September 21, 2003

The Drowning of Stephan Jones

AUTHOR: Bette Greene
ISBN: 0440226953
Plot Summary: Carla Wayland's dream of being with the 'in' crowd comes true when she starts dating the popular Andy Harris--a hateful, fearmonger who torments a recently arrived gay couple. When Andy's harassment leads to the death of one of the men, Carla must choose where she stands.
Complaints: Sexual themes, offensive language, violence, homosexuality
The book was removed from the Barron(Wis.) School District in 1998. Banned from the Mascenic RegionalHigh School in Ipswich (N.H.) in 1995. Removed from the curriculum and school library shelves in Boling (Tex.) in 1993. Pulled from the libraries of Horry County, SC, middle and high schools at the behest of a lone objector. The superintendent of schools banned the book after a resident who had once been expelled from school for writing a profane poem, objected to the noteworthy novel for its "vulgarity and profanity." Three books (this one, plus "The Education of Harriet Hatfield" by Mary Sarton and "Maurice" by E.M. Forster, which treat homosexuality in various ways, were removed from a regional high school. The novels' purchase was financed by a grant that teacher Penny Culliton received and was approved by the school superintendent and principal. However, shortly after a local newspaper reported that Culliton was involved with a lesbian and gay support group for young people, the books were found unsuitable and were banned. Maurice and The Education of Harriet Hatfield were seized from the students while they were reading the novels in class. Personal attacks on the teacher and demands for her dismissal have been so vehement that her job is now in jeopardy.
Solonor Says Ban It Because: We've met this author before (she's Jewish, ya know...not that there's anything wrong with that....) She's the one that did that "Summer of My German Soldier" thing (#89). This is all just an ACLU plot to make your kids gay.
What If Good Girls Do?

Posted at September 21, 2003 05:49 PM


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