New Zealand Bans a Book for the First Time in Over 20 Years

New Zealand Bans a Book for the First Time in Over 20 Years

Ted Dawe’s young adult novel Into the River has been placed on the “restriction order” in his home country of New Zealand, a move which bans the book nationwide. The book ban, New Zealand’s first in 22 years, has sparked a lively debate about free speech and censorship. Dawe’s book is about a Maori boy from rural New Zealand who has to adapt to life in an elite boarding school. Into the River won critical praise after its 2013 release, even winning a book of the year award in New Zealand. But interest groups and parents assert that the novel’s use of offensive …