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ACTION ALERT! Stand Up for the Freedom to Read! Defend ‘House of the Spirits’ in NC classrooms

A challenge to Isabel Allende’s The House of the Spirits has stirred immense debate in Watauga County School District in Boone, North Carolina. NCAC’s Kids’ Right to Read Project has been on the case for months, supporting district teachers and … Continue reading

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VIDEO: Steve McQueen Outmaneuvers Censors in Arizona

Steve McQueen’s biography, “Tales of a Lurid Life” was apparently too much so for some patron of the Flagstaff City-Coconino County Library in Arizona. Reports don’t specify why the challenge was lodged, but a library committee ultimately decided to keep the … Continue reading

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“Robopocalypse” Challenge in Knoxville, TN

This summer, the Hardin Valley Academy wanted to keep its STEM students interested in school subjects during their vacation. After determining that the best way to do this was probably not by assigning weekly physics equations, the school assigned Daniel … Continue reading

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News Round-up: Book Challenges, Huck Finn Racism and Whoopi

The news is blossoming today with book challenge-related stories, and we thought we’d take a moment to share. 1.) A teacher’s aide in Dubuque, Iowa was fired (though she apparently about to quit anyway) after disrupting classes by insisting that … Continue reading

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“The Dirty Cowboy” Cause Lives On

You remember The Dirty Cowboy, our favorite book ban in May? School board members may be standing their ground, but they haven’t heard the last of residents perturbed by the ban. The Patriot-News and The Lebanon Daily News both featured … Continue reading

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Talking “Dark” YA Lit with Terry Trueman

Discussing the “dark” qualities of YA books and their strong language is much in vogue of late. Yes, books can“scar” you–in that they effect you, they leave their mark, they cause an emotional reaction that sticks with you after you’ve … Continue reading

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Book censorship round-up for this week

Suzanne Collins’s young adult novel The Hunger Games is challenged in New Hampshire by a parent whose 11-year old said the book gave her nightmares. The parent has yet to file a formal complaint or read the book. Regardless, the … Continue reading

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Book retained in Oklahoma because “we have to”

The word “fuck” has caused quite a stir in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Its appearance – 45 times, according to parent and avid swear-word-counter, Kelli Smith – in young adult novel Shooting Star by Fredrick McKissack Jr. is reason enough for … Continue reading

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Song of Solomon Prevails in Franklin Township!

After a long and drawn-out challenge process, this week Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon finally prevailed in Franklin Township!  The denouement to this extended drama came down to a special convening of the Franklin Township school board set for this … Continue reading

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Indiana school board to review Toni Morrison’s “Song of Solomon”

As we reported in our latest edition of Censorship News, Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon was recently removed from an Indiana high school’s AP English class on April 28 after a parent and school board members complained … Continue reading

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