Banned Books 2021 – Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World

Marshall University does not ban books! The information is provided to let people know what has been banned/challenged elsewhere.


Three books with LGBTQIA+ protagonists and themes were removed from a 5th grade classroom by the Swarthmore Rutledge School administration in the Wallingford-Swarthmore (PA) School District (WSSD). None of the three books — Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World, George, and When Aidan Became a Brother — concerned “mature” or violent topics. The books in question were returned to the classroom only after many community members, including students, contacted the WSSD administration about their removal and criticized the decision-making process as not transparent. The district acknowledged
that all the books were age- and grade-appropriate.

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A Banned book has been removed from a library, classroom, etc.
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Last updated

September 9, 2021