I was part of a discussion with five librarians in our university library last week about Banned Book Week. I got some fascinating insights on the pressures librarians have in selecting titles to purchase.
Even in this modern day and age, some folks in communities across America are saying: "No. That Book ISN'T For You" and for reasons that have nothing to do with the community, the school, or the reader -- and everything to do with prejudice.
One Texas school district has taken book banning to an entirely new level. Author Richelle Mead holds the distinction to perhaps be the only author ever to have a book banned... before it was even written.
Some call my books edgy; others say they're dark. They do explore tough subject matter -- addiction, abuse, thoughts of suicide, teen prostitution. But they bring young adult readers a broader perspective.
One of my favorite childhood books was Hugh Lofting's Doctor Dolittle. I've the original book and as a young teacher realized that it was... um... horribly... racist and so kept it home and did not recommend it.