Banned Books Week: The Giver Quartet Giveaway

Posted 09/29/2012 by alicemarvels in Banned Books

The first week of October marks an annual event that is very near and dear to our hearts at Alice Marvels—Banned Books Week. For this week, we proudly celebrate banned and challenged books and our right and privilege to read them.


Banned Books Week Virtual Read OutSince the inception of Banned Books Week in 1982, libraries and bookstores throughout the country have staged local read-outs—a continuous reading of banned/challenged books—as part of their activities. For the second year in a row, readers from around the world can participate in the Banned Books Virtual Read-Out by creating videos proclaiming the virtues of the freedom to read that will be featured on a dedicated YouTube channel.

In this Virtual Read Out video, John Green, Jenny Han, Catherynne Valente and several other authors talk about their favorite banned books:



Last year we celebrated Banned Books Week by giving away Ellen Hopkins’ Crank trilogy. This year we’re celebrating a frequently challenged dystopian novel that will be getting a lot more attention in the coming weeks.

The Giver by Lois Lowry is one of our favorite YA books (check out why we love it so much here). The book has been challenged due to its “mature” themes of sexuality, suicide, and euthanasia.

We’re giving one lucky winner a Giver Quartet prize pack, including The Giver, Gathering Blue and Messenger, as well as Lowry’s upcoming fourth Giver book, Son (releases October 2nd).


3 Runners-up will receive copies of Son.

To enter, let us know what YOUR favorite challenged/banned book is.

Giveaway ends October 14th. Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below:
a Rafflecopter giveaway



    I have multiple books on my list, including American Psycho, the Harry Potter series, The Great Gatsby and Nineteen Eighty-Four. But overall, I can’t fathom how books like In the Night Kitchen, The Witches, A Light in the Attic, James and the Giant Peach and even more so, Bridge to Terabithia landed on the list. Those books are some of the foundation of my childhood and ones I still have on my bookshelves.


    I couldn’t live without Harry Potter! I can’t believe these books were taken out of libraries, they were my favorite books growing up.


    The Perks of Being a Wallflower would most definitely be my answer. Charlie’s awkward naivety is relatable and lovable, and it’s just so beautifully written (can’t wait for the movie!!).


    My favorite is A Wrinkle in Time! I work in a middle school library, and our 8th graders read 3 of the books on this list: Of Mice and Men, The Outsiders, and To Kill a Mockingbird. I think they’ll enjoy them a lot more when I tell them they’re reading banned books!


    I love the harry potter series. Honestly, they have helped me through some of the dark times in my life. I couldn’t do this without Hermione, Luna and Ginny! Not forgetting the boys Ronald, Harry, Neville, Seamus and last but defiantly not least, Draco. My love to all the characters, and their creator, the esteemed J.K.Rowling, queen of fantasy! Long live the chosen one!


    Looking for Alaska by John Green is not on the official list, but it has been challenged and banned from school in the United States.


    My fave is To Kill a Mockingbird. I’ve read that one so many times I can’t even count!


    One of mine would definitely be The Giver. I love the book, and it definitely had an impact on my life. I continuously go back to it for school projects or even just during conversations. Another one of my favorites that I could not live without would be the Harry Potter series. That series quite literally saved my family from falling apart. So, without it, my life would be very, very different from how it is right now.


    “A Wrinkle in Time” will forever and always be one of my favorite books. I read it when I was in grade school, and it just had such an impact on me. That book is one of the books that made me love reading.


    I know it’s a classic, but I have to go with Brave New World. I have read it twice in my life and both times it made me think long and hard for a great length of time. I never really liked any of the characters and never was fully behind any one of them; I think I am suppose to be made uncomfortable by this book. If I was OK with this book, perhaps that would show a lack of some humanity on my part.


    I’ve loved the Giver ever since reading it the first time in my middle school class. I loved the transition between what I call the “drone” mindset, to the “free” mindset. Lowry is always going to be one of my favorite authors.

    Samantha Cummings

    Agghhhh! There are so many! The Harry Potter books, Scars, Wuthering Heights, and the list goes on and on!!! I’d love to win this set. I love The Giver!

