Article Title

Child's book sends shockwaves through community

Authors

Tootie Smith

Newspaper

The Molalla Pioneer

Date

4-1-1992

Challenged Material

Eli's song by Monte Killingsworth

Reading Level

children, young adult

Location

Molalla

Participants

Monte Killingsworth, Dell Elementary School; Margie Hepler;Greg Newton; Rural Dell Grade elementary; Diana Yoder; Maple Grove Grade School; Bill Karwacki; Dickey Prairie Grade School; Lee Heshoin; Butte Creek Grade School; Molalla Grade School; Charlene ems;

Photo Description

Killingsworth standing under road sign "Freedom of Choice Only in America Isn't [sic] it great"

Photo Caption

Monte Killingsworth

Abstract

"Eli's Song" created controversy for a number of elementary school libraries near Molalla. The author, an elementary teacher and 14 year resident of the Molalla area, saw his characters depicting extremes and one thoughtful uncle who brought common sense to the argument. Parents saw depictions of teen suicide and negative representations of Oregon and Loggers. Concern that the book is being used for political agendas is mentioned.

Keywords

teen suicide, logging, Oregon, negative stereotype, Margaret K. McElderry Books, social issues

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