September 24, 2011

Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop!

Welcome to the Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop at Book Away! It's that time of the year where we can all mourn the banning of good books for potential readers and try to raise awareness to fight censorship (in our own bookish ways).

There are those who, as we would like to think, actually do something to fight censorship. Recently, we got an email from Justin Stanley, President of the Uprise Books Project and it caught our attention.

The Uprise Books Project is a newly formed organization dedicated to ending the cycle of poverty through literacy, providing new banned and challenged books to underprivileged teens free of charge. In a nutshell, lower-income middle/high school students will be able to select banned and challenged books on their site and they'll solicit donations from contributors willing to fulfill their requests.

For more information about the Uprise Books Project, check out this article or their kickstart website: The Uprise Books Project.

For more information about Banned and Challenged books in general, visit the ALA website.

Now to the exciting part! Here at Book Away, we're giving away....

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (paperback)
Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott (paperback, different cover than the one pictured below)
Scars by Cheryl Rainfield (hardcover)

There will be at least 1 international winner, who gets to pick which book they would like first :) Number of international winners may change depending on price of shipping, demand, etc. The rest of the books will go to US winners.

*Edit* I (April) wouldn't try to keep anyone away from a book, but I just wanted to give a notice that some of these books are pretty dark, like Living Dead Girl. I read it when I was 15 and even though I enjoyed it, definitely left me shell shocked. So please be aware of the subject matter in a book if you choose it as a prize :) You can read the Goodreads summaries or I can just give a quick non spoilery summary of it. If you really are not interested in the subject matter, we can try to get you a different book. *Edit*









87 comments:

  1. Thanks for making a winner international :)

    I would like to read the hunger games and I have read The House of Night series by P.C & Kristin Cast which is one of my favourites from the list but has gone a little downhill with the multi POV.

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  2. My favorites that are on the list are: The Twilight Series, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Huckleberry Finn, and The Great Gatsby!

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  3. ooh haven't read the list YET but going with some of the ones that are being mentioned in the blog hop are
    -The Twilight saga
    -The Hunger Games
    -Uglies series
    and the ones I'll really like to read are all books from Ellen Hopkins!

    ~new follower, just found your blog on the banned blog hop...so looking forward to your blog!~and thanks for making it international!

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  4. Hi,
    thanks for making this international.
    I've read twilight and harry potter but i prefer lord of the rings.

    i would like to read all the vampire academy series ( and bloodlines) by richelle mead.

    i must admit that i'm too emotive for dark books so if i win i will prefer something else.

    a big big thanks

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  5. I love the His Dark Materials trilogy and had no clue is was a banned book, but I can kinda see why.

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  6. the hunger games

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  7. Thank you for the wonderful give away. I wish I had joined this hop, as a former librarian it is something I feel strongly about, but time wasn't on my side this week =o) Good luck!

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  8. Tweeting once per day is not allowed on this hop. Please change it to tweet once so you can remain on the linky.
    Thanks,
    Kathy

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  9. Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scot

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  10. I loved The Hunger Games and Scars was really good. I haven't read Living Dead Girl though and would love to.

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  11. My favorite banned book is Cut by Patricia McCormick and I would LOVE to read Scars.

    Aeicha
    wordspelunker at gmail dot com

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  12. My favourite banned book is The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I'd love to read Living Dead Girl or Scars

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  13. I would love to tread Hunger Games. I can't believe it was on the banned/challenged list.

    Thanks for the giveaway

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  14. Cut and The lovely bones are two i've read and enjoyed.

    unforgetable_dreamer_always (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  15. The Hunger Games and The Lovely Bones. Both are amazing reads that I recommend to everyone.

