‘Gossip Girl’ and ‘The Bermudez Triangle’ Challenged in Leesburg, FL

We wrote some weeks ago about censorship and cyberbullying on the TV show, Gossip Girl.

Now, Gossip Girl (the book), and The Bermudez Triangle are under fire. One parent in Leesburg, FL has challenged The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson and Only in Your Dreams: A Gossip Girl Novel by Cecily von Ziegesar because she objects to sexual content and drug references in the books. The parent brought a petition to the Leesburg Public Library, requesting that the books be removed from the library’s YA section. She has since initiated a formal challenge to have the books reviewed by the library’s advisory board.

Challenges to these titles in particular and to YA literature in general aren’t surprising. In fact, perhaps they are a sign that the books are realistic and speak to teens’ experience. And, I’d say that reading about sex or drug references in a book provides a safe way to confront those topics or to start a conversation about difficult situations in real life.

Public libraries exist to serve the entire community. If one parent objects to these books, she is entitled to her view. But she has no right to tell other people what they or their children may read. We hope the library advisory board will keep the books in the YA section where they can be accessible to teens who want to read them.

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7 Responses to ‘Gossip Girl’ and ‘The Bermudez Triangle’ Challenged in Leesburg, FL

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  2. Natalie says:

    Parents cannot totally shelter their kids and by censoring what books they may read, they are probably doing a disservice to them. I think it is a positive thing that some young readers are utilizing the public library and borrowing books. The mothers should at least be encouraged that their kids want to read. I believe the key issues for the parents are trust and communication. If the mothers are so concerned, perhaps they should read the books at the same time as their kid so that they can get together and discuss the book. I totally agree that reading is a positive act that allows the young adults to confront certain issues and topics and start a dialogue about them.

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  5. Tina says:

    I live in this area. We just made a news last month when the banned the Presidents speech to the children in school due to parents objections. CRAZY ones at that. Now they want to censer or public library system too.
    These are the same people who cry fowl that the government is taking over our health care and taking away our rights. Gee helping everyone get decent health care is taking away our rights but censoring the president’s speech and banning books is OK.
    you Gotta Love Lake County Florida

  6. NovelTeas says:

    Cecily von Ziegesar will be visiting NovelTeas of Shrewsbury, NJ on November 21st to discuss Gossip Girls. Follow us on twitter (novelteas) or Facebook http://ow.ly/xiPZ to find out more detailed information in the coming weeks!

  7. Frederic Chea says:

    If you didn’t know gossip girl is a very new popular American drama teenager tv show. It’s most popular among a lot of teenagers and kids that like to watch online on their computers. To watch these episodes it’s very basic and you don’t need to know any computer skills at all. Your probably wondering why I created this article. The reason is very simple I wanted to show you an easy way on how to watch gossip girl online.

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