Monday, September 20, 2010

Banned Books and Speak by L. Anderson

There isn't much to say that hasn't already been said. If I was affiliated with Missouri State in any way whatsoever, I would be embarrassed because of what a certain associate professor had to say. I refuse to link to it because it gives it that much more attention. Instead I'll link you to Laurie Halse Anderson's blog and her reaction to it. And I will link to my thoughts on Speak. Speak is NOT porn. I will continue to read banned books and books that are challenged. Thank you to all of those who have taken the time to share their thoughts on this subject.
Speak out and let your voice be heard!


  1. Banning books is such an awful and futile practice. If anything, it makes more people read them!

  2. Speak is one of THE most important books on my library shelves. Censorship is evil.

  3. You know, great point about just giving this yahoo more publicity by linking. Speak was an incredibly affecting book for me--one I wish I had read as a teenager--I simply can't see why one would think it was porn!

  4. I am more likely to reach for a banned book. Great post, Sam!

  5. I am more likely to want to read a banned book also. And some of the best books have been banned.

  6. I haven't read this book yet, but you can dang well better believe that I'll be getting it and reading it. Banned book, pshaw!

  7. Ladytink- I hope more people read Speak because of this. It is a book that needs to be read!

    Staci- Isn't it an amazing read???

    Trish- I would have liked to read it as a teenager myself. I'm hoping that my stepdaughter will read it at some point.

    Suko- I would like to read even more banned books myself.

    Naida- I agree that there are some amazing books out there that have been banned!

    Coffee and a Book Chick- You can bet that I'll be rereading Speak at some point as well as reading the other books that were included in his "opinion". Enough said.

  8. Looking through a book swap shelf i aimlessly picked up "Speak" and added it to my to read someday section of my book shelf. When i Heard this book was banned i took it off my shelf and finallly read it. Kept wondering when the horribly graphic part was going to make me understand why a parent or teacher might be uncomfortable. From cover to cover there is nothing that would warrant trying to SILENCE Laurie Halse Anderson's voice. Im so angry that anyone would try to keep this book away from kids. Im donating the book to my library and buying new ones for my nieces. SPEAK out for this book! Don't let it be SILENCED!


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