A school district committee in Cedar Rapids, IA has recommended banning Lois Lowry’s The Giver from elementary schools after the parents of a 10-year-old student challenged the novel for its subject matter.
Shaun Holcomb, who with his wife Lorrie had brought forth the challenge, said they were trying to protect their son from the book’s content. “We weren’t trying to ban it from the whole school district or anything like that.”
Lorrie Holcomb added, “I think it’s going to show him that you should stand up for what you believe in. It’s going to show him his parents care about him.”
Teachers and students made an effort to keep the book in classrooms. Superintendent Dave Markward will decide whether or not to accept the committee’s decision. Thanks to LISNews.com for the link to this story.