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Neil Gaiman's 'Neverwhere' is restored to New Mexico high school

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(Read caption) The New Mexico school district that had removed Neil Gaiman's 'Neverwhere' from its high school has now determined that the novel is 'educationally suitable, balanced and age-appropriate' and it will be returned to classrooms and the library.

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Neil Gaiman’s novel “Neverwhere,” which was temporarily taken out of classrooms and libraries at a New Mexico high school after a parent complained about its sexual content, has been restored to Alamogordo High School. 

The book by Gaiman had been taught in sophomore English classrooms at the school and had been available in the high school library. Staff stopped teaching the novel and took it off library shelves while district staff reviewed the book and decided whether or not it was appropriate.

But according to the Kids’ Right to Read Project, the district now states the book is “educationally suitable, balanced and age-appropriate” and the novel will return to classrooms and the library.

The Kids’ Right to Read Project had previously composed a letter that it gave to the school district, requesting that “Neverwhere” remain at Alamogordo High School.

“We're thrilled to hear that Neverwhere will be returning to classrooms,” KRRP coordinator Acacia O’Connor said after the verdict was announced, according to industry newsletter Shelf Awareness. “We hope that the administration will continue protecting the academic freedom of its teachers and students as the district evaluates its policies.”


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