Friday, September 24, 2010

#SPEAKloudly: Bloggers Speak Out + Contest

So if you haven't already read the article that has all book lovers up in arms here is the link to it. Three books named as ban-able(new word); Speak, Slaughterhouse Five and Twenty Boy Summer. Now unfortunately I have yet to read Twenty Boy Summer, but I have read and loved the other two, especially Speak, especially when I was a teen outcast. Apparently it is loved by many and helped them through some rough patches, as you can tell by Laurie's video below

Banning books is unacceptable. Who are they to decide for us what is "acceptable" and "not acceptable" to read. Who is Scroggins to say that Speak is "pornographic". A lot of the times people don't even read the books they want to ban. Banned book week is coming up, and if you haven't already, do yourself a favor and read or buy a banned book. They are many times the building blocks of literature.

Bloggers Speak Out is a movement sparked by the recent article, "Filthy Books Demeaning to Republic Education" by Dr. Wesley Scroggins that was published in the Springfield, MO News-Leader on September 18th. In this article, Scroggins vehemently advocates the censorship of books in schools, and specifically requests that the following books be removed from the Republic school system: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler, and Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut. To show our support of these authors and to fight against book banning and censorship, we have decided to take action and speak out.Make sure you check out Natalie's blog, Mindful Musings for up to date info on this.

Below is a list of links of bloggers speaking out against book banning and censorship--in the form of giveaways, posts, and reviews. Some are "officially" participating in what we're calling Bloggers Speak Out, and others are posts that we've found around the blogosphere. If you get time, you should definitely check them out!

Giveaways of Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
**All giveaways will end on 10/3, unless otherwise noted**
Other Giveaways
**All giveaways will end on 10/3, unless otherwise noted**

Other Posts Against Book Banning and Censorship
Important Articles on the Subject
"Filthy Books Demeaning to Republic Education" (the article that started it all)
"Republic School Book Choices under Fire" (Springfield News-Leader)
Essay: Kurt Vonnegut's Thoughts on the First Amendment

So in light of this movement, I will be giving away a copy of Speak to two lucky winners. Contest will end October 30th. International entrants are welcome. All you have to do is leave a comment below.
Extra 5 points if you make/made a #Speakloudly or Bloggers Speak out post.   Thanks!


  1. I've read both SPEAK and TWENTY BOY SUMMER. Was there a reason he targeted books about healing? It makes me sick that someone can be so cruel as to take away hope from girls going through similar situations.

  2. I haven`t read any of this books but I`d really really really love to. I`ve seen the movie SPEAK, though. And I was really impressed. It really made me think about the problem.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  3. I still can't believe these books should be banned!!

    My opinion is that books should not be banned...doesn't matter their content. It's our choice if we want to read it or not.


  4. I'm glad you're all doing this. No one should force their opinions on the rest of us and decide what we should and should not read.


  5. It's really nice to see the YA community coming together to support great authors. I agree with the others, I get to choose what I read. Book banning is ridiculous.

    entrelibros_blog at

  6. People do have the right to say if they object to a book, but to try and take it away from others? That's just unacceptable.

    Thank you for Speaking Loudly

  7. I wanna SPEAK OUT too! But I haven't read it:( I'll be glad to join you! Hope I get a copy! Thanks for this post and giveaway!

  8. I don't understand the whole concept of banning books - it's just stupid. That's what I think. I'm looking forward to reading more banned books, specially Speak (which I haven't read yet).

  9. I would love to read Speak. Please enter me in this giveaway!

    +5 tweeted:

    familyhistree at yahoo dot com

    Sarah E

  10. I'd love to enter!

    +5 Speak Loudly

    aikychien at yahoo dot com


Hello readers! I love comments, so please feel free to leave them. I do comment back on every comment I get, though it may take me a couple of days. Thanks for stopping by!


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...