P. S., these books are sick! Queens parents riled over raunchy sixth-grade lit
By appeared in the New York Daily News
Sixth-graders at a
One of the poems in the book, "You Hear Me?", compares eating an orange to having sex, while several passages repeatedly use vulgar slang for genitalia. And the book "Am I Blue?" is an anthology of stories about gay teenagers that parents found too adult-themed for 11- and 12-year-olds. Parent and leadership team member Michael Novak said the books, which are labeled "young adult" by the New York Public Library, are "material that is totally inappropriate for sixth-graders."
"You Hear Me?" was suggested for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders by the
This article appeared in the December 7, 2006 edition of the New York Daily News.