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Calif. district reinstates vampire books after ban

By The Associated Press
10.02.08

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. — An Orange County school district has reinstated a series of fantasy vampire novels at its 12 middle schools after banning the books from campuses last week.

Capistrano Unified School District banned Stephanie Meyer's four-book Twilight series on Sept. 26 after a literacy-program coordinator decided the subject matter was too "mature" for middle school students. Middle school libraries were initially told to send the books to district offices for redistribution to area high schools, but the plan was called off on Sept. 30.

District spokeswoman Julie Hatchel said the books had a reading level of eighth grade and up. The Twilight books tell the story of a 17-year old girl and her romantic relationship with a vampire.

The reinstatement of the books was made without explanation.

The banning and reinstatement occurred during the 27th annual Banned Books Week, Sept. 27-Oct. 4, which recognizes books that have raised controversy around the country.


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