Pat R. Scales is a retired middle and high school librarian in Greenville, SC. She has also served as adjunct instructor of children’s and young adult literature at Furman University, and has been a guest lecturer at universities across the nation. A First Amendment advocate, she is a former chair of ALA’s Intellectual Freedom Committee, and serves on the Board of Advisors of the National Coalition against Censorship. She is a past president of the Association of Library Service to Children, and in 2011 received the Distinguished Service Award. She chaired the 1992 Newbery Award Committee, the 2003 Caldecott Award Committee, and the 2001 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award Committee. She writes for Book Links magazine and writes a bi-monthly column “Scales on Censorship” for School Library Journal. She is the author of Teaching Banned Books: 12 Guides for Young Readers; Protecting Intellectual Freedom in Your School Library; Books under Fire: A Hit List of Banned and Challenged Children’s Books; Defending Frequently Challenged Young Adult Books; and Encourage Reading from the Start.
- Table of Contents
- About the Authors
- Gives a profile of each book that covers its plot, characters, published reviews, awards and prizes, and author resources
- Recounts past challenges and how they were faced, providing valuable lessons for handling future situations, plus a list of other books challenged for similar reasons
- Provides discussion ideas for planning programming around banned books, whether in reading groups, classrooms, or other settings
- Includes an appendix of additional resources for librarians who find themselves enmeshed in a challenge
Foreward, by Barbara M. JonesPreface
"This is an excellent directory, guiding professionals to articles, books, and websites that will assist in helping to protect that right, providing an arsenal of information from creating a display to raise awareness to having a conversation with a concerned reader. Concise and clear, this 'hit list' is a must-have for any professional collection and also an inspiration for reading some titles never explored before—controversy will always make a title more enticing."
"Contains a veritable arsenal of information to employ when the book challenger comes knocking at the library's door … clearly indispensable and belongs in every library collection."
— Booklist (starred review)
"Any youth librarian that has this title within easy reach will be ready to program with challenged materials, discuss intellectual freedom issues with kids and grown ups, and respond intelligently to book challenges."
— School Library Journal