Banned Book Week

It’s that time of year again.  This week, Sept. 24-Oct. 1, is Banned Book Week. “But wait… we live in America.  Books aren’t banned here!” you might think. Well, check out the following figures from the American Library Association describing data from 2001-2010. Over the past ten years, American libraries were faced with 4,660 challenges. 1,536 challengesRead more

Darkness Too Visible

By now, you’ve probably read Meghan Cox Gurdon’s Wall Street Journal article “Darkness Too Visible,” which criticizes the availability of dark-themed YA novels.  Needless to say, this has created quite a buzz in the book blog world, with a great deal of debate on both sides. My own opinion is that Megan Cox Gurdon isRead more