Banned Library

Banned Library Podcast

The Worst Library Podcast on the Internet
Banned Library Podcast

Description

The Banned Library Podcast offers a unique discussion and emphasis on books and literature that are considered frequently banned or challenged by schools and libraries. Word of Warning, the stories may not be safe for work or children unless you have really cool children and a grown up work place!

Link: www.bannedlibrary.com/podcast/

Categories

Arts
Comedy
Education

Episodes

Call to Adventure

Feb 11, 2020 00:12:47

Description:

A wizard with a sword rides into town to find the chosen one.

Moving Baggage by ST Harker

Jan 8, 2020 00:14:12

Description:

An abandoned bag on a runway causes distress for several airplane passengers.

This Day in June by Gayle E Pitman and Kristyna Litten

Oct 29, 2019

Description:

It's a parade in June that celebrates a great subculture as well as provides amazing information! Plus a pigeon.

Scarlet Street (1945)

Oct 16, 2019 00:27:57

Description:

When a painter gets involved with some criminals, things take a super dark turn in this gritty noir.

Banned

1946

New York - The New York State Censor Board banned Scarlet Street, relying on the statute that gave it power to censor films that were "obscene, indecent, immoral, inhuman, sacrilegious" or whose exhibition "would tend to corrupt morals or incite to crime." 

Wisconsin - The Motion Picture Commission for the city of Milwaukee banned the film as part of a new policy encouraged by police for "stricter regulation of undesirable films." 

Georgia - Christina Smith, the city censor of Atlanta, argued that because of "the sordid life it portrayed, the treatment of illicit love, the failure of the characters to receive orthodox punishment from the police, and because the picture would tend to weaken a respect for the law," Scarlet Street was "licentious, profane, obscure and contrary to the good order of the community." ... Universal was discouraged from challenging the constitutionality of the censors by the protests of the national religious groups that arose as the Atlanta case went to court.

Sources

Bernstein, Matthew (Autumn 1995). "A Tale of Three Cities: The Banning of Scarlet Street". Cinema Journal., pp. 27-52.

Lang, Fritz (dir.) Scarlet Street. Universal Pictures, 1945.

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Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979)

Oct 14, 2019 00:26:09

Description:

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A movie so funny they banned it in Norway, we're covering the life story of a man who got super killed.

Banned

1979

Ireland - Banned because of its blasphemous content. Ban lifted in 1987

Malaysia - Banned because of blasphemous content.

Norway - Banned due to jokes deemed offensive to religious people. In Sweden the film was allowed for release and even screened with the tagline "The film so funny that it got banned in Norway". In 1980 the Norwegian ban was lifted.

Singapore - Banned for "inappropriate" religious content.

South Africa - Banned under the apartheid regime because of blasphemous content.

Sources

Bhaskar, Sanjeev. "Why Monty Python's 'foul, disgusting and blasphemous' Life of Brian wouldn't get made today." Telegraph. Published April 19, 2019. Retrieved October 8, 2019 from https://www.telegraph.co.uk/films/0/monty-pythons-foul-disgusting-blasphemous-life-brian-wouldnt/ 

Jones, Terry. "Monty Python's Life of Brian." Handmade Films, 1979.

Shortlist. "10 banned films." Retrieved October 8, 2019 from https://www.shortlist.com/news/10-banned-films#art 

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Dirty Harry (1971)

Oct 1, 2019 00:39:44

Description:

There's a crazy madman running around San Francisco, and he's chasing a serial killer.

Banned

1972 - Finland - Banned on February 1972 for violence and mental health reasons. The distributor challenged the banning and took the decision to ban to Finnish Supreme Administrative Court which ruled against banning. After minor cuts, it was banned again. A second round of court cases (again, won by the distributor) forced the banning authorities to allow the film to be distributed. They did so but only after mandatory cuts of over three minutes premiering in January 1973.

Sources

Elonet. "Dirty Harry (1971)." National Audiovisual Institute. 2013. Retrieved September 26, 2019 from https://www.elonet.fi//fi/elokuva/100787

Siegal, Don (dir.). Dirty Harry. Warner Bros, 1971.

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Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)

Sep 24, 2019 00:34:14

Description:

For Banned Books Week 2019, we revisit a story of a deranged relationship born from the world of fanfiction and now a multimillion dollar movie.

Banned

2015

Cambodia - Banned for "insane romance, numerous sex sequence, the use of violence during sex" and for being "entirely related to sexual matters that are too extreme for Khmer society"

Indonesia - Banned due to its sexual content; however, Johan Tjasmadi, member of Lembaga Sensor Film (Indonesia Film Censorship Board), said that the film was never registered to the board

Kenya - Banned due to its sexual content

Malaysia - Banned due to its strong sexual content and graphic nudity.

United Arab Emirates - Banned due to its sexual content

Zimbabwe - Banned because of the explicit erotic scenes. In some theaters an edited version was allowed.

Sources

Lai, Kristin. 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Has Been Banned Again After Being Deemed Inappropriate by Another Country. Published February 17, 2015. Retrieved September 22, 2019 from https://web.archive.org/web/20150725044555/http://moviepilot.com/posts/2015/02/17/fifty-shades-of-grey-has-been-banned-again-after-being-deemed-inappropriate-by-another-country-2702951?lt_source=external,manual 

Probo, Vega. Still Interested in Watching 50 Shades of Gray? CNN Indonesia. Published March 16, 2015. Retrieved September 22, 2019 from https://www.cnnindonesia.com/hiburan/20150316064252-220-39320/masihkah-berminat-menonton-50-shades-of-grey 

Radhakrishnan, Manjusha. ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ will not release in the UAE. Gulf News. Published February 16, 2015. Retrieved September 22, 2019 from https://gulfnews.com/entertainment/fifty-shades-of-grey-will-not-release-in-the-uae-1.1457957

Ramisetti, Kirthana. 'Fifty Shades of Grey' banned in India despite removal of nude scenes. Daily News. Published March 5, 2015. Retrieved September 22, 2019 from https://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/movies/india-bans-edited-version-fifty-shades-grey-article-1.2138534 

Taylor-Johnson, Sam (Dir.). Fifty Shades of Grey. Universal Pictures, et al. 2015.

