Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Censoring Stevenson's Masterpieces

Robert Louis Stevenson wrote many fine books, but his two classic tales were Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.  Both have been included in the juvenile collections at many public libraries and school libraries for over 100 years.

Some grown-ups have attempted to ban both books from school and public libraries because of their violent subject matter (pirates in Treasure Island and a scientist's evil alter ego in Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde) and encouragement of immoral behavior (again, by pirates and an evil dude).

During ALA Banned Books Week, or any other time, for that matter, you may find out for yourselves whether or not these books are too dangerous for you to read.  Talk with your parents, other family members, teachers, or friends to see if they have read the books and get their opinions.  But, ultimately, you can decide for yourselves if you want to read these novels.  We have prepared two book trailers to help summarize the plots, so you can decide if they sound interesting to you.

Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,
by Robert Louis Stevenson

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

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