If you are a Twitter user, you may have noticed #SpeakLoudly trending over the last 48 hours. That’s because Laurie Halse Anderson’s highly-regarded YA novel Speak, which was awarded a Printz medal of honor, is the target of banning. Yes, my friends, ALA’s Banned Books week (Sept. 25 – Oct. 2) is coming up, and there’s a reason to spread the word like never before.
Laurie Halse Anderson blogs eloquently about the banning on her website. She details the mind-boggling efforts of a Missouri pastor to get Speak, which is about a teen’s struggle with the aftermath of a brutal rape, labeled pornographic so it will be banned (it’s incredible to me that people actually think rape is pornographic instead of a crime, but there it is). YA Librarian also offers an excellent summary of the situation and how teens connect to Halse Anderson’s book, as well as more links.
You can support the #SpeakLoudly effort by adding a Twibbon to your Twitter avatar: http://twibbon.com/join/Speak-Loudly.
Before she became famous as the girl who loved a vampire, Kristen Stewart played the protagonist Melinda Sordino in the film version of Speak, and she’s terrific.
If you’re so inclined, please feel free to SPEAK about #SpeakLoudly on your own social media networks. And we encourage you to take a look at the ALA’s webportal to see the other books targeted for banning and support those authors as well.