Banned And Challenged Books
When I hear of books being challenged
removed from libraries
banned from shelves
from the minds of young readers
from hearts that need those stories
to know they’re not alone
to survive the pain they’re living
I feel a sadness so deep
my chest aches.
My book SCARS faced some challenges over the years—even though I know from readers that it has saved lives. I’m in good company; so many other writers who write about diversity or painful issues have faced book challenges, including Laurie Halse Anderson; Ellen Hopkins; Judy Blume; Julie Anne Peters; John Green; Sherman Alexie; Chris Crutcher, and so many others.
There is a huge need for YA books with diversity and that honestly and openly explore painful issues that teens are living now—