One of the biggest breakout books of the year in the US is about an unarmed black teenager killed by the police. A school district in Texas thinks the language in the book could be too mature for its students.
Now in its 39th week on the New York Times bestselling hardcover YA list, the novel was long-listed for a National Book Award this year. Last month it was pulled from all the libraries at the Katy Independent School District in Texas. Its return is pending review.
Citing the book’s “pervasive vulgarity,” the district pulled copies from its libraries across 15 junior high schools and eight high schools. It’s still deciding whether to make it a permanent ban.
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