Saturday, October 9, 2010

Daisy Whitney Speaks Out

Daisy Whitney is a producer, journalist, and author. Her debut novel The Mockingbirds, about a girl seeking to overcome being raped and learning to speak out, is coming out in November from Little, Brown.

1. What is your opinion on book banning/censorship?

This probably won't be a surprise, but I am against banning! In a big way! I believe in the power of books to change lives, especially books that push the envelope and deal with challenging topics.

2. What would you do if The Mockingbirds was banned/challenged?

I think that depends on the specific circumstances, but since my book is about the power of speaking up you can bet I'd be speaking up!

3. What do you think are some pros and cons of censorship?

I support the right of every parent to determine what's appropriate for their house, but I don't think there are any pros to censorship on a larger basis. Time and again, books are proven to help people, lift them up, encourage them, guide them through tough times and teach. I hope all books remain accessible!

4. What are some of your favorite banned books and why?

To Kill a Mockingbird is often a banned or challenged book and I love it! It's the ultimate story of justice and doing the right thing.

Thank you Daisy for taking the time to stand up for banned books and doing this interview with me!

More about The Mockingbirds:

Some schools have honor codes.
Others have handbooks.
Themis Academy has the Mockingbirds.

Themis Academy is a quiet boarding school with an exceptional student body that the administration trusts to always behave the honorable way--the Themis Way. So when Alex is date raped during her junior year, she has two options: stay silent and hope someone helps her, or enlist the Mockingbirds--a secret society of students dedicated to righting the wrongs of their fellow peers.

In this honest, page-turning account of a teen girl's struggle to stand up for herself, debut author Daisy Whitney reminds readers that if you love something or someone--especially yourself--you fight for it.

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