Review of You Can't Say That: Writers for Young People Talk About Censorship, Free Expression, and the Stories They Have to Tell

You Can’t Say That: Writers for Young People Talk About Censorship, Free Expression, and the Stories They Have to Tell
edited by Leonard S. Marcus
Candlewick    220 pp.    g
7/21    978-0-7636-9036-6    $18.99

Marcus, author of many great interviews for The Horn Book Magazine, here compiles interviews with thirteen authors of books that have created what the great John Lewis called “good trouble.” Some of the writers (Robie H. Harris, Katherine Paterson) are well-established advocates of the freedom to read, while others (Meg Medina, Angie Thomas) have jumped in more recently. In all cases, Marcus provides welcome context in each author’s work and life as a whole, demonstrating that intellectual freedom is a right that permeates all creative work.

From the July/August 2021 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.

Roger Sutton
Roger Sutton
Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.

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