Banned Book, Young Adult

Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume

“Tiger Eyes” is number 87 on the American Library Association’s list of top 100 banned or challenged books for 2000 to 2009. Why? Beats me! I guess it’s because the YA book deals with death. Davey’s father is shot and killed in a convenience store robbery. The book details how she, her younger brother, and her mother deal with this devastating loss. Written in 1981, the book seems rather tame on the violence scale compared to the losses teenagers experience all the time these days—school shootings, parental death and divorce, suicide of peers, and more. I think the book provides an accurate description of the many different ways in which children and adults experience and express grief. I would recommend it for any YA readers who have suffered a traumatic loss!


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