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  16. I have not read alot of these books like the Hunger Games Series. I have one but have mot read yet cause i am waiting to get a couple more before i start. I hate to wait for the next book so i get as many in a series first before i start reading. I am a follower but google ans i are not getting along today Thanks Joannie

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  17. wow when i went to school they were on the required list to read, thanks for having this tour.
    Julie
    jbarrett5 at cox.net

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  18. My favourite banned book is To Kill a Mockingbird.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  19. I would like to read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, The Giver by Lois Lowry and Crank by Ellen Hopkins.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  20. I looooooove The Hunger Games!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  21. The twilight and harry potter series

    =)

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  22. I've read Harry Potter, Twilight, Hunger Games...then classics like To Kill a Mockingbird, Animal Farm, The Lord of the Rings,
    and I'd like to read One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Fahrenheit 451, Water for Elephants

    It's interesting that the banned books are on the top of Goodreads best book ever list :)

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  23. The HARRY POTTER books would be my favorite. Ludicrous that a little magic & a dark lord should ensure they are banned.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  24. My favorite banned books are Harry Potter series and the Vampire Academy series. The hunger games trilogy is what I'm looking forward to from the banned books list.
    Thank you for the giveaway and for making it international.

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  25. My favourite is Hunger Games♥
    Thank you so much for the chance to win!

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  26. There are so many of them. The Hunger Games, Speak and The Harry Potter books for a start. I'd love to read The Living Dead Girl though.

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  27. The Potter series.
    Thanks for the giveaway :)

    emi3mle at yahoo dot com dot au

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  28. I would like to read The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene.

    I can't believe one of his books was banned !

    THanks.

    Carol T

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  29. I loved the Hunger Games and Harry Potter, of course, but my all time fave is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn :)

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  30. I'm looking forward to reading The Perks Of Being A Wallflower.

    Janhvi

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  31. New follower. Come visit me over at Livre De Amour-Books of Love Blog. Never read Hunger Games. I have it in E-Book form. I really like your background.

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  32. I really want to read the Hunger Games
    msboatgal at aol.com

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  33. I enjoyed The Hunger Game- can't wait for the movie! Thanks for the giveaway.

    your1chef at aol dot com

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  34. Hunger Games was amazing! The other two books look really good.
    k_anon[at]hotmail[dot]co[dot]uk

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  35. In this hop I discovered a lot of banned books that I read and loved it!!
    Such as Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Uglies and Forever Blue!!

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  36. My favorite banned books are the Harry Potter series!

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  37. thanks for the giveaway and for make in it international.

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  38. Cool thanks! I would love The Living Dead Girl!

    Jess
    Romanceaholic.com

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  39. I really want to read The Hunger Games!

    thank you!

    amanda

    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

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  40. Favorite book/series is Harry Potter. I can't believe they're banned/challenged! They're such a classic!

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  41. The Hunger Games is definitely my favorite with HP a close second. I want to read TONS of banned books after learning about them from BBW!

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  42. I'd like to read Hunger Games. Thanks!

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  43. wow seems like all the books i love are banned :P. Harry potter, twilight, twenty boy summer, to kill a mocking bird, the hunger games. Im happy :P

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  44. I would like to read Hunger Games.

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  45. I'd like to read the Hunger Games series. It sounds awesome.

    @Tibiux

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  46. I like HP and Gossip Girl and would love to read Hunger Games!

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  47. I love The Perks of Being a Wallflower... or Harry Potter

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  48. I would love to read scars, heard it is really a good book, sad that is banned.

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  49. My favorite banned book (or just my favorite book in general...) is the Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. :)

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  50. Fave banned challenged book I'd love to read: The Hunger Games & Twenty Boy Summer :-)
    Great giveaway. Thank you!
    Sasse (_yay_)

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  51. Thank you so much for the giveaway! It's great seeing so many blogs support banned books :)

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  52. My favorite would be the Hunger Games :P

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  53. I have a lot of favotites. The Giver, The Color Purple, Of Mice and Men, The Animal Farm, The Hungar Games...there are so many.
    mamabunny13 at gmail dot com

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  54. I've read The Hunger Games and I love it.

