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Victory for Looking for Alaska in Kentucky!

We received some great news from Kentucky this morning: a reconsideration committee in Marion County voted to keep John Green’s highly acclaimed first novel Looking for Alaska on its high school shelves last night. The book received a complaint from a parent who not only refused to let his child read the book, but determined it was "filth" and good [...]

By |2020-01-03T15:20:48-05:00May 3rd, 2016|Blog, NCAC at work|

John Green’s Looking For Alaska Challenged in Wisconsin

A parent in Waukesha, WI has formally requested a district-wide ban on John Green's award-winning and beloved novel Looking For Alaska, reportedly claiming the book is "not suitable for teenagers." It's worth noting that the book won the American Library Association’s prestigious Michael L. PrintzAward, which is given annually to “the best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit.” [...]

By |2020-01-03T14:48:50-05:00July 21st, 2014|Incidents|

“Looking for Alaska” Pulled from Sumner County Classrooms

Students in a high school English class in Sumner County, T.N. chose John Green's award-winning Looking for Alaska as their post-exam in-class reading. Within a week, a single complaint led to a county-wide ban. The Kids' Right to Read Project is standing against this sudden, wide-reaching ban. Read our letter and watch the author's video statement.

By |2020-01-03T14:24:43-05:00May 15th, 2012|Incidents|

Looking For Alaska Challenged At Depew High School

Looking for Alaska by John Green Challenged at Depew High School, Depew, NY     Kimberly A. Mueller, Superintendent Members of the Board of Education Depew Union Free School District 591 Terrace Boulevard Depew, New York 14043 February 22, 2008 Dear Superintendent Mueller and Members of the Board of Education: We write to oppose efforts to remove the book, Looking [...]

By |2020-01-03T14:12:51-05:00February 22nd, 2008|Updates|

Literature as “Pornography”

This article originally appeared in Censorship News Issue 125 Virginia state senator Amanda Chase recently claimed that three popular and highly-regarded books for teens are “pornographic.” The books were included on a high school summer reading list, but they were not required – students were free to choose other books. Nonetheless, Senator Chase demanded that they be removed from the [...]

By |2016-10-07T11:48:22-04:00October 7th, 2016|Censorship News Articles|

NCAC Members Warn Waukesha Board Against “Red-Flagging” Books

As the school board in Waukesha, Wisconsin prepares to consider challenges to three books, CBLDF has joined six other member organizations of the National Coalition Against Censorship to urge that the books be retained in the curriculum and not “red-flagged” for content. In a letter sent to the board yesterday, NCAC members cautioned that such flagging “will inevitably discourage the use of these books in the classroom, depriving students of valuable educational experiences.” The three challenged books are Looking for Alaska by John Green, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, and Chinese Handcuffs by Chris Crutcher. Consideration Committees made up of teachers and school administrators already recommended making no changes to the status of the books, but the challenges have now been appealed to the school board as allowed by district policy. Looking for Alaska and The Kite Runner are both assigned reading in some classes, although students and parents always have the option to request an alternate assignment; Chinese Handcuffs is held in school libraries but not assigned in any class. According to the letter by NCAC Executive Director Joan Bertin, the Waukesha school district has received requests to implement a content-flagging system for “books that deal with sex, […]

By |2020-01-03T14:52:55-05:00October 8th, 2014|Blog|

Third Time’s the Charm? NCAC Responds to Red-Flagging Policy in WI School District

NCAC and other free speech organizations sent a letter to the Waukesha School District in regard to efforts made to remove Looking for Alaska by John Green, Chinese Handcuffs by Chris Crutcher, and The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini in classrooms and libraries, and to reject the idea of "red-flagging books that deal with sex, rape, extreme violence and brutality, and animal cruelty." In a previous [...]

By |2020-01-03T14:52:24-05:00October 7th, 2014|Incidents|

Not the First Time Around: “The Kite Runner” and “Chinese Handcuffs” Challenged in Wisconsin School District

The parent of a Waukesha School District high school student has requested that The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini and Chinese Handcuffs by Chris Crutcher be removed from the district’s libraries, insisting that both novels should be restricted to adults over age 18. This is not the first time that the Waukesha School District has been attacked by parents claiming [...]

By |2020-01-03T14:48:54-05:00August 19th, 2014|Incidents|

The Popularity of John Green’s “Pornography”

Like family heirlooms passed down through generations, the same books are often retained in school curricular for student after student to read and reflect upon. These classic novels undoubtedly serve to develop the mental and emotional capacities of their readers; they are, after all, “classics.” But even the rebellious Holden Caulfield and the daring Winston Smith can fail to transcend [...]

By |2020-01-03T14:48:53-05:00August 13th, 2014|Blog|

Film Contest 2012: You’re Reading What?!?!

  Join us for a free afternoon of films and discussions with the winners of our 2012 Youth Free Expression Film Contest! We'll also feature youth-made films from partners, and a special live performance! FREE. Saturday, March 30th 1pm-4pm. Doors open at 12:45pm. New York Film Academy Screening Room 100 East 17th Street in Manhattan N, Q, R, W, 4, [...]

By |2020-01-03T14:24:29-05:00July 10th, 2013|Events|

Book Challenges Report: December 2006 – December 2008

 For the most up-to-date Kids' Right to Read Project Report, click here. Individual Book Challenges (Alphabetical by Title) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (Hachette) Banned in Prineville, Oregon, December 2008 School officials in Crook County, OR, removed The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie from ninth grade English classes at [...]

By |2020-01-03T14:10:07-05:00December 1st, 2008|Updates|
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