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The Devil and Tom Walker by Washington Irving

Sep 18, 2019 00:23:57

Description:

A miserly couple has a run in with a man in the woods with an ax and it goes about like you would expect.

Sources

Irving, Washington. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories. Sterling Children's Books. New York, 2013.

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Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

Sep 17, 2019 00:27:42

Description:

A collection of tales about humans making it to Mars and being pretty disappointed for the most part.

Banned

1982 - Florida - Challenged at Haines City High School for profanity and using God's name in vain

1987 - North Carolina - Challenged as supplemental reading at Newton-Conover due to profanity

1993 - Tennessee - Challenged at Gatlinburg-Pittman High School due to profanity

1998 - New Jersey - Herbert Hoover Middle School in Edison pulled and replaced the book with an abridged version that omits the short story "Way Up in the Air" that used racial language.

Sources

Bradbury, Ray. Martian Chronicles. Doubleday and Company, Inc. Garden City, NY, 1946.

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. ALA. 2014.

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The Martian Chronicles By Ray Bradbury

Color Out of Space by HP Lovecraft

Sep 17, 2019 00:26:43

Description:

A surveyor hears the story of a meteor blighting the land of a small New England farm and destroying a family.

Sources

Lovecraft, HP. "Color from Out of Space."  Amazing Stories, 1927. Project Gutenburg Australia, 2015 retrieved from http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks15/1500421h.html

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Guts by Chuck Palahniuk

Sep 4, 2019 00:25:34

Description:

A young man tells us all about his adventure in a swimming pool.

Banned

2009 - New York - A teacher at The Bronx School of Law and Finance in Marble Hill was suspended after he handed out the short story to students studying for the English Regents exam. Although he collected the story at the end of class, students talked with their parents, and he was penalized by school officials.

Sources

Buffa, Denise. "Teacher suspended for giving ‘self-pleasure’ reading to students." New York Post. November 9, 2009. Retrieved August 19, 2019 from https://nypost.com/2009/11/09/teacher-suspended-for-giving-self-pleasure-reading-to-students/

Palahniuk, Chuck. "Guts." The Cult: The Official Fan Site of Chuck Palahniuk. Retrieved August 19, 2019 from https://chuckpalahniuk.net/features/shorts/guts 

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I Saw Esau by Iona and Peter Opie

Aug 22, 2019 00:31:00

Description:

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What happens when some folklorists gather together all the children's rhymes and have them illustrated by a master children's illustrator?

Banned

#98 on Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

2008 - Tennessee - Challenged at Murfreesboro at Cedar Grove Elementary. Challenger stated: "I understand it is a book of poetry, but there is a fine line between poetry, art, and porn, and this book's illustrations are absolutely offensive in every way."

Sources

ALA. "Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009." Retrieved on 17 Aug 01 from http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/top-100-bannedchallenged-books-2000-2009 

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. ALA. 2014.

Opie, Iona and Peter. I Saw Esau. Illustration by Maurice Sendak. Candlewick Press. Cambridge, Mass, 1992.

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The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Aug 14, 2019 00:32:54

Description:

The Yellow Wallpaper By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

A woman told to rest for her own good goes slowly insane in a room with yellow wallpaper… or does she? She totally does.

Sources

Gilman, Charlotte Perkins. "Yellow Wallpaper." 1982.

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The Boy Who Lost His Face by Louis Sachar

Aug 6, 2019 00:36:56

Description:

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David did a bad thing and gets cursed by an old lady while figuring out who his friends are and what middle fingers are for.

Banned

#92 Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

1991 - California - Challenged at Thousand Oaks Library for language

1993

     California - Challenged at San Ramon's Golden View Elementary school for profanity, frequent use of obscene gestures, and inappropriate subject matter

     Indiana - Removed from Clay City's Jackson Township Elementary School due to "unsuitable words."

     New York - Removed from Red Creek's Cuyler Elementary school library because "the age level and use of some swear words may make it inappropriate for younger children."

Sources

ALA. "Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009." Retrieved on 17 Aug 01 from http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/top-100-bannedchallenged-books-2000-2009 

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. ALA. 2014.

Sachar, Louis. The Boy Who Lost His Face. Yearling Books. New York, 1989.

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The Boy Who Lost His Face By Louis Sachar

The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

Jul 30, 2019 00:28:30

Description:

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We follow the ups and downs and rapes of a Chilean family for several mystical generations.

Banned

#97 Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

1994 - California - Challenged due to accounts of sexual encounters and violence but retained at Paso Robles High School 

1997 - Virginia - Challenged but retained at Brentsville's Stonewall Jackson High School for sexual explicitness

1998 - Maryland - Challenged at Montgomery County reading lists and school library shelves as obscene

1999 - California - Challenged in Encinitas at La Costa Canyon High School as it "defames" the Catholic faith and contains "pornographic passages"

2000 - California

          Challenged but retained at Fairfield Unified School District as "immoral and sexually depraved"

          Challenged and retained for being "immoral and sexually depraved" at Suisun City Unified School District

2003 - California - Challenged but retained at Modesto, with the Modesto City School Board advising that parents given annotations and information of any text with the option of opting out

2013 - North Carolina - Challenged due to the book's graphic nature at Watauga County High School and retained after three appeals. 

Sources

ALA. "Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009." Retrieved on 17 Aug 01 from http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/top-100-bannedchallenged-books-2000-2009 

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. ALA. 2014.

Allende, Isabele. House of the Spirits. Alfred A. Knopf. 1982.

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Grendel by John Gardner

Jul 24, 2019 00:37:26

Description:

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We learn that a monster known to be a crazy bloodthirsty tornado of violence is really just a bit of a thinker. With claws.

Banned

#96 on Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

1978 - Maryland - Challenged at Frederick County Schools for being "anti-christian, anti-moral, and violent."

1986

     California - At Wasco High School the principal felt it was "profane," and created a restricted list of books, this being the first and only book on the list. All students had to have parental permission before they could study the book.

