Author Ellen Hopkins celebrates her birthday today. A staunch fighter against censorship, and with more individual titles challenged than any other author in 2020, Ellen Hopkins is no stranger to challenges or bans to her books. Hopkins uses a unique, lyrical format to tell stories that reach us in our souls despite their uncomfortable topics that continue to be banned as recently as March of 2022.
Ellen Hopkins is a frequently challenged author of young adult books. March 26th is her birthday and we would like to celebrate with this blog post! Ellen’s work has helped shatter societal stigma against people with substance abuse disorder, among other mental health issues.
Setting aside the fact that it’s just rude, rescinding an author’s invitation to speak because the content of their book is controversial is, in fact, censorship. The physical book may not be off the shelf, but the author’s message is still being stifled. One person is making a choice for the entire school community, that what this author has to say is not of value.
“Poetic provocateur”, as coined by the Wall Street Journal, Ellen Hopkins has sold nearly five million YA books written in verse that deal with dark issues like teen pregnancy and drug abuse. Despite being consistently challenged, banned and disinvited since Crank’s publication in 2004, teen readers can’t get enough of this birthday girl!
ALA Editions, the American Library Association’s publishing arm, has announced a new volume of stories from librarians who have found themselves facing censorship issues. Edited by Valerie Nye and Kathy […]