“There is nothing like a banned book to turn a teenager into a devoted reader” Malcolm Jones – on the ‘lucky’ adolescents who live in a school district that has banned Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, quoted in American Libraries Magazine, September 2010, p. 20.
Banned Books Week is the only national celebration of the freedom to read. It was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than a thousand books have been challenged since 1982. The challenges have occurred in every state and in hundreds of communities.
From 1984 to Harry Potter, censorship is alive and well in the 21st century. Remember what Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas said in 1984, “”If there is a bedrock principle underlying the First Amendment, it is that the government may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea itself offensive or disagreeable.”
This post by Ellen Hopkins, author of Crank and Fallout was just published on the Huffington Post today
Banned Books Week is Sept 25 – Oct 2