The Truth Can Change Everything: Speak Out about Speak
Speak Loudly: Follow-up Article
(You should read Dr. Scroggins controversial article where he talks about banning books.)
Natalie has put together BLOGGERS SPEAK OUT! Here's the scoop:
Bloggers Speak Out is a movement sparked by the recent article, "Filthy Books Demeaning to Republic Education" by Dr. Wesley Scroggins that was published in the Springfield, MO News-Leader on September 18th. In this article, Scroggins vehemently advocates the censorship of books in schools, and specifically requests that the following books be removed from the Republic school system: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler, and Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut. To show our support of these authors and to fight against book banning and censorship, we have decided to take action and speak out.
At Teens Read and Write we support Natalie and if you'd like to join the BLOGGERS SPEAK OUT movement, contact her through email.
|The books Scroggins wants to ban|
SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson
TWENTY BOY SUMMER by Sarah Ockler
SLAUGHTER HOUSE FIVE by Kurt Vonnegut
We passionately believe that ourselves and others should be free to choose to read any book we choose. We also think that when it comes to YA, parents should be interested, involved and aware of what their kids are reading. REad and talk about books together!
We were at Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena, CA last night for the Smart Chicks Kick It Book Tour (more about that in another post) and found a whole wall display of banned books - check out the photos!
|Wall of Shame!|
|We love Harry!|
|That's Matt Bomer from TV's White Collar!|
|Seriously? Dr. Seuss , the Dictionary and The Giving Tree?|
|One of our favorite picture books. Banned because the bear 's name had some connection to Marxism or Communism - or something equally ridiculous|
We're giving away one of our favorite banned books, Sherman Alexie's ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN.
Jake wrote a review a while back and we've included it below. And at the bottom of the post check out the giveaway rules and fill out the form.
Do you have a favorite banned book?
Do you have one your planning to read?
Sherman Alexie WEBSITE
Open to where ever Book Depository Ships
Fill out the form below
Deadline Oct 3, 2010