    Katherina Barney

    To begin with, the majority of my schooling has been done in Georgia, and southern Georgia to boot. Enough said, right? And with that right out in the open, there are a slew of banned books that were a required book I read for class–ESPECIALLY high school! And what’s even worse is that they are the classics: Of Mice and Men/Grapes of Wrath, The Pigman, Catcher and the Rye, Lord of the Flies, Ordinary People, just to name a few. So, in other words even though the Georgia educational system is COMPLETELY out of whack, I feel that I haven’t personally felt the effects of any banning books. Because I could still get my hands on them if I wanted to.

    In retrospect, I guess I was reading these powerful books just for the sake of a good grade. Looking through the list, I noticed that of the books I actually read, there was only 1-2 books that I read outside of the class, and the rest I was reading for my class. Though, I do admit, that I have enjoyed reading them (though there were a select few that I personally didn’t like). As I was reading though, I had no idea of any underlying, hidden meanings, or “innuendos” ; even in 11th grade Honors Lit when we had to delve deeper into the author’s meaning I still wasn’t seeing anything inappropriate (except maybe the fowl language, but I heard worse in the hallways). Maybe it takes growing older and having more life experiences and then while rereading these books you come to a realization; like rewatching your favorite childhood movie as an adult and you finally get all the “inside” joke and maybe I don’t fully understand all the “inside” jokes yet, maybe “we” (my generation) doesn’t fully understand all the implications, yet.

    It seems to me that the majority of the books on the banned lists were written before or during our parents/grandparents growing up years. So they were a part of the history immortalized in these pages! I guess they are realizing the mistakes their society was making during that time. Talk about wanting to rewrite history!!

    I guess what I’m trying to say is to the generation that is making all the decisions: if you read these books, in or outside of the classroom, (and I’m pretty sure the majority of you read, if not all at least the majority of these banned books) and it didn’t negatively affect your life decisions or goals, then you have no right to take them from us! Trust me, we could learn (and use) the lessons given in these books. It’s a fine line between personal vendetta and something that is truly deserving of banishment. If you didn’t personally like a book, or it offended your religion (which I truly doubt) or your politics (which I truly do believe) then you have the right to NOT READ IT!!!! Ever consider that option!!? And that is our right, to find out for ourselves our views, beliefs, what we want to stand for/against and if a book rubs us the wrong way, like it do you, then we have the choice to put it down and say, “I have a personal feeling against this book. I don’t feel comfortable reading it, so I choose not to.” And having that option is WONDERFUL!! I know some of you are truly trying to protect us, but from what? It’s the same books, with the same words/meaning/intentions that you yourself once read. God gave us the gift of creativity, the gift of putting stories of different (sometimes not so different) worlds onto pages for generations to gaze upon and wonder and to learn from. Books are true gifts–from the author’s mind to us–and they should not be wasted; they should be loved and treasured above all else.

    Ok, I’ll get off my soap box now. Of all the banned books, the one I couldn’t live without would be The Pigman by Paul Zindel. I have no idea why, I read it in 9th grade and haven’t since, but it has just stayed with me from since then; it is just one of those stories. A story of love, loss and a eclectic collection of pigs!


    The Harry Potter series is my favorite. My dad read them to me as bedtime stories when I was little and I’ve grown up with the movies and I read the entire series myself not too long ago. The series has been such a large part of my life and it has really taught me a lot of things.

    jessica pulliam

    There are to many to really pick one favorite but I think the giver has to be the one I’ve reread the most! I can’t believe so many popular and classic books have been banned just because someone got upset. Books are supposed to help open your mind to imagine and explore new places and ideas but I guess if you’re not “allowed” to read something that makes it all the better.


    The Hunger Games is my favourite series of books that were banned.


    Catcher in the rye is certainly my favorite book! While I understand why it’s on the list, it should be read in schools!


    The Giver is one of my favorite books, period. I also love the Golden Compass, anti-God heresy that it is. 😛


    I enjoyed reading the Outsider, but it is not banned anymore. I might have read more banned books but that is the best of the ones I know were banned.



    Of course The Giver. It shows the restraints of society and how we can break free and what we can give back by freeing ourselves and others.


    Of course The Giver. It shows the restraints of society and how we can break free and what we can give back by freeing ourselves and others. It is my absolute favorite book!


    I’m reading The Color Purple now for a school research paper… lol and I love Blood and Chocolate, though the movie sucked big time. Some of those books on that list have to be a joke, Why would they ban books that actually show historical events and what not?1


    I have to say it is The Giver. I loved it since reading it the very first time in fifth grade. It always made me question our society and I just enjoy the way it goes from being so bland to a world full of color. It is also so sad in my opinion and I just fell in love with the story.


