The Power of Books

Banned books week has ended, and even though I did not post during banned books week I just came across the following quote from A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly and thought it appropriate for the week following banned books week.

She picked up a glass paperweight shaped like an apple an took two books from under it. “Theres Raquin,” she said solemnly, “and Tess of the D’Ubervilles. Best not tell anyone you have them.” Then she took her writing paper out of its box, put the books in the box, and covered them with a few sheets of paper, and handed the box to me.

I smiled, thinking that my teacher sure was dramatic. “Cripes, Miss Wilcox, they’re not guns,” I said.

“No they’re not, Mattie, they’re books. And a hundred times more dangerous.”

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