Banned Books Hunt

Cape and Islands bookstores are proud to be participating in this year’s Banned Books Week (September 18 – September 24, 2022). Launched in 1982, Banned Books Week is the annual celebration of the freedom to read and brings together the entire book community. Local bookstores will be hiding wrapped copies of their favorite banned books in their towns and across the Cape for the first annual Cape and Islands Banned Books Hunt. Keep your eyes peeled! Some books will be hidden in plain sight, while others will require a little extra sleuthing. Those who find a book are encouraged to read and enjoy it, share it with a friend or family member, or give it to a local school. When you find one of these books, feel free to share a photo on social media and tag the nearest participating indie bookstore!

Participating bookstores include Belonging Books of Cape Cod, Brewster Book Store in Brewster, Edgartown Books in Edgartown, Titcomb's Bookshop in East Sandwich, Where the Sidewalk Ends Bookstore and Children's Annex and Yellow Umbrella Books in Chatham, and Sea Howl Bookshop in Orleans.


The efforts to ban books and inhibit the freedom to read has intensified more in the last year than in other times in recent memory. Independent bookstores consider the freedom to read to be a cornerstone of our mission. As booksellers, we believe in protecting the rights of readers and the importance of representation in books. We condemn the current wave of book banning in schools and libraries as threats to both the First and Fourteenth Amendments. Every year, Banned Books Week highlights the American Library Association’s (ALA) Top 10 Most Challenged Books from the previous year. This year’s list, like years prior, includes titles that are by Black or LGBTQIA2S+ persons and address racism, racial justice, and LGBTQIA2S+ stories. ALA tracked 729 challenges to library, school, and university materials and services in 2021, resulting in more than 1,597 individual book challenges or removals. These are the highest figures ALA has seen since it started compiling challenges more than 20 years ago.

Join us during Banned Books Week to condemn book banning, protect the freedom to read, and celebrate the ways books unite us! The Cape & Islands Banned Book Scavenger Hunt is organized by The Brewster Book Store in Brewster.

 

Some books we have in stock that are on the ALA's Most Challenged Books List:

Speak By Laurie Halse Anderson Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780312674397
Availability: In stock at our warehouse - Ships in 5-12 business days
Published: Square Fish - May 10th, 2011

The Poet X By Elizabeth Acevedo Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062662811
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Quill Tree Books - April 7th, 2020

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings By Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey (Foreword by)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780345514400
Availability: In stock at our warehouse - Ships in 5-12 business days
Published: Ballantine Books - April 21st, 2009

Animal Farm: 75th Anniversary Edition By George Orwell, Russell Baker (Preface by), Tea Obreht (Introduction by) Cover Image
By George Orwell, Russell Baker (Preface by), Tea Obreht (Introduction by)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780451526342
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Signet - April 6th, 2004

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe By Benjamin Alire Sáenz Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781442408937
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - April 1st, 2014

The Great Gatsby: A Novel: Illustrated Edition By F. Scott Fitzgerald, Adam Simpson (Illustrator) Cover Image
By F. Scott Fitzgerald, Adam Simpson (Illustrator)
$28.00
ISBN: 9780762498130
Availability: In stock at our warehouse - Ships in 5-12 business days
Published: Black Dog & Leventhal - January 5th, 2021

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian By Sherman Alexie Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316013697
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 1st, 2009

Rick By Alex Gino Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781338048117
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Inc. - June 7th, 2022

The Color Purple: A Novel By Alice Walker Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143135692
Availability: In stock at our warehouse - Ships in 5-12 business days
Published: Penguin Books - December 10th, 2019

The Bluest Eye (Vintage International) By Toni Morrison Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307278449
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - May 8th, 2007

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone By J. K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré (Illustrator) Cover Image
By J. K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré (Illustrator)
$10.99
ISBN: 9780590353427
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - October 1st, 1999

1984 By George Orwell, Erich Fromm (Afterword by) Cover Image
By George Orwell, Erich Fromm (Afterword by)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780451524935
Availability: In stock at our warehouse - Ships in 5-12 business days
Published: Signet -

The Satanic Verses: A Novel By Salman Rushdie Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780812976717
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 11th, 2008

The Handmaid's Tale: A Novel By Margaret Atwood Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780385490818
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Anchor - March 16th, 1998

The Catcher in the Rye By J. D. Salinger Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316769174
Availability: In stock at our warehouse - Ships in 5-12 business days
Published: Back Bay Books - January 30th, 2001

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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story By Nikole Hannah-Jones (Created by), The New York Times Magazine (Created by), Caitlin Roper (Editor), Ilena Silverman (Editor), Jake Silverstein (Editor) Cover Image
By Nikole Hannah-Jones (Created by), The New York Times Magazine (Created by), Caitlin Roper (Editor), Ilena Silverman (Editor), Jake Silverstein (Editor)
$30.00
ISBN: 9780593230572
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: One World - November 16th, 2021

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Vintage Contemporaries) By Mark Haddon Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781400032716
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - May 18th, 2004

I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition) By Malala Yousafzai, Patricia McCormick (With) Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780316327916
Availability: In stock at our warehouse - Ships in 5-12 business days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 14th, 2016

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning By Jason Reynolds, Ibram X. Kendi Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316453691
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2020

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America By Ibram X. Kendi Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781568585987
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Bold Type Books - August 15th, 2017

Gender Queer: A Memoir By Maia Kobabe Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781549304002
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Oni Press - May 28th, 2019

Of Mice and Men By John Steinbeck Cover Image
$12.00
ISBN: 9780140177398
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - September 1st, 1993

Looking for Alaska By John Green Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780142402511
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - December 28th, 2006

The Perks of Being a Wallflower By Stephen Chbosky Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780671027346
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: MTV Books - February 1st, 1999

The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne, Robert Milder (Introduction by), Tom Perrotta (Foreword by), Thomas E. Connolly (Notes by) Cover Image
By Nathaniel Hawthorne, Robert Milder (Introduction by), Tom Perrotta (Foreword by), Thomas E. Connolly (Notes by)
$8.00
ISBN: 9780143107668
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Classics - December 1st, 2015