A committee has voted 7-1 in favor of keeping Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares on the shelf of a Fond du Lac, Wisconsin middle school library. Parent Ann Wentworth wanted the Sisterhood books removed from the library because she believes the sexual content is inappropriate for that age group.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants books follows four best friends as they grow up and become mature young women. The sexual situations in the books have a moral to them and serve as cautionary tales to girls contemplating their own sexuality. For example, the part Wentworth objected to in Forever in Blue is about one of the young women becoming sexually active and dealing with a broken condom. It is a mature subject, but I think readers will find that her resulting pregnancy scare in no way glorifies sex.

The irritating part of this story is that the library actually has a policy in place that allows parents to restrict what books their own children can access. She could have prevented her child from checking out the Sisterhood books and that would have been the end of story. But that wasn’t enough for Wentworth, as she wants to be able to decide what all the children at that school can or cannot read.

Wentworth has also challenged Get Well Soon by Julie Halpern, which is about a teenage girl who ends up in a psychiatric hospital because of her struggle with depression. The committee will meet and hear comments about that book on June 14, 2010.

What do you think of this kind of policy? Good? Bad? Let me know by leaving a comment below.

(Source: The Reporter)

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