District pulls war book after objections
The Register-Guard (Eugene)
My brother Sam is dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
Kelly Dunn; Erica Dunn; Springfield School District; Jamon Kent;Cherie Kistner
Picture of Kelly and Erica Dunn
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.
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.
war, explicit sex, vulgar language, offensive language