Article Title

District pulls war book after objections

Authors

Jeff Wright

Newspaper

The Register-Guard (Eugene)

Date

3-10-2000

Challenged Material

My brother Sam is dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier

Reading Level

children

Location

Springfield

Participants

Kelly Dunn; Erica Dunn; Springfield School District; Jamon Kent;Cherie Kistner

Photo Description

Picture of Kelly and Erica Dunn

Photo Caption

Kelly Dunn (left) and her daughter, Erica, 10, are upset about the teaching of the book "My Brother Sam is Dead" in Erica's fifth-grade history class. They say the book contains gratuitous violence and inappropriate profanity.

Abstract

Kelly Dunn raised objections to "My Brother Sam is Dead" when her 5th grade daughter told her she couldn't get the imagery from the war scenes out of her head. The book is a Newberry Award winner and has been used in the American History section of the curriculum since 1986 in the Springfield school district. The school district is forming a committee to read the book and make recommendations for keeping or restricting its use in the 5th grade classroom. Exerpts from the book are included.

Keywords

war, explicit sex, vulgar language, offensive language

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