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Hey Matthew. Thanks so much for your thoughts, I couldn’t agree more. Ownership is key for all readers. When I look back on my life, I disengaged from reading for years, and it all started when I had to read The Odyssey and Romeo and Juliet. I remember devouring Fade by Robert Cormier in a matter of a day or two, but having to read Homer and Shakespeare was painful for me. I have nothing against those books now, but they really killed my love of reading, which was significant at the time. I just don’t understand our cultural need to force everyone to read the same books. The often used justification of teaching students appreciation for the classics does not outweigh the damage done by turning so many young readers off through forced reading. If you enjoy horror, make sure to check out my interview with Will Errickson!

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