I joke about longing to be banned for the publicity. But when you read this School Library Journal article you realize how crazy some of the would-be book banners can be. The book in question is Sandpiper by Ellen Wittlinger.
“Fifteen-year-old sophomore Lysa Harding randomly checked out Sandpiper on August 31 for a classroom book report, but when she found it too sexually explicit, she showed it to her grandmother, Pam Pennington. Together, they decided not to return the book, which was due September 14. The school is asking Harding to pay $25 to replace the book or face late fees.
“The book is sick,” Pennington told the Tuscaloosa News. “I’m a 50-year-old, and I’ve raised 11 sets of kids and been through many a library, and I’ve never seen a book like this in a school library before.”
Do the math. 50 minus 15 divided by two means that somebody in this family was having sex before they graduated from high school. And don’t even get me started on how you can raise 11 “sets” of kids. This is the kind of thing that sets my teeth on edge.
Here are how some bookstores around the country are celebrating Banned Books Week this month.
Does your local bookstore have a neat way to mark the week?