Cortez writes "If you are an aspiring author. work diligently to get banned: Here's Proof:
" The 1989 book hadn't been a hot read until a Grand Rapids teacher got into hot water recently for reading the short story "Telephone Man" to her middle-school class. The tale is about a mentally handicapped boy who imitates his father in using racial slurs. But when black students rescue him one day, he comes to realize his father's racist views are wrong.
"The book sold out the day it was banned," said Debra Davis, inventory manager at the Schuler's Alpine Avenue store in Walker."