Friday, September 11, 2015

Hood County Library 2015 Summer Reading Challenge Book #22 - Banned or Challenged Book

The Midwife's Apprentice, by Karen Cushman

The ACLU in Texas does a report on books banned and challenged in Texas schools every year, using information requested funder the authority of the Texas Public Information Act, Texas Government Code Ch.552 (commonly known as the Open Records Act). I've always thought it interesting that a number of these books are Newbery Medalists, an award given for "the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children."

The Midwife's Apprentice was challenged in the 2007-08 school year at Coldspring Intermediate School in the Coldspring-Oakhurst Consolidated Independent School District for sexual content and mysticism or paganism, apparently because of  a "reference to 'a roll in the hay' as well as unspecified pagan ideas (or at least ideas in conflict with Christianity)."  At the time the report was published, action (whether or not to ban or restrict the book) was pending.

Review is here.

© Amanda Pape - 2015

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