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Troubling letter just received

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on Tuesday, 09 March 2010 in Uncategorized

This has just been sent to me and I am still pondering what, if any, action to take.


I am a teacher at Tarsus American College in Tarsus Turkey.  Last week the inspectors from the Turkish Department of Education came to our school and after reading one paragraph of your book, Number the Stars, banned the book at our school.  As an American I was appalled.  The book had been taught in English and Turkish on the seventh and eighth grade level.  At a teacher’s meeting, after the inspectors had left, the English and Turkish teachers tried to protest but they were dismissed by the principal, Sidika Albayrak.  I have checked the internet to see if this book has been banned anywhere else and I could not find any information that supports this banning by the Turkish Department of Education.  I would like to protest this banning and I would suggest that you could register a complaint with the American Ambassador, James F. Jeffries or the US government because in my opinion the pulling of your book was the worst form of censorship.  The inspectors did not read your book and they did not complete any kind of written analysis where they cited objectionable parts.  In my opinion, their actions were capricious and unfounded.



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Michael C. Monday, 29 November 1999

Reading this post I saw your reference to Governors Island (which also led me to your earlier post about the island).
I don't live in NYC, but I've visited the island three times since it was opened to the public. It's a remarkable place in the middle of NY harbor. It seems like it would have been a wonderful place to live.
I'd love to hear more of your memories of the island, if you ever get the urge to write a post about it.

T. Crockett Monday, 29 November 1999

I feel for you fellow knitter. I hope it's a matter of untangling rather than cleaning and untangling. Good luck!

Brian H Monday, 29 November 1999

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE The Mysteries of Harris Burdick!
I do the same thing with my fifth grade students. Amazing book and I can't wait to see the stories produced!

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