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Handmaid’s Tale not suitable for teens?

The Toronto public school board is currently reviewing the suitability of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale for use in high school English classes, according to a report in the Toronto Star. The review was instigated by a complaint from a parent.

While the board would not discuss the nature of the concern over the 1985 dystopian novel that is used nationwide “ described by some educators as a staple of its genre “ a source said it was believed to be over sexuality and criticism of religious fundamentalism.

According to board policy, it is obliged to investigate any complaint about a book that can’t be resolved at the school level. The process involves a committee of roughly eight experts and a community member, and it is time-consuming.

The review committee meets tomorrow at Lawrence Park Collegiate, where the complaint originated.