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The American Library Association released its annual report this week, which includes a list of the year's most banned books. The top ten list of frequently challenged books is never a proud moment (The Dirty Cowboy, really?), and the continual battle against censorship the report chronicles is frankly depressing. In America. In 2013.
But I try to be a glass is half full kind of gal, and I did find one little kernal of goodness in the report: Amanda Wong. Miss Wong is a high-school student who successfully fought her California school's efforts to ban Stephen King's novella "Different Seasons." After a school committee decided to ban the work, Amanda convinced the school superintendent tto reverse the committee's decision because it “opens a door to censoring other materials.” The school returned the book to the library shelves...where I'm betting it became the most frequently checked out book.
Our friends at Melville House have, as always, a good blog posting about the list: http://www.mhpbooks.com/the-banned-books-of-2012-toilets-and-bondage/
And you can find the full ALA report here: http://www.ala.org/news/state-americas-libraries-report-2013/intellectual-freedom