Article Title

Library book sparks parent complaint

Authors

Newspaper

Siuslaw News (Florance)

Date

6-13-1984

Challenged Material

Are you there God? It's me, Magaret by Judy Blume

Reading Level

young adult, children

Location

Florance, Oregon

Participants

Rhododendron Elementary School, Siuslaw School District, Linda Acker, Misty Acker, Lois Leighton

Outcome

Book was retained

Abstract

A committee of parents and teachers recommended that “Are you there God? It’s Me, Margaret” not be removed from Rhododendron Elementary School library. Linda Acker, mother of fourth grader Misty Acker, was concerned that the book would encourage children to look at adult magazines and books. She also stated that the book condoned boys and girls being alone without their parents consent. The committee voted to keep the book in the school; however they recommended buying an edition without pictures and a cover aimed at older readers. The librarian, Lois Leighton, said that no younger students have showed an interest in the book. Unless the board rejects the recommendation to keep the book, the decision will stand as final.

Keywords

banned books, inappropriate for children

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