The Day They Came to Arrest The Book by Nat Hentoff was published in July, 1982.
Who would have believed that The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn could cause the worst crisis in the history of George Mason High School? Certainly not Barney Roth, editor of the school paper. But when a small but vocal group of students and parents decide that the book is racist, sexist, and immoral–and should be removed from reading lists and the school library–Barney takes matters into his own hands.
When the Huck Finn issue comes up for a hearing, Barney decides to print his story about previous censorship efforts at school. He’s sure that investigative reporting and publicity can help the cause. But is he too late to turn the tide of censorship?
This is a distressing book — and I mean that in a good way.
Not only does it put forth many views on “rights” and “freedom”, it does it in an easy to understand, clear way. At the beginning, I wondered how a story could be woven out of a school wanting to ban a book. By the end, I was engrossed and desperately wanting to know who would win.
The way the book displays views — without being biased and clearly stating both sides — is easy to read and grasp. The dialogue is engaging and never dry. The book switches from many points of view — the principal, the librarian, the history teacher, two school boys (one of whom runs the school newspaper), parents, and the chairman of the school board. Yet, the story line isn’t lost and the reader is never confused as to whose eyes they’re seeing through. And we read every possible side to the story. The book is excellently written.
The thoughts presented here are amazing. Should classic books be outlawed and banned because of their context? Or should they be learnt from? Either way, there are few books written that don’t offend anybody.
As Nora Baines, the history teacher, says:
“We’re not talking about trash… We’re talking about preventing our students from reading Huckleberry Finn! And why? Because it offends some people. Show me a book that offends no one, and I will show you a book that no one, in the whole history of the world, has ever willingly read.”
This is a good book for people who like to think.
Reviewed by Cait in 2011.
It’s Week 4 and time for a Challenge!
Today we’re heading out to Climb a Chain.
Step 1: Remove shoes.
Step 2: Try to climb.
Step 3: Make pained face.
Step 4: Attempt second chain (sneakily using ladder at side).
Step 5: Give up.
Ramona’s not a naughty kid… She just has a huge imagination.
And she knows how to be Extraordinary — in a special way.
Life is perfect (well, nearly so when you have a teacher who’s stuck on words, a baby sister who spits peas in your face, and a bossy older sister who you makes sure you know the faults in all your plans) –until Ramona’s dad loses his job. Then things start to go downhill. Literally.
Ramona has a million plans to keep the family on Klickitat Street, but her family just doesn’t appreciate them. They will have to move.
So Ramona, with all her marvelous ingenuity, goes into car-washing and selling lemonade — with disastrous effects. Maybe she could be in a tv commercial? Or draw the longest picture in the world? The possibilities are endless.
If only her family would see it that way…
My Rating: 4 1/2 Stars
This is a great family movie, safe and sweet with an ending everyone will love. Adapted from the Beverly Cleary books, the movie caught the heart of Ramona Quimby. It was funny, had an easy flow, and a great story-line. For those who loved the books, you won’t be disappointed. The movie takes snippets of the best moments of Ramona and moulds them together — and makes something worth watching.
Dull moments don’t exist in Ramona and Beezus.
Everyone has heard of the Lord’s Prayer. But maybe you haven’t seen it like this before…
Mr. Murry has been missing for a year — on a mission so secret even his family don’t know anything about it. Meg, the oldest of the four children, feels like a moron. The twins are enviously normal. And Charles Wallace, the baby of the family, is a genius.
But there are many secrets, in the Murray family — secrets all suddenly revealed when Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which make a sudden appearance at the Murray house.
It’s time Mr. Murray was found.
Maybe if Meg had known what it would take to get her father back, maybe…just maybe, she wouldn’t have rushed into it.
After all, who can withstand the throbbing mind of IT?
And IT has her father.
A timeless classic (literally), this book is a must-read for those who love Science-Fiction — and a little fantasy flung in as well.
The book dances with the impossible, the improbable and explains them all to perfection.
Not only great Science-Fiction, A Wrinkle in Time also has a detailed story line, complete with sub-plots and characters. You read through Meg’s eyes — seeing all her faults, failings and passions. She loves her father so much, but how far will she go to get him back? And at what cost? Maybe…the cost of her precious baby brother — Charles Wallace?
The book is short, good for a few sittings and then for much thinking. As a fantasy writer myself, the concepts that the author put forth enthralled me. I loved every minute of it.
You’re onto Week 3! Well done.
Today we’re going to try out the Chinese Exercise bike.
Caution: Slipping forward may cause slight pain and many laughs from watching Chinese.
There are two halves to the Summer Palace: Up & Down. Naturally, we explored the Down first…but the Up looked tempting. So we braved the stairs and climbed to the top of the Summer Palace.
This is what we saw…
The stairs weren’t too daunting. There were two sets — and two sets of stairs means a race. Jem and I took one set, and the others took the shorter, easier set. Needless to say (after a few minutes of breathless running), Jem and I won.
|Oh, and this is only one set of the stairs. There were at least three more.|
At the top we went through a dark temple (no flash photography or Buddah will be offended) and watched in amazment as people presented offerings of food to their golden statues. It still happens.
The views from the top were breathtaking. No wonder the Emperor of China used this as his retreat. (And there were even more people here then at the Forbidden City).
And, just to prove that the Chinese don’t miss an opportunity to sell something (anything), at the top of the Summer Palace a man sold these:
They’re made out of grass. Not very customs-friendly, but still amazingly intricate. But I rest my case: you can buy anything anywhere in China.
Welcome to Week 2 of Exercising with Mime! Feeling fit?
Today we’re going to tackle “Sit-ups”, so head down to the local Chinese Park.
Warning: May cause slight elbow pain.