>Last week a friend of mine, Brent Hartinger, had his book banned at a local school. It was officially banned because it has teens meeting through a chat room, but the most likely reason for it being banned was that it features gay characters. Oh no! We can't have reality in our books, can we? Anyway, read more at Brent's blog. Book banning always gets me foaming at the mouth mad! Also check out the website of AS IF! Young Adult Authors in Support of Intellectual Freedom. C'mon, free your intellect everyone, it'll make you smarter!