Posts Tagged ‘ speak ’

Censorship 2014: Summer Reading Under Attack

December 31, 2014
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Since most of the challenges and bans that we cover happen in schools, the summers have typically been slow news months for us in past years. So, naturally this year we took notice when challenge after challenge to books that had been assigned as summer reading popped up across the country. Collectively, this new and…

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Alabama Speak Challenge Nipped in the Bud

July 29, 2014
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Alabama Speak Challenge Nipped in the Bud

A challenge to Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak at a high school in Albertville, Alabama was quickly resolved earlier this month when the principal responded that it was one of many books on a reading list, and individual students or their parents are free to select another if they don’t want to read it. According to…

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Oregon School Board Overrules Pre-emptive Ban on Absolutely True Diary

June 30, 2014
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Oregon School Board Overrules Pre-emptive Ban on Absolutely True Diary

Here’s some good news to start the week: The school board in Grants Pass, Oregon has approved Sherman Alexie’s Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian for use in 10th-grade English classes after it was initially rejected by the district’s curriculum council. Each board member read the entire book, and all but one “found the…

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Speak at 15: Laurie Halse Anderson Talks Teens, Resilience Literature, and Censorship

April 16, 2014
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Speak at 15: Laurie Halse Anderson Talks Teens, Resilience Literature, and Censorship

With Laurie Halse Anderson’s frequently-challenged YA novel Speak reaching its 15th anniversary this year, the author is marking the occasion with a campaign called #Speak4RAINN15 which aims to raise $30,000 for the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network. Recently she also sat down for an interview with Book Riot’s Kelly Jensen to talk about censorship,…

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CBLDF Joins Defense of The Bluest Eye and Speak

August 2, 2013
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CBLDF Joins Defense of The Bluest Eye and Speak

This week, CBLDF-sponsored Kids’ Right to Read Project sent two letters on behalf of challenged books: One defends the use of Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye in schools in Colorado, and the second defends Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak, which is being challenged in Florida. The Bluest Eye, which is one of the most frequently challenged…

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Blogger Labels Acclaimed YA Novel “Child Pornography”

July 8, 2013
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Blogger Labels Acclaimed YA Novel “Child Pornography”

In June, Laurel Nokomis School in Sarasota County, Florida, convened a committee of teachers, education professionals, and more to determine the fate of an award-winning novel that was being used in an 8th grade gifted language arts classroom. The board retained the book, but a “watchdog” blogger in Florida recently caught wind of the challenge…

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