     Indiana - Challenged in an Indianapolis accelerated English class

1991 - Utah - Challenged as obscene in Farmington's Viewmont High School

1992 - New Jersey - Challenged but retained at Bass River Township's Pineland Regional High School for obscenities

1993 - Georgia - Challenged in Clayton County Schools in Jonesboro for being violent and graphic

1997 - Colorado - Challenged but retained at Douglas County schools for being obscene and violent. The school board also declined to create a book rating system.

2008 - Oregon - Challenged but retained at Sherwood School District for torture and mutilation

Sources

ALA. "Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009." Retrieved on 17 Aug 01 from http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/top-100-bannedchallenged-books-2000-2009 

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. ALA. 2014.

Gardner, John. Grendel. Vintage Books. New York, 1971.

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Voicemails (2019)

Jul 12, 2019 00:20:05

Description:

A librarian gets in trouble when he agrees to transcribe the voicemails of an older patron.

Shade's Children by Garth Nix

Jul 2, 2019 00:40:13

Description:

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When all the adults have vanished and overlords have taken over, a bunch of super-powered kids have sex and save the planet. 

Banned

#95 on Top 100 Banned/Challenged books: 2000-2009

2001 - New York - Williamsville's Transit Middle School retained after the book was challenged for being "vulgar, obscene, and educationally unsuitable."

Sources

ALA. "Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009." Retrieved on 17 Aug 01 from http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/top-100-bannedchallenged-books-2000-2009 

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. ALA. 2014.

Nix, Garth. Shade's Children. HarperCollins. New York, 1997.

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Friday Night Lights by H. G. Bissinger

Jun 25, 2019 00:18:05

Description:

A not-so-banned book describing a town obsessed with high school football.

Banned

#89 on Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

Sources

ALA. "Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009." Retrieved on 17 Aug 01 from http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/top-100-bannedchallenged-books-2000-2009 

Bissinger, HG. Friday Night Lights. Da Capo Press. Boston, MA, 1990.

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Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George

Jun 4, 2019 00:22:51

Description:

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A young girl befriends wolves and makes her way across the tundra looking for where she belongs.

Banned

#91 Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

1982 - Missouri - Challenged for "socialist, communist, evolutionary, and anti-family themes" in Mexico.

1989 - Colorado - Challenged as sixth grade reading because "the subject matter was better suited to older students" in Littleton school libraries

1994 - Arizona - After a Erie Elementary School teacher in Chandler chose the book for an Antarctic unit, some parents challenged the book for a passage "in which a man forcibly kisses his wife."

1995 - California - Challenged in Palmdale school libraries for description of a rape

1996

California - Challenged in Ramona's Hanson Lane Elementary School for including an attempted rape of a thirteen-year-old girl

Pennsylvania - Removed for a graphic martial rape scene from the sixth-grade curriculum of the New Brighton Area School District in Pulaski Township

Sources

ALA. "Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009." Retrieved on 17 Aug 01 from http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/top-100-bannedchallenged-books-2000-2009

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. ALA. 2014.

George, Jean Craighead. Julie of the Wolves. Harper & Row. New York, 1972.

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Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher

May 30, 2019 00:28:42

Description:

Moby navigates water and religion and abortion and all kinds of difficult topics that are way worse than the language for which it was challenged.

Banned

2011 - Wisconsin - A parent at the Belleville High School complained the book on the ninth grade required reading list was "pornography" and had "pervasively vulgar" language, but the school board decided to keep the book.

Sources

ALA. "Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009." Retrieved on 17 Aug 01 from http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/top-100-bannedchallenged-books-2000-2009

Crutcher, Chris. Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes. Greenwillow Books. New York, 1993.

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. ALA. 2014.

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So Far From the Bamboo Grove by Yoko Kawashima Watkins

May 14, 2019 00:40:02

Description:

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An autobiographical tale of a young Japanese girl and her family escaping Korea and surviving after World War II.

Banned

2006 - Massachusetts - Dover-Sherborn Middle school took it off the sixth grade reading list for rape, violence against women by Korean men, and distorted presentation of history. The Dover Regional School Committee voted unanimously to keep it on the list but are looking for other texts for balanced experience.

Sources

ALA. "Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009." Retrieved on 17 Aug 01 from http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/top-100-bannedchallenged-books-2000-2009

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. ALA. 2014.

Watkins, Yoko Kawashima. So Far From the Bamboo Grove. HarperTrophy. New York, 1986.

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The Upstairs Room by Johanna Reiss

May 7, 2019 00:35:16

Description:

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A young girl in Holland spends two years in an upstairs room hiding from Nazis during World War II.

Banned

1993 - Indiana - Liberty Elementary School removed the item from required reading list for fourth graders after an investigation about profanity.

1996 - Maine - Challenged for profanity in Sanford as a sixth-grade assigned reading.

Sources

ALA. "Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009." Retrieved on 17 Aug 01 from http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/top-100-bannedchallenged-books-2000-2009

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. ALA. 2014.

Reiss, Johanna. The Upstairs Room. HarperTrophy. New York, 1972.


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A Prayer for Owen Meany: John's Mom Got It Going On, Part 3

Apr 30, 2019 00:28:13

Description:

An overview of moving religions, John's mom at a baseball game, and a new man in the family.


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A Prayer for Owen Meany: Instrumental History, Part 2

Apr 23, 2019 00:11:25

Description:

A history of the town, religion, Owen, and John's mother and the fact that the rope weighed as much as little Owen.

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A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

Apr 23, 2019 00:12:23

Description:

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John Irving pens a book banned from within three states about a little boy with a big voice who really stinks at baseball. 

Banned

#76 on Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

1992 - Pennsylvania - Carlisle's Boiling Springs High School pulled the book from high school literature classes after parents complained of language and content

2000 - West Virginia - Challenged at Kanawha County high school's reading lists for being "pornographic, offensive, and vulgar."

2009 - Massachusetts - Pelham school district removed the book from recommended summer reading after a parent complained about language and sexuality.

Sources

ALA. "Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009." Retrieved on 17 Aug 01 from http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/top-100-bannedchallenged-books-2000-2009 

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. ALA. 2014.

Irving, John. A Prayer for Owen Meany. William Morrow and Company. New York, 1989.

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Rainbow Boys, Coming of the Creeper, Part 5

Apr 19, 2019 00:13:13

Description:

Kyle gives Jason a lift and Nelson gets super creepy on Kyle before they go to grandma's house.

