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Disturbing book will stay in school library

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March 2, 2008

WALTHAM - A novel by Alice Sebold kept in the John W. McDevitt Middle School library will remain there, despite a request from a parent to remove it.

School Committee member Margaret Donnelly identified the book as "The Lovely Bones," and said a parent of a McDevitt student had complained that the content of the book was too frightening for middle school students.

The School Committee's ad hoc committee voted, 5 to 1, to keep the book in the library. But it will be kept in the faculty rather than the student section, and students wishing to read it must ask permission from the librarian, who will determine if the child is mature enough, said Donnelly.

The book tells the story of a raped and murdered girl as she watches her loved ones' and her murderer's lives from heaven.

STEPHANIE V. SIEK

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