The Hate You Give banned by Texas school district

This just in from BookRiot about Angie Thomas’s stunning debut novel The Hate U Give (of course if I actually ‘followed’ my social media feeds I’d have known about this when it happened):

Angie Thomas, author of the critically acclaimed Young Adult novel The Hate U Give, announced on Twitter that a Texas school district banned her book. The thread turned up details from one Twitter user who wrote that the superintendent pulled the books due to parent complaints about “inappropriate language,” bypassing the normal review process. Authors, librarians, teachers, and fans have been showing their support, pledging to read, recommend, and distribute The Hate U Give in response to the district’s ban.

READ this book!

This book is so phenomenal that this is all I posted on my blurb about it on GoodReads:  Wow!  Wow!  Wow!  Must read – for all.  Nothing more need be said.  Read this book!!!!!!

  • I am proud to say that we have 10 copies in the ESA Library and this title is on our Grade 9 Reading Circle book list.
  • And the students in the ENG3/4C English class decided that this was their book of choice as their class read and I – the ESA Library – purchased individual copies for every student in that class to have for themselves.

Spread the word.  Read this book!  Resist censorship.

Stay tuned for details about our Freedom to Read Week activities in February 2018.

We are delighted to announce that our once very own PJ Carefoote will be joining us this year along with his colleagues from The Thomas Fisher Rare Books Library at the UofT.

Banned Books Week (US)

We generally “celebrate” Freedom to Read Week (Canadian, February-March) that doesn’t mean we’re not delighted to announce, and share, Banned Books Week events and activities.



Gotta Love Controversy! Challenged Books 2015

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From the folks at BookRiot:  The Most Challenged Books of 2015.  See the list here.

Proud to say that we have all but two of them in the ESA Library:

  • Fifty Shades of Grey (won’t be coming to the Library any time soon)
  • I am Jazz (I’m definitely going to have to consider a purchase!!)

Freedom to Read Week 2016

In the better late than never department…

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Please drop by the Library to check out our Freedom To Read Week Display.

Check out one of the titles on display…  literally!

  • Take home one of the bookmarks, and scan the QR code to learn more about the books on display.
  • OR, follow this link to the shared Google Doc with the details.

Freedom to Read Week

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Join us in the Library to celebrate Freedom to Read Week.

We are delighted to welcome our friends from the Thomas Fisher Rare Books Library at the U of T on Tuesday morning.  They will be here to workshop students in the Philosophy and Media Studies classes.