From Yertle the Turtle to A Clockwork Orange

clockworkWhat do Anthony Burgess and Dr. Seuss have in common?  Aside from the fact that they’re both playful with their language both are authors of books that have been challenged or banned.  (Dr. Seuss for both The Lorax and Yertle the Turtle; and Anthony Burgess for A Clockwork Orange, a book so intense it can make milk seem sinister.)

This week marks the 30th anniversary of Freedom to Read in Canada and today would have been Anthony Burgess’ 97th birthday.  (Happy Birthday!)  It’s a kind of freedomserendipity that these two events are taking place at the same time this year.

Interested in knowing more about what kind of books have been challenged in Canada in the past few decades?  Check out the Challenged Works List.  Pickup one of the titles listed and exercise your freedom to read.


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