My talk on my experience with SCARS being challenged, and what to do if a book is challenged

On Oct 1 I talked to Dixie K. Keyes​’ class at Arkansas State University through Zoom on SCARS being challenged and what to do when a book is challenged. I talked about the importance of teens finding reflections of their experiences in books, especially of painful issues such as sexual abuse, suicide, self harm, racism, homophobia, sexism, ableism, and sizeism, and how books can save lives. They did for some of my readers and for me.

You can watch my talk on YouTube, or read it as an article on my website. It feels deeply wrong to me to prevent kids and teens from having books that might help them heal, talk to someone sooner, find community sooner–or even save their lives.

About Cheryl Rainfield

I write the books I needed and couldn't find as a teen. I write teen fiction--paranormal fantasy and gritty realistic fiction. I'm the author of SCARS (WestSide Books, 2010) #1 ALA QuickPicks, and Governor General Literary Award Finalist, HUNTED (WestSide Books, Oct 2011), STAINED (Harcourt, 2013), The Last Dragon (HIP Books, Sept 2009), and Walking Both Sides (HIP Books, 2011). I also enjoy drawing, surfing the web, connecting with people I like, doing crafts, and being with my dog.
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