Alex Sanchez, the author of Rainbow Boys, criticizes the book removal, calling it “un-American.” Pt. 2

Clipped from Democrat and Chronicle, 29 Aug 2006, Tue, Page 13

Released in 2001, the book about gay teen life won the International Reading Association’s 2003 Young Adults’ Choice award and the American Library Association selected it as a Best Book for Young Adults.

This is the second year Webster students in middle and high school have been required to read two books during the summer and submit reports when they return to school. The separate book lists for middle school and high school students were created by school librarians and English teachers.

Webster Superintendent Adele Bovard said officials regret that Mr. Sanchez has rushed to judgment about the Webster School District.

“No book has been banned from our library and there is a process in place for a student to read a book that is not on the list,” Bovard said.