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Very great, yet hard to understand. What a fascinating fictional book about censorship in schools!The book is written for a young adult audience, but I think anyone could benefit from reading it It is about a father who tries to get Huckleberry Finn removed from a school because of racial words used in the book When some teachers and the librarian refuse the principles request to appease this parent,groups get involved saying that the book is also sexist, or immoral As the battle grows, the students are pitted against each other, teachers are pitted against each other, and the entire town is divided until even the national news gets in on the story There were scenes in the book when the two sides are arguing their points that were so eloquently written and the word so carefully chosen, that even I found myself siding with sides that were opposed to my views on the matter of censorship A truly powerfully written book. The thing i loved most about this book is that all along my reading, i couldn't really decide which part should i take?Among the fierce fight between the two parties, only the school librarian remained the person who was listening to the sound of reason She was the only one who realized that it wasn't about who would win and who would not But it was about to LISTEN to what the other REALLY want to tell you through all his shouting and yelling to prove his point I strongly recommend this book to every teacher who want to teach his kids about what debating is all about.Although the principle character was meant to be despised, but i couldn't feel furious from himthan i felt to the history teacher or kate or the black parent He was just tryingignorantlyto keep problems out of his school. This had been on my wishlist at BookCrossing.com for quite a long time, and with appropriate timing, I received this as a RABCK from a BC member just prior to Banned Books Week As far as I know, this book has never been hit with a censorship fight, and it would be rather ironic if it did Not impossible, though Look at Fahrenheit 451 by Bradbury One of the classics about the banning of books has been on the lists of many who've tried to get it banned from schools and libraries This novel isideadriven, than characterdriven The characters are a bit flat, though each are clearly delineated, so there is no issue with following who is saying what.The main concept/theme of this book, censorship, is very easy to follow One student complained about a book, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and soon there is a fury of followers that want to see the book banned from the reading curriculum and from the school library shelves The lines are drawn early on, and the issue reaches, not only a review board and the school board, but the whole nation.The author does a fair job of including the arguments pro and con for banning a book from a school, allowing the reader to form their own conclusion on the issue An addendum: I've just learned this book has made it to a Challenged Book list In 1990 the novel was challenged in the Albermarle Middle School in Charlottesville, Virginia, for being inflammatory and encouraging students to defy legitimate authority.http://www.enotes.com/topics/daythey Show me a book that offends no one, and I will show you a book that no one, in the whole history of the world, has ever willingly read. This was way better than expected, which might be why I gave it a four rather than a three The story followed several different characters as it tells about the story of a community trying to ban Huck Finn I think this would be very interesting for some of my student who have a hard time seeing both sides of the issue or who have interest about censorship and banning in general. This is a fantastic book I say that a lot about books, but this time I truely mean it It talks about a school that is in debate as to weather or not to ban The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn from both a history classes required reading list as well as the library They debate censorship and the limits of the first amendment This is a wonderful book for anyone and everyone who actually has their own opinion As well as for those who need to learn to have their OWN opinion This book teaches us so much about democracy, freedom of speech, and how our lives are run in America, not to mention it's interesting (a rarity) I wish this book were taught in social studies during civics (it really isn't that long) Over all, this book is amazing. First sentence: He's going to be right inside the door, Luke said to Barney as they neared the entrance to George Mason High School He's going to be standing there with that big phony smile and that chocolate voice.Premise/plot: When a history teacher assigns The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to her class to read, the book is challenged by angry parents Will the book be arrested and removed from the reading list AND the school library? Or will the book remain available to students freely and without restrictions? Whose side is the principal on?My thoughts: The Day They Came To Arrest The Book is a thousand and one times better than The Property of the Rebel Librarian Primarily because it isbelievableboth characters and situations It is alsothoughtprovoking.I appreciated the diverse opinions expressed in The Day They Came to Arrest The Book The opinions cover a wide spectrum of thought Perhaps with the exception of the unprincipled principal there are no villains, no bad guys There are differences of opinion, yes, but no good guys and no bad guys Not all opinions are informed opinions But many are That is, many people with strong opinions who are speaking upon both sideshave actually read the book in question in its entirety A few people have strong opinions and loud voices but haven't actually read the bookjust bits and pieces I think it's important to see that two good people can have differences of opinion.What makes the principal so unprincipled? He's a sneaky guy He does not want to fill out forms and paperwork He doesn't want to go through the proper channels when it comes to book challenges He'd rather pressure the teacher or the librarian into voluntarily removing the book with no fuss and no publicity Because of his powerful position, because they fear losing their job, many go along with his suggestions that aren't really suggestions But not this history teacher and not this librarian The guidelines are in place and they will be followedthis time at least.The book offers much food for thoughtnot only about banned books and censorship but also intellectual freedom in general One of the arguments in the book is that it should be up to educators to choose wisely what to make available to their students What to teach in their classrooms What to have available in their libraries Just because a book is published doesn't mean that it belongs in a school The opposition claims that this 'choosing wisely' is a form of censorship That to 'choose wisely' is limiting the student body's freedom to choose.Personally, I think it makes the most sense So long as school budgets are limited, it just makes the most sense to spend wisely and thoughtfully I'll clarify that a tiny bit Audience is key Knowing your specific audience A school librarian should have some idea on what students need, what students want, what teachers need, what teachers want They should know which authors are popular and stay in circulation They should know which genres circulate best They should also read widely themselves Quality should matter That is what I mean by spending wisely Making the most of each dollar I don't mean that librarians should only buy books that they personally love, love, love and are customfit to their tastes and preferences.One of the examples in the book is the hypothetical question: should a school library buy books written from the perspective that the holocaust never happened? Or should a library keep such 'trash' out of the library Yes, such books existand others like them But should a school library spend money on books like that because students should have the freedom to decide for themselves what is true and what is a lie? I would classify this one as a YA book Readers should know that it does use the nword a lot in the context of discussing The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn There are many times when Twain's novel is quoted The novel also contains blasphemytaking the Lord's name in vain In terms of profanity it reminds me of Fahrenheit 451 The book is well worth reading in my opinion Show me a book that offends no one, and I will show you a book that no one, in the whole history of the world, has ever willingly read (34) You know, it's never the book that's really on trial It's the author, even if he's dead Remember that, Barney Every time this sort of thing happens, it's a person who's being tried For his ideas, his feelings, his memories, his fantasies, his yearnings, his language, which is his very self To tell you the truth, I don't care what the book is I hate to see words on trial (83)Once you give people, any group of people, the power to censor books, you're opening up quite a can of worms And sooner or later, they can turn on you (107) The Day They Came to Arrest the Book was originally written in 1980 and it is every bit as relevant today It is a book for young adults , but holds up incredibly well as an adult read Nat Hentoff has done a marvelous job of presenting both sides of an argument on book banning in schools His arguments are exactly the same arguments used today I could not put it down and you will not either Well worth the time. I work in a middle school library, and this book was recommended by the School Librarian Association It was pretty interesting, mostly in that Hentoff never completely closed the issue of who wins or loses in a censorship fight I'd definitely steer my students toward it. ^FREE PDF ↞ The Day They Came to Arrest the Book ↡ Who would have believed that The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn could cause the worst crisis in the history of George Mason High School? Certainly not Barney Roth, editor of the school paper But when a small but vocal group of students and parents decide that the book is racist, sexist, and immoral — and should be removed from reading lists and the school library — Barney takes matters into his own hands When the Huck Finn issue comes up for a hearing, Barney decides to print his story about previous censorship efforts at school He's sure that investigative reporting and publicity can help the cause But is he too late to turn the tide of censorship?