Oh my! Isn't it interesting what a little book can do for you! My friend Kim gives me a hard time because I don't think I have enough controversial books on the shelves. Is your district struggling with this Newbery award winner? Ours is- we don't have endorsed librarians at the elementary level and the book is being withheld until it is approved for those schools. I can't wait to get my copy!
Here is a nice response from Susan Patron, (found in Publishers Weekly) author of The Power of Lucky- she starts with:
"I wrote The Higher Power of Lucky for the 10-year-old who lives inside me. That girl was curious about everything and sometimes went to great lengths to get information about the world and how it works." "I was shocked and horrified to read that some school librarians, teachers, and media specialists are choosing not to include the 2007 Newbery Medal winner in their collections because they fear parental objections to the word scrotum, or because they are uncomfortable with the word themselves." YIKES - we librarians have some work to do!
Perhaps this book and the struggles that ensue will help us become stronger and more helpful in getting the kids what they need, rather than being the gatekeepers! ~guybrarian
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