Missouri school board to take new look at Sherman Alexie book ban

Stockton, Missouri (AP) August 2010

The American Library Association is asking a southwest Missouri school board to reconsider its decision to ban a novel from the high school.

The Stockton School Board in April voted to remove “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” from the school library after a parent complained about its content.

The award-winning novel by Sherman Alexie deals with an adolescent American Indian’s experiences after enrolling in an all-white school.

Superintendent Shannon Snow says a committee of administrators, board members and citizens is looking into the ban. The panel will present its report in mid-August to the School Board, which is expected to set a date for a special meeting to vote on whether to keep the ban in place.




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