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Rainbow Boys, Meeting the Problem, Part 4

Apr 18, 2019 00:11:11

Description:

Nelson and Kyle almost fight some dudes and are starting a club while Kyle is struggling to come out to his parents.

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Rainbow Boys: Rain Coming Down, Part 3

Apr 17, 2019 00:11:31

Description:

Nelson and Kyle run into a bump in the rain and Jason gets even more confused about his relationship with Debra.

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Rainbow Boys: Coming Out, Part 2

Apr 16, 2019 00:10:53

Description:

Jason runs from a meeting, Kyle tries to talk to Jason, and Nelson is kinda a scorned bully.

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Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez

Apr 15, 2019 00:12:40

Description:

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A brief cover of the author and the banned book leads us to Jason meeting Kyle and Nelson at a meeting.

Banned

#48 on Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

2004 - Texas - Along with fifteen other books with gay-positive themes this book was challenged in the Montgomery County Memorial Library System by Library Patrons of Texas using language similar to language of the website Parents Against Bad Books in Schools based out of Fairfax County, Virginia.

2005 - Arkansas - Along with fifty other books, a challenge at the Fayetteville High School library cited this book and others were too sexually explicit and promoted homosexuality

2006 - New York - After receiving complaints from parents about explicit sexual content, the book was removed from Webster Central School District high school summer reading list yet reinstated a year later after officials reviewed the selection process.

Sources

ALA. "Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009." Retrieved on 17 Aug 19 from http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/top-100-bannedchallenged-books-2000-2009

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. ALA. 2014.

Sanchez, Alex. Rainbow Boys. Simon Pulse. New York, 2003.

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Death of a Salesman: What Sacrifices May Come, Part 5

Apr 12, 2019 00:13:14

Description:

The state of Willy is revealed to his sons and everyone makes plans to do better despite themselves.

Sources

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. ALA. 2014.

Miller, Arthur. Death of a Salesman. Viking Press. New York, 1949.

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Death of a Salesman: Uncle Ben Comes, Part 4

Apr 11, 2019 00:09:58

Description:

Back in the memory we learn where some problems started as Uncle Ben comes for a visit.

Sources

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. ALA. 2014.

Miller, Arthur. Death of a Salesman. Viking Press. New York, 1949.

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Death of a Salesman: What Dreams, Part 3

Apr 10, 2019 00:11:17

Description:

The dreams become reality when we learn more about how things were back when for the Loman family.

Sources

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. ALA. 2014.

Miller, Arthur. Death of a Salesman. Viking Press. New York, 1949.

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Death of a Salesman: Father and Son Complaints, Part 2

Apr 9, 2019 00:11:46

Description:

Willy and Linda talk about his problems and Biff while Biff and Happy make plans after waking up.

Sources

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. ALA. 2014.

Miller, Arthur. Death of a Salesman. Viking Press. New York, 1949.

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Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

Apr 8, 2019 00:12:34

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Arthur Miller's play examines the American Dream at its heart: the family. We talk about the author then why the play is banned and get into it a little.

Banned

1974 - Texas - Challenged at the Dallas Independent School District high school libraries

1981 - Indiana - Spring Valley Community High School English in French Lick banned the play from English classes for using the words "goddamn," "son of a bitch," and "bastard."

1987 - Kentucky - Pulaski County High School in Sinking Valley challenged it as "junk" from a required reading assignment

1997 - Illinois - Egyptian High School in Tamms challenged but retained the play as offensive because of "profanity."

Sources

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. ALA. 2014.

Miller, Arthur. Death of a Salesman. Viking Press. New York, 1949.

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: House Guest, Part 4

Apr 5, 2019 00:11:02

Description:

Alice fights off animals trying to get in their house, hangs with a puppy, and converses with a caterpillar smoking a hookah

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: Animal Tails, Part 3

Apr 4, 2019 00:10:56

Description:

Alice hangs out with some animals and hears a sad tail then masquerades as a housekeeper and gets stuck in a house.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: Down the Hole, Part 2

Apr 3, 2019 00:10:35

Description:

Alice falls down the rabbit hole and finds a room of doors and something to drink, just like we all did in college.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, Part 1

Apr 2, 2019 00:11:29

Description:

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We cover Lewis Carroll and Alice falls down a hole into a mysterious world filled with nonsense and math problems.

Banned

1931 - China - Banned because "Animals should not use human language, and that it was disastrous to put animals and human beings on the same level."

Sources

Carroll, Lewis. "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass." Bantam Classic. New York, 2006.

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. ALA. 2014.

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Moby Dick Read-a-Long

Apr 1, 2019 00:28:24

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New for the library is a read-a-long series of two classic books featuring commentary! We hope you had a great day!

Paths of Glory (1957)

Mar 25, 2019 00:36:50

Description:

Four men go on trial for cowardice in this Stanley Kubrick film that was not liked by anyone who thought the French Army was better than they were.

Banned

1957

Belgium - required a foreward saying it was one case and not indicative of the French military

France - banned for being "anti-military"

Germany - banned due to strained relationship with France at the time

Spain - Francisco Franco's leadership banned it for being anti-military until 1986, 11 years after Franco's death

Switzerland - banned as "subversive propaganda directed at France" until 1978

United States - banned in military establishments home and abroad for being "anti-war"

Sources

"Banned! Criterion's Forbidden Films". Criterion.com. 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-01-20. Retrieved March 22, 2019 from https://web.archive.org/web/20140120212846/https://www.criterion.com/lists/170366-banned-criterion-s-forbidden-films

Kubrick, Stanley (dir.). Paths of Glory. Bryna Productions, 1957.

"Paths of Glory (1958) - Articles". TCM.com. 1957-09-18. Retrieved March 22, 2019 from http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/19285/Paths-of-Glory/articles.html

Robertson, Nan (15 March 1975). "French Delay Showing Films on Touchy Topics". New York Times, 1975. Retrived March 22, 1919 from https://www.nytimes.com/1975/03/15/archives/french-delay-showing-films-on-touchy-topics.html

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No Escape (2015)

Mar 19, 2019 00:38:08

Description:

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A random white family finds themselves in the middle of an Asian coup and have to get out before they are executed.

