Reading-list ban may ride on book reports

Here’s An Interesting approach to book selection: School board members in Elk Grove, IL, divided over whether to ban a book from the Friendship Junior High summer reading list because of its descriptions of animal cruelty, will read student book reports to help them come to a decision.

They decided to study the issue by reading students’ comments about the book. The novel has already been read by some classes and students have written reports about it.

“I am not trying to ban any book, but there are so many other books for summer reading that do not have inappropriate passages about animal cruelty,” Read said, adding that “Harris and Me” is among six books in the summer reading curriculum.