Tuesday, September 21, 2010
SPEAK LOUDLY: Fight For Your Right To Read, Write, SPEAK & Be Heard
Laurie has taken to her official website to respond to professor Scroggins article (that you can read in full here). A number of other authors and bloggers have weighed in on the subject as well. You can read YA author Veronica Roth's blog entry, A (Christian) Take on Banning Speak, here, author Myra McEntire's blog entry, Speak Loudly - In Defense of Laurie Halse Anderson, here, children and YA author Cheryl Rainfield's response, Fight Back Against Ignorance: Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak Equated With Porn, here, teacher and author Donalyn Miller's article for Teacher Magazine, Literature Is Our Network: Speak Loudly For Speak, here, YA author Sarah Ockler's response, On Book Banning Zealots and Ostriches, here and author Jackie Morse Kessler's blog entry, Speak Loudly, here.
Laurie is reaching out to readers for their help in keeping Speak in classrooms and libraries. She is asking you to share your response to the book or how you've seen it work in a school setting and post it, or the link to your blog discussing it, in the Comments section on her page here. Laurie is also asking readers to write to the editor of the News-Leader in Springfield, MO here. You can write to the superintendent of the Republic School District, Dr. Vern Minor, or to the high school principal, Daren Harris here. You can also respond directly to Scroggins' opinion piece here.
Paul Hankins, an English teacher from Indiana, has started a Twitterfeed, #SpeakLoudly, where people can tweet their opinions. You can find the #SpeakLoudly Twitterfeed here.
Fight to keep your First Amendment rights safe. Take part in Banned Books Week (September 25 - October 2, 2010) and read a book off the Challenged book list. Look for Read-Out Loud! events in your area, or host one of your own. If you have read Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak and would like to take action to save her book, check out the links above or her official website for how you can help and #SpeakLoudly.