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Places I Never Meant to Be (1999) [Anthology]
by David Klass Norma Klein Julius Lester Chris Lynch Norma Fox Mazer Harry Mazer Walter Dean Myers Katherine Paterson Susan Beth Pfeffer Rachel Vail Jacqueline Woodson Paul Zindel Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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"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.


  • Introduction
  • 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
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionChildren & Young Adult

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Places I Never Meant to Be (1999)
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Language: English

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Places I Never Meant to Be (October 2001)

Format: Hardcover
Publisher: San Val
ISBN: 0613337204
Dimensions: 5.7 x 8.6 x 0.8 in
Pages: 202

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Places I Never Meant to Be (June 1, 2001)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Simon Pulse
ISBN: 0689842589
Dimensions: 5.7 x 8.1 x 0.7 in
Pages: 208

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Places I Never Meant to Be (August 1, 1999)

Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
ISBN: 0689820348
Dimensions: 6.4 x 9.3 x 0.8 in
Pages: 208

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