Klise manages a high school library in Chicago and is the author of Love Drugged, which Booklist called “An excellent novel for classroom and GSA discussion.”Love Drugged was also an ALA Stonewall Honor Book in 2011 as well as a recommended read on the Rainbow List of Recommended LGBTQ Books for Young Readers.
A lover of Banned Books Week festivities, Klise was thrilled to accept an opportunity to speak on the “Right to Read” for eighth-graders at a school in Kansas. A few days passed, and the librarian came back with some unfortunate news:
She hated to say it, but I probably was not a good fit for their event after all. She explained that she works in a very conservative community. After some consideration, she and her principal decided that my first young-adult novel, called “Love Drugged,” about a closeted gay teen, might be too edgy for some parents there.
Was I really being dis-invited from participating in a program called “The Right to ...