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"Alice in Lace"2002-10-18 16:21:41mariwinn


WE FOUND THIS WHILE SURFING TODAY. IT WAS SUBMITTED TO A WEBSITE CALLED ASMALLVICTORY.NET FOR BANNED BOOKS WEEK, SEPT. 22-28,2002, BY SOMEONE NAMED STEVE COHEN. Hey, this puts Webb City R-7 on the map!

"Webb City — A southwest Missouri school district has banned three books and limited access to three others in a series that explores issues of growth, development and adolescent sexuality.

The Webb City school board voted Tuesday to remove “Achingly Alice,” “Alice in Lace” and “The Grooming of Alice” from the elementary school library. The books in the series had previously been available to fifth- and sixth-grade students.

The Alice series, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, has been banned or challenged enough to land it on the 100 most frequently banned books list.

Board members voted in June to ban the books even though they had not read them yet. Later, they rescinded their votes so they could read the books before taking action. Eventually, three of the books in the series were banned, even though a six-teacher panel recommended against the banning.

Resident Charles Moore, one of 50 citizens in attendance Tuesday night, said he objected to the books on moral grounds. “God tells us some of the things in these books is an abomination, like homosexuality and certain acts between men and women,” he said.

So I pose the questions: How does religion play into book banning in public schools? Should it be a factor at all? How could you possibly accomodate every religion, family value, moral code, of every family in the school without emptying the shelves of the library?

And honestly, shouldn't a board member be required to actually read the book they are thinking of banning?"

Has anyone read any of the books in the Alice series? If you have, how would you respond to Cohen's comments?


Updated: 2002-10-18 04:27:37