Friday, September 25, 2009

Just in time for Banned Books Week: YA Author Hopkins Banned from School Visit

As librarians around the country round into Banned Books Week, author Ellen Hopkins had her visit to Whittier Middle School in Norman, Oklahoma blocked due to a request for review of her book Glass. There's no better statement than the following to capture the intent of the week:
"While Hopkins says she understands parents who decide against their child reading her books, 'no one person should be able to tell other people what their children can or can't read.'"
Ms. Hopkins also composed a Fahrenheit 451-like poem titled Manifesto to publicize Banned Books Week:
Torch every book.
Burn every page.
Char every word to ash.
Ideas are incombustible.
And therein lies your real fear.

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