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Bruce Friedman’s Book Club

'Imaginary Friend' by Stephen Chbosky

“Imaginary Friend” is an adult psychological horror novel by Stephen Chbosky, although you may know Chbosky better for his previous novel “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.”

'At the End of Everything' by Marieke Nijkamp

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"At the End of Everything" by Marieke Nijkamp begins with a content warning before the story starts:
"This book deals with ableism, abuse, death, illness and implied eugenics, imprisonment, transphobia...

‘Heroine’ by Mindy McGinnis

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“Heroine” by Mindy McGinnis begins each chapter with a dictionary definition, so I thought it would be fitting to do so here. “Heroine” is a fictional young adult novel that chronicles the slow, tragic descent of Mickey Catalan toward opioid abuse...

First glimpse of a possible new policy for challenging books in Clay County

Hanson pointed to a poster that read, “Compromise is the bridge that leads to progress.”
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – School Board Member Michele Hanson exhibited a possible new media policy for Clay County District Schools, which would provide a new framework for how books can be challenged …

The “spicy” newest chapter of the “book ban” debate

“I need to hear from my stakeholders (my constituents) about what to do with five books that were left in the ‘spicy’ column,” said School Board Member Michele Hanson, referring to “Heroine” by Mindy McGinnis, among others.

ORANGE PARK – In a move that may have been a first for Clay County District Schools, Board Members Michele Hanson, Erin Skipper and Mary Bolla invited the community to an open forum for feedback …

This is about protecting our books: Tara Richardson shares her story

I had the chance to meet with Tara Richardson, a former teacher and administrator who has served on the book review committee. This isn’t about pornography in public school libraries, she said. This is about silencing marginalized voices and their stories...

This is about protecting our youth: Bruce Friedman shares his story

I had the chance to meet with Bruce Friedman, the man who has overwhelmingly led the charge to challenge books in Clay County public schools. This isn’t an attack against free speech, he said. This is about removing pornography from school libraries...