Saturday, October 23, 2010
Appleton Parent Challenges Use of 'The Body of Christopher Creed' in Freshman Curriculum
Link to October 23 Appleton Post-Crescent article.
Excerpt: For the first time in recent memory, a novel used in class is being challenged in the Appleton Area School District.
Appleton East High School parent Linda Hash will take her concerns regarding the age appropriateness of a novel read in freshman communication arts classes to a special school district panel Monday.
The book in question is "The Body of Christopher Creed," a novel for young adults by Claire Plum-Ucci.
Told from a teen's viewpoint, it is the story of the mysterious disappearance of a class misfit and how it affects everyone from the cool rich kids who teased and bullied him to the "boonies" (unpopular rural kids) in his small New Jersey town. It is billed as a coming-of-age story.
A Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book  and an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults , it was also on a list of banned and challenged books in the Texas public schools in 2002-03.
One Book New Jersey 2004.
From the Appleton Area School District Policy and Procedures Manual (Series 300):