Idaho bans a book
at 4:28pm by Joe Copeland
A big Idaho school district just outside Boise has banned Sherman Alexie’s book, “The True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.” Although a local high school student, named Brady Kissel, presented a petition against the ban with 350 signatures on it, the Meridian school board wouldn't budge, according to seattlepi.com. An Idaho report said parents wanted more inspirational literature. The highly acclaimed novel by the Seattle-based Alexie deals with a 14-year-old tribal student's growing up in an all-white school. Instead of reading a classic piece of Northwest literature, Meridian students, like most high school students throughout the nation, will now be reading light-hearted tales — say, "A Separate Peace" or "Catcher in the Rye" — whose plots are unequivocally inspirational — or maybe just revolve around main characters who are considered light-skinned enough to be uplifting. — K.H.