LOVE this video talk by Laurie Halse Anderson on censorship.

If you’ve followed my blog or know me from Twitter or Facebook, then you know I love Laurie Halse Anderson–her brave books that help make a positive difference in the world, and the way she speaks out and creates good change.

Well–Laurie’s done it again with her talk to ABFEE on censorship. I LOVE what she said! That books are a safe way to pass on lessons and wisdom to others–and that books save lives. And that that’s what we’re doing writing and publishing YA literature. That our books have to be honest to connect to teens. That sometimes the only ways readers can find the answers they need from books. That most of censorship is fear-driven. And that teens can’t afford to have the truth withheld from them. And that censorship leaves teens in darkness and opens up opportunities for them to be hurt. I SO identify with that–books were what helped me survive my childhood–and they were what helped me know I wasn’t alone, and that the abuse I was surviving wasn’t okay. So Laurie’s words–they speak to me so much.

Thank you Laurie Halse Anderson for your wonderful speech!

Watch the video for yourself and let me know what you think. 🙂

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