Give a Young Person a Banned Book


This is a follow-on to my post of October 27, YA Books About Bad Things (

“An Open Letter to Those Who Give Kids Banned Books”

The writer illustrates how important it is that kids have access to books about the bad things in life–rape, violence, bullying, drugs–because it helps them learn to deal with these things. And by showing that they are not alone, encourages victims to speak up.

But rarely, too rarely, do we talk about the good things that come when you share dangerous books with teens.

Laurie Halse Anderson shared a link on Facebook to a news story in Terre Haute, Indiana. It’s not a happy story: two people were victims of sexual abuse at the hands of a single man. They’d both been victims for a long time, suffering silently as their bodies were taken advantage of, unable to put words to what was happening to them and how wrong it was. But it was through the actions of one book, assigned to the younger of the two victims in her English class, that helped her speak.


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