Sigh. It always seems to happen to the best of the teen books. The ones that really reach out to the teen experience, the ones that explore darkness, the ones that carry truth.
So it should come as no surprise that Scars by Cheryl Rainfield has joined the ranks of other incredible teen books being challenged.
What does come as a surprise is that it’s happening in a Public Library rather than a School Library. At the same time, we must realize that a challenge does not mean removal. It means that someone wants it removed and that the library must consider the challenge seriously, listen to the complaint, and then decide if it is in the right place in the library or should be moved.
With Scars as with other teen titles there is much to frighten overly-protective parents. But that does not mean that it is not beautiful, powerful and exactly what teens should be reading.
I encourage people to contact Boone County Public Library and make sure they know that there are people expecting them to do what is right for teens in their community. As a librarian, I know that it would give me strength and energy to have people stand with me in defense of a book. But hey, I’m from Wisconsin where we are definitely finding our power in action and community.