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Summer Reading List Pulled for Web Site

June 4, 2003

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Education Department pulled its summer reading list from its Web site after learning the list misspelled and misidentified book titles and authors. Librarians also said the list was outdated.

The list included children’s classics such as Beverly Cleary’s ``Ramona the Brave,″ Harper Lee’s ``To Kill a Mockingbird″ and George Orwell’s ``Animal Farm.″ But librarians say it recommends few titles from the last decade.

``I don’t know if someone pulled out a really old bibliography from a file cabinet somewhere,″ Nancy Margolin, a media specialist at McDougle Elementary School in Chapel Hill, N.C., said Wednesday. ``These don’t seem like the kinds of lists that would be provided by librarians.″

Margolin added that because of the dated nature of many books, the suggested titles ``are not as reflective of a diverse population.″

Department spokesman Dan Langan said ``proofreading and clerical errors″ led to the misprints.

``The minute this was called to our attention, we immediately took action,″ he said.

The department is working to put a corrected list back on the Web site, but Langan said he did not know when that would happen or whether the content would be updated.

The department complied the list from elementary and middle school specialists from the Atlanta public schools. More than 40,000 students in the Atlanta school district are participating in the department’s ``No Child Left Behind″ reading program this summer.

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