On This Day In History: Two Historic Novels are Published

Throughout history, many events have taken place on July 16. Here are a couple worth noting in the publishing world.

On this day in 1951, J.D. Salinger's novel The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger is published by Little, Brown and Company. Since its publication, The Catcher in the Rye has been deemed a classic and is required reading for many high school students.

With that being said, it is frequently in the top ten most challenged books to be removed from libraries or schools according to the website of the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom. The last year it was reported as being in this top ten list was back in 2009. Reasons for wanting it banned include it having offensive language and being sexually explicit.

Also on this day in 2005, J.K. Rowling's sixth installment of the Harry Potter book series, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, is published worldwide and a whooping 9 million copies are sold within 24 hours! In 2006, it won an award for "Best Books for Young Adults". On July 15, 2009, the film version of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince was released . . . almost 4 years after the book was released!

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**Source:  ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/top10 
***Source:  ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, http://www.ala.org/awardsgrants/content/harry-potter-and-half-blood-prince


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