Some parents of Malibu (Calif.) High School students are unhappy with the selection of Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones for a "campuswide reading event for grades 9-12." A committee of students selected the book.
- Parent Cathy Egner predicted, "There will be kids who will be haunted for the rest of their lives by the things they will be exposed to for the first time in this book. Why do we have to think that we are so politically correct that we have to deal with these issues now, at this stage in their lives?" . . .
- "Kids always do what they think makes them look mature, and that may be why they picked this book" said parent Cindy Dorn. "I don't want my son to read about a rape and a murder."
And this is Malibu, for goodness' sake. A liberal bastion. And they're banning books? The parents should be ashamed of themselves.
At least they're ensuring the kids will read The Lovely Bones.