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Books About Censorship

Books About Censorship

From fiction to non-fiction, there are plenty of books that discuss the issue of censorship and banning books. Learn more about the issue and how you can fight censorship by tuning into these reads.

Playlist Tags: topic: censorship topic: banned books

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Answers in the Pages

By David Levithan
Narrated by: Christopher Gebauer, Vikas Adam & Oliver Wyman
Length: 4 hours 13 minutes

A bold, timely novel about speaking up and coming out as parents lobby to ban a beloved book from the school curriculum by New York Times-bestselling author David Levithan.

When Donovan left his copy of The Adventurers on the kitchen counter, he didn't think his mom would read it—much less have a problem with it. It's just an adventure novel... Read more »

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Reading Lolita in Tehran

A Memoir in Books

By Azar Nafisi
Narrated by: Azar Nafisi
Length: 17 hours 35 minutes

Every Thursday morning for two years in the Islamic Republic of Iran, a bold and inspired teacher named Azar Nafisi secretly gathered seven of her most committed female students to read forbidden Western classics. As Islamic morality squads staged arbitrary raids in Tehran, fundamentalists seized hold of the universities, and a blind censor... Read more »

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Ban This Book

By Alan Gratz
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 5 hours 17 minutes

An inspiring tale of a fourth-grader who fights back when her favorite book is banned from the school library―by starting her own illegal locker library

It all started the day Amy Anne Ollinger tried to check out her favorite book in the whole world, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, from the school library. That’s when Mrs....

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Property of the Rebel Librarian

By Allison Varnes
Narrated by: Monika Felice Smith
Length: 5 hours 59 minutes

Celebrate the freedom to read with this timely, empowering middle-grade debut in the spirit of The View from Saturday or Frindle.

When twelve-year-old June Harper's parents discover what they deem an inappropriate library book, they take strict parenting to a whole new level. And everything June loves about Dogwood Middle School unravels:... Read more »

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1984

By George Orwell
Narrated by: Hugh Kermode
Length: 10 hours 59 minutes

"Thoughtcrime was not a thing that could be concealed for ever. You might dodge successfully for a while, even for years, but sooner or later they were bound to get you."


Winston Smith works in the Ministry of Truth — or Minitrue as it is called in Newspeak — altering newspapers and reports to follow the arbitrary dictates of Big Brother’s...

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The Last Book in the Universe

By Rodman Philbrick
Narrated by: Jeremy Davies
Length: 4 hours 24 minutes

This fast-paced action novel is set in a future where the world has been almost destroyed. Like the award-winning novel Freak the Mighty, this is Philbrick at his very best.

It's the story of an epileptic teenager nicknamed Spaz, who begins the heroic fight to bring human intelligence back to the planet. In a world where most people are plugged... Read more »

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Dangerous Ideas

A Brief History of Censorship in the West, from the Ancients to Fake News

By Eric Berkowitz
Narrated by: Tim Campbell
Length: 10 hours 38 minutes

A fascinating examination of how restricting speech has continuously shaped our culture, and how censorship is used as a tool to prop up authorities and maintain class and gender disparities

Through compelling narrative, historian Eric Berkowitz reveals how drastically censorship has shaped our modern society. More than just a history of... Read more »

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Burning the Books

A History of the Deliberate Destruction of Knowledge

By Richard Ovenden
Narrated by: Simon Slater
Length: 9 hours 48 minutes

In Burning the Books, Richard Ovenden describes the deliberate destruction of knowledge held in libraries and archives from ancient Alexandria to contemporary Sarajevo, from smashed Assyrian tablets in Iraq to the destroyed immigration documents of the UK Windrush generation. He examines both the motivations for these acts and the broader themes... Read more »

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Attack of the Black Rectangles

By A. S. King
Narrated by: Pete Cross, Gretchen Bender, Amy Sarig King & Jane Yolen
Length: 5 hours 19 minutes

Award-winning author Amy Sarig King takes on censorship and intolerance in a novel she was born to write.

When Mac first opens his classroom copy of Jane Yolen's The Devil's Arithmetic and finds some words blacked out, he thinks it must be a mistake. But then when he and his friends discover what the missing words are, he's outraged.

Someone...

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