• The school year is beginning at George Mason High School.
• Mrs. Salters, the school librarian, has quit her job.
• The new school librarian is Deidre Fitzgerald , a tall, slender woman with a kind voice.
• The history teacher, Nora Baines, is introduced.
• Nora tells Deirdre about problems with assaults on books that occurred in the previous year.
• It is made clear that Mrs. Salter quit over the "resolution" of the complaints against the books.
• There are outbursts from Kate in Nora's history class on the subjects of sexism and racism.
• Nora introduces the book "Democracy in America" to the class.
• Barney notes that those who are alone in their thinking are often treated like criminals.
• When asked about Mrs. Salter's departure, Nora tells the class that she was offered a better position elsewhere.
• Gordon McLean tells a fellow student, Scott Berman, that he...
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