The Giver challenged in Kansas.
School board members in Seaman Unified School District 345 will consider a parent's request tonight that they pull the book "The Giver" from circulation at Rochester Elementary School.
Published in 1993, Louis Lowry's "The Giver" is No. 11 on the American Library Association's 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990-1999. It won a Newbery Medal but has drawn opposition for how it deals with suicide and euthanasia.
A committee of teachers, administrators and parents has recommended that the book remain in the school library. Superintendent Mike Mathes said such challenges are rare, noting this is the third book challenge he has seen in his four years with the district.
It's Lois. That's all I really have to say.
Oh. And this. Will you PLEASE just GIVE IT UP? You are making me crazy with your book challenges.
Here. This lady says it better.
From the Baltimore Sun:
Judith Krug, director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom at the library association, said she has witnessed a recent surge in attempts to ban books, but that these efforts have generally been less successful. She notes that book protesters no longer feel stigmatized by expressing what might be considered an unpopular opinion or a singularly held position.
In responding to those protesting teen book content, she often resorts to an analogy.
"I tell them if you want to keep your kids safe around the swimming pool, you can put up fences, you can provide a lifeguard," she says. "But the best way to protect them is to teach them to swim."