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John Green books come under parental fire again

August 4, 2014


First it was Florida, then Wisconsin. John Greenís books ó though not "The Fault in Our Stars," which became the summer movie ó have come under fire from parents.

In Pasco County, Fla., Greenís young adult novel "Paper Towns" was removed from an eighth-grade summer reading list after a parent complained that she should have been warned about its content. Joanne Corcoranís 13-year-old daughter "came to her mother asking her the definition of Ďmasturbation,í" the Tampa Bay Times reports. "Corcoran further spotted F-bombs and references to teen sex."

"Paper Towns" was rapidly removed from the reading list, a move that attracted the attention of censorship opponents, including the National Coalition Against Censorship. This week it was reported that the book had quietly been restored.

Meanwhile, in Waukesha, Wis., parents are trying to remove another of Greenís novels, "Looking for Alaska," from school shelves. In Waukesha County, west of Milwaukee, parents complained that the sexual content of "Looking for Alaska" is too mature for middle and high school students. As local television news station WISN reported, they think the book is "too racy to read."

Local school officials disagreed: they decided Friday that "Looking for Alaska" will remain in the schools.

Earlier this year, parents in Strasburg, Colo., challenged both books. Letters of support sent by more than 1,000 of Greenís readers and fans may have helped sway the school board, which voted 3-2 to allow "Looking for Alaska" and "Paper Towns" to remain.

Protests against Greenís books go all the way back to 2008, when he took to his vlog to explain, "I am not a pornographer."

 

 


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