After fighting for the removal of the book Baby Be-Bop from a Wisconsin, library, the Christian Civil Liberties Union and three other plaintiffs have sued over the book, seeking the right to publicly burn or destroy by another means the
book and asking for $120,000 in damages because they were exposed to it in a library display.
Describing the novel by celebrated author Francesca Lia Block as explicitly vulgar, racial, and anti-Christian, the complaint by Braun, Joseph Kogelmann, Rev. Cleveland Eden, and Robert Brough explains that the plaintiffs, all of whom are
elderly, claim their mental and emotional well-being was damaged by this book at the library, specifically because Baby Be-Bop contains the word 'nigger' and derogatory sexual and political epithets that can incite violence.
Kids' Right to Read Project interviewed Francesca Lia Block, the author of Baby Be-Bop:
Kids' Right to Read Project: Your books, including specifically Baby Be Bop, Girl Goddess #9: Nine Stories, I was a Teenage Fairy , and Witch Baby , have all received widespread acclaim and are
well-regarded by book-lovers everywhere. How does it feel for those same books to have appeared at the center of censorship controversies?
Francesca Lia Block: I'm a bit surprised in one way, because the message of all of them is love, tolerance and self-expression. On the other hand, I am not surprised because the message of all of them is love,
tolerance and self-expression.
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