Friday, January 29, 2010
Fond du Lac School District Parent Requests Reconsideration of This Book
Link to January 29 Oshkosh Northwestern report,"'Sexual content' leads one Fond du Lac parent to ask for book to be taken off middle school library shelf".
Excerpt: The Fond du Lac School District's nine-member Reconsideration Committee met Wednesday to hear Wentworth's complaint. (If any information on this committee is available on the school's website, I couldn't find it.)
Wentworth said she read the book after her 11-year-old daughter, who is in sixth grade, brought the book home from school.
"To the author's credit, it's a good story line, but it contains sexual content that my child, at that age, doesn't understand," she said.
The book, written in a poetic prose style, has won several awards, including being named the 2005 Best Book for Young Adults by the American Library Association. The story involves a high-school student named Ruby, who, after the death of her mother, moves from Boston to Los Angeles to live with her movie star father.
The book is recommended for readers age 12 and up.