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- Censorship and Young Adult Literature -

Any discussion of censorship and young adult literature initially focuses on the number and titles of books for young people that have been the object of censorship challenges. Certainly, censorship is an on-going curricular concern. Virtually no book is exempt from possible challenge; nor is any teacher safe from potential question.

Below is a list of resources that deal specifically with this issue.




Professional Resources

Brinkley, Ellen Caught off Guard Teachers Rethink Censorship and Controversy. Needham Heights, MA: 1999.
Brown, Jean E. with Elaine C. Stephens "Being Proactive, Not Waiting for the Censor" in Preserving Intellectual Freedom. Urbana, IL. National Council of Teachers of English, 1994.
_____________ "Censorship Attempted at South Lyon High School," SLATE Newsletter, Vol. 13, # 1. September, 1988.
_____________ "Censorship: Implications for the Student Press," SLATE Newsletter, Vol. 13, # 1. September, 1988.
_____________ "Close to Home: Responding to Censorship," The Michigan English Teacher, Winter, 1999.
_____________ "Defining Obscenity," The Michigan English Teacher, 42 (Spring) #2, 1992.
_____________ “Fighting the Same Battle,” The Michigan English Teacher, August, 1998.
_____________ "Fundamentalists Score Victory," The Michigan English Teacher, 44, (Fall), 1993#1, p.4-5.
_____________ “Good News/Bad News for Intellectual Freedom,” The Michigan English Teacher, 42, #2 (October), 1996.
_____________ with Elaine C. Stephens "Implications of the Rise of Fundamentalist Church Schools," SLATE Newsletter, Spring, 1990.
_____________ “Intellectual Freedom on the WEB,” The Michigan English Teacher, 46, #1 (September), 1995.
_____________ “Leadership and Intellectual Freedom: The Battle for Control of the Public Schools,” The English Quarterly, December, 1996.
_____________ “NCTE Resolves to Protect Student Right to Information,” The MET, Volume 46, #3, Winter, 1997, p. 5.
_____________ with Elaine C. Stephens "Preparing for Challenges: Developing Rationales," SLATE Starter Sheet, NCTE, 1994.
_____________, Editor Preserving Intellectual Freedom: Fighting Censorship in Our Schools. Urbana, IL. National Council of Teachers of English, Fall, 1994
_____________ “The Relentless Campaign of the Radical Right,” The Michigan English Teacher, Volume 47, #1, Fall, 1997.
_____________ "Resolved to Reject Censorship," The Michigan English Teacher, 42 (Summer) #3, 1992.
_____________, Editor SLATE on Intellectual Freedom, National Council of Teachers of English, 1995.
_____________ "Taking a Stand Against Censorship in Michigan" in the SLATE Newsletter, Spring, 1992.
Burress, Lee Literary Censorship in the Public School, 1950-1985. Summit, PA: Scarecrow Press, 1989.
___________, Nicholas Karolides, and John M. Kean Censored Books II: Critical Viewpoints, 1985-2000. Summit, PA: Scarecrow Press, 1995.
Collier, Christopher "Censored: An Author's Perspective," in Brother Sam and All That, by Christopher Collier, Orange, CN: The Clearwater Press, 1999.
Cormier, Robert "A Book is Not a House The Human Side of Censorship," in Authors' Insights: turning Teenagers into Readers and Writers, Don Gallo, editor. Portsmouth, NH: Boynton/Cook Heinemann, 1992.
Curry, Ann Censorship and Intellectual Freedom in Public Libraries. Summit, PA: Scarecrow Press, 1996.
Davis, Jim Dealing with Censorship. Urbana, IL. National Council of Teachers of English, 1989.
Hoffman, Frank Intellectual Freedom and Censorship An Annotated Bibliography. Summit, PA: Scarecrow Press, 1989.
Karolides, Nicholas Censored Books II: Critical Viewpoints, 1985-2000. Summit, PA: Scarecrow Press, 2002.
McDonald, Frances Censorship and Intellectual Freedom. Summit, PA: Scarecrow Press, 1993.
Moffett, James Storm in the Mountain A Case Study of Censorship, Conflict, and Consciousness, Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 1988.
Reichman, Henry Censorship and Selection Issues and Answers for School. Chicago, IL, 1988.
Salvner, Gary "A War of Words: Lessons from a Censorship Case," in the ALAN Review, Winter, 1998.
Signal, Special Issue on Censorship, editor Elizabeth Poe Fall, 1994, Volume XIX, Issue, 1.
Simmons, John S. Editor Censorship A threat to Reading, Learning, Thinking. Newark, DE: International Reading Association, 1994.




Nonfiction

Haas, Carol Engel vs. Vitale: Separation of Church and State
Herda, D. J. New York Times v. United States: National Security and Censorship
Lang, Susan S. and Paul Lang Censorship
Rushdie, Salman Imaginary Homelands:Essays and Criticism
Sherrow, Victoria Censorship in Schools
Steele, Philip Censorship
Weiss, Ann E. Who’s to Know? Information, the Media, and Public Awareness
Zeinert, Karen Free Speech: From Newspapers to Music Lyrics




Fiction

Avi Nothing But the Truth
Clements, Andrew The Landry News
Ford, Barbara The Most Wonderful Movie in the World
Hentoff, Nat The Day They Came to Arrest the Book
Lasky, Kathryn Memoirs of a Bookbat
Neufeld, John A Small Civil War
Peck, Richard The Last Safe Place on Earth
Pfeffer, Susan Beth A Matter of Principle
Schami, Rafik A Hand Full of Stars
Thompson, Julian Goofbang Value Daze
_______________ The Trials of Molly Sheldon
















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