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Looking for Alaska Pulled from School Libraries

March 5, 2018
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Looking for Alaska Pulled from School Libraries

John Greene’s Printz Award-Winning Looking for Alaska has been pulled from West Ada School District middle school libraries in Idaho without following the formal reconsideration guidelines. The book had been only been available in the library and was not on any middle school curriculum in West Ada, which is why district spokesperson Eric Exline feels…

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VICTORY in Kentucky: Looking for Alaska Stays in Curriculum

May 3, 2016
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VICTORY in Kentucky: Looking for Alaska Stays in Curriculum

In a victory for the freedom to read, a school district review committee in Marion County, Kentucky voted last night to keep John Green’s Looking for Alaska in the high school curriculum. The book had been challenged by a parent who also called 12th grade English teacher Emily Veatch “godless” and “shameful” in a letter…

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CBLDF Joins Coalition Defending Looking for Alaska in Kentucky

April 26, 2016
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Looking for Alaska

CBLDF has joined a coalition led by the National Coalition Against Censorship urging Marion County, Kentucky, high school principal Mike Abbell to keep John Green’s Looking for Alaska as part of the 12th grade English curriculum despite one parent’s complaint that the award-winning YA novel is “pornography” and “filth.” CBLDF joins coalition efforts like these to…

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John Green Rallies Fans in Defense of Looking for Alaska Teacher

April 5, 2016
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John Green Rallies Fans in Defense of Looking for Alaska Teacher

Blockbuster author John Green is rallying supporters around a high school teacher in Marion County, Kentucky who has been publicly attacked for teaching Green’s book Looking for Alaska in a 12th grade English class. A letter from at least one community member slated to be published in the local weekly paper tomorrow describes the teacher,…

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Middle School Censorship Plan Leaves New Jersey Community Torn

November 5, 2015
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Looking for Alaska

As a result of controversy surrounding Superintendent Joe Langowski’s knee-jerk decision to temporarily pull John Green’s Looking for Alaska from Lumberton Township, New Jersey, classrooms, the school board met to discuss the institution of some kind of rating system that would identify and segregate books that have “mature themes,” effectively establishing a subjective system that…

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Looking for Alaska Back in Lumberton, NJ Middle School Classrooms After Ban

October 16, 2015
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Looking for Alaska Back in Lumberton, NJ Middle School Classrooms After Ban

John Green’s Looking for Alaska was briefly removed from middle school classroom reading collections in Lumberton Township, New Jersey, this week, but was soon reinstated by Superintendent Joe Langowski who says he has “learned much” from the ban — namely, that district policy does not give him the authority to unilaterally remove materials. The targeted…

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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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Labor Day Marks End of a Busy Summer for CBLDF

September 1, 2014
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Labor Day Marks End of a Busy Summer for CBLDF

Summer seems like it should be a slow time for book censorship, but the last few months kept CBLDF and fellow free speech advocates busy. Now that Labor Day is here to mark the unofficial end of summer, let’s take a look at some of the books CBLDF helped defend over our summer vacation… Pensacola…

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Looking for Alaska Retained in Waukesha, Two More Books Challenged

July 30, 2014
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Looking for Alaska Retained in Waukesha, Two More Books Challenged

We have another good news/bad news situation in Waukesha, Wisconsin, where a school district review committee last week unanimously rejected a parental challenge to John Green’s Looking for Alaska. But the challengers plan to appeal that decision to the full school board, and it turns out that two more books, The Kite Runner by Khaled…

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