According to The Daily Progress, the Albemarle County School District in Virginia has decided that “A Study In Scarlet” is an inappropriate story for sixth graders.
The main reason for the Holmes mystery appearing before the board is that the book presents Mormons in an unflattering way. They say that the book will be added to lists for older readers and that it has been replaced by “The Hounds of the Baskervilles” as the sixth graders’s “introduction to the genre of mystery”.
I get it. I do. They are trying to hide their concession to avoid a lawsuit behind a replacement so as not to create a PR nightmare for the district. Because you know, us book folks tend to be not so forgiving when you start waving the ban-hammer our way. But honestly, if I were to ban every piece of literature that was unsympathetic towards a given creed or people, rather intentional or not, the shelves at the library would look awfully bare. So long Shylock and Shakespeare, ta-ta Twain and Huck, hasta la vista Harper and Scout…
Honestly though, when you were a kid and you read your favorite mystery, be it Holmes, the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, Hank the Cowdog (my favorite), did you really stop and ask yourself about the greater social context of the book, or did you revel in the adventure of it? I thought so.