Places I Never Meant to Be

Places I Never Meant to Be

Original Stories by Censored Writers

By Judy Blume (Editor)

Aladdin Paperbacks, Paperback, 9780689842580, 202pp.

Publication Date: June 2001


"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 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.


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

Paul Zindel

About the Author
Judy Blume is known and loved by millions of readers for her funny, honest, always believable stories. She lives in New York City.