Thursday, June 02, 2005

RAPP BOOK BANNED? The local school board in Muhlenberg, Pennsylvania has apparently reversed its ban on THE BUFFALO TREE, an excellent novel by Adam Rapp, a writer better known for his plays.

Still, The Times' report leaves the impression that the book's opponents have succeeded in removing the novel from the curriculum.

Written as a twelve-year-old's account of his time in a juvenile detention center, THE BUFFALO TREE is often billed as a young adult novel. But that classification doesn't do justice to the story's complexity and sophistication.

The book is an all-around good read.

CONTRAPOSITIVE is edited by Dan Aibel. Dan's a playwright. He lives in New York City.