Thursday, May 8, 2014

Book Banning: Sherman Alexie

I just read an article about a group in Idaho who were outraged that a school board in Meridian, Idaho voted 2-1 to remove The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie from the 10th grade supplementary reading list when a few parents objected to it. In response to that, a student and a few volunteers from Washington petitioned in protest, and then fundraised to purchase 350 copies of the novel to give to students of the school. Anyone with a valid student identification could take a book for free.

Have you read the book? If you haven't, I highly recommend it. It is a National Book Award Winner, and is poignant, powerful, and an accurate glimpse into the modern teenage lives of a marginalized people.


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