A Florida School Board Just Banned a Book About Banning Books

This is surreal, even for Florida

Paul Combs
Blow Your Stack
Published in
4 min readJun 12, 2024

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It’s been a few months since I’ve had to vent my spleen about the abomination that is the ongoing attempt to ban books in American schools and public libraries, and I foolishly assumed that with summer upon us this plague would not rear its ugly head again until at least September. Yesterday, however, a story out of Florida proved me wrong in stunning fashion.

When I first read the story, I thought it was a parody piece and started to just pass over it without even reading. Then I noticed that it was from The Guardian (which only rarely engages in parody) and about a school board in Florida; since Florida is rivaled only by my home state of Texas in terms of sheer madness, I knew the story was real.

In a move better suited to a Monty Python skit than an official government entity, the Indian River County (FL) school district voted 3–2 last month to remove a book by Alan Gratz from its library shelves. The title of the book is Ban This Book.

No, I’m not making this up.

Let me give you a synopsis of this threat to the very fabric of our nation, from the author’s website:

It all started the day Amy Anne Ollinger tried to check out her favorite book in the whole

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Paul Combs
Blow Your Stack

Writer, bookseller, would-be roadie for the E Street Band. My ultimate goal is to make books as popular in Texas as high school football...it may take a while.