Sherman Alexie's Young-Adult Novel Faces Another Ban

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1
Boy I thought they'd be talking about Flight which is about a runaway and will make you cry if you have any heart at all... yay, new Sherman Alexie to read. Tell him not to worry- only the best books make it on the banned list!
2
If we give these kids guns, maybe they'll be protected from this evil book.
3
Mr Alexie, those 107 prudes show up at the PTA meetings and wail really loudly, the millions that love your books don't.
4
Nancy Pearl, book genius, said on KUOW today that she is going to Bosnia to organize a mass book reading of Mr. Alexie's book (what if all of Bosnia read the same book). She seemed very excited and I wonder what the reaction to the book will be there.
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Banning books has, historically, always been a sign of civilized debate and open-mindedness.

Right up there with book burnings.
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My kid (8th grade) gets to read it with his class starting right after break. I'm so happy for him. I re-read it so we could talk about it. Just finished last night, in fact.
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Look, people trying to keep books away from teens are pathetic idiotic prudes, and it is right and good that we oppose them.

But removing a book from reading lists is not a ban.  Can we please not be the Fox News of the left?
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Ms lostboy, banishment or removal from the reading list is a ban-ishment.
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@7: The American Library Association defines challenges and bans like this: "A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials." Go ahead and read the whole Herald article; I'd say there's quite clearly a discussion about removing the books from classrooms and schools. Sorry if my lede was misleading (ha-ha).
10
Alexie is awesome.
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During the early 1930s the Nazis did not burn Bertoldt Brecht's books. He said that made it clear that either they didn't read his work, or they didn't understand it.