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Out-of-state donors give Brookwood school copies of disputed book

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BROOKWOOD, Ala. (AP) — The library at Brookwood High School has a couple of new copies of "Sandpiper," thanks to a student's refusal to return the novel she says is too sexually explicit for teens.

John Merrill, a spokesman for Tuscaloosa County schools, said Thursday that donors from New York and Kansas City, Mo., had sent the library copies of "Sandpiper" following news reports about Lysa Harding's refusal to return a copy of the book, written by Ellen Wittlinger.

Harding and her grandmother refused to take the book back to the school library earlier this month after the girl checked it out for a report. The book, they said, has explicit references to oral sex and shouldn't be in a high school library.

The family filed a complaint over the book with a school committee, which is supposed to make a decision by Oct. 24 on whether the book can be returned to library shelves, Merrill said.

In the meantime, he said, the two new copies of "Sandpiper" are on a list of books that allows students to read them at school but not check them out.

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