Authors Stand Up for Free Speech

Authors Laurie Halse Anderson (Twisted), M.T. Anderson (Feed), Jay Asher (Thirteen Reasons Why), T.A. Barron (The Lost Years of Merlin), Dave Barry (Dave Barry’s Guide to Life), Heather Brewer (Eighth Grade Bites), Chris Crutcher (Athletic Shorts), Sarah Dessen (Just Listen), John Green (Looking for Alaska), Lev Grossman (The Magicians), Ellen Hopkins  (Crank), Anthony Horowitz (Snakehead), Maureen Johnson (The Bermudez Triangle), Nina LaCour (Hold Still), Carolyn Mackler (The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things), Lauren Myracle (ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r series), Kathy Reichs (creator of Temperance “Bones” Brennan), Meg Rosoff (There Is No Dog), Rita Williams-Garcia (Jumped), and Jacqueline Woodson (The House You Pass on the Way) remind us why freedom of speech matters to young readers.

The American Library Association maintains a list of the most frequently challenged books of the 21st century.