Out of All the Titles, Really?

I could not help thinking as I read this article about a Fond du Lac, WI parent seeking to ban 7 books from the school library that it is a good thing she is not more versed in YA literature. The books she has her knickers in a bunch about are pretty tame!

Her list: Ann Brashares’s Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, Get Well Soon by Julie Halpern, and two Sonia Sones titles, One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies and What My Mother Doesn’t Know.

Good thing she has never read any vampire YA. Her head might explode.

–Jane, *boom*

3 thoughts on “Out of All the Titles, Really?

  • February 25, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Did you ever notice that the book burnin’/banin’ types are always either snaggle-toothed hicks that are barely able to get through this month’s edition of Field & Stream or are super uptight matronly-types that have probably never even read the books to which they so adamantly object?

  • February 25, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    I have much more respect for parents who actually read the entire book and then say, “I do not want my child to read this.” Two things happen in this scenario that are correct and not crazy:
    1 – You read the entire book and made an informed decision. Good for you.
    2 – You decided to not let your child read it but have decided that the rest of us can parent our own children. I appreciate the vote of confidence in my parenting skills even of they collide with yours.

    I am of course that implying that banning books is crazy. Because it is.

  • February 27, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    I suspect she’s working off of some list she got from x group. I find it hilarious that generally the books people want to ban have some literary merit (I said *generally*). In the public library I always want to ask the people to whom I’m handing a reconsideration form if they’ve read any of the Lora Leigh threesome books we have. Probably not, they’re checked out with a waiting list.

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