Posts Tagged ‘ khaled hosseini ’

Drama Named Among Top 10 Most Banned Books of 2017

April 10, 2018
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Drama Named Among Top 10 Most Banned Books of 2017

For the third time, Raina Telgemeier’s YA classic Drama has been named to the American Library Association’s Most Banned Books list. This week, ALA released their top ten list of most frequently challenged books in 2017. Once again, the list is disproportionately filled with illustrated works. As a partner in the Kids’ Right to Read Project, CBLDF…

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CBLDF Joins Defense of The Kite Runner in Arizona

April 13, 2017
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CBLDF Joins Defense of The Kite Runner in Arizona

CBLDF this week joined a coalition of free-speech organizations objecting to the abrupt removal of Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner from the curriculum of Higley Unified School District in Gilbert, Arizona. Although students in Honors English 10 have read the book for several years, administrators allege that it was never officially approved for use. CBLDF…

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Arizona School District Pulls Kite Runner from Curriculum Mid-School Year

April 3, 2017
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Arizona School District Pulls Kite Runner from Curriculum Mid-School Year

Students at Williams Field High School in Gilbert, Arizona are looking for answers after Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner was abruptly pulled from the curriculum district-wide, just as Honors English 10 classes were to start reading it. Higley Unified School District issued a statement implying that the book had not been through a required approval…

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Alaska School Board Removes Four Titles from Reading List After Parent Complaints

February 28, 2017
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Alaska School Board Removes Four Titles from Reading List After Parent Complaints

Five popular, award-winning, and critically praised novels were recently removed from an alternative reading list for high school students in Nome, Alaska after parent complaints, leading to a contentious public debate at a school board meeting last week where other parents came out in support of the books. By the end of the meeting Sherman…

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CBLDF Joins Coalition Defending The Kite Runner in North Carolina School District (Again)

June 30, 2015
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CBLDF Joins Coalition Defending The Kite Runner in North Carolina School District (Again)

In advance of a school board meeting in Buncombe County, North Carolina, tonight, CBLDF has once more joined with a coalition of free speech advocacy organizations led by the Kids’ Right to Read Project in sending a letter urging the board to accept the recommendation of two review committees to allow Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite…

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North Carolina Review Committee Unanimously Recommends The Kite Runner Stay in Class

June 23, 2015
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North Carolina Review Committee Unanimously Recommends The Kite Runner Stay in Class

Despite a mother and former school board member’s contention that The Kite Runner is inappropriate for a 10th grade Honors English class, a district-wide review committee in Buncombe County, North Carolina unanimously recommended last week that the school board allow the book to remain in classrooms. The novel by Khaled Hosseini still faces a school…

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CBLDF Joins Coalition Defending The Kite Runner in North Carolina School District

June 15, 2015
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CBLDF Joins Coalition Defending The Kite Runner in North Carolina School District

As a Buncombe County, North Carolina school district review committee prepares to make a recommendation to the school board on a challenge to The Kite Runner this week, CBLDF has joined the National Coalition Against Censorship’s Kids’ Right to Read Project and other free speech advocates in urging committee members to keep the book in…

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North Carolina Parent Continues Campaign Against The Kite Runner

June 4, 2015
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North Carolina Parent Continues Campaign Against The Kite Runner

Despite a school-level review committee’s recent decision that The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini is appropriate for a 10th grade Honors English class, the Buncombe County, North Carolina, parent and former school board member who wants it out of the classroom is pushing forward with her challenge. Lisa Baldwin objects to depictions of “homosexuality and…

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Censorship 2014: Summer Reading Under Attack

December 31, 2014
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Since most of the challenges and bans that we cover happen in schools, the summers have typically been slow news months for us in past years. So, naturally this year we took notice when challenge after challenge to books that had been assigned as summer reading popped up across the country. Collectively, this new and…

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NCAC Members Warn Waukesha Board Against “Red-Flagging” Books

October 8, 2014
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NCAC Members Warn Waukesha Board Against “Red-Flagging” Books

As the school board in Waukesha, Wisconsin prepares to consider challenges to three books, CBLDF has joined six other member organizations of the National Coalition Against Censorship to urge that the books be retained in the curriculum and not “red-flagged” for content. In a letter sent to the board yesterday, NCAC members cautioned that such…

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