Anyone looking for my Elle Straus 250 word blogfest, please click HERE
Sorry, I'm still pretty computer illiterate, so I put in the wrong link.
I, like many other bloggers, have been outraged and sickened and prompted into action by the threat to ban SPEAK in Missouri.
Nothing expresses the need to keep this book available to all teens more than the poem Laurie Halse Anderson wrote using the responses she's received about her book over the last ten years. It's here, on her blog, along with links to the editorial that prompted all of this, and ideas about what we can do to help.
I'd also like to speak up for one of my favorite authors when I was in high school and still today, Kurt Vonnegut. His book, SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE, was attacked in the article and has already (to my understanding) been successfully banned because of it. Kurt Vonnegut may use a certain amount of irreverence to get his point across, but his anti-war message is clear and powerful, especially in this book. We're severely underestimating our youth if we assume they won't understand that message, and it is sad that the adults in that community don't value the message enough to fight for it.