PLACES I NEVER MEANT TO BE:
ORIGINAL STORIES BY CENSORED AUTHORS
Judy Blume asked other authors whose writing has been censored or challenged to contribute an original story to this book she introduces and edits. All author royalties from it go to the National Coalition Against Censorship.
Places I Never Meant To Be: Original Stories By Censored Authors contains stories by David Klass, Norma Klein, Julius Lester, Chris Lynch, Harry Mazer, Norma Fox Mazer, Walter Dean Myers, Katherine Paterson, Susan Beth Pfeffer, Rachel Vail, Jacqueline Woodson and Paul Zindel.
"Blume's impassioned introduction
sets the stage by noting some of her own
experiences with censorship
and her discovery of the
National Coalition Against Censorship."
- Book List
JUDY BLUME ON CENSORSHIP
"I believe that censorship grows out of fear, and because fear is contagious,
some parents are easily swayed. Book banning satisfies their need to feel in
control of their children's lives. This fear is often disguised as moral outrage.
They want to believe that if their children don't read about it, their children
won't know about it. And if they don't know about it, it won't happen."
"Censors don't want children exposed to ideas different from their own. If
every individual with an agenda had his/her way, the shelves in the school
library would be close to empty"