Banned

2015 - Cambodia - "negative portrayal of local culture" caused it to be banned by the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts

Sources

Dowdle, John Erick (dir.) No Escape. Weinstein Company, 2015.

"Cambodia bans screening of Hollywood movie No Escape". Aa.com.tr. 2015-08-16. Retrieved 2018 March 17 from https://www.aa.com.tr/en/world/cambodia-bans-screening-of-hollywood-movie-no-escape/9618

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Rambo (2008)

Mar 15, 2019 00:30:00

Description:

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Rambo is back and killing all the people in Burma to save some dumbass white people.

Banned

2008 - Myanmar (Burma) - negative depiction of the Burmese soldiers

Sources

Bell, Thomas (2008-02-18). "Banned Rambo film hot property in Burma". The Daily Telegraph. London.

Stallone, Sylvester (dir.) Rambo. Lionsgate, 2008.

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A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

Mar 12, 2019 00:30:00

Description:

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World War I Italy has a woman, cheese, alcohol, and bombs. An American ambulance driver romances, eats, drinks, and blows up.

Banned

1929 - Massachusetts - June 1929 issue of Scribner's magazine labeled as pornography in Boston despite sex being omitted from text as a literary device

Italy - banned for its accurate account of the Italian retreat from Caporetto

1933 - Germany - burned by the Nazi government

1939 - Ireland

1974 - Texas - Dallas Independent School District high school libraries faced challenges

1980 - New York - Challenged at the Vernon-Verona-Sherill School district as a "sex novel"

Banned in Italy by the fascist government until 1948 for above (possibly due to an interview Hemingway had with Mussolini in 1923 for the Toronto Star full of scorn, calling the Italian government "the biggest bluff in Europe.")

In 1943, Fernanda Pivano translated the work to Italian and was arrested for the work being "anti-Italian"

Sources

ALA. "Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009." Retrieved on 17 Aug 01 from http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/top-100-bannedchallenged-books-2000-2009

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. ALA. 2014.

Hemingway, Ernest. Farewell to Arms. Charles Scribner's Sons. 1929.

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In the Realm of the Senses (1976)

Feb 26, 2019 00:42:18

Description:

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Our librarian learns a lot about sex and relationships in this nudity sex oh wow safe search on beautiful tragedy of a true story.

Banned

1976 - Australia - Banned for obscenity but eventually released uncut in 2000

1976 - Canada - rejected by all providence except Quebec and British Columbia, eventually getting a pass in 1991 from all providence

1976 - Belgium - Banned for sexual content. Was the last film censored in the country and the only European country to ban this film.

1987 - Israel - banned for pornography

1991 - Portugal - Was released this year to protests, but some including Archbishop Braga D Eurico Dias Nogueria "had learned more in ten minutes of the film than his entire life."

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Pretty Baby (1978)

Feb 13, 2019 00:37:15

Description:

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Our librarian goes back to the brothels of New Orleans Storyville for the story of a little girl learning to be a little girl despite growing up very fast.

Banned

1978 - Argentina - labeled by the Videla regime as "pornographic"

1978 - 1983 - South Africa - banned due to apartheid restrictions

1978-1995 - Ontario, Canada - banned by the film board but overturned in 1995

Sources

Malle, Louis (dir.) Pretty Baby. Paramount Pictures, 1978.

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Feb 9, 2019 00:34:56

Description:

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Our librarian goes to West and East Egg to see a bunch of rich assholes try and act like humans. Mostly they all fail.

Banned

1987 - South Carolina - Challenged at the Baptist College in Charleston for "language and sexual reference in the book."

Sources

ALA. "Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009." Retrieved on 17 Aug 01 from http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/top-100-bannedchallenged-books-2000-2009

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. ALA. 2014.

Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. Scribner's Sons. New York, 1925.

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Kids (1995)

Jan 30, 2019 00:33:17

Description:

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Our librarian talks sex, drugs, murder, and rock and roll as we follow a bunch of jerks around New York City.

Banned

1995 - South Africa - Banned for two years and only unbanned in 1997 on appeal with a no-under 16 age restriction.

Sources

Clark, Larry (dir.). Kids. Shining Excalibur Productions, 1995.

Detrick, Ben. "'Kids,' Then and Now." New York Times. 2015. Retrieved January 27, 2019 from https://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/23/fashion/kids-20th-anniversary-chloe-sevigny-rosario-dawson.html

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High School DxD (2012)

Jan 25, 2019 00:25:49

Description:

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In a fight between angels, demons, and fallen angels stands one horny teenage jerk who keeps getting himself in trouble.

Banned

2014 - New Zealand - Listed as "objectionable" on the grounds that it "tends to promote and support the sexual exploitation of young persons. All of the young female characters are highly sexualised and fetishised. They are relentlessly depicted as nude or in limited sexualised clothing. Focus is made on their breasts and youthful bodies in such a way as to titillate and arouse the viewer. Their youthfulness is emphasised by the high school setting, their school uniforms and their engagement in high school activities. Episodes are separated by photo stills of the female characters sexually posing, reminiscent of adult pornographic material. The credits feature these characters performing strip tease. The scenes are constructed wholly for the sexual benefit of the viewer. The main purpose of this treatment is to reinforce the notion that young persons are sexually desirable and available. It encourages and legitimises the pursuit of young persons as viable adult sexual partners"

Sources

Office of Film and Literature Classification. "Annual Report 2014." 2014. Retrieved 2018 January 20 from https://www.classificationoffice.govt.nz/assets/PDFs/2014-OFLC-Annual-Report.pdf

Yanagisawa, Tetsuya (dir. et al). High School DxD. 2012.

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The Tin Drum (1979)

Jan 16, 2019 00:34:02

Description:

A young boy stops growing but keeps beating that goddamn drum. Just keeps on beating the drum and screaming.

Banned

Originally banned in Ireland upon release, but allowed after a review

1980 - Ontario, Canada - banned as child pornography

1997 - Oklahoma - Local groups brought the case before Judge Richard Freeman. He was shown a lone scene. Under obscenty laws, all copies were seized from rental stores. Police went to people's houses who had the movie rented and demanded the copies, threatening procecution if they didnot. Michael Campfield, ACLU member, sued the police for infringing on his rights and illegal confication. In 2001, all cases were settled and the movies returned.

