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Ever wonder how the mind of a book banner works?

Tweet       Librarian Kelly Jensen wrote an excellent blog post at BOOKRIOT today, “What Are Grown-Ups Afraid Of In YA Books?”┬áIt is a great post and you should read it. And now I will say something that I have never said before. You should read the comments, too. Dr. Richard Sweir, the guy […]
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Really? Again? SPEAK labelled pornography

Tweet     Oh, for heavens sakes. A guy named Richard Swier in Florida thinks that SPEAK is “child pornography.” I wish I were making that up. SPEAK is cautionary tale about the emotional aftermath of rape. It tackles bullying, depression, rape, sexual harassment, and family dysfunction. It teaches children that when bad things happen, […]
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Simply Saturday

Tweet The weather has cooled down nicely up here. Our wood for the winter arrives on Monday and its a darn good thing; we’re going to need fires in the woodstove to take the chill out of the air very soon. Banned Books Week is almost upon us. What will you be doing to recognize […]
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Republic, MO superintendant resigns

Tweet Vernon Minor, Superintendant of Republic, MO school district, has resigned, three months after the school board voted not to extend his contract. This is the district that banned Speak, Slaughterhouse Five, and Twenty Boy Summer after a local man, Wesley Scroggins, complained about the books. In addition to book banning, Minor faced a number […]
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Whoopi Goldberg Reads Banned Books

Tweet Whoopi Goldberg and Shel Silverstein – what a wonderful combination!!!!
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Penguin Authors Stand Up for Free Speech

Tweet        What do you think? Let me know in Comments or be a part of the conversation on Twitter.
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District that tried to ban SPEAK accused of covering up rapes

Tweet I was planning on writing an update about the book banning efforts of Wesley Scroggins in Republic, MO next month. The school board finally made its decision about which books it would remove, and since we are so close to the one-year anniversary of the mess, I had decided to write about it then. […]
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BEA round-up

Tweet Three days breathing Javitz Center air have left me feeling a little delirious. But before I self-medicate by planting flowers and working out at the gym, let me share a few BEA pics with you. (pic from Mitali Perkins Twitter feed) Mitali Perkins, Jennifer Donnelly and I did a good job representing YA books […]
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Art Auction + Free Speech = Winning

Tweet BEA – the ginormous annual publishing conference – is just around the corner. I’ll be there Monday- Thursday, and plan on having a Very Good Time Indeed. One of the coolest things at BEA is the Silent Auction. This takes place Wednesday night. The best illustrators in the business such as David Diaz, Mo […]
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Video to bake by

TweetThe cleaning and decorating in the Forest in finally done. (Pics tomorrow!) Today I’ll be trying to make a gingerbread house and baking biscotti and other family favorites. And it’s time to make the rice pudding for the Julenisse! While puttering around the kitchen, I’ll be catching up on videos that I’ve bookmarked. Do you […]
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