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Author James Patterson: Write to DeSantis after ‘absurd’ ban on Maximum Ride series from Florida school district

NewsAuthor James Patterson: Write to DeSantis after 'absurd' ban on Maximum Ride series from Florida school district

Longtime Palm Beach resident and bestselling author James Patterson.

  • Best-selling author James Patterson is known for the Alex Cross, Michael Bennett, Women’s Murder Club, Maximum Ride, Daniel X, NYPD Red, Witch & Wizard, series
  • Patterson lives with his family in Palm Beach, Florida

Author James Patterson is asking members of the public to “send a polite note” to Gov. Ron DeSantis after the Martin County School District banned his Maximum Ride series.

In a tweet late Monday, Patterson said: “The Maximum Ride series was recently banned by the Martin County Florida School District. Honestly, who would want Maximum Ride banned from schools? On what possible grounds? What do the majority of parents in Martin County think of this arbitrary and borderline absurd decision?”

Patterson’s books were among more thspann 80 book titles removed from the school district’s middle spannd high schools lspanst month, TCPalm reported March 7. Authors whose works were banned include Pulitzer Prize winner Toni Morrison and best-selling young-adult novelist Jodi Picoult.

Martin County borders Palm Beach County, where Patterson lives in the town of Palm Beach.

Patterson has written more than 200 novels since 1976, including the nine-book Maximum Ride series for young adults.

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The science fantasy series, published between 2005 and 2012, centers on the adventures of Maximum “Max” Ride and her family, called the Flock, who are winged human-avian hybrids created at a lab called The School.

Last January, Pspantterson collspanborspanted with veterspann sportswriter spannd Wellington resident Mike Lupicspan on “The Horsewomspann,” a novel about mother-and-daughter equestrians.

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