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ERIC Number: EJ922967
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May-1
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0362-8930
How I Corrupted America's Youth: Getting Angry Letters Is No Laughing Matter--And the Same Goes for Censorship
Gutman, Dan
School Library Journal, v56 n5 p28-31 May 2010
In this article, the author shares his reactions to angry letters to his books, particularly the one titled "Mr. Granite Is from Another Planet." Nearly all the complaints the author receives inform him that it's his responsibility as an author to promote positive messages and moral lessons in his books. However, the author contends that his books are purely for entertainment. His goal is to get kids excited about reading. In "Mr. Granite Is from Another Planet" (HarperCollins, 2008), the author tries to hook them with the first sentence ("My name is A. J. and I hate school."). Moreover, the author responds to one letter and stresses the freedom to make one's own decision. He asserts that freedom of speech means freedom from censorship.
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Language: English
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