Making the Banned

Simon Says
Keep yer sinnin' ways outta Katy, Alice.

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's heroine Alice seems like your average kid. The high school star of Naylor's Alice series of teen books fauns over her boyfriend, administers well-intentioned advice to her friends and invites female ex-cons to dinner. Why, she's a regular Lizzie McGuire, no?

No, say the folks at Katy ISD, who moved the books Alice Alone and Patiently Alice from their junior high to high school library due to "Profanity/Inappropriate Language/Sexual Content."

The suburbanites at Klein ISD don't play either. The powers that be have considered removing Patricia Lauber's seemingly innocuous tome What You Never Knew About Tubs, Toilets, and Showers from Krahn Elementary for its "Inappropriate Illustrations."

Yep, it's time once again for the ACLU's Banned Books week. This year's Banned Books report notes that the seemingly progressive folks at Alief ISD retained Jane Leslie Conley's Crazy Lady and Betsy Franco's You Hear Me? despite calls to have the books removed from Bailey Middle School.

On the heels of this report, the folks at Grits for Breakfast pose an interesting question today: What banned books have you read? I enjoy book readin' as much as the next guy, so I can't wait to flip through Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause, which centers on a teenage girl werewolf who falls in love with a human. (I dunno... hasn't this been done?) I'm also anxious to peruse The Dirty Cowboy, which I could've sworn was a Brokeback -inspired drink at Wild West.

Anyhoo, you can check out the list of banned books here, as well as an exclusive interview with everyone's favorite kid author, Judy Blume. Meanwhile, I'll have my nose in The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things. — Steven Devadanam


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