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September 22-September 28, 2013

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Totally Joe


Marked for removal in the Davis (UT) School District because parents might find it objectionable. The title character, a thirteen-year-old boy, writes an alphabiograophy - his life from A to Z - and explores issues of freindship, family, school, and the challenges of being a gay teenager.


Removed from the Jefferson Elementary School in Bedford County (VA) because of "inappropriate content." Administrators pulled the book from the shelf after a parental complaint. While the school system's general policy on content challenges calls for a formal committee's review of the book, that policy was not followed. Rather officials decided the book was not appropriate for elementary-school students, but did not decide whether to allow the book in middle or high schools.

Held at Cabell County Public Library

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