The Day They Came to Arrest the Book

The Day They Came to Arrest the Book

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by Nat Hentoff
     
 

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Who would have believed that The Adventure of  Huckleberry Finn could cause the worst crisis in the  history of George Mason High School? Certainly not  Barney Roth, editor of the school paper. But when  a small but vocal group of students and parents  decide that the book is racist, sexist,

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Who would have believed that The Adventure of  Huckleberry Finn could cause the worst crisis in the  history of George Mason High School? Certainly not  Barney Roth, editor of the school paper. But when  a small but vocal group of students and parents  decide that the book is racist, sexist, and  immoral—and should be removed from reading lists and the  school library—Barney takes matters into his own  hands.

When the Huck Finn issue  comes up for a hearing, Barney decides to print his  story about previous censorship efforts at school.  He's sure that investigative reporting and  publicity can help the cause. But is he too late to turn  the tide of censorship?

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Children's Literature - Deborah Palgon
A debate is raging among the students and faculty of George Mason High School. Should the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, to some a racist and sexist novel, be removed from the school's reading lists and library? When a representative of the American Civil Liberties Union and a member of a local citizen's "watch" group come to the school, the debate heats up. Disturbed by what is happening, Barney Roth, the editor of the school paper, uncovers previously undisclosed censorship efforts at the school. By printing this information, Barney and others at George Mason High learn a valuable lesson. In this provocative book, Hentoff addresses all of the arguments for and against book censorship. As a supplement to a social studies curriculum, this book will enlighten students to First Amendment issues and the nature of freedom in this country.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780440918141
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
07/28/1983
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
173,079
Product dimensions:
4.19(w) x 6.81(h) x 0.44(d)
Lexile:
890L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 Years

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Day They Came to Arrest the Book 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although the idea of arresting a book seems far fetched, as a librarian I know for a fact that it is not an impossible one. And what happens if the arrest goes through?? Where does the book actually go? Hopefully, the Middle school book might just be sent to the High School, the high school book might be sent to the public Library, but, never, never should the book be burned.This has happened in many more countries than we would like to think about! So, I am all for the story about the book, any book.The part about censoring the school newspaper was right on the mark! I was not,however, very much impressed with the developement of the characters or the plot of the book. I just do not feel that I know enough about Mr.Moore, Luke and his friends,Deidre Fitzgerald, the librarian or anyone else in the story.I understand that the main idea of the story is to bring home the idea of censorship in any form. In my opinion, the real seed of the problem should have been about Cultural differences. The best quote!! 'Show me a book that offends no one and I will show you a book that no one wants to read' Hmmm I think I could adopt this quote!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
being a required book for me to read in scool i gave it a shot and COULD not finish this terrible book. dont get it unless you HAVE to.
Myska More than 1 year ago
Ever want to know what it's like to be on the inside of censorship? This book really wasn't very good. The characters aren't very realistic, the reader also isn't really made to feel anything towards characters, and the author is very stereotypical. The story is placed at George Mason High School. Mostly just the blacks of the school have a problem with the book Huckleberry Finn. So they try to get the book banned at the school. The way most of the students act in the book is not the way that real people would usually act, especially in high school. Everybody is made out as very stereotyped people. Everyone works hard in the book to get their side to win. The reader is able to see why both sides are right and choose their own side. Then the reader is shown how much censorship has already happened at that school. The reader can also see why censorship can go too far. Then news reports all over the nation come to see what the school decides about the book. In the end the school board committee decides not to ban Huck Finn. The book The Day They Came to Arrest the Book by Nat Hentoff is ok. It is a good to book to learn about censorship and the pros and cons of censorship.