Meridian to discuss controversial novel

The flap over a controversial young adult novel will reach the Meridian School Board Tuesday night.

The board will hear from the public — and from the district’s book “reconsideration committee” — at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Sawtooth room of the District Service Center, 1303 East Central Drive, Meridian.

At issue is “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” a 2007 novel written by Sherman Alexie. The book describes a American Indian student’s transition to an white public high school.

The book has been controversial in Meridian, and elsewhere. Critics say the book’s sexual references are inappropriate for high school.

Here’s a link to a KIVI-TV report on the flap.

Check back at Idaho Education News for the outcome from Tuesday’s hearing.