Editorial Board Members Share Their Favorite Challenge Reads – Miscellaneous News

Every year, book lovers from around the world celebrate our freedom to read. At The Miscellany News, we believe in the opportunity to read literature on a variety of topics, from sexuality and gender to racism and white supremacy, in order to better understand the world we live in while appreciating the beauty of writing.We’ve selected from a range of challenged and banned books American Library Association (ALA) And encourage everyone to read these must-reads:

Jacques Abbriz

news editor

The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas is an awesome young adult novel that tells the innocent story of 16-year-old Starr about police brutality, who not only witnessed her friend was murdered and came forward to do something about it. The text is effortless, and the plot thickens with each page turn. Just witnessing Starr unravel the complex ills of white supremacy is worth every injunction for this masterpiece.


news editor

This book has had an impact on me and my generation. Often considered the cerebral counterpart of “Twilight,” Suzanne Collins’ young adult dystopia was born out of a thematic combination between American reality TV and Iraq War news coverage. For many people my age, The Hunger Games was a wonderful introduction to totalitarianism. It is a harbinger of a potential future, informed by the cruelty of the past and the present. But perhaps most importantly, it reminds us that young people carry a special burden in times of oppression and social unrest, and that we have a unique capacity to make a difference. May the odds always be in our favour.

Sufana Nowes

Opinion editor

As an opinion editor, I’m always interested in stories about people’s opinions and voices. It just happens to be about suppressing certain views, mostly those that are written, which I think is a good representation of the consequences of censorship.

Laila Rains

chief editor

Whenever I see the bright lime green cover of this book, David Bowie’s Heroes immediately starts playing in my head. Perhaps because my relationship with the story also extends to the 2012 film adaptation, an iconic cinematic masterpiece that captures the emotion of the original novel. Overall, the novels’ exploration of serious topics, and mental health in particular, makes The Perks of the Wallflower an important novel, especially for young adults.

Monica Sweeney

senior editor

Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird has been praised and condemned since it was published in 1960. Despite attempts to ban the work and wipe it out of the classroom, this book is vital to teaching children about the chaotic world we live in and the complexities of how one person’s actions can have a domino effect on the lives of others. important. While it’s a story about racism, injustice, and corruption, it’s also a story that explores the importance of kindness, open-mindedness, and morality. Banning this book in the classroom will do harm to past, present and future generations.

Nina Ajemian


“The Giver” by Lois Lowry is a timeless novel that has been my favorite since I first read it in sixth grade. Lowry’s writing is so comforting and inclusive, it’s a stark contrast to the dystopian world she’s created. The story follows Jonas, who finds himself very different from the rest of the community — and in learning this, he begins to realize that things may not be the way they should or could be. “The Giver” is the kind of story that stays with you long after you’ve read its last (very ambiguous) sentence, and is always relevant to reading.

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