Sources

Schlöndorff, Volker (dir.). Tin Drum. Franz Seitz Filmproduktion, 1979.

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The Outsiders by SE Hinton

Jan 8, 2019 00:35:39

Description:

Librarian ST Harker joins the Greasers in their epic battle against the Socs and people who talk in movie theaters with The Outsiders Chapters 1-3.

Banned

#38 100 most frequently challenged books: 1990–1999

1986 - Wisconsin - Challenged at South Milwaukee schools for "drugs and alcohol abuse was common" and "virtually all the characters were from broken homes."

1992 - Iowa - Challenged at Boone School District for smoking, drinking, and excessive violence and obsenties.

2000 - West Virginia - Challenged at George Washington Middle School in Eleanor due to the focus on gangs and gang fights.

Sources

ALA. "100 most frequently challenged books: 1990–1999." Retrieved on 2019 January 7 from http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/100-most-frequently-challenged-books-1990%E2%80%931999

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. ALA. 2014.

Hinton, S.E. (1967). The Outsiders. New York: Speak.

Hinton, S.E. "Biography." Retrieved 2019 January 7 from sehinton.com



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The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)

Jan 4, 2019 00:39:57

Description:

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Our librarian ST Harker is back to talk Jesus over the holiday break with the story of the Crucifixion told a little different. What would Jesus do?

Banned

Book was banned by the Catholic Church and the author was excommunicated from the Greek Orthodox church

September 1988 banned from Savannah, GA, New Orleans, LA; Oklahoma City, Santa Ana, CA upon release

Unless otherwise stated, various countries banned the movie for blasphemy

1987 - Argentina, Mexico, Philippines, Turkey

1988 - Singapore, and Israel (who said it could offend christian population)

Sources


Scorsese, Martin (dir.) The Last Temptation of Christ. Universal Pictures, 1988.

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Da Vinci Code (2006)

Dec 18, 2018 00:32:32

Description:

Our librarian gets into the secrets of the church and symbolism following Tom Hank's mane around Paris and England!

Ben-Hur (1959)

Dec 11, 2018 00:32:09

Description:

Our librarian ST Harker goes back to Jesus times to follow the story of Jewish Charlton Heston as he gets betrayed and makes his way through life as a slave and gladiator.

The Crucible by Arthur Miller

Dec 4, 2018 00:55:21

Description:

When a few girls go sick from late night dancing, the town gets excited that witches might have come to Salem

Pink Flamingos (1972)

Nov 28, 2018 00:44:13

Description:

Vying to be the "filthiest people in the world," a couple dealing in child trafficking attacks a violent cannibalistic family. Fun for the whole family.

The Simpsons Movie (2007)

Nov 20, 2018 00:41:27

Description:

The long running television show gets a movie where the famous family ruins their town, runs to Alaska, and learns a lot about what being a family means.

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

Nov 13, 2018 00:42:11

Description:

The story of people being the worst people on the planet. Money, sex, and drugs!

Black Boy by Richard Wright

Nov 6, 2018 00:50:43

Description:

A memoir of a great writer dealing with racial issues, poverty, domestic violence, and a lot of moving around and learning.

The Exorcist (1973)

Oct 23, 2018 00:48:24

Description:

When a little girl begins showing strange behavior, rather than say "teens, what you gonna do?" her mom calls in the priests.

Friday the 13th (1980)

Oct 16, 2018 00:48:56

Description:

Back to summer camp with a killer knife person taking out the most horrible creatures of all: camp counselors!

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

Oct 9, 2018 00:57:35

Description:

Join us while we talk about one of the most influential and censored movies and why it should really be The Texas Sledgehammer Massacre.

Detour for Emmy by Marilyn Reynolds

Oct 2, 2018 00:39:13

Description:

Our October horror fest begins with the scariest thing of all: Teen pregnancy! Emmy has an okay life that gets better when she gets a boyfriend and starts planning her future. Then sex.

Gone With the Wind: Two Down and Survivor Love - The End

Sep 29, 2018 00:51:56

Description:

We finish this epic drama with two people dead and everything sort of staying the same for Scarlett wanting what someone says she can't have.

Gone With the Wind: Portrait of a Marriage - Part 9

Sep 28, 2018 00:36:14

Description:

Scarlett and Rhett's marriage is rumbly and gets a new member with Bonnie that requires Rhett to feel he needs to be respectable.

Gone With the Wind: Meetings and a Marriage - Part 8

Sep 27, 2018 00:32:39

Description:

There's trouble in Shantytown as Scarlett tries to get her mills back in order and then people start dying. Then, well, Rhett comes to the rescue in more ways than one.

Gone With the Wind: Racism and Funerals and Manipulation - Part 7

Sep 26, 2018 00:35:04

Description:

Scarlett combats racist Yankees with racism, goes to a funeral, and gives away control of her sawmills.

Gone With the Wind: Taxes and Curtain Dresses to Marry - Part 6

Sep 25, 2018 00:28:27

Description:

More taxes are due on Tara so Scarlett goes to Atlanta with a curtain dress to get some money from whoever she can find.

Last Tango in Paris (1972)

Sep 25, 2018 00:55:57

Description:

When a widower and a sad girl get together in an apartment, things get weird. A little sexy, then not, then things just go super creepy pants. Trigger warnings for rape, sexual content, and suicide.

Gone With the Wind: Shootin a Dude in the Face - Part 5

Sep 24, 2018 00:27:33

Description:

Everything gets a little brighter after some death and burning, but Scarlett has a sword and a few more men in her life by the end of Part 3.

Gone With the Wind: Baby and Yankees Coming - Part 4

Sep 23, 2018 00:51:30

Description:

The siege of Atlanta grows ever more dire and Melanie's baby is also coming fast, much to the annoyance of Scarlett. Plus, she's got all these relationship issues, y'all.

The Great Dictator (1940)

Sep 18, 2018 00:52:02

Description:

The time is late 1930s and a childish dictator of a European country and a Jewish barber are trying to make their way in the world.

