Posted on March 15, 2023 at 1:54 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Bestselling authors James Patterson and Laurie Halse Anderson are both spreading the word about book challenges targeting their books.

In Patterson's case, it's Martin County, Florida, whose school district released a list of over sixty titles removed from its public school district libraries.

On that list were all the books in Patterson's Maximum Ride series (as well as works by Jodi Picoult, who already expressed her dismay), according to The Hill.

This week, Patterson urged his fans to "send a polite note" to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis if they disagree with "this kind of mindless book banning."

Farther north, Anderson didn't just tweet — she attended a board meeting of Pennsylvania's Central Bucks School District, in which she lives.

A list of sixty-five books under review in the district includes Anderson's book Shout, which addresses sexual assault.

Multiple Twitter users who were watching the school board meeting shared their pleasant shock that Anderson attended ... and they expressed their gratitude for her work, as sexual abuse survivors.

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