Amazing how a book people never heard of, comes out of nowhere to win the 2007 Newbury Award for Children's Literature, then gets people all hot and bothered about the 12 step program and ONE word found in some other books, is banned from some libraries, and yet the naysayers haven't all read this. Cohorts Mary Lee and Franki from A Year of Reading have some great posts to share regarding this controversy. Here's Lisa Yee's take on this craziness. More importantly, take a look at Susan Patron's reaction to all this hoopla regarding her 2007 Newbury Award book, The Higher Power of Lucky.
And if you're interested in finding out about other books that have been banned at one point or another, or want to take the banned books challenge, check out Fahrenheit 451's blog. The Pelham Public Library of Fonthill, Ontario discusses the censorship of books in this blog.
One word. Twelve steps. One award winning book. Absolute mayhem. Now that's some kind of "sneaky" power writers have, isn't it?