Parents in New York are upset about Jason Reynolds’ 2014 young adult novel, When I Was the Greatest. They say things like, “it’s inappropriate” and “I don’t want my kids to learn about guns.” The New York Department of Education recently added it to their recommended reading list.
This book isn’t about guns. It’s about three friends facing the challenges of growing up in the city; family, friendships, all of it. Guns are present in the book, but the overall message is one of non-violence. The cover art is meant to be a statement to bring up questions and spark conversations about our world. Conversations we all need to have. That makes this controversy a good thing. Read more in this article from PIX11.
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