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These Popular Irish Teen Fiction Books Have Been Banned By A UK School

By Sarah

March 29, 2017 at 3:56pm

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We've such fond memories of spending hours of our teen years reading the latest fiction books, including some spectacular ones by Irish authors.

Apparently though, a headmaster in a secondary school in London doesn't exactly agree with our taste in literature. As in, he REALLY does not agree.

Andrew Halls, head of King’s College School in Wimbledon, southwest London, has banned action-packed books in the school, saying that they're "not good enough" for educational purposes.

That means that the legendary Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer is a no-go - jaysus those 11 year-olds are going to be missing out in school if their library doesn't stock that.

Other books banned include the Alex Rider spy series by Anthony Horowitz, and even Twilight. 

Mr Halls has instead put together his personalised list of 300 'classics' that will be available for the boys to read in each classroom.

Horowitz criticised the decision, saying that Halls “should have more confidence in the ability of children to find the books they enjoy and which inspire them — and perhaps rather less in his ability to dictate their tastes.”

And you know what, we 100% agree.

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