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Meet the Activist: Addy G.
Addy G. is a rising high school junior who loves dance, dogs, and fighting for what's right!
Addy G. is a rising high school junior who loves dance, dogs, and fighting for what's right! As part of Novelly’s SPEAK! Activist Network, Addy immersed herself in coursework on the freedom to read movement and made plans to diversify bookshelves in South Carolina.
Addy's recently-executed campaign involved personally contacting South Carolina state senators about book bans.
Thank you for fighting for our freedom to read, Addy! ✨
Behind the Name
The name SPEAK! was inspired by the novel by Laurie Halse Anderson. Speak was one of the top books challenged between 2000-2009, and exemplifies why we're so passionate about the freedom to read. We're on a mission to get youth authors published and taught, because we believe that students have the right to see their voices represented in the curriculum. We hope our SPEAK! activists feel empowered to SPEAK! up for their own learning and for their peers in the face of social injustice in classrooms, libraries, or elsewhere.
Join the freedom to read movement
Are you aware of book ban attempts in your community?
→ PEN America, the NCAC, and the American Library Association are actively collecting data on censorship attempts to support their advocacy work. Report censorship attempts using their confidential online forms.
→ Mark your calendar and make plans to participate in this year’s Banned Books Week (October 1 - 7, 2023).
→ Amplify Addy’s work by sharing this post with a friend or colleague interested in amplifying diverse youth voices in and out of the classroom.
Diverse Youth Voices. Amplified.
Novelly is on a mission to get e-books by underrepresented youth published and taught in the English classroom, so that every student can feel seen and inspired by what they read in school.