The Oral History Podcast, Episode 18: Challenging Sexual Content in YA Literature


In this episode of The Oral History Podcast, we discuss censorship issues surrounding content in young adult literature and how this affects librarians, editors, authors, and teachers, as well as how people who support open fair access to all kinds of books can respond to book challenges and other kinds of content suppression. We’d love to hear your thoughts on this! Tell us what you think on Twitter @ChristaDesir, or via email (feedback AT theoralhistorypodcast DOT com).






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The Underground Railroadby Colson Whitehead

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Some links regarding the VOYA content warning: here, here, here, and here

School Library Journal’s series on libraries and censorship

A Court of Mist & Furyby Sarah J. Maas

Shatter Me, by Tahereh Mafi


Better Nate Than Ever, by Tim Federle

If I Stay, by Gayle Forman

I’ll Give You The Sun, by Jandy Nelson

“Mom, what are Polekatz?”

At The Edge of The Universe, by Shaun Hutchinson



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About the Author:

Christa Desir writes contemporary YA fiction. Her forthcoming novel, Other Broken Things, will be published in January 2016 by Simon Pulse. Visit her online at, and follow her on Twitter at @ChristaDesir. Carrie Mesrobian is the author of three YA novels, most recently Cut Both Ways (2015). Visit her online at, and find her on Twitter at @CarrieMesrobian.

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