Once more The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian has faced censorship in author and YFEP Film Contest Judge Sherman Alexie’s home state. A panel of educators, administrators, parents and media specialists voted to retain the book in Yakima, WA, where it is being read by 10th grade students.
Parents and citizens objected to "inappropriate" or "crude" language used in the book and mentions of masturbation. Complainant who had not read the book called the book "anti-caucasian"and "anti-God" and objected to its discussion of racism and eating disorders. A parent who identified herself as an African-American also raised concerns about the way the book portrayed a minority experience.
Kids’ Right to Read voiced its concerns over a potential ban in the days leading up to the vote. The decision will be implemented by the School Board, but could still be appealed by the complainants.
This is hardly the first brush of censorship for Alexie’s hugely popular teen novel. Most recently, KRRP defended the book in Springfield, MA in November of 2012. The book, however, has been challenged or banned in dozens of schools and libraries.