Throughout Banned Books Week, we will feature Banned Books Week Heroes—outstanding individuals who defended their freedom to read. Today’s featured Heroes are the students and teachers of Glen Ellyn, IL, who fought to keep Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower in their school district. Read about why they chose to defend this novel and what they think of book censorship in general.
For more information on this censorship case, check out the August 2013 edition of the ILA Reporter, featuring a story from Acacia O’Connor, Coordinator of the Kids Right to Read Project, as well as an essay by Maddie Howard, Olivia Mullenax, and Nicole Clapp. See also the video featuring Maddie Giffin and Maddie Howard calling for support from members of their community: