Saturday, September 21, 2013
This year the censorship bullies in Minnesota are hard at work. The latest banned book controversy struck this week and involves the author Rainbow Rowell and her book Eleanor & Park.
This summer, the Anoka-Hennepin County Librarians chose Eleanor & Park as part of their optional summer "Rock the Read" program. As part of that program they planned to have Rainbow Rowell speak to teens in the Anoka-Hennepin school district and in the library system.
The Parent Action League objects to the swear words within the book and even took the time to count them. They have succeeded in banning Rainbow Rowell from both speaking engagements in Anoka-Hennepin county. They are trying to get all the books removed from the libraries and are calling for the librarians who picked the book to be disciplined.
The irony lies in the fact that Eleanor and Park is a book about bullying and the Parent Action League are taking the role of bullying to heart by making sure no teenager within their county school district can read it.
So in honor of FREEDOM OF SPEECH and the right to choose what you want to read, I am giving
away a copy of Eleanor and Park. OH and I invited Rainbow Rowell to speak to my students in
Minneapolis. I hope she accepts. Fingers crossed.
I guess, censorship bullies don't know that banning a book makes everyone want to read it.
Here is the synopsis from Goodreads:
Set over the course of one school year in 1986, ELEANOR AND PARK is the story of two star-crossed misfits – smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love – and just how hard it pulled you under.
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