The Year They Burned the Books (Hardcover)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 9780374386672, 256pp.
Publication Date: September 1, 1999
By the author of Annie on My Mind
When Wilson High Telegraph editor Jamie Crawford writes an opinion piece in support of the new sex-ed curriculum, which includes making condoms available to high school students, she has no idea that a huge controversy is brewing. Lisa Buel, a school board member, is trying to get rid of the health program, which she considers morally flawed, from its textbooks to its recommendations for outside reading. The newspaper staff find themselves in the center of the storm, and things are complicated by the fact that Jamie is in the process of coming to terms with being gay, and her best friend, Terry, also gay, has fallen in love with a boy whose parents are anti-homosexual. As Jamie's and Terry's sexual orientation becomes more obvious to other studetns, it looks as if the paper they're fighting to keep alive and honest is going to be taken away from them. Nancy Garden has depicted a contemporary battleground in a novel that probes deep into issues of censorship, prejudice, and ethics.
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Praise For The Year They Burned the Books…
"High school senior Jamie Crawford has attained her dream of being editor-in-chief of her school newspaper, but when she writes an editorial in favor of a new health curriculum that includes the distribution of condoms and frank discussion of homosexuality, she finds herself embroiled in a controversy that is polarizing her small New England community...An important book that deserves a wide readership." --Booklist