s far as I know, none of my books have been challenged—although more than one librarian has told me she couldn’t booktalk my middle-grade novel ON ETRUSCAN TIME because its twelve-year-old protagonist says “Damn” twice—but banning is only one kind of censorship. Some books don’t make it to the shelves, or even to the printer, before they’re shut down. That nearly happened to a project that was dear to my heart.
I now write mostly young-adult historical fiction, but at the beginning of my career I concentrated on nonfiction for middle-grade readers. A highly-respected publisher was starting a new series and asked if any of the topics in its list appealed to me. When I saw that they wanted a book on the Indian Removal Act (the Trail of Tears), the forcible and brutal removal of large numbers of Native Americans from the southeastern United States to Oklahoma under orders of President Andrew Jackson, I leaped on it.~ read more ~