Bone to Be Banned?!

Jeff Smith’s praised comic book series Bone is kicking up some trouble for the community of Apple Valley, Minnesota.  On April 27 the district’s reconsideration review committee will meet to consider a request to remove the Bone series of comic books from shelves at 12 schools, including Rosemount Elementary School.

Parent Ramona DeLay objected to depictions of smoking, drinking, gambling and “sexual situations” in the long-running series.  DeLay found the “inappropriate”  material when her fifth-grade child brought a volume of the books home from Southview Elementary School.

The series is generally considered all ages and rand from 1991 to 2004 and has received numerous awards during it’s run including Eisner’s.

Three teachers, five parents, an elementary principal, an elementary media specialist and a middle school media specialist will read the entire series before the meeting on April 27.

This comes at a time when libraries are struggling to classify and properly stock comic books.

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