May 25, 2017

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‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ Restored to IL Classrooms

Steven Chbosky’s epistolary coming-of-age tale The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Pocket Books, 1999) is being restored to eighth-grade classrooms in Glen Ellyn District 41, a suburb of Chicago, following a recent challenge over concerns about the book’s sexual content and explicit language. According to the Daily Herald, the school board voted 6 to 1 this week to overturn a previous board’s decision to remove copies of the book.

The new school board came to its decision after district administrators pledged to send a revised notification letter to parents at the start of each school year, warning that students may sometimes have access to mature content in their classroom libraries, the Daily Herald reports.

Karyn M. Peterson About Karyn M. Peterson

Karyn M. Peterson (kpeterson@mediasourceinc.com) is a former News Editor ofSLJ.

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