You may, or may not, have heard that the the Texas ACLU has just released its list of banned books for 2009 and Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy is among the list of prohibited books. This has sparked considerable discussion on our forum, and in the wider Internet community alike. Personally, I don’t really see the problem with the Vampire Academy novels, and frankly I was shocked to see that Speak by Laurie Anderson was on the list too. After a little digging, though, I discovered that this was not the first time this book had made its way onto this list. Speak has many important, empowering lessons for teens everywhere found within its pages.
We here at yaReads are very interested in the issue of censorship and the subsequent banning of books and we want to hear from you. Parents, fans, teens, teachers, everyone – what do you think? Should books like Vampire Academy be removed from high school reading lists and library shelves?
Comment below and tell us what you think.