Schools in Frisco, Tx, Have Declared War on Neil Gaiman Books & MORE
Texas schools continue to prove they hate good literature, let alone epic TV shows based on them.
The Independent School District of Frisco, Texas, has released a list of 301 books that are either banned or restricted by grade in all of their school libraries.
They'll say inappropriate or controversial content, but remember these are NOT Playboys or Penthouse porn rags, they're books and comic books.
Words are pictures that represent thoughts, ideas, reality, and life.
It should be obvious that age restrictions are a good and appreciated feature of thoughtful libraries. But, an outright ban on ideas is outrageous.
This may not be the proper place or time to argue why book banning is a bad thing, but Just so you know, it is, and most Americans agree. Out of 301 books listed by the Frisco, Tx, school district for banning here are 5 examples. Read their descriptions and you decide if they should be off-limits.
1) American Gods - Neil Gaiman
"Released from prison, Shadow finds his world turned upside down. His wife has been killed; a stranger offers him a job and Shadow, with nothing to lose, accepts. But a storm is coming. Beneath the placid surface of everyday life, a war is being fought – and the prize is the very soul of America."
2) A Song of Ice & Fire - George R.R. Martin
"An immersive entertainment experience unlike any other, A Song of Ice and Fire has earned George R. R. Martin—dubbed “the American Tolkien” by Time magazine—international acclaim and millions of loyal readers."
3) Jojo's Bizarre Adventure - Hirohiko Araki
"...JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is a groundbreaking manga famous for its outlandish characters, wild humor, and frenetic battles. A multigenerational tale of the heroic Joestar family and their never-ending battle against evil!"
4) Anansi Boys - Neil Gaiman
"When Fat Charlie s dad named something, it stuck. Like calling Fat Charlie Fat Charlie. Even now, twenty years later, Charlie Nancy can t shake that name, one of the many embarrassing gifts his father bestowed before he dropped dead on a karaoke stage and ruined Fat Charlie s life."
5) The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman
'Sussex, England: A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock.
He hasn't thought of Lettie in decades, and yet sitting by the pond (a pond that she'd claimed was an ocean), the unremembered past comes flooding back. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road.
Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what."
And, if you're saying to yourself, "Well of course they don't teach these things in school, they're inappropriate!" Well, the photo of The Ocean at the End of the Lane is from a CLASSROOM EDITION of the book, with specific CLASSROOM QUESTIONS to discuss the book.
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