Even More News for Banned Books Week
Ellen Hopkins, the author of Burned, Crank, Glass, Impulse, Identical and Tricks, took part in an auction to benefit a bookseller who has cancer and needed assistance paying her medical bills. During the auction, Hopkins donated one free school visit, and Karin Perry, a middle school librarian from Norman, Oklahoma, won the school visit. Everything was arranged for the visit, and Hopkins even purchased her plane ticket (out of her own funds).
Now, let us fast-forward to the upcoming talk, when a parent comes to the school and requests that Crank and Glass be removed from the school’s library – which the superintendent stated that parents have the right to do so in this district. The parent felt that the books were inappropriate for the specified age-level (Hopkins loosely based the free-verse books after her own daughters addiction to methamphetamine and states that she writes these novels to show what can come from bad choices.). The superintendent began the review process of Crank and Glass in addition to canceling Hopkin’s talk (she put forth an offer to speak at the high school level instead of the middle school – the school rejected this idea).
This potentially would have left Hopkins with one unused plane ticket to Oklahoma as well as fans of her writing without learning more about the author in person. However, Perry eventually found a new venue for the Hopkin’s visit off of school grounds and invited those who still would like to hear the best-selling author speak.
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