Anne Laurel Carter’s The Shepherd’s Granddaughter, published by Groundwood Books, has generated some controversy in recent weeks. Nominated for the 2010 Red Maple Award, one of the Ontario Library Association’s Forest of Reading programs, the book focuses on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the Middle East. After a complaint from a parent, pro-Israeli groups and a school board trustee with the Toronto District School Board called for the book to be banned in Toronto schools. After a review by TDSB staff, it has been decided that the book will remain on library shelves. For more information, visit Quill & Quire or The Toronto Star.
Click here for a review of The Shepherd’s Granddaughter in Canadian Children’s Book News, Fall 2008 (Vol. 31, No. 4).