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I am interested in knowing if the novel Rule of the Bone by Russell
Banks has been approved as classroom reading in any of your schools. One
of our English teachers has submitted it for Board of Education approval
for use in a 12th grade class next year. Our superintendent (a very
open-minded individual) is reviewing it and has come across several
passages that are disturbing for their sexual nature and explicit
vocabulary. I haven't read the book, but am wondering if it contains a
message so redeeming and worthwhile that these passages can be
mitigated. Can anyone vouch for this book? TIA.

Marie A. Baker
School Library/Media Specialist
Marlboro High School
50 Cross Road
Marlboro, NY  12542

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