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The Sadness of Banned Books: A Poem by Cheryl Rainfield author of SCARS and STAINED

The Sadness of Banned Books When I hear of books being challenged removed from libraries banned from shelves from the minds of young readers from hearts that need those stories     to know they’re not alone     to survive the … Continue reading

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Cheryl Rainfield on SCARS being challenged, and the need for “dark” books – for Banned Book Week

In the video below, I talk about Scars being challenged, why I wrote Scars, and the need for “dark” books – for Banned Book Week. I read banned and challenged books, and I hope you do, too! Here are some … Continue reading

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Free Banned Books Week Posters, Clipart, and more

Get some great free printable Banned Books Week posters, clipart,brochures of banned and challenged books by year (scroll to the bottom of the page), and more through ABFFE. They are also having a sale on their Banned Books Week products. … Continue reading

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Lauren Myracle on Banned Books…and Scars is mentioned!

Lauren Myracle, author of SHINE, ttfn, and many more popular YA books, talks beautifully and honestly in this article about her books being banned and challenged, the horrible criticisms she’s received, the blizzard of fan mail she gets (a hundred … Continue reading

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Free Speech Matters; Books Are Powerful!

I LOVE this video by so many YA authors who I love and respect, letting us know that free speech matters, books matter–and that banning and censoring books isn’t right. You might be surprised at how many of your favorite … Continue reading

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Preparing for the NCTE/ALAN Panel on Banned & Challenged Books

I’ll be on a panel about banned and challenged books: “Titles That Challenge and Are Challenged” on Monday, Nov. 21 from 2:05-2:50 with a group of fantastic authors: Lauren Myracle, Paul Yee, Andrew Smith, and facilitator David Gill. I’ve already … Continue reading

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Uprise Books Project will get banned & censored books into hands of teens in poverty. But they need help.

The Uprise Books Project is going to get banned and censored books into the hands of underprivileged teens, free of charge. They hope to increase literacy, inspire teens and get them reading and thinking, and end the cycle of poverty … Continue reading

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Cheryl Rainfield on Banned Books

I read banned books; there are some fantastic books that have been banned. And Scars has also had challenges, as well as the recent opinion piece in the WSJ which called Scars and many other powerful books “too dark”. So … Continue reading

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Love my Unshelved print on book banning/censorship

Ooooh! My Unshelved print on book banning/censorship arrived today! I LOVE it!! It’s a good thing for me to look at, to remind myself when people challenge my books. (smiling) Thank you Unshelved!

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My response to the specific challenge to Scars

As in any community, there will be differing opinions and views of what is right, what is healthy. I understand that. But to try to remove my book SCARS–which is about breaking silence, finding healing and safety–feels wrong to me, … Continue reading

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