Part-time Indian, still challenged in NC.
From Star News Online:
Asked in the challenge what she believed to be the theme and purpose of the book, Wood writes: "To teach our children that this kind of behavior is OK in today's society." She would like to see the school purchase "one of the classics like ‘Tom Sawyer'" instead because "it teaches compassion (and) moral ethics, not anti-Semitism, violence and bullying," she wrote.
Okay, good grief. The fact that Alexie's book DEPICTS violence and bullying (I don't remember the anti-Semitism) doesn't mean that it CONDONES it. Also, if you want to look at a book that celebrates bad behavior (in an admittedly hilarious way), look no further than Tom Sawyer. Just because it's old doesn't mean it's universally wholesome.