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SWEET HOME, Ore. -- A review committee will determine whether eighth-graders at a Willamette Valley school can continue studying a book by Sherman Alexie.

The novel is The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Parents in a number of American districts have objected to it.

The Albany Democrat-Herald reports objections are based on its discussions of sex, abuse or alcoholism, or on racist or profane statements from some characters.

Schools in Sweet Home, southeast of Albany, are using the book. Two parents asked the district to review it. Five community members and four district representatives are to render a judgment.

The novel has won numerous awards. It is narrated by a 14-year-old whose transfer makes him the only Native American at an all-white school.

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