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
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."
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.
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."
school officials disagreed: they decided Friday that
"Looking for Alaska" will remain in the
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.
against Greenís books go all the way back to 2008,
when he took to his vlog to explain, "I am not a