Cindy: Many libraries and English teachers have spent the week building displays and discussing book censorship to honor Banned Books Week. Thank you. Meanwhile, there have been several teen books that have recently flipped the bird at censors in their cover art. Have you read any of these books? Do you have them in your teen collection? Do they get checked out or are they just left out around the library like my middle schoolers do with Sex Kittens and Horn Dawgs Fall in Love (2006) by Maryrose Wood?
Flip the Bird (Nov. 2016) by Kym Brunner
Learning to Swear in America (2016) by Katie Kennedy
Read Between the Lines (2015) by Jo Knowles
Only one of these books focuses on the impact of the rude gesture suggested by the cover art. Still, the covers grab our attention. Is it because we’re all middle-schoolers at heart? Last summer, I watched tourists giggle at the centuries-old middle finger of Galileo, preserved in his museum under a glass dome in Florence, Italy. You can’t take us anywhere.