Monthly Archives: October 2012

“Uncle Bobby’s Wedding” Will Stay in Missouri Library

Today the Brentwood Public Library board handed down its unanimous decision to keep Uncle Bobby’s Wedding, a picture book by Sarah S. Brannen that had recently drawn objections from a patron. Library Director Vicky Wood initially offered a written response … Continue reading

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Banned Books WILL Be Taught in Fremont CA

Great news! Bastard out of Carolina and Angels in America will be taught in Fremont to all those who wish to learn, notwithstanding the Fremont Unified School District’s decision to ban the books from its English curriculum. Thanks to the efforts of Rev. … Continue reading

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Censorship is More Terrifying than Stephen King Books

The American Library Association teamed up with us this week on a letter to the Rocklin Unified School District, where they are currently considering pulling Different Seasons by Stephen King out of school libraries. After her ninth grade son brought the … Continue reading

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King County Library System FTW: Defending Manga

In King County, WA, the public library system responded to a complaint over a manga novel, Hero Heel 2, in the best possible way: by reaffirming the freedom of access of its patrons and responsibility of parents. Yay, librarians! Like graphic novels … Continue reading

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So meta: Stephen King Book Challenge Irony

In evaluating and reviewing a recent challenge to Stephen King’s Different Seasons (Signet, 1982) in a high school library in Rocklin, California, we were amused to read the following passage in King’s the story “Apt Pupil”. In the passage, the main character, 13-year-old … Continue reading

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Huzzah! “Robopocalypse” to Remain in Knox County Schools

Score one for the robots freedom to read supporters! A seven-person committee in the Hardin Valley Academy, in Knox County, TN has decided that Daniel H. Wilson’s “Robopocalypse” should stay in the school’s curriculum. The best-selling science fiction book about … Continue reading

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YFEP Film Contest, “You’re Reading WHAT?!?!” Deadline Extended!

Teen Free Speech Fighters! There’s still time to enter the Youth Free Expression Project’s annual film contest and potentially win $1,000 cash prize and a $5,000 scholarship to the New York Film Academy. We’ve extended the deadline to November 25, … Continue reading

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Sherman Alexie: “I love to scare the already terrified assholes”

Guernica magazine featured a great interview with frequently challenged and banned author, Sherman Alexie. Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian has appeared on the ALA’s most challenged list in both 2010 and 2011; the Kids’ Right to Read Project … Continue reading

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YA Author Keith Gray’s Wise Words on Book Censorship

During Banned Books Week last week, the PEN American Center featured an essay on the topic of book censorship and young adult readers by author Keith Gray. In his article, Gray talks about how he is frequently worrying about, not … Continue reading

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A Lesson in Irony: Chicago Author Banned From Banned Books Talk

Last week, in the midst of the media derecho catapulting the celebration of Banned Books Week, we came upon this article in the Chicago Tribune written by author James Klise.   Klise manages a high school library in Chicago and is the author … Continue reading

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