Gone With the Wind: War is Heckfire - Part 3

Sep 18, 2018 00:37:00

Description:

Scarlett deals with the non-fallout of being dishonorable, gets closer to Rhett, and tries to make herself believe that Ashley loves her over Melanie.

Wonder Woman (2017)

Sep 11, 2018 00:42:53

Description:

A woman of wonder comes from a fabled island of Greek legend to help out during World War I. No man's land, indeed.

Gone With the Wind: Parties and Weddings and Death - Part 2

Sep 11, 2018 00:24:24

Description:

Scarlett has a couple temper tantrums when her expectations with Ashley don't work out, marries, then moves to Atlanta to party but has to act like a widow.

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Sep 4, 2018 00:34:03

Description:

We get into one of the most memorable Southern fairy tales of all time, talking about the O'Hara family and how Scar-O plans to win the hand of Ashley at the barbeque before he marries his cousin. 

A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck

Aug 7, 2018 00:32:38

Description:

A young boy grows up on a farm and is destroyed by a bull, but he gets a pig out of it so winner winner chicken dinner.

Anastasia Krupnik by Lois Lowry

Jul 4, 2018 00:24:43

Description:

Anastasia Krupnik (An Anastasia Krupnik story) By Lois Lowry

Being ten is so hard, especially when you have to make lists about all the things you hate. Plus there's the cocaine addiction. Maybe?

Banned

#75 on the Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

1986 - California - Roosevelt Elementary School's principal in Tulare removed the book but returned it later with the word "shit" whited out

1991 - Kansas - Challenged as offensive in Wichita public schools, it was retained.

1992 - Wisconsin - For profanity and references to underage drinking the book was removed but later returned to Stevens Point Area School elementary recommended reading list.

1998 - South Carolina - Because of "Lowry's use of a vulgarity for human waste, as well as the use of a slang term for sex," the book was removed from the Cayce-West Columbia School District's Congaree Elementary School library.

Sources

ALA. "Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009." Retrieved on 17 Aug 01 from http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/top-100-bannedchallenged-books-2000-2009

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. ALA. 2014.

Lowry, Lois. Anastasia Krupnik. Yearling, 1979.

 

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Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

Jun 5, 2018 00:16:28

Description:

Song of Solomon By Toni Morrison

A man in wings jumps off the hospital where an important baby soon known as Milkman is being born.

Banned

#72 on ALA's Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

1993  - Ohio - Challenged but retained in Columbus schools for "language degrading to blacks and is sexually explicit"

1994 - Georgia - Richmond County School District removed the book from reading lists and library shelves after a parent complained passages were "filthy and inappropriate"

1995 - Florida - St Johns County Schools in St Augustine challenged the book

1998 - Maryland - Complaints to St Mary's County schools referred to the novel as "filth," "trash," and "repulsive" and lead to challenges. A faculty committee recommended the book be retained, but the superintendent removed the book from the approved text list.

2009 - Michigan - The superintendent of Shelby school suspended the book from the curriculum. The book was reinstated but parents are informed in writing and at a meeting of the books content. Students who don't wish to read it can read an alternative.

2010 - Indiana - Parents of Franklin Central High School's Advanced Placement English class in Indianapolis were concerned about language and sexual content, but the book was retained.

Sources

ALA. "Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009." Retrieved on 17 Aug 01 from http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/top-100-bannedchallenged-books-2000-2009

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. ALA. 2014.

Morrison, Toni. Song of Solomon. Alfred A. Knopf. New York, 1977.

 

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The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

May 31, 2018 00:14:05

Description:

The Things They Carried By Tim O'Brien

War is hell but not in this book of truth-telling fiction. Crank up the Credence because we're going to 'Nam and learning what the war was really like.

Banned

#65 Top Banned and Challenged Books 2000-2009

1992 - Wisconsin - Because of "anti-American attitudes, offensive language, political bias, and disturbing fiction" it was removed from Waukesha classrooms

2000 - Pennsylvannia - Challenged but retained at Pennridge high school for language

2002 - Mississippi - Banned for profanity from George County schools

2006 - Illinois - Retained on the Northwest Suburban High School District 214 reading list in Arlintgon Heights with eight other titles based on excerpts from the internet. The board member instigating the challenges was elected amid promises of bringing Christian beliefs to decision making.

Sources 

ALA. "Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009." Retrieved on 17 Aug 01 from http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/top-100-bannedchallenged-books-2000-2009

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. ALA. 2014.

O'Brien, Tim. The Things They Carried. Houghton Mifflin. Boston, Mass, 1990.

 

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Always Running by Luis Rodriquez

May 25, 2018 00:31:04

Description:

Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. By Luis J. Rodriguez

The true story of a gang member's journey into and out of la vida loca. And not one Ricky Martin joke.

Banned

#68 on the Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

1996 - Illinois - Challenged as optional reading at the Guilford High School in Rockford as "blatant pornography."

1998 - California

San Jose - Challenged but retained at the San Jose Unified School District as optional reading after complaints the book is "pornographic and offensive in its stereotyping of Latinos." Students must have parental permission to check out of school library.

Santa Rosa - Removed from the high school reading list

Fremont - Removed pending review

2003 - California - Challenged but retained in three Beyer High School classrooms in Modesto after complaints it is pornographic. District administrators removed the book in November 2003 and this descision reversed those actions.

2004 - California - Santa Barbara schools pulled the book after a parent complained about graphic violent and sex passages.

Sources

ALA. "Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009." Retrieved on 17 Aug 01 from http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/top-100-bannedchallenged-books-2000-2009

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. ALA. 2014.

Rodriguez, Luis J. Always Running. Simon and Schuster. New York, 1993.

 

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The Terrorist by Caroline B Cooney

May 10, 2018 00:24:32

Description:

A young boy gets blowed up, his family get super sad, and then we wrap it all up pretty easy with a rather genre ending to a literary tale.

Harris and Me by Gary Paulsen

May 1, 2018 00:41:38

Description:

Harris and Me By Gary Paulsen

A boy goes to live on a farm with a complete psychopath. But in a fun way.

Banned

#70 on Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

1997 - Nevada  - Challenged for language but retained at Lander County School District

Sources

ALA. "Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009." Retrieved on 17 Aug 01 from http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/top-100-bannedchallenged-books-2000-2009

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. ALA. 2014.

