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Author to appear at rally sparked by editing of school reading list

Washington State author Chris Crutcher, whose book is among several novels involved in a book protest at Montgomery County High School, will appear at a rally in Mount Sterling on Friday night.

Crutcher says he will talk about "reading and censorship" at 6:30 p.m. at the Gateway Regional Center for the Arts.

The rally is being organized by Montgomery County High students who want Crutcher's book, Deadline, and several other contemporary young adult novels restored to the reading list for literature circles in college prep English classes at the school.

Montgomery schools Superintendent Daniel Freeman recently pulled the books from the reading list after some parents complained that they contain objectionable language and themes.

Students can still borrow the books from the Montgomery County High School library or read them through an after-school book club there.