John Green's novel "Paper Towns" is set in the place he grew up, Orlando, Fla. It's a murder mystery that won the 2009 Edgar Award for young adult mystery, and a great read, and must have seemed ideal summer reading to the educators at a middle school in Wesley Chapel, about 90 miles northeast of Tampa.
“No sound educational rationale for removing the book has been articulated, nor is it likely that one could be,” the coalition’s leaders wrote in an email to Superintendent Kurt Browning and school board members Monday. “ ‘Paper Towns’ is a highly praised and critically acclaimed novel.”
The coalition pointed out that Green's book is often taught in conjunction with Walt Whitman's "Leaves of Grass," which is an important text within the novel.