Stuck in Neutral

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Lesson Planned

Artist: Terry Trueman

Year: 2012

Date of Action: August 2021

Region: North America

Location: Houston, TX



Confronting Bodies: Parents

Description of Artwork: "Stuck in Neutral" is a tale of a young teen with cerebral palsy. Unable to move his body, fourteen year old Shawn struggles to communicate with his family.

The Incident: Parents found the novel to have "dark themes" such as mentions of sex and suicide inappropriate for the Houston school system's 9th grade reading list. They lobbied to have the book removed.

Results of Incident: NCAC sent a letter demanding that "Stuck in Neutral" remain on school reading list. Despite complaints from parents, the book was not banned.