Thursday, May 8, 2008

Lit Cops

When you’re a kid, it’s easy for adults—be they your parents or not—to deny access to books you may want to investigate.

And while some of this “questionable” material is truly not geared for little readers—in part because its content would sail over their heads—one of the perks of growing up is that you can tell those same people who warned you at age thirteen against reading JD Salinger or Alice Walker to get bent as an adult.

So here’s my advice, kids: read what you want.

If you want to check out “The Golden Compass” or “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings” or teen Manga serials then go for it.

God knows when it comes to the pitfalls of adolescence, there are a lot worse dangers out there for “concerned” parents to wring their mitts over than “Huck Finn.”

By the bye: Click here for the ALA’s 2007 list of the most challenged books in US schools and libraries.

Then laugh out loud, and go check them out.

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