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The Hate U Give Restored to Katy High School Libraries–with Restrictions

January 19, 2018
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The Hate U Give Restored to Katy High School Libraries–with Restrictions

The critically-acclaimed Young Adult novel The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas has returned to high school library shelves in Katy, Texas–but students need parental permission to check it out, and it could still be banned later on after evaluation by a review committee. In violation of Katy Independent School District policy, Superintendent Lance Hindt…

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Katy School Board Will Consider Challenge to The Hate U Give

January 12, 2018
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Katy School Board Will Consider Challenge to The Hate U Give

Last month, Angie Thomas’ critically-acclaimed Young Adult novel The Hate U Give was removed from school library shelves in Katy, Texas after it was challenged by a parent who complained of “inappropriate language.” On Monday, the board of the Katy Independent School District will convene to decide whether the searing racial-justice themed book should again…

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NCAC Tells Texas School District to Reverse Ban on The Hate U Give

December 6, 2017
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NCAC Tells Texas School District to Reverse Ban on The Hate U Give

The National Coalition Against Censorship today urged the school district in Katy, Texas to obey its own challenge policy and restore Angie Thomas’ award-winning and critically-acclaimed novel The Hate U Give to school library shelves. The book is currently under review after it was challenged last month by a parent who complained of “inappropriate language,”…

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The Hate U Give Reportedly Banned in Texas School District

December 1, 2017
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The Hate U Give Reportedly Banned in Texas School District

School officials in Katy, Texas have banned the critically acclaimed YA novel The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas without following district challenge policy, according to a student who posted about the incident on Twitter. Katy Independent School District Superintendent Lance Hindt reportedly ordered the book pulled from shelves in mid-November after some parents complained…

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San Antonio Mother, News Station Team Up Against Graphic Novel in School Library

November 20, 2017
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San Antonio Mother, News Station Team Up Against Graphic Novel in School Library

A San Antonio mother is unhappy that her son was able to check out the graphic novel SP4RX by Wren McDonald from the library at Hobby Middle School, telling a local news station that she found “drugs, naked women and cuss words” inside the book. Samantha Robinson has filed a challenge as outlined in Northside…

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Drama Banned Again in Texas, ACLU Report Shows

October 10, 2017
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Drama Banned Again in Texas, ACLU Report Shows

For the third time in four years, Raina Telgemeier’s Drama was considered too hot for a Texas school, according to the state ACLU chapter’s latest banned books report which was recently released. In fact, the graphic novel about an adolescent theater troupe was the only book completely banned from any district; this time, it was…

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Librarian Offers Tips for Handling Ugly Book Challenges

June 21, 2017
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Librarian Offers Tips for Handling Ugly Book Challenges

Two years ago this month, Hood County, Texas library director Courtney Kincaid embarked on what would ultimately be a successful defense of two LGBTQIA-themed children’s books that were challenged by more than 50 local residents: My Princess Boy by Cheryl Kilodavis and This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman and Kristyna Litten. Although she…

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10 Top CBLDF Stories of 2016

December 28, 2016
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10 Top CBLDF Stories of 2016

As 2016 comes to a close, we look back on our 10 most-read stories of the past year… Pearls Before Swine Strip Pulled for ISIS Reference On July 27, the award-winning syndicated strip published daily in more than 750 newspapers nationwide was abruptly pulled for its loose reference to ISIS. Creator Stephan Pastis made the announcement…

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Wolf Boys Banned from Texas Prisons

October 3, 2016
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Schools and libraries in Texas aren’t the only facilities that suffer from book bans. Dan Slater’s new non-fiction work Wolf Boys has joined the list of 15,000 books banned within the state’s prison systems. Wolf Boys: Two American Teenagers and Mexico’s Most Dangerous Drug Cartel, as the title suggests, tells the story of two American boys recruited…

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Author Shares Cautionary Tale of Censorship for Banned Books Week

September 27, 2016
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Author Gayle Pitman has seen first-hand how far censors will go to have a book pulled from their community after her own book, This Day in June, became a target in Hood County, Texas. Pitman shares her story and a cautionary tale of the effects of censorship for Banned Books Week on the American Library…

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