Child's book sends shockwaves through community
The Molalla Pioneer
Eli's song by Monte Killingsworth
children, young adult
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;
Killingsworth standing under road sign "Freedom of Choice Only in America Isn't [sic] it great"
"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.
teen suicide, logging, Oregon, negative stereotype, Margaret K. McElderry Books, social issues