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Controversial book stays in N.C. school library

“A sexually charged book about teen girls and their reactions to an ardent senior boy will remain in the Currituck County High School library. The Currituck County Board of Education decided with a 4-1 vote Monday that “A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl” by Tanya Lee Stone should remain available as it has since 2006, board member Karen Etheridge said. “I’m disappointed,” said Elissa Cooper, the parent who raised the challenge, “but I thank God we still have the right to debate. I feel like there will be good from this.” (via The Virginian-Pilot)

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Alamogordo Public Schools remove Neverwhere from curriculum, shelves

“After learning that her daughter was reading Neverwhere, which contains a brief passage where the central character attempts to intterupt two adulterous lovers on a park bench and discovers that he is invisible, the mother of an Alamogordo High School student went to school administrators to ask that the book be removed from the curriculum.  On hearing of the complaint, Superintendent Dr. George Straface ordered that the book be removed from the curriculum and from the shelves while it undergoes review for age-appropriateness.” (via Censored Books)

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Maine schools, libraries see few attempts to ban books

“If a book features sexual content or homosexuality, profanity or racial slurs, magic or violence, chances are someone has tried to have it removed from a library shelf or school reading list. Every year there are hundreds of challenges to books or other materials by people who want to see them barred from libraries or classrooms — a fact that libraries have highlighted this week during Banned Books Week, the American Library Association’s annual celebration of the freedom to read. Many schools and public libraries in the Augusta area have received complaints about certain books, but they rarely have risen to the level of a formal challenge, according to librarians and other officials.” (via Portland Press Herald)

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‘Invisible Man’ may reappear in North Carolina county’s schools

“If a county could blush, Randolph County just might. The school board in this largely rural county, to the embarrassment of many residents, voted last week to ban Ralph Ellison’s iconic novel of African American angst, “Invisible Man.” In a 5-2 vote, the board barred the book from all school libraries in the county after the mother of an 11th-grader complained that the novel was “too much for teenagers.” But confronted by an angry backlash and concerns that the ban had shamed the county, the board backed down and scheduled a special meeting Wednesday in order to reconsider the book’s status.” (via latimes.com)

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Book censors target teen fiction, says American Library Association

“Attempts to ban books are increasingly driven by the desire to protect teenagers from tales of sex, drugs and suicide in young adult fiction, the American Library Association reports.This growing number of attempts to restrict edgy teen fiction was revealed as part of Americas Banned Books Week, from 22 to 28 September.”Young adult is a big trend right now, and a high number of complaints are directed at those books,” said Barbara Stripling, president of the American Library Association, which organises Banned Books Week. “There is a lot of pressure to keep teenagers safe and protected, especially in urban areas, and we are seeing many more complaints about alcohol, smoking, suicide and sexually explicit material.” (via theguardian.com)

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