A Dirty Little Secret

Whelan, Debra Lau
February 2009
School Library Journal;Feb2009, Vol. 55 Issue 2, p26
Trade Publication
The article discusses self-censorship in librarians. The author notes how many librarians were reluctant to stock controversial books such as "Boy Toy," by Barry Lyga and "The Higher Power of Lucky," by Susan Patron. She discusses how books featuring African Americans are classified separately and notes that sexual content and the depiction of same-sex relationships are the primary reasons books may be banned. She notes pressure by publishers to have authors change the content of books.


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