Kathleen Rushall takes note of the following controversial article in the Wall Street Journal and wonders whether readers of Bruno Bettelheim have a response:
More at: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303657404576357622592697038.html?KEYWORDS=young+adult+literature
Amy Freeman, a 46-year-old mother of three, stood recently in the young-adult section of her local Barnes & Noble, in Bethesda, Md., feeling thwarted and disheartened.
She had popped into the bookstore to pick up a welcome-home gift for her 13-year-old, who had been away. Hundreds of lurid and dramatic covers stood on the racks before her, and there was, she felt, "nothing, not a thing, that I could imagine giving my daughter. It was all vampires and suicide and self-mutilation, this dark, dark stuff." She left the store empty-handed...
"And they're off." Responses begin to appear:
- a parody involving board books: http://mudmambas.wordpress.com/2011/06/05/brightness-too-visible/
- School Library Journal: http://blog.schoollibraryjournal.com/afuse8production/2011/06/06/fusenews-hand-me-my-smelling-salts-i-think-i-have-the-vapors/
- Laurie Halse Anderson: http://madwomanintheforest.com/stuck-between-rage-and-compassion/
- Phil Nel: http://www.philnel.com/2011/06/05/cantread/