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  55. My favorite banned book would be the entire Harry Potter series, I just love them.

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  56. I've read The Hunger Games and The Kite Runner. Both books are excellent!

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  57. I have not read The Hunger Games, it is on my TBR list. I did not know that it was on a banned list.


    Judy
    magnolias_1[at]msn[dot]com

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  58. My favorite banned book is To Kill a Mockingbird. :)

    misusedinnocence@aol.com

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  59. Thanks for the giveaway. One of my fave banned/challenged books is To Kill a Mockingbird. I studied it in School and loved it.

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  60. Favorite banned book I've read is The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

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  61. I would love to read Living Dead Girl! Thanks!

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  62. When I was in school many of the banned books were required reading! Farenheit 451 stands out as a book that really addresses the issues of censorship. I'd like to read The Hunger Games, Crank, Scars, to name a few.
    Chanticlear1(at)gmail(dot)com
    Thanks for your generous contribution to the Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop!

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  63. That's an interesting organization. Kinda makes me think of The Harry Potter Alliance (hmm ... a whole series of banned books). ^_^

    http://thehpalliance.org/

    Mission Statement

    The Harry Potter Alliance (HPA) is a 501c3 nonprofit that takes an outside-of-the-box approach to civic engagement by using parallels from the Harry Potter books to educate and mobilize young people across the world toward issues of literacy, equality, and human rights. Our mission is to empower our members to act like the heroes that they love by acting for a better world. By bringing together fans of blockbuster books, TV shows, movies, and YouTube celebrities we are harnessing the power of popular culture toward making our world a better place. Our goal is to make civic engagement exciting by channeling the entertainment-saturated facets of our culture toward mobilization for deep and lasting social change.

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  64. I've been really yearning to read A Wrinkle In Time, and really enjoyed both the Harry Potter series and Bridge to Terabithia. :)

    Thank you so much for the giveaway! *hug*

    Karaliene24[@]gmail[.]com

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  65. I really liked 1984

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  66. I really want to read The Hunger Games! Thanks for participating in the BBW hop!

    suzebomb(at)gmail.com

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  67. My favorite Banned Book is Looking for Alaska by John Green! Love Love Love that book!

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  68. Thanks for this amazing giveaway - I would love to win! I have read many banned books but I think my favorite is the Hunger Games.

    susanw28 (at) mindspring (dot) com

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  69. I love To Kill A Mocking Bird... I want to read The Hunger Games... Thanks for the great giveaway... april@pinebelt.net

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  70. Favorite banned book has to be the Harry Potter series.

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  71. My favorite banned book is the giver. I cant wait to read it to the kids I babysit when they get old enough!

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  72. i loved the hunger games series!!
    ~Alisia

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  73. Catcher in the Rye.

    mia at jacobsracing dot com

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  74. I loved The Catcher In The Rye and The Hunger Games. I also haven't read the Crank series by Ellen Hopkins, Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, or The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, so I'm really looking forward to reading these books.

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  75. Definitely The Hunger Games, but Flowers For Algernon is such a good book too!

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  76. The Twilight series is among my favourite banned books, as well as Diary of Anne Frank and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  77. The Hunger Games, Go Ask Alice, Speak, Happy Potter, etc. So many of my favorite books happen to be banned books :P

    Thank you for the giveaway

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  78. Thanks for the great giveaway:)

    Banned books I have read and loved include the Harry Potter series, The Hunger Games, Twenty Boy Summer, To Kill a Mockingbird and The Color Purple.

    Thanks:)

    Sarah Bibi Setar

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  79. My favorite banned books that I've read are the Harry Potter series.

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  80. My favorite banned book is "For Whom The Bell Tolls" by Ernest Hemingway! alicia.ebaugh at gmail dot com

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  81. Thanks for the giveaway!

    I just finished reading the Harry Potter series, and I loved it!

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