Ill. Parents Seek to Ban Award-Winning Novel
Language, sex in Alexie book inappropriate for high schoolers
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 22, 2009 12:23 PM CDT
The cover of Sherman Alexie's "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian."   (Hachette Books)
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(Newser) – Parents at an Illinois high school are trying to get Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian taken off the summer reading list, and out of the school’s library, the Chicago Tribune reports. “I can’t imagine anyone finding this book appropriate for 13- or 14-year-olds,” said one who showed up at a district board meeting, complaining that the book contained foul language and descriptions of sex.

At the very least, they want a warning on the book, and say students will think the school condones the profanity used in the book. But backers say it’s a realistic depiction of life for incoming freshmen. “That is like saying that because Romeo and Juliet committed teen suicide, we condone teen suicide,” said one teacher. “Kids know the difference.”