Thursday, August 19, 2010

More on Ellen Hopkins Teen Lit fiasco in Texas

More on the Ellen Hopkins Teen Lit fiasco in Texas....

Publisher Weekly's Blog has posted an article about it, and I read reams of responses.  One of my favorite teen lit authors who weighed in was Chris Crutcher (if you haven't read him yet, please do, he's fabulous).  Among other things, he said..."The point is, it’s a fight we have to wage loudly, if for no other reason than to show the kids we believe they can think for themselves and that we believe in freedom whether that particular freedom “suits” us or not."  

I love that the internet allows us to draw attention to censorship issues so quickly.  So far, only a few have responded to the School Library Journal article posted yesterday.  But, I suspect it won't be long before dozens more weigh with comments.  It's an issue that authors are willing to fight for; not only for themselves, but on behalf of their readers.

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