The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie was banned from the 10th grade curriculum of an Idaho school, two women organized a fundraiser so they could buy 350 copies of the book for the students who protested the ban. The books were given out during World Book Night and someone even called the police, afraid that the kids were being given the book without their parent's permission. Seriously? Seriously?! Calling the cops to report a party with underage drinking I get, but reporting the distribution of award-winning literature? Goodness gracious, I don't even know what to say about that. As expected, the police found nothing wrong with the event and left after asking a few questions.
For the record, Alexie's book won the 2007 National Book Award for Young People's Literature as well as the ALA's 2009 Odyssey Award for best new audiobook for youth. Clearly, this is very dangerous stuff. According to several of the articles I read, after hearing about the grassroots effort to protest the ban, the publisher donated another 350 copies of the book. The incredible response to this incident by ordinary people as well as the publisher most definitely restores my faith in humanity.
Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan in a Virginia high school's library. A panel was convened, testimony was given, and after deliberating, the panel voted unanimously to keep the book in the library's collection. The fact that the vote was unanimous makes this victory even sweeter. The commentary in the article is really interesting and worth a read if you're interested. I've been meaning to read this book since it came out and this just makes me want to read it more!
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If you've joined my 2014 Banned Books Challenge and have already read any of these books this year, make sure to link-up your review. If you'd still like to join, it's not too late! And check back later this week for some additional banned book resources, lists, and reading suggestions I've been compiling.