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Artist: Ellen Hopkins

Year: 2013

Date of Action: August 2021

Region: North America

Location: Marion, Kansas school library

Subject: Violence, Youth


Confronting Bodies: Teacher

Description of Artwork: Crank is a novel by Ellen Hopkins published in 2004. Hopkins has stated that she has based the book loosely around the real life addictions of her daughter to crystal meth.

The Incident: A teacher in Marion, Kansas, has requested the book to be removed from the school library due to the talk of drugs.

Results of Incident: The request failed, as the book was kept. However, the book has been banned in many locations in the country due to complaints of the book's drug use, language, and sexual themes.