Places I Never Meant To Be
Original Stories by Censored Writers
By Judy Blume (As told by)
(Simon Pulse, Paperback, 9780689842580, 208pp.)
Publication Date: June 1, 2001
Other Editions of This Title: Prebound
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"What effect does [the climate of censorship] have on a writer?....It's chilling.
It's easy to become discouraged, to second-guess everything you write. There seemed to be no one to stand up to the censors....so I began to speak out about my experiences. And once I did, I found that I wasn't as alone as I'd thought."
-- from Judy Blume's introduction to Places I Never Meant to Be
Judy Blume is not alone: Many of today's most distinguished authors of books for young people have found their work censored or challenged. Eleven of them have contributed original stories to this collection. Along with a story written by the late Norma Klein when she was a student at Barnard College, they comprise a stunning literary achievement as well as a battle cry against censorship.
Norma Fox Mazer
Walter Dean Myers
Susan Beth Pfeffer
Judy Blume, one of America's most popular authors, is the recipient of the 2004 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. She is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of beloved books for young people including Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, and novels for adult readers including Wifey, Smart Women, and Summer Sisters. Her work has been translated into twenty-eight languages, and she receives thousands of letters a month from readers of all ages who share their feelings and concerns with her.