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More things to make you go hmm....

Apparently I visited the subversive school in the district today. (All the schools I'm visiting this week are part of the same district.) If you read my blog entry yesterday, you know that because a parent challenged James Howe's The Misfits a few years ago (and won!), the district decided not to even offer my Truth About Truman School book for sale. Because there's a RUMOR in my book that someone could be gay. (One of the characters also has two gay uncles, but I'm not sure the librarian realized that yesterday.) I have news for people who object to their children knowing that homosexuality exists: it STILL exists, even if you don't talk about it! If your children are in school, they are in school with people who are gay. Doesn't everyone deserve to see themselves in literature???

But I digress...back to the subversiveness. While this school was not allowed to SELL The Truth About Truman School, that didn't stop several fifth and sixth grade teachers from reading it to their classes!!! Nor did it stop them from encouraging their students to go out and order the book somewhere else and bring it back for me to sign. I signed quite a few copies of The Truth About Truman School! Look, they even included that book on their welcome sign.

Fifth and sixth grade teachers at Pleasant View (and librarian, too!)....you guys are AWESOME!!!!!


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Apr. 7th, 2011 12:54 pm (UTC)
Three cheers for Pleasant View!

I'm afraid abject cowardice is the default mode in school districts. How can teachers and administrators teach kids to deal with bullying when they can't do it themselves?
Apr. 8th, 2011 02:07 am (UTC)
Hey, I assume you'll be at TLA next week...any chance we can get together for tea or something? I don't arrive until late Wednesday night. I'm signing in the author area at 9:00 on Thursday and at the Albert Whitman booth at 9:00 on Friday. I'm free much of Thursday afternoon...
Apr. 8th, 2011 03:02 pm (UTC)
Sorry, no TLA for me this year; no book out + economy crunch + spring maladies = Austin is too far. (All of an hour and a half drive. Why can't I feel awful when it's cold and rainy and my instincts are saying Stay in Bed anyway?) Christine will be there, though, and I happen to know she's not looking forward to cruising the dealer's room alone.
Apr. 8th, 2011 10:09 pm (UTC)
Oh, bummer. I would love to cruise the floor with Christine, though!
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