    Brave New World, for sure! It’s so good, so challenging, so sad.


    Catcher in the Rye!! I love the Giver too, but I read it in 6th grade and don’t remember it that well. I need to reread it.


    Oh my word, there are so many! Some of my favorites are the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Giver, Harry Potter, the Perks of Being a Wallflower, the Witches, A Wrinkle in Time, Bridge to Terabithia… and on and on it goes! These books are classics! Some of those listed I didn’t know were banned/challenged at all. It’s crazy! Sometimes I wonder…


    The giver was the first book that introduced me to the idea that books could be more than just a fun story but something with a meaning and underlying ideas. It changed the way I viewed literature and in turn how I viewed the world. It showed me I should pay attention and question everything. It was my first example or a book other than Harry Potter that made reading fascination and incredible. To this day it is my favorite book and Lowis Lowery one of my favorite authors. After reading it for the first time in sixth grade I immediately bought all of Lowery’s other novels and always look forward to her new material.


    I’m going to be all unoriginal and say Harry Potter. Just for honesty’s sake.


    I really enjoy The Perks of Being A Wallflower. 🙂

    Carole-Marie Wiser

    When I was in 5th grade, Mrs. Roggie read “How to Eat Fried Worms” to us. I thought they sounded disgusting. I defeated He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named with Harry, Ron and Hermione. I was forced through Lord of the Flies (lets face it, I judged a book by it’s cover and that one weirded me out.) In 10th grade, I wrote a book report over Richard Wright and his books Native Son and Black Boy. 1984 taught me that 2+2=5. I cried as I came to the final page in Of Mice and Men as well as many of other John Steinbeck books. I was locked up with McMurphy and Chief in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” I’ve read “To Kill a Mockingbird”, “A Day No Pigs Would Die,” “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” and “The Great Gatsby.” I’ve gone on adventures with Mark Twain. I am a banned book lover.


    The book “Tango Makes Three” is challenged and banned very often. I view it as a stroy of love and family while other people see it was disgusting. I enjoyed the picture book!


    I read The Perks of Being a Wallflower last year for Banned Books Week, and I really enjoyed it, though I’ve read quite a few of the novels on that list. It’s amazing to me the reasons they list for banning some of these books. I’m of the mind that as long as a kid is reading, we shouldn’t judge the reading materials, even if it’s only comic books. At least they’re reading and expanding their minds!

    Holly Simpson

    My favorite banned book has to be Catcher in the Rye, although there are so many choices when it comes to banned books. According to their standards, every book ever written is worthy of being banned. They ignore to content and insead read only the “problems”


    My favorite ban books are anything by Ellen Hopkins! I love how her novels touch so many lives!


    The Giver was REALLY good…if I was going to go with a frightening dystopic, it would be 1984. It was banned and I can completely see why.


    Go Ask Alice was a great book definitely one of my favorites, my all time favorite banned/challenged book though has got to be The Great Gatsby, I love that book so much ^^


    i can’t believe a wrinkle in time was banned. that was my favorite book for like ten straight years, until i read vonnegut for the first time. seriously, it expands kids minds to read stuff like that. i just can’t believe anyone could find enough of a reason to shut that down. i guess i was lucky to go to school in a big city, where banning isn’t as acceptable. but if i’d grown up in missouri, are you saying i couldn’t have read about meg and charles wallace? excuse my language, but that’s f-ing crazy.


    Cathcart in the Rye is my fav banned book.

    Ileana A.

    The Hunger Games are my favorite banned books! 😀

    Elizabeth Keyser

    There are some many, I could never choose! Some of the top ones are the Harry Potter series, The Giver, A Light in the Attic, Perks of Being a Wallflower, and A Wrinkle in Time.


    My two favorite banned books are Ender’s game and Harry Potter. But there are many many more that I love, and there are too many to list!


    I love the Giver, I would say Harry Potter as well. The Giver is just one of my favorite of all times! I love how it makes me question the world. And Harry Potter is just so great as well, I mean who didn’t fall in love with those characters?


    Crank, definitely. When I first opened the book and saw the text setup, it was really interesting, the way the whole book was written was different. Like I could read every other line and get a different part of the story, it was creatively done in such a poetic way and I LOVE poetry. I went through that book in one night…yes I stay up into the wee hours of the morn finishing that book.

Leave a Response

  • Twitter
  • Facebook