Posted on March 10, 2023 at 12:50 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
A southeastern Florida county has banned twenty of author Jodi Picoult's novels from its schools.
Martin County's ban of The Storyteller caught Picoult by surprise because, she told the Washington Post, it's never been banned before ... and it's about a Holocaust survivor's granddaughter meeting a former SS officer, not "adult romance" as objections to her books have claimed.
Officials told media that they were following the Florida Department of Education's guidance to "ban any book they wouldn’t feel 'comfortable reading aloud.'"
Martin County's move comes just days after Polk County (also in Florida) put sixteen titles, including Picoult's 19 Minutes, in quarantine from schools because they were alleged to have pornographic content.
In tweeting about Polk County's actions, the author noted that 19 Minutes includes a scene of date rape, and that anyone who considers rape to be porn "has a LOT of therapy to do."
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