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In News by Alex MooreApr 28, 2014

Parents call cops on teen for giving away banned book; it backfires predictably

Parents in Idaho called the cops last week on junior-high student Brady Kissel when she had the nerve to help distribute a book they’d succeeded in banning from the school curriculum.

The book in question was Sherman Alexie’s young adult novel “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.” Published in 2007, it won the National Book Award and has become popular with young teens, supposedly for its universal themes of fitting in, making sense of race, and sexual discovery.

The sex part (and let’s face it—probably the race part) led parents to lobby Junior Mountain High School to remove it from the syllabus, citing its sexual content (it discusses masturbation) and supposedly anti-Christian content.

Local teens then started a petition to have the book reinstated. They collected 350 signatures, which is an impressive number of kids to rally around a cause like reading.

In response, a local bookstore Rediscovered Books started a crowdfunding campaign to buy a book for each of the 350 kids who signed the petition. It worked—the campaign raised $3,400, enough for a book per kid.

Rediscovered Books worked with a student involved in the petition, Brady Kissel, to distribute the books on World Book Night, an initiative to turn reluctant young readers onto reading with free, super-readable books.

They distributed all but 20 books to kids who came in to claim them, but not before parents called the cops to shut down the operation. Police told local news channel KBOI they had been called by “someone concerned about teenagers picking up a copy of the book without having a parent’s permission.”

Even police seemed to have no idea what they were doing there, and let the book giveaway proceed as planned.

Not only did it go as planned, but when Alexie’s publisher Hachette got word of the incident, they sent Rediscovered an additional 350 copies on the house. So while the book may still be banned in the school curriculum, it’s available free of cost for any kid who wants to stop into Rediscovered and pick one up.


http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/219767/parents-call-cops-on-teen-for-giving-away-banned-book-it-backfires-predictably/

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people are so silly.  if you ban it i now have to read it.
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LOL  This story has been making the rounds in my social media circles.  I'm glad that it's shown up here as well. Heart
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Damn they made me wanna read it.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote creole booty Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr 28 2014 at 7:15pm
I think what she did is cool and commendable. In our world, it's one of the best things.

As a parent, I think it's wrong that adults used a child of the school to distribute something that the parents had banned. It's irresponsible and goes against active parents wishes for their own children. The bookstore had no right.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (4) Thanks(4)   Quote Alias_Avi Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr 28 2014 at 7:16pm
Everything censored by old White people must be read
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote ShadyLady Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr 28 2014 at 7:17pm
Those parents were delusional...most high school kids already know about masturbation.

Did they snatch Judy Blume books off of shelves too, cuz Lord knows she plants some seeds.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (5) Thanks(5)   Quote JasmineE02 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr 28 2014 at 7:33pm
If I'm a parent and my child is rebelling against my authority...I'll be relieved if it's just reading a banned award winning book. LOL 
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Originally posted by tatee tatee wrote:

people are so silly.  if you ban it i now have to read it.
I'm sayin. Parents should know by mown
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Shoot, I wanna read it!

I hope they distribute it secretly as ebooks.

I'd be a part of that operation with the ebook library I'm already running and sharing.
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