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A popular young adult novel by author Chris Crutcher, "Whale Talk" (2001) has been banned by the Limestone County school board for its use of profanity. In a related story another book by the same author "Athletic Shorts" faced censorship in Michigan, also for language .
Published by HarperChildrens, "Whale Talk", an adoption story that is often used to discuss the sensitive issue of how families are formed, has been removed from the high school in Athens (AL) after board member James Shannon objected, stating, ""We can't allow students go down our halls and say those words, and we shouldn't let them read it. That book's got a lot of bad, bad words in it."