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Monday, September 20, 2010

Speak Giveaway! Bloggers Speak Out

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.

I posted yesterday about the controversy surrounding Dr. Wesley Scroggins' criticism and challenge of Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, and recommended that you guys go out and buy a copy of the book. But I've decided that that isn't really fair to those of you who can't afford to, but want to be involved in fighting back. Well, being spotted in public reading a banned or challenged book is fighting back, right? So, from now until Oct. 3, I'll be giving away a copy of Speak.

Since I'm using Book Depository for this giveaway, it's open to anyone that they'll ship to :)

Fill out this FORM to enter.

If you'd like to participate in Bloggers Speak Out, drop by http://themindfulmusingsbookblog.blogspot.com for more information.


anjohnston said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I've never read this book and really want to so I really appreciate it!

I went ahead and added your contest to Book Contest Directory for some free advertising! Make sure you popped by there to see your contest and others out this month and next!

Meredith said...

Thanks for the giveaway and for the great post!

Beverly said...


The Book Vixen said...

Banning this book just makes me want to read it that much more!

Cherry said...

I probably won't read this books as this is not my genre. But that does not mean I will let a Scroggin decide for me what or what not I should read!

Cherry Mischievous
(not an entry)

Cherry said...

Twitted about your contest at: http://twitter.com/cherrymischivus/status/25608632831

BookMarc Blogpants said...

I would like to speak out also but do have a mind of my own and would like to read what exactly has caused the backlash before making my own decision. Hopefully I get lucky.

Casey (The Bookish Type) said...

I hadn't read Speak when this controversy hit, but it's been on my TBR list for ages. Book banning, no matter the book, infuriates me - and now I want to read this book more than ever. Thank you for speaking out!

♥s.shapeshift_ said...

I haven't read Speak, but because of this idiot I want too. But i'd want too read the book myself, just to see whats the problem.

I believe someones opinion shouldn't stop another from reading a book. What if this book stops a suicide? What if it reaches into somebody and makes them breathe again after what they've been through? I say, he should shut his mouth and stop deciding whats best for the world. He sure in hell doesn't rule me and I want everyone to speak up too!

Paperback Writer said...

Very Cool... Wish I found out a day before the official giveaway ends... but I am filling out the form. I have high hopes!
I love sharing banned books, and this is one I havent read yet!

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