'Of Mice and Men' Challenge

A woman from Appomattox County is trying to get a book banned from the high school curriculum.

Julie Burge says John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men" is too controversial for students.

Steinbeck's book has seen controversy before, since it's the sixth most challenged book in the country between 1990 and 2000, according to the American Library Association.

However, the book's supporters say it is an accurate and passionate portrayal of a very difficult time.

Director of Libraries in Lynchburg, Lynn Dodge, says, "The interpersonal relationships, the two men struggling to make a better life for themselves. Of course, set in the depression."

Burge says, "I was devastated by what was in this book, very inappropriate language. A very overuse of profanity."

The school district is going through a process to evaluate the book's appropriateness. The school board chairman says this will likely be on the school board meeting's agenda early next year.


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