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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Months after district leaders decided to keep “The Color Purple” in the county’s curriculum, a Brunswick County school has decided to keep another book.

Today members of the Cedar Grove Middle School Media Advisory Committee reviewed the official challenge of Sherman Alexie’s novel “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.” The school district says a member of the community, Frances Wood of Ash, filed a formal challenge against the book July 1. Under school board policy, the challenge process begins at the school.

Click here to read the letter of findings from the Cedar Grove Middle School Media Advisory Committee.

After reading the material and a thorough committee review and discussion, members unanimously determined the novel will remain in the curriculum and part of the media collection.

The committee determined the National Book Award-winning novel provided “the realistic depiction of bullying and racism, as well as a need for tolerance and awareness of cultural differences.”

Wood can appeal the advisory committee’s decision to the superintendent and ultimately the school board.

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