Attempt to ban book backfires with 700 copies given away in the community

BookBrowse News - The Full Story

Attempt to ban book backfires with 700 copies given away in the community

Apr 28 2014

Earlier this year, the local school board in Meridian, Idaho, removed Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian from the 10th grade curriculum following complaints by some parents.

Hundreds of students signed a petition to have the book returned. When Washington State residents, Sara Baker and Jennifer Lott, heard of the petition, they spearheaded a fundraising drive to purchase 350 copies of the novel.

Using the funds raised, Rediscovered Books in Boise bought the books and on World Book Night, Brady Kissel, a student from nearby Junior Mountain View High School, went to Kleiner Park in Meridian to distribute copies. Within an hour the police showed up having been called by someone concerned that teenagers were being giving copies of a book without their parent's permission. After talking with Kissel the police concluded that "they found nothing wrong with what was going on in the park."

Alexie's publisher, Little Brown, has donated a further 350 copies which will be distributed to local and school libraries, and teachers in need of classroom sets. Any remaining copies will be given away to the public.

Alexie, who in the past has said that sales of his books always spike when there is an attempt to ban any of them from the curriculum, wrote in an email to his publisher, "I am honored by the hundreds of Meridian students who showed incredible passion and courage for books....Mine, yes, but literature in general. And Sara Baker and Jennifer Lott are friggin' superheroes. If I ever get caught in a fire, I'm calling them."

More News Stories

Support BookBrowse

Become a Member and discover books that entertain, engage & enlighten!

Join Today!

Editor's Choice

  • Book Jacket: New People
    New People
    by Danzy Senna
    Danzy Senna has spent virtually her entire writing career exploring the complicated intersections of...
  • Book Jacket: Hunger
    Hunger
    by Roxane Gay
    In this penetrating and fearless memoir, author Roxane Gay discusses her battle with body acceptance...
  • Book Jacket: The Black Witch
    The Black Witch
    by Laurie Forest
    In The Black Witch, Laurie Forest introduces her readers to an immersive fantasy world where ...

Book Discussion
Book Jacket
News of the World by Paulette Jiles

A brilliant work of historical fiction that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.

About the book
Join the discussion!

First Impressions

  • Book Jacket

    Happiness
    by Heather Harpham

    A love story that follows a one-of-a-kind family through twists of fate that require nearly unimaginable choices.
    Reader Reviews

Win this book!
Win Hame

Hame by Annalena McAfee

A rich, sultry novel about a young American fleeing a crumbling marriage for a remote Scottish island.

Enter

Word Play

Solve this clue:

A F Out O W

and be entered to win..

Books that     
entertain,
     engage

 & enlighten

Visitors can view some of BookBrowse for free. Full access is for members only.

Join Today!

Your guide toexceptional          books

BookBrowse seeks out and recommends books that we believe to be best in class. Books that will whisk you to faraway places and times, that will expand your mind and challenge you -- the kinds of books you just can't wait to tell your friends about.