Opposition to Doctorow’s LITTLE BROTHER causes cancellation of reading program


A school-wide summer reading program at Booker T. Washington High School in Pensacola, Florida has been cancelled due to a complaint made against an English teacher’s chosen young adult novel, Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother.

Little Brother is a dystopian thriller following teenage hacker Marcus and his friends as they attempt to work the system following a terrorist attack on San Francisco which transforms the city into a police state where every citizen is treated like a potential terrorist.

The principal’s decision to cancel the program followed a challenge put forward by a parent who argued that the book contained profanity which made it unsuitable for the reading group.  The principle sided with the parent, also citing the book’s message of questioning authority as his reason for cancelling the program.  In response, Doctorow’s publishers Tor Books have donated 200 copies of Little Brother to the students of Booker T. Washington High School.  Doctorow has also expressed plans to arrange a videoconference with students who wish to discuss his book in the fall term.

For more on Doctorow, visit his website or follow him on Twitter.

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Lucy Nisbet

Lucy is an English teacher-in-training and a self-confessed book nerd. She often buys more books than she can reasonably afford or possibly have time to read. Her Hogwarts letter is now several years too late, but she’s sure it’s just gotten lost in the post.

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