Popular novel with ‘adult themes’ removed from h.s. honors class reading list

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The New York Times best selling novel, The Kite Runner,  has been temporarily removed as an honors English class reading assignment in a North Carolina high school after a parent complained about it.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported that Reynolds High School in Asheville will no longer be reading “The Kite Runner” until a committee reviews the book.

The 2003 novel was written by Afghan-American author Khaled Hosseini. It tells the story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant. In the story of betrayal and redemption, sacrifice and love, the servant’s son is beaten and raped by an older boy.

The parent who complained about the book said she did so for several reasons including the novel’s adult themes. Students will read the “All Quiet on the Western Front,” a famous war novel, until the issue is resolved.

The book was used as a supplementary instructional text in the class, but parents could have their child read another book.