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Cory Doctorow novel pulled from school reading for 'questioning authority'

Little Brother, Cory Doctorow's novel about teenagers rebelling against the surveillance state, has been pulled from a school reading programme in Florida this summer following what the author said were concerns from the school's principal over its questioning of authority and its "lauding" of hacker culture.

According to the National Coalition Against Censorship, Little Brother was chosen for a school-wide summer reading programme at Booker T Washington High School in Pensacola, Florida "after an extensive process by the professional staff". It has subsequently been withdrawn "because of concerns that some parents might object to scenes involving sex and violence and the idea of questioning authority", said the American free speech organisation


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Got to see Cory at KU

a year or so ago. My mind was blown by some of the stuff he was talking about concerning backdoors and CISPA legislation. I hope he isn't right about all of it.

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Little Brother

Little Brother is probably one of the very best books you could give any young person to read: it's a fast-paced story with engaging characters and a bone-deep distrust of all things Government. It's inspiring both in promoting a love of reading -- and skepticism about Authority. HIGHLY recommended.

And good news: you can download it for FREE, with the author's permission. Here you go.

Recommended reading: The Most Dangerous Superstition by Larken Rose

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Booker T Washington HS Summer Reading List

The Honors 10th Graders can read Fahrenheit 451, but only the Senior Honors Students get to read 1984.
Incoming 9th Grade:
Honors/Gifted Students Choose Two
Average Students Choose One
Shift - Jennifer Bradbury
13 Little Blue Envelopes - Maureen Johnson
Slam - Walter Dean Myers
Life As We Knew It - Susan Beth Pfeffer
The First Part Last - Angela Johnson

Incoming 10th Grade:
Honors/Gifted Students Choose Two
Average Students Choose One
Life of Pi - Yann Martel
Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
The Killer's Tears - Anne-Laure Bondoux
My Forbidden Face: Growing Up Under the Taliban - Latifa (pseudonym)

Incoming 11th Grade:
All Students Choose One
For One More Day - Mitch Albom
The Great Gasby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston

Incoming 12th Grade:
English IV Regular
Unwind - Neal Shusterman
English IV Honors
1984 - George Orwell
English IV Dual Enrollment
Choose Two
Unwind - Neal Shusterman
Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
The Glass Castle - Jeannette Walls

I think it was taken off the list

because it was a sci fi. In all my years at school we were never given a sci fi to read, so it makes sense that once they figured out it dealt with the future and super hacking and taking down dhs they had to throw it out.

yep still a little bitter over it.

Personally I think gulivers travels is a must read, and did the movies miss some big points. I swear our government is just like the guys on the floating island in the book.

Say what?

Little Brother is NOT science fiction. Read it. It's very contemporary -- it's something that could happen any time, if the DHS is up for it. The hacker response isn't any more remarkable than Wikileaks or Anonymous' projects.

Recommended reading: The Most Dangerous Superstition by Larken Rose

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Questioning what?

Who should have more authority over you?
Is it another person,or should be the individual?
I say,the person living in the body has the most authority.

If we deny truth before your very eyes,then the rest of what we have to say,is of little consequence