Article Title

North Marion book ban sought


Woodburn Independent



Challenged Material

A Spooky Story by Bill Martin Jr.; I am Joseph by Barbara Cohen

Reading Level



North Marion Elementary School


Donna Mengus, Faye Richardson, Bruce Rafn, Sandra Trussell

Photo Description

A page from the book A Spooky Story

Photo Caption

The pages of 'A Spooky Story' by Bill Martin Jr. are filled with swirling illustrations of skeletons, vampires, and other scary things. (Photo by Karen Shaughnessy)


North Marion Elementary School is the site of two book challenges. The first is for the book “A Spooky Story” by Bill Martin Jr. Parent Donna Mengus says that the story is too scary for children to be reading. A committee has been formed that will look at the story and decide if it should stay on the libraries shelves. Librarian Faye Richardson said that this book is part of a ten volume set that has been used extensively by children in the first and second grades. The second book that is up for review is called “I Am Joseph” by Barbara Cohn. Parent Sandra Trussell said that the book was biblically inaccurate and contented sensual drawings. Trussell said that the nakedness and retelling of the story is not exactly as the Bible intended it. She also believes that the story is not intended for children because they do not understand these things yet. Superintendant Bruce Rafn said that the school has a policy for dealing with complaints. The committees have five weeks to decide on what to do with both books. Opposite of the article is a printing of the entire text of “A Spooky Story”.


scary stories, horror stories, biblical stories, sensual drawings, sexual content

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