Quite unintentionally, I read a banned book this week.
Normally, I don't champion the cause of banned books because of the double standard that is sometimes associated with it.
It is found to be appalling, for example, that books promoting homosexuality are on the banned list, while other voices are silenced whose stories suggest that such a practice is a sin. And censoring the words "Jesus Christ" seem to only cause outrage if they are said in blaspheme.
That is exactly the point of the banned book Animal Farm by George Orwell (#16 on the Banned/Challenged Classics list at The American Library Association).
This political parable has been banned, almost from the moment of publication, for its commentary on the fate of society. Later it was challenged for its "drug and alcohol references." (I can almost hear Squealer assuring everybody that this the reason, and not of course its political content.)
After reading this book, I had to go back and check the publication date, because this book could easily be a contemporary read.
Just proves the old adage "Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it."
Incidentally, that's one of the underlying themes of this book... :)
I write about, with, for, and around kids all day. (Well, maybe I do the dishes too. Sometimes.)