Unbelieveable. A humorless 33-year-old (my age!?!) Oregon mother, Taffey Anderson, decided to publically embarrass her 13-year-old son by threatening to burn his school library book. After creating a First Amendment backlash with numerous offers to replace the book, Anderson backtracked and now says she will return the book and file a formal complaint like a mature, responsible adult.
The book is one of my favorites, Andy Riley's The Book of Bunny Suicides. I can't imagine anyone thinking this book is inappropriate for middle school age kids -- unless they believe their teenager is somehow deficient in irony.
As with any ridiculous censorship attempt, the controversy has only publicized the book which I had no idea had sequels, merchandise, and even a calendar. (Subtle Hint: These sure would make great gifts from a certain person who always asks what I want for Christmas).
(Hat Tip: BlueOregon.com)