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Council Bluffs parent asks for book ban

COUNCIL BLUFFS (AP)--A Council Bluffs parent is asking the school district to ban the book "Hoops" from its schools.

Judi Wheeldon says the her sixth grade children don't understand the book, which she says includes racial slurs and references to smoking marijuana, drug overdoses, gambling, violence and sex.

Wheeldon expressed her concerns Monday to a committee formed to consider such requests.

The committee will meet again on April 13 to vote on a recommendation.

The book, written by Walter Dean Myers, is about a teenage basketball player from Harlem who is befriended by a former professional player who was forced to quit in a point-shaving scandal and who hopes to keep young athletes from repeating his mistakes.

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