"It’s one of the simplest sentences in world, just four words, but they’re the four hugest words in the world when they’re put together. You can do it. I can do it. Let’s do it." This passage from Sherman Alexie’s beloved and oft banned The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian epitomizes the sentiment of teen-led support for a book that keeps getting banned by parents.
Earlier this month when the American Library Association released its list of the most frequently banned books of 2013, the critically celebrated True Diary was smack dab in the middle of the list. This week the book is making headlines again, this time because of a new ban in Idaho and a harmless teen-led book-give away that led to the cops being called.