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Listen to my radio interview on Matters of the MInd – on being an incest and torture survivor, why I write the books I do, and what’s most rewarding for me.

Yesterday I was interviewed on Matters of The Mind by Dr. Peter Sacco and Todd Miller on ListenUpTalk. I talked honestly about being an incest and torture survivor and some of the effects (including, for me, self-harm, PTSD, dissociation, depression), … 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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Teacher banned from displaying Dr Seuss quote, professor Cheryl Cowdy interviewed

Professor Cheryl Cowdy from York University was interviewed on CTV: “is Dr. Seuss Too Political?” because a grade-one teacher was actually banned from displaying a quote from Dr. Seuss’ Yertle the Turtle! (I LOVE that book.) The quote was: “I … 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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My personal highlights from ALAN (and being on a panel)

So…after two months of worrying about me being on a panel (speaking about challenged books) in front of 500 people, and then two weeks of anxiety, and then a day of absolute fear right up to (and during) the panel…I … Continue reading

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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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Top 100 Banned Books

Check out ALA’s list of the top 100 Banned Books spanning 2000-2009; you might be surprised at what you find. Harry Potter tops the list, and there are some books by Judy Blume, and of course Speak by Laurie Halse … Continue reading

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Imagine twisting a book’s message from tolerance to hatred….

Apparently there’s a commercial on TV that uses the children’s picture book King & King to tell people to ban gay marriage. Say what? King & King is a picture book that gently teaches tolerance of gay men and lesbians. … Continue reading

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Why ban books?

It always seems incredible to me that people ban books–or try to. Books are THE safest way I can think of to learn something. They can provide so much–comfort, inspiration, moments of happiness and joy. A break from painful experiences … Continue reading

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Banned books get a new website to help promote Banned Book Week

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