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ACLU enters dispute over book in Watauga County

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BOONE, N.C. -

The American Civil Liberties Union says it's joining a rally prior to a Watauga County school board meeting where members will consider banning a book.

The Charlotte Observer reports (http://bit.ly/OA9vov) the ACLU announced it would join Thursday's rally against the proposed ban in Boone.

At issue is "The House of the Spirits," written in 1982 by Spanish author Isabel Allende. Reviews say the book tells the story of three generations of a family that deals with social revolution and a spirit-filled world. It's part of the Honors English curriculum for Watauga High School sophomores. The book includes instances of rape and executions.

Several parents complained to the school board that the book is too graphic for 10th graders, and asked the board to remove it from the curriculum.

Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com

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