This Saturday we'd like to share two pieces of news for you, both that are a bit disturbing....
Missouri High School Bans Books
After complaints from a parent, a high school in Missouri decided to ban two Y.A. novels: Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, and Twenty Boy Summer by Sara Ockler.
The parent complained that the books went against the teachings in the Bible, and yet the school board claims that the only reason they banned the books were because they were not age-appropriate.
According to the school's superintendent, people were reading SlaughterHouse-Five in the library and thought that the book contained crude language and adult themes. Similarly, readers felt that Twenty Boy Summer sensationalized sexual promiscuity and included questionable language, drunkenness, and lying to parents.
The school's board is now working on policies that will stop students from being able to watch R-rated movies in school.
I'm personally finding this to be a bit too "big brother" for me. Shouldn't a student be able to choose what they want to read??
LA Times Fires All of their Freelance Reviewers :(
On July 21st, 2011, The Los Angeles Times book review laid off all of their freelance book reviewers and columnists.
The editor of the book review announced that due to budget cuts, all book-related stories will be done in-house from now. One of their freelance staffers had been with the Times for 23 years.
Currently, only four staffers remain in the book review section.
Now I don't know about you, but I think this is a huge mistake for the LA Times.
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK!