Recently Banned or Challenged Books, Grades 9–12

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Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier


Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier tells the story behind seventeenth-century Baroque artist Johannes Vermeer's painting "Girl With a Pearl Earring". The novel was banned in Iran in 2006.

Activity: Use the discussion questions in this reading group guide for Girl With a Pearl Earring to examine Chevalier's writing style, historical fiction, and life for Dutch women during the mid 1600s.

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