The book was not removed from the reading list because of the gay theme, but because of explicit sexual content, she said.
Sanchez, in response to questions posed via e-mail, said it pains him when he hears about individuals attempting to block others from reading a book.
“That’s un-American. And it’s wrong.
“Fortunately, we live in a country where freedom of speech and thought are cherished values. Every attempt to censor a book is an attack on our constitutional freedoms.”
Asked what his message would be for school administrators, Sanchez wrote:
“I hope that they’ll respect the judgment of the professional educators who assembled the summer reading list. If a parent does not want his or her own child to read a particular book, I fail to see how such individuals should have the right to determine what the children of other parents’ should read.”