My awesome friend Jen from I Read Banned Books is co-hosting the Banned Books Week Hop so to support her I'm participating in my first hop!
When I learned that book banning was still going on in the 21st century, I really thought it was a joke. With television pushing the boundaries of what we call "entertainment" and most kids, tweens, and teens having access to technology at their fingertips, if they really wanted to see or read things that involved profanity, drugs, alcohol, and sex there are far more accessible ways than a book. Allowing one group to decide what should be allowed in our public and school libraries is wrong and one way to give these banned and potentially banned books a voice is for us to give them one.
As you know I'm a big fan of supporting our Texas authors and earlier this year I met Gail Giles at the Texas Library Association conference. She also spoke at the Houston Teen Book Festival, she talked about how her book, SHATTERING GLASS, was challenged and it's something that has stayed with me.
SHATTERING GLASS was originally challenged in Lake Oswego, Oreg. Junior High School (2007) because the novel is "peppered with profanities, ranging from derogatory slang terms to sexual encounters and violence." - ALA's 2007-2008 Yearly Lists of Challenged and/or Banned Books
Right Behind You (SIGNED)
What Happened to Cass McBride (SIGNED)
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