By Nancy Garden
Liza's a High School senior who falls in love with Annie. Now Liza's coming out, dealing with parents and school.
Okay, this seemed a perfect book to feature for Banned Book Week. (Check back Tomorrow for more on Banned book week and GLBTQ YA novels...)
"Annie On My Mind" was not only banned - it was burned. Seriously. In 1993 (yeah, only 14 years ago!) Here in the United States of America. In Kansas City. (The Olathe School District, to be specific.) What happened then? As Nancy puts it:
Finally, it was the subject of a First Amendment lawsuit when a group of courageous teens sued to have it returned to school library shelves. After a trial in 1995, a federal district court judge ruled in the book's favor.It's amazing to think that people had to fight to have the right to read this book! And also amazing that it was teens that carried the torch of our rights!
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