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“The book is back on shelves at all of our high schools, but it includes a parental consent – that can be given by a phone call, email or an in person consent by the parent,” said Maria DiPetta, manager media relations for Katy ISD.
The new year brings the usual spate of movies and TV shows adapted from books, offering a variety of thrills. Some are historical, as in The Little Stranger, set in a haunted English house post-World War II and based on the novel by Sarah Waters. Others are futuristic, as in Steven Spielberg’s highly-anticipated adaptation of Ernest Cline’s video game adventure story Ready Player One.
I just found out that a Where’d You Go, Bernadette is being adapted to the big screen, b it stars Cate Blanchett, and c it hits theater this May. I have zero chills right now!
In a post on its website, One Million Moms took particular issue with one book, George, a chapter book intended for kids in grades 3 to 7. Written by the queer activist and author Alex Gino, George tells the story of a transgender fourth grader. The 10-year-old hopes that by playing Charlotte in her school’s upcoming production of Charlotte’s Web, she’ll finally get her parents and teacher to look past the gender that was assigned to her at birth and accept her as a girl.
George, which was published by Scholastic in 2015, was praised by critics as a “profound, moving” book. But One Million Moms doesn’t think the book is “family-friendly” material.
“Scholastic is not safe for your child and parents should be warned,” the group wrote. “Scholastic does not have our children’s best interests at heart.”
Listen, Martha. Is it Martha? Please take a seat. TAKE SEVERAL SEATS.
I have tried for a long time to figure out how E. B. White did what he did, how he told the truth and made it bearable.
And I think that you, with your beautiful book about love, won’t be surprised to learn that the only answer I could come up with was love. E. B. White loved the world. And in loving the world, he told the truth about it — its sorrow, its heartbreak, its devastating beauty. He trusted his readers enough to tell them the truth, and with that truth came comfort and a feeling that we were not alone.
Kate DiCamillo on why kids books should be a little sad.