Article Title

Concern over book turns into family lesson

Authors

Laura Trujillo

Newspaper

The Oregonian (Portland)

Date

4-23-1995

Challenged Material

Jumper by Steven Gould

Reading Level

young adult

Location

West Linn

Participants

parents, Bolton Middle School library, West Linn-Wilsonville School Board

Outcome

Retained

Photo Description

photograph of Bolton Middle School librarian Dolores Johnston

Photo Caption

Johnston

Abstract

The West Linn-Wilsonville School District decided to retain "Jumper" in high school and middle school libraries after parents Larry and Jacqueline Dunstan objected to it because of an attempted rape scene depicted in the book. Oregon is ranked second in the nation for the number of challenges to materials during a fourteen year period, according to the group People for the American Way. Librarians and middle schoolers defended the retention of controversial materials in libraries, saying it should be up to families to decide what their children read.

Keywords

violence, Nancy Stuart, Ellen Fader, Oregon State Library, First Amendment, free speech, alternative lessons, values

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