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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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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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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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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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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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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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Philip Pullman’s books have been removed from two more library bookshelves

Philip Pullman’s books (His Dark Materials series) have been removed from two more library bookshelves–two Toronto-area Catholic school boards, the Durham and Dufferin-Peel Catholic boards (in Ontario, Canada), have removed Pullman’s books while they review the book to see whether … Continue reading

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a children’s author whose book was banned took things into her own hands

When children’s author Nikki Tate discovered that her book, Trouble on Tarragon Island, was being banned at a Saskatchewan school because of the use of the word bazoongas used in a scene of bullying and schoolyard taunts, she decided to … Continue reading

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banned books are relevant all year long

I think banned and challenged books are relevant all year long, not just on Banned Book Week. I don’t think anyone has to right to tell other people that they can’t read a particular book. Books continue to be challenged, … Continue reading

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