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  • Dr. Judy Riffle

Banned Books Week

Updated: Sep 27, 2021

#BannedBooksWeek is September 27 to October 3, 2020. Thank you, authors, for writing books I love! Many of these books helped me survive adolescence. I will continue to work my way through the long list of banned and challenged books, practicing my First Amendment rights. "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

"No one can tell what goes on in between the person you were and the person you become.“ The Stand by Stephen King.

“It's strange because sometimes, I read a book, and I think I am the people in the book.” The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

“We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories.” The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood.

"At night the three penguins returned to their nest. There they snuggled together, and like all the other penguins in the penguin house, and all the other animals in the zoo, and all the families in the big city around them, they went to sleep." And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson

"Nancy says nobody in the sixth grade wears socks on the first day of school!" Are you There, God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume.

“Definitions belong to the definers, not the defined.” Beloved by Toni Morrison

“You don't need water to feel like you're drowning, do you?” Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

"It does not do well to dwell on dreams and forget to live." ― Albus Dumbledore (Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling).

“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though.” The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger.

“Just close your eyes and keep your mind wide open.” Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson.

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