Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) is a competition where students read from a chosen list of books, before answering questions in a quiz-show style competition over a series of local, district and eventually statewide rounds. One of the books selected for next year’s competition is George, a book by genderqueer author Alex Gino that tells a story of a transgender girl who is just 10 years old. Hermiston School District, which oversees over 5,000 students and is one of the largest districts in the state, recently decided to prevent its pupils from competing outside of the district level, saying it would b e inappropriate for students. Courtney Snyder, the Title Chair of Oregon Battle of the Books, said that the actions of the district were upsetting and disappointing. “I can’t speak for the whole committee when I say this but it’s sad and kind of alarming that instead of letting parents choose to let their students participate or not, or even read all the books on the list or not, Hermiston is taking that choice away from them,” Snyder said.