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Meridian Challenges Alexie’s ‘Diary’

The flap over a controversial young adult novel will reach the Meridian School Board Tuesday night. The board will hear from the public — and from the district’s book “reconsideration committee” — at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Sawtooth room of the District Service Center, 1303 East Central Drive, Meridian. At issue is “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” a 2007 novel written by Sherman Alexie. The book describes a American Indian student’s transition to an white public high school. The book has been controversial in Meridian, and elsewhere. Critics say the book’s sexual references are inappropriate for high school/Kevin Richert, The EDge. More here. (2007 AP file photo: Sherman Alexie is show with his National Book Award in Young People's Literature for “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.”)

Question: Should Meridian School District ban Alexie's “True Diary of a Part-Time Indian”?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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