Magazine article American Libraries

Not Cheaper by the Dozen. (Censorship Watch)

Magazine article American Libraries

Not Cheaper by the Dozen. (Censorship Watch)

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A member of the Fairfax County, Virginia, group Parents Against Bad Books in Schools (PABBIS) filed challenges in October to 18 books in the district's libraries--half of which are in elementary-school collections and the other half on middle-school shelves. Complainant Richard Ess is asking that the reconsideration committee not include anyone who belongs to the American Library Association or the National Education Association because both organizations "are officially against any attempts at removal of books from any school" and a reviewer's affiliation with either "would constitute discrimination and bias in evaluating these requests," according to the PABBIS Web site (www.pabbis. com).

Officials estimate that each review will cost some $2,600, Fairfax school district Chief Information Officer Maribeth Luftglass told the October 31 Northern Virginia Journal, bringing the overall price tag to almost $50,000.

The challenged elementary-school titles are: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, Girl Goddess and Witch Baby by Francesca Lia Block, The Rose and the Beast: Fairy Tales Retold by Block and Suza Scalora, The Chocolate War and Tenderness by Robert Cormier, The Silver Pigs by Lindsey Davis, A Time for Dancing by Davida Wills Hurwin, and Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers. …

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