I teach an amazing group of 8th grade girls, who are well above their grade level in reading, maturity, and capabilities. Part of my classroom is literature circles. The girls first chose to read Lord of the Flies. After completing that book, the girls asked me for some more contemporary titles. I suggested one book, but because it included sex and suicide in the story, I emailed the parents to ask for clearance. Initially, the parents agreed, but after one parent read a bit of the book she changed her mind...which was totally fine. However, she voiced her concern via email, with the other parents CC'd on the email. This resulted in a second parent sending me a passive aggressive email, chiding me for choosing such a book as a Catholic school teacher, questioning my teaching methods, and blaming me for the girl's beginning of year reading scores. She even sent me a link to the book being on a "challenged book list," which many books, like The Outsiders and Tom Sawyer are on. I am a pretty confident teacher, and knew that parents can be a bit pushy. I respectfully responded to this mother, explaining the test scores and my (lack of) involvement in them. I pointed out that my practices are based in research and that many books that are considered classics are on the same list she cited. She cooled off. Then the girls decided that they wanted to try to read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. She sent another raging email, with all parents CC'd citing that the book was a poor choice, with its gigantic killer wasps and werewolves as being too violent. Then she suggested a meeting with "the parents and teacher...and principal." At this point I respond that the principal is well aware of what is going on. Then I ask if this big of a fuss was made when the kids read The Outsiders the previous year. I then went on to say that I am a professional in my field and have experience and success in this area. To make matters worse, one girl sent me an email voicing her frustration and annoyance with the parents. She asked to leave the literature circles group! What am I to do with this parent?!?!?! I have been receiving emails and having conversations with the other parents, and they feel sorry for me. One led me to believe that the parent is picking on me and to "watch out." The science teacher had a problem with this same parent last year (she is going to tell me more on Monday). How do I handle this???