For Your Lunchtime Reading Pleasure: ACLU of Texas's Latest Banned Books Report
The ACLU of Texas just released its annual banned-books report, Free People Read Freely -- compiled with the assistance of former Washington Post reporter Myra MacPherson, mother of the late, great Leah Siegel . As in previous years, the report documents the books banned, restricted or given the okee-doke in school districts (and charter schools) statewide. Says the ACLU, "954 out of almost 1,300 districts answered our requests for information," leading to the latest tally: Eighty-seven titles were challenged, 20 were banned, and another 16 were put on "restricted" duty.
Dallas and Fort Worth ISDs, yet again, didn't make the report ( whew ) -- but Irving, Keller, McKinney, Lewisville and Rockwall are among the area districts that had more than a few books challenged by concerned parents. Among the causes for concern: It's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health , Paranoid Park , The Hunger Games and, but of course, The Catcher in the Rye . McKinney's presently trying to figure out how to handle the Texas-set grrrrl-power She's Got the Beat : "A committee will meet to review the book; afterward, a report will be sent."
Incidentally, this year's report, a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the publication of To Kill a Mockingbird , features a lengthy Q&A with Mary McDonagh Murphy , author of Atticus, Scout & Boo . Consider it a bonus track.
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