In response to concerns, however, the district will form a committee each March to review future summer reading assignments.
The committee, which will include parents, would decide whether parents should be warned if a book contains possibly objectionable material; anti-family, cultural insensitivity, drugs/alcohol/smoking, gambling, offensive language, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group, violence, "depictions of bullying.") ("Racist." "Degrading, insensitive, and oppressive." "Use of the word 'nigger.'" Banned in 1885 in the Concord, Massachusetts library for being what the Public Library Committee called "trash".
"Violence and sex." "Pornographic and offensive in its stereotyping of Latinos.") (Challenged in the Ravenna, Ohio schools  because, "What we kept finding and going over was sexual content and profanity," said the complainant.
The novel has received several awards including the New York Times Notable Book Award.
The protagonist in Alexie's book discusses masturbation.
Retained on the summer reading list at Antioch, Illinois High School  despite objections from several parents who found its language vulgar and racist.
Challenged in the Lakeville, Minnesota High School  and St.
One member of the committee says that, while he does not wish to call it immoral, he thinks it contains but little humor, and that of a very coarse type. The librarian and the other members of the committee entertain similar views, characterizing it as rough, coarse and inelegant, dealing with a series of experiences not elevating, the whole book being more suited to the slums that to intelligent, respectable people." Read other press items.Retained in the Manchester, Connecticut School District  with the requirement that teachers attend seminars on how to deal with issues of race before teaching the book in their classrooms.)(Banned in Egypt and several other Arab states, and even resulted in a belated angry reaction from the clerics of Al-Azhar University upon reprinting in Egypt in the year 2000.The clerics issued a fatwa banning the novel and accused Haidar of heresy and offending Islam.The novel, which is not required reading in Renton schools but is on a supplemental list of approved books, was eventually retained for classroom usage.Pulled from classes in Taylor, Michigan, schools  because of complaints about its liberal use of common racial slurs.