Banned Books Week: Ending, Beginnings

Words Have Power - Banned Books Week, September 24-30

Today is the last day of Banned Books Weeks 2017, but beginnings are on my mind today.

It is the very beginning of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, the very first amendment, that protects our freedom to read. We will next be observing Banned Books Week during the last week of September 2018, but we celebrate our First Amendment rights every time we begin to read a challenged book.

If you begin one of the most challenged books of the year, here are some of the very first sentences you will read:

Book Cover: Drama by Raina Telgemeier


“Do you think Mr. Madera will let me operate the spotlight again?”

From Drama by Reina Telgemeier

Book Cover: I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
"I am Jazz. For as long as I can remember, my favorite color has been pink. (My second favorite color is silver and my third favorite color is green.)”

From I am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings

Two Boys Kissing, cover


“You can’t know what it is like for us now- you will always be one step behind. Be thankful for that.”

From Two Boys Kissing by David Leviathan

Make Something Up: Stories You Can't Unread, cover


“My old man, he makes everything into a Big Joke. What can I say? The old man loves to get a laugh.”

From Make Something Up: Stories You Can't Unread by Chuck Palahniuk

Book Cover: Looking for Alaska by John Green


"The week before I left my family and Florida for the rest of my minor life to go to boarding school in Alabama, my mother insisted on throwing me a going away party. To say that I had low expectations would be to underestimate the matter dramatically.”

From Looking for Alaska by John Green

Do you have a favorite first line from a frequently challenged book? Feel free to share in the comments.

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