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September 30-October 6, 2012

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Removed, via a district directive, from all Chicago (IL) public schools due to "graphic illustrations and language" and concerns about "developmental preparedness" and "student readiness." Seventh and eleventh-grade students study the graphic novel about the author's experiance growing up in Iran during the Iranian revolution as part of Chicago Public Schools' Literacy Content Framework. As news spread of the directive, students mobilized a media campaign in opposition to "banning a book that's all about the freedom of speech." Students took to their Facebook and Twitter accounts, checked out all library copies of the book, wrote investigative articles for the student newspaper, contacted the author, staged protests, and appeared on local radio and television programs. Eventually, the school issued a letter telling high school principals to disregard the earlier order to pull the book.

Held at Marshall (Drinko Library, PN6747.S245 P4713 2003).

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