Monday, September 11, 2006

Children’s Author Losing Track On How Many Times She’s Been Blacklisted

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – National Banned Books Week officially begins on September 23 and when it comes to being blacklisted, one children’s book author is a pro.

Robie Harris’ books have been challenged so many times in the past twelve years that she has lost count.

It all started back in 1994 when she published the preteen sexual health book It’s Perfectly Normal (Candlewick), which deals with everything from puberty and reproduction to sexual abuse.

Harris says she doesn’t understand all the hoopla over her books – especially since she’s never received complaints from anywhere other than the U.S.

As she puts it, “Americans have been known to be puritanical when it comes to sex and sexual health.”

She says she understands her books aren’t for everyone, but that it’s not right to pull them off library shelves completely. As she puts it, “Give people the freedom to read what they choose.”

Harris admits “It’s really a health issue for me. I’m writing in the best interest of the children – that’s why I’m in this line of work.”

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