Maryland Superintendent To Reconsider Ban Of Young Adult Novel

More News on The Carroll County, Maryland, superintendent, who initially deemed a popular, critically acclaimed novel for young adults inappropriate for school libraries because of language and sexual content, will read the entire book before making a final decision, a school official said Wednesday.
Students have organized a petition drive to save the book, which has won several awards, including being named the 2004 Michael L. Printz Honor Book by the Yougn Adult Library Services Association.

“Part of this process has really been educational for kids,” Johnson said. “Our students really get to understand and really get to talk about issues like censorship, like First Amendment rights, like ways to voice their concerns when they don’t agree with something.”