Bookstores refuse to sell Children’s Book of the Year
TVNZ 1 July 2013
A judge is defending an award-winning children’s book, which has been taken off the shelves in some bookstores, saying the book’s descriptions of sex acts, drug-taking and coarse language help to tell the real story. Ted Dawe’s teen novel Into the River took out the New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year award and was also the winner of the Young Adult Fiction category. Some bookstores are refusing to sell the book and organisers of the awards have sent out a “explicit content” warning stickers to all booksellers.
But its “unnecessarily graphic” content, coarse language including the c-word, drug and sex references has provoked response. Family First’s Bob McCoskrie said Mr Dawe and judges were out to “pollute the moral innocence of kids” and even adults would find it offensive. Beckett argues the story could not have been told without the coarse language, drug and sex references.