Children’s book banned from Florida school library

Saturday, February 26, 2005

LAKE WALES, Fla. — An elementary school agreed to remove a children’s book from its library after a parent complained about some of the work’s subject matter.

Spook Hill Elementary’s media committee voted 7-4 on Feb. 23 to remove Anastasia Again! by Lois Lowry from its library shelves. The book, intended for children 9 through 12, is the second in a series about the life of a preteen girl named Anastasia Krupnick.

The vote came after Kristi Hardee, a parent of a student at the school, raised concerns about some of the book’s material. In Anastasia Again! the girl is forced to deal with her parents’ decision to move from their apartment in the city to the suburbs.

But Hardee complained that the book’s references to beer, Playboy magazine and Anastasia making light of wanting to kill herself were inappropriate for children. She sought to have five other books from the series removed, but the committee only voted to ban Anastasia Again!

Committee member Barbara Waldrop said the objectionable material was not the main theme of the book, which she said mainly dealt with the idea that forming preconceived notions about the world is a bad habit.

Hardee attended the meeting but declined to comment on the vote.

Lake Wales is 45 miles south of Orlando.

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