It's banned books week, and I love looking to see which books have hit the top ten banned lists of the year, as well as what authors have been challenged. You can find a lot of that information on the ALA website.
This year, I was surprised to learn that Cinderella has been among the banned. One of my favorite Cinderella stories is Ash by Malinda Lo. Ash is our Cinderella, and she grows up intrigued by the fairy realm and the handsome prince who is cursed to love her. But fate has other plans for Ash, in the form of the King's huntress...
"Ash" has a lovely dark feel to it with dangerous, menacing fae. For a Cinderella story with a lighter twist, I recommend Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. Ella, due to a fairy blessing gone wrong, is forced to obey any order given to her. Finally fed up, she sets out to find her fairy godmother and reverse the curse.
Do you have a favorite banned book? Or are you new to banned books? Your library might have a banned books display up, or might be hosting a banned books event. Check here to find out and get involved.