NC school suspends reading of novel with ‘adult themes’ until review

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. — A North Carolina high school has suspended reading of a bestselling book in an honors English class after a parent complained about it.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported that Reynolds High School in Asheville will no longer be reading “The Kite Runner” until a committee reviews the book.

The book was used as a supplementary instructional text in the class, but parents could have their child read another book.

The 2003 novel was written by Afghan-American author Khaled Hosseini. It tells the story of a wealthy boy in Afghanistan and his best friend, who’s the son of his father’s servant. The servant’s son is beaten and raped by an older boy.

The parent who complained about the book said she did so for several reasons including the novel’s adult themes.

Students will read the “All Quiet on the Western Front,” a famous war novel, until the issue is resolved.