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Thank you so much to all the people who responded. Below I have posted the 
responses I got: 

I have the book in my K-8 library. Kids have loved it and the parents who have read 
it have been accepting. No problems here...yet??

I used the first line from The Graveyard Book, and the first line from 
Charlotte's Web, in a presentation to my school board, as an example of why 
school libraries need librarians!  Both books have knives, but I'd put  
Charlotte's Web in a 2nd grader's hands, and definitely not The Graveyard Book.  
I can't imagine any challenges to Gaiman's book in a 4-6 library.  By the end of 
the year, at least 60 of my 90 fifth graders had read it, and I pushed it to the 
parents as well, with no complaints.

This book is on North Carolina's 2009-2010 Battle of the Books list for middle 
schoolers. I read it this month and didn't really care for it. Thought it was too 
demonic. The drawings were eery. I really felt sorry for the mortal as he lived his 
life in the cemetery. I am anxious to see how my students react to the book this 
fall. My Battle of the Book students are avid readers, so will be quick to let me 
know their reactions.
PS I felt that this book made Coraline seem almost normal! : )
PSS I probably would not encourage elementary students to read this book. In fact, 
I'm not sure I'd even purchase it for an elementary library.

I just began reading the book last night---wow---but was immediately concerned 
about the murder in the beginning (and haven't gotten to the end yet). I'm pretty 
sure I'm going to keep it in my library but would love to see the responses (if 
any) that you get. Please post a HIT. Thanks!

I would be curious to your responses.  I purchased it this summer and after 
reading it have the same concerns that you mentioned for my K-5 school.

We have it.  Kids love it.  They love "scary" books of a shivery sort.  I'm just 
thrilled that they read anything, and I think their parents are too. 

 I'm really interested in hearing the responses to this question, too.  
I borrowed the book on CD from my local library to preview it and was pretty 
shocked after listening to the first chapter.  I have a miniscule budget anyway, 
so I decided to forego purchasing it for my school library (K-5).  Please let me 
know what you hear back from your posting!

I considered putting this book (which is awesome, by the way!) in my collection.  I 
find our sensitivities today--compared with what I grew up with in the 70's and 
80's---way to the other end of the spectrum.  However, I know that I have to live 
and work in this space, and I know that there are some who would be quite offended 
if they came across this story.  I also looked at the reviews from SLJ and 
Booklist, and, per our selection policy, knew I couldn't support its inclusion at 
my K-5 school.  If I would have had to defend this book, I likely would have lost, 
with the ultimate result that it would be removed from my shelves and probably put 
at the middle school.  

One can never begin to guess which books will be challenged and why, but this one 
looked like it had high potential for that happening.  I have come up against a few 
minor, informal challenges, and they made me very sad.  I would prefer never to 
have to go through any kind of challenge again!

 I am in a K-8 school and have debated the merits of the book.  I decided against 
it - for my student population. When I did my Newbery lesson I did mention it and 
let students know that while we would not have a copy in our school library, it was 
available at the public library.
Unfortunately, none of us has the time for a book challenge!

I have it and it hasn't been challenged yet, but I am anticipating a challenge.  If 
you get past the first chapter the rest of the book is fine.  I had one of my 
stronger readers help me decide whether to buy it or not.  She, of course, said it 
was a must have, but two teachers read the first chapter and gave me the "hairy 
eyeball".  To compromise, I have the book in my office and if someone specifically 
asks me for it, I say that I think it is on my repair shelf.  This allows me to 
judge the student's maturity and the parent's tolerance.  My school is small (513 
students), so I know my students and many of their parents.  Is this censorship, 
well maybe yes, but I prefer to call it protecting myself from litigation.

Lori Belair, Librarian
A.J. Smith & Cayuga Elem Libraries
Union Springs, NY

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