Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Sonya Sones Letter to Fond du Lac School Superintendent

Link to Fond du Lac Reporter.

Excerpt: I agree with Ms. Wentworth that my book is too mature for 11-year olds. That's why I asked Simon and Schuster to label the book as appropriate for ages 12 and up. But just because I didn't want my own daughter to read it until she was 12, that didn't give me the right to prevent all the other children at my daughter's school from reading it.

As the 2010 United States Ambassador of Children's Books Katherine Patterson once said, "All of us can think of a book that we hope none of our children, or any other children, have taken off the shelf. But if I have the right to remove that book from the shelf—that work I abhor—then you also have exactly the same right and so does everyone else. And then we will have no books left on the shelf for any of us."

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