Little Brother challenged in Florida high school

For the first time, one of my books has been challenged. The students at Booker T Washington High in Pensacola, Florida were to be assigned Little Brother for their summer One School/One Book read. At the last instant -- and over the objections of the head of the English department and the chief librarian -- the principal reversed the previous approval and seems to have cancelled the One School/One Book program outright. My amazing publishers, Tor Books, have volunteered to send 200 copies to the school for the students to read, and I'll participate in a videoconference with the students in the coming school year. Read all about it on Boing Boing.

2 Responses to “Little Brother challenged in Florida high school”

  1. Nate says:

    Ah, my home state. Well played, Florida. :-|

  2. Thad says:

    If a principal, over the objections of teachers, challenges a book because of its positive depiction of a teacher who challenge rules established by the principal, does that qualify as irony, or the opposite of irony?

    I remember JK Rowling saying how flattered she was to see her name alongside the likes of Twain and Vonnegut among the most-challenged books in American schools. You're in good company.

    On the one hand, it's a pity that we even have to have these conversations anymore. On the other, there's something gratifying in knowing that you've hit a nerve among people who don't want hacker culture encouraged or authority questioned.

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