanw28 (at) mindspring (dot) com

  61. Thank you for the chance to win, these look great! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

  62. I can't believe some of the books on this list.


    GFC follower.

  63. I'm a GFC follower. Thanks for being a part of the hop. I hope that you have a great banned book week and read one that you haven't read before.
    jessangil at gmail dot com
    -Jessica B

  64. GFC- Lisa Richards

    Thanks for participating in the blog hop.

    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  65. Thanks for the giveaway !!!
    I'm a GFC follower.


  66. Thanks for participating in the hop. Thanks also for the chance to win some great books.

  67. Thanks for the giveaway! I love reading everyone's different thoughts on the issue!

  68. Thanks for the great giveaway!
    amandarwest atgmaildotcom

  69. Thanks for the giveaway.

    Here's Mine. Hope you'll stop by and enter as well: Read Banned Books Week Hop and Giveaway

  70. Thanks for the chance! I am so glad this week and event exists to get the word out about these great books that should be read.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  71. Thanks for the great giveaway! alicia.ebaugh at gmail dot com

  72. Hi! I would like to be entered to win and read Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. Thank you for the chance and for the great giveaway!

    GFC Name: Danah

  73. Thank you for taking part in the hop and for the giveaway!

    GFC follower Tiffany Drew


  74. I follow on gfc as Becca, thanks so much! sbcashortie at hotmail dot com

  75. Heather, thanks for being a part of this vital blog hop! We need to support our intellectual freedom to read what we want and when! When I was in school most of the books on the ALA list were required reading! You're in great company!
    Best wishes and thanks for your generous contribution to the Banned Books Week Giveaway Blog Hop!

  76. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Melanie.M.McCullough at gmail dot com

  77. +1 for tweeting:!/DarleneBookNook/status/120124436472016896

    darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

  78. Thanks for this great giveaway
    I am following on GFC - aprilharvell
    also added to my blog roll @
    I would love Vampire Academy but I also like PC Cast and have read up to Awakened. Still have not gotten it yet.

  79. GFC - Gloria
    Thanks for the chance to get more banned books.

    geschumann at live dot com

  80. Great giveaway. I'd love to win The Secret of Spruce Knoll.
    GFC follower- Krysta Banco


  81. GFC Çråz¥ K¥
    thanks for the giveaway. i would pick vampire academy. i love that series.

  82. follow on GFC

  83. thanks for the great giveaway!


  84. What a great giveaway thank you so much read most of the books you have great banned books read some at the time never knew about them being banned! One I really want to read is twenty boy summer heard alot about it!
    GFC follower/latishajean

  85. Thanks for the giveaway!

    GFC follower SarahSparrow.

    captainsarahsparrow at hotmail dot com

  86. Thanks for the giveaway!


  87. Thanks for the giveaway!



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