(From the publisher):
"What effect does [the climate of censorship] have on a writer? Chilling. It's easy to become discouraged, to second-guess everything you write. There seemed to be no one to stand up to the censors...So I began to speak out about my experiences. And once I did, I found that I wasn't as alone as I'd thought."
-from Judy Blume's Introduction to Places I Never Meant to Be
Judy Blume is not alone: Many of today's most distinguished authors of books for young people have found their work censored or challenged. Eleven of them have contributed original stories to this collection. Along with a story written by the late Norma Klein when she was a student at Barnard College, they comprise a stunning literary achievement as well as a battle cry against censorship.
- Censorship: A Personal View by Judy Blume
- A Letter from Joan Bertin (Executive Director, National Coalition Against Censorship)
- Meeting the Mugger by Norma Fox Mazer
- Spear by Julias Lester
- Going Sentimental by Rachel Vail
- The Red Dragonfly by Katherine Paterson
- July Saturday Jacqueline Woodson
- You Come, Too, A-Ron by Harry Mazer
- The Beast Is in the Labyrinth by Walter Dean Myers
- Ashes by Susan Beth Pfeffer
- Baseball Camp by David Klass
- Love and Centipedes by Paul Zindel
- Lie, No Lie by Chris Lynch
- Something Which Is Non-Existent by Norma Klein
- About the Contributors
Original title: Places I Never Meant to Be: Original Stories by Censored Writers
Genre: Fiction→ Children & Young Adult
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