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limiting access to Harry Potter books

Harry sure does get in alot of trouble. Full story Here from mlive.com

Zeeland\'s Board of Education stood behind a decision Monday that limits access in the district to the Harry Potter book series.
Superintendent Gary Feenstra issued a memo to staff in November that prohibits Zeeland teachers from reading the books aloud in class.

Checkout of the first three books of the series, written by Scottish author J.K. Rowling, is restricted to fifth- through eighth-graders who show written permission from their parents. Feenstra\'s order also says the district will buy no more installments in the series.\"You can\'t pretend there is no such thing as right and wrong,\" Van Rhee said.

Lisa VanDerKolk said that even though the books are a work of fiction, the witchcraft and wizardry could still give children ideas. \"This stuff is real, and kids can get mixed up in it,\" she said.

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Harry Potter explained

In this essay taken from the current print edition of the London Review of Books, appearing online exclusively at Books Unlimited, comparative mythologist Wendy Doniger investigates why we love the wizard of Hogwarts.

Young Harry Potter\'s parents are dead. So far, so good: many of the heroes and heroines of the classics of children\'s literature are orphans, while others have invisible, unmentionable or irrelevant parents. The sorrow of grieving, not to mention the terror of helplessness, is quickly glossed over in favour of the joy of a fantasised freedom.

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Limits on kids book spark war of words

Harry Potter is inder fire in MI.This Story from the Detroit Free Press.

Some teachers are so riled over efforts to restrict children from reading the best-selling Harry Potter books that they are threatening to burn their Winnie the Pooh discount bookstore cards.

Protesting teachers -- about 40 signed a petition asking the school board to take its restrictions off the Harry Potter books -- also plan to attend Monday\'s Zeeland Board of Education meeting, hoping to get the board to take the clamps off the Harry Potter books. The novels by Scottish author J.K. Rowling feature Harry, a boy being trained at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and his adventures in fantasy.

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Panel proposes Potter books stay in schools

Oregon Live Reports

A review committee is pushing the school board to keep the Harry Potter children\'s books in local libraries and in the classrooms of the district\'s 20 schools.

The committee, appointed by Interim Superintendent Gary Bruner, on Monday unanimously recommended that the Bend-La Pine School Board let the books be available for unrestricted use.Bruner appointed the review committee after a Bend couple, Greg and Arlena Wilson, complained that the books would lead children to \"hatred and rebellion.\"

Greg Wilson said Monday he wasn\'t surprised by the committee\'s decision.

\"I just hope this whole thing will really open the parents\' eyes and get them more involved with what the schools are teaching,\" he said. \"I still believe that what I was doing is right.\"

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Groups Fight Potter Banning

Publishers Weekly has a very short Blurb on the groups rallying for Hary Potter.


A number of industry organizations are beginning to rally to the defense of the Harry Potter titles, which, according to the American Library Association, were the most frequently banned books last year.

The focal point for the industry initiative is the actions taken last November by Gary Feenstra, the superintendent of Zeeland, Mich., public schools, who prohibited the Potter titles from being read in classrooms and limited access to the books by placing them in the school library where students could only check them out with parental permission. In addition, Feenstra ruled that the district would not buy any forthcoming additions to the series.

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Thanks to library, students chat it up with Potter author

Read about J.k. Rowling\'s on-line visit to Avondale Elementary School Here. From the Birmingham News.

Last week when young fans of Harry Potter books at Avondale Elementary School wanted to learn how the characters got such odd names they turned to their neighborhood public library.

Instead of flipping pages in books, they gathered in clusters around the library\'s public computers for an
online visit with author J.K. Rowling.

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Harry Potter and the literary hoax

The Age, in AU has an interesting Story HERE on Harry Potter.


The on-line bookshop Amazon.com publishes an ongoing bestseller list of the books most in demand by its readers at any given moment. It makes fascinating reading, listing as it does hundreds of thousands of books in order of their popularity. At present, number one on the list, narrowly beating Delia Smith and Frank McCourt, is one of J.K. Rowling\'s Harry Potter books. It is the fourth volume in the series. There\'s only one thing about this that might cause the eyebrows to raise a little. The fourth volume of Harry Potter hasn\'t been published yet, and won\'t be until July. Amazon\'s bestseller, in short, is a book that doesn\'t exist.

But the world of these books is thin and unsatisfactory, their imagery is derivative, their characterisation automatic, and their structure deeply flawed.

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J. K. Rowling named author of the year

The writer of the popular \"Harry Potter\" children\'s books has been named author of the year in the British Book Awards after being beaten by \"Beowulf\" in two other recent prestigious literary competitions.

J. K. Rowling, whose books about the adventures of a child wizard enrolled in a witchcraft school have been the focus of controversy in the United States, beat five other contenders, including horror writer Stephen King, to take the prize Thursday night.

Her latest tale, \"Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,\" had twice come second this year to Irish poet Seamus Heaney\'s translation of the Anglo Saxon epic poem \"Beowulf,\" which won the top prizes at both the Whitbread Book Awards and the South Bank Show Awards.

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Harry Potter books Promote Hatred and Rebellion

OregonLive has a story HERE on the infamous Harry Potter.

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Complaining that Harry Potter\'s popular books for children will lead readers to \"hatred and rebellion,\" a couple in this central Oregon town is asking schools to ban them.

It\'s the latest in a controversy that pits parents who object to the adventure stories about witchcraft against parents who say the popular tales encourage children to read.

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Ingram changes the rules

librarydragon1 writes "Just got this from our library system lisserve If your vendor is Ingram, and you're expecting the new HP book to to be out for your patrons this Saturday, don't hold your breath:
"Hi, all. I just had a disturbing conversation with Customer Service at
Ingram Books. Apparently, if you have pre-ordered less than 10 copies of
Harry Potter from them, they will not deliver on time for Saturday's release
date. I was told that they will be shipped on Friday for Monday delivery.
When I mentioned that I have received every other title in the series
early, they said that "this is the way we're doing it this time." Needless
to say, I am quite vexed! I thought I would pass it along for you
information.""

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