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as interesting or noteworthy, offered with commentary to provide context.  There is 
no theme, except that most excerpts will come from a non-fiction work, mainly works 
of history, and we hope will have a more universal relevance than simply the 
subject of the book from which they came."

Patricia Sarles, MA, MLS 
Damrosch Day Treatment School 
NYC Department of Education 
750 Jennings Street 
Bronx, NY 10459 
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"Ten guards and the warden couldn't have torn me out of those books. Months passed 
without even thinking about being imprisoned....I had never been so truly free in 
my life." - Malcolm X 

"Some kids go to the library ... Others to the street. But they can't go to the 
libraries if the libraries are closed." - Officer Dombranski, NYPD 

"Kids are living stories every day that we wouldn't let them read." -Josh Westbrook

"The best morals kids get from any book is just the capacity to empathize with 
other people, to care about the characters and their feelings. So you donít have to 
write a preachy book to do that. You just have to make it a fun book with 
characters they care about, and they will become better people as a result." - 
Louis Sachar 

"Our schools are filled with kids who have been treated badly all their lives. They 
don't tell anyone, because there is shame in being treated badly. Many-girls and 
boys-have been sexually mistreated. Still others struggle in fear with sexual 
identity. They respond with eating disorders, cutting, suicidal thought or action. 
I can't tell you how many letters I've received from kids who found a friend in one 
of my books, a character who speaks to them. And if I get those letters, think of 
the letters Walter Dean Myers, or Lois Lowry, or Judy Blume get, thanking us for 
letting them know, through literature, that they are not alone. In light of all 
that, there's really only one thing to say to the censors. Shut up."-Chris Crutcher

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