Paulsen, Gary. Harris and Me. Harcourt Brace and Company. San Diego, 2003.

 

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Olive's Ocean by Kevin Henkes

Apr 24, 2018 00:28:21

Description:

A young girl goes with her family on vacation, she reflects on a dead classmate, and her dog doesn't die but the book won a Newberry Honor anyway.

Fat Kid Rules the World by KL Going

Apr 17, 2018 00:54:41

Description:

A fat kid gets introduced into the punk rock life by a manic junkie dream dude and we all learn a lesson about being aware of all the life around us.

The Facts Speak for Themselves by Brock Cole 120

Apr 11, 2018 00:49:20

Description:

A young girl tells her horrifying story and if you don't need a shower after this one then you need to go to church.

You Hear Me? poems and writing by teenage boys, edited by Betsy Franco

Apr 3, 2018 00:30:38

Description:

You Hear Me: Poems and Writing by Teenage Boys Candlewick

A collection of poems by teenagers so get ready for some modern angst of Holden Caulfield levels.

Banned

#53 on Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

2003 - Georgia - Challenged by "a parent concerned about the book's language and topics" in Houston County public schools

Sources

ALA. "Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009." Retrieved on 17 Aug 01 from http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/top-100-bannedchallenged-books-2000-2009

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. ALA. 2014.

Franco, Betsy, ed. "You Hear Me?: Poems and Writings by Teenage Boys." Candlewick Press. Somerville, Massachusetts: 2000.

Poetry Foundation. "Betsy Franco." Chicago, IL: 2018. Retrieved March 31, 2018 from https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/betsy-franco

Titus, Ron. "You Hear Me?: Poems and Writings by Teenaged Boys." Marshall University Libraries. 2011. Retrieved March 31, 2018 from http://www.marshall.edu/library/bannedbooks/books/youhearme.asp

 

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A Time To Kill by John Grisham

Mar 27, 2018 01:03:02

Description:

A Time to Kill: A Novel By John Grisham

When a black man kills the men who raped his daughter, a small southern town loses its damn mind.

Banned

#67 on ALA's Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

2005 - North Dakota - Challenged but retained at Fargo North High School advanced English classes despite complaints of graphic rape and murder scenes

Sources

ALA. "Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009." Retrieved on 17 Aug 01 from http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/top-100-bannedchallenged-books-2000-2009

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. ALA. 2014.

Grisham, John. A Time to Kill. Doubleday. New York, 1989.

 

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Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Mar 20, 2018 00:44:51

Description:

Thirteen Reasons Why By Jay Asher

A problematic author with a story containing a very muddled message about suicide.

Banned

2012 - 3rd most challenged book, according to ALA; Challenged for drugs, alcohol, smoking, being sexually explicit, suicide, and being unsuited for age group

2017

Alberta, Canada - St. Vincent Elementary School in Edmonton banned all mention of the series on campus

Colorado - At Mesa County School District, the curriculum director ordered librarians to stop circulating the book. Librarians and counselors deliberated for three hours and determined the book was not as graphic as the TV series. Parents in the school distrcit recieved notices alerting them to the possible influence of the series.

Illinois - Challenged and under review in the sophomore-level Academic English II classes at Lemont Hishg School District 210 because a parent considered it "pornographic."

Sources

ALA. "Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009." Retrieved on 17 Aug 01 from http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/top-100-bannedchallenged-books-2000-2009

Ahsan, Sadaf. "Netflix adds trigger warnings to 13 Reasons Why after Canadian school board bans series for 'glamorizing' suicide." National Post. May 2, 2017. Retrieved March 9, 2017 from http://nationalpost.com/entertainment/television/netflix-adds-trigger-warnings-to-13-reasons-why-after-canadian-school-board-bans-series-for-glamorizing-suicide

Asher, Jay. Thirteen Reasons Why. Razorbill. New York, 2007.

Collins, Cathy. "Thirteen Reasons Why Controversy." Intellectual Freedom Blog. The Office for Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association. June 7, 2017. Retrieved on March 9, 2018 from http://www.oif.ala.org/oif/?p=9793

Highfill, Samantha. "13 Reasons Why: Netflix says Jay Asher 'was not involved' in season 2." EW.com. Retrieved on March 9, 2018 from http://ew.com/tv/2018/02/13/13-reasons-why-season-2-jay-asher/

Titus, Ron. "Thirteen Reasons Why." Marshall University Libraries. June 28, 2017.  Retrieved on March 9, 2018 from http://www.marshall.edu/library/bannedbooks/books/thirteenreasonswhy.asp

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Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Mar 13, 2018 00:38:20

Description:

Speak By Laurie Halse Anderson

High school is crazy, right? Like that one time you called the cops because of a super tramatic event but all your friends thought you were being a killjoy. Memories.

Banned

#60 on ALA's Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

2010 - Missouri - Parents of Republic School District were cautioned by assistant professor of management at Missouri State University that the book was "soft-pornography" and "glorifies drinking, cursing, and premarital sex," as well as teaching principles contrary to the Bible.

Sources

ALA. "Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009." Retrieved on Feburary 24, 2018 from http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/top-100-bannedchallenged-books-2000-2009

Anderson, Laurie Halse. Speak. Farrar Straus Giroux, 1999.

Doll, Jen. "The Voice of 'Speak' Is Loud as Ever." The Atlantic, 2012. Retrieved Feburary 24, 2018 from https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2012/10/voice-speak-loud-ever/322345/

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. ALA. 2014.

Jensen, Kelly. "15 YEARS OF SPEAK: AN INTERVIEW WITH LAURIE HALSE ANDERSON." Book Riot, 2014. Retrieved February 24, 2018 from https://bookriot.com/2014/04/08/15-years-speak-interview-laurie-halse-anderson/

Staino, Rocco. "Anderson’s Speak Under Attack, Again." School Library Journal, 2010. Retrieved on February 24, 2018 from https://www.slj.com/2010/10/industry-news/andersons-speak-under-attack-again/

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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Mar 6, 2018 00:34:32

Description:

Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury

It was a pleasure to burn through this book and explain that people are dummies for banning a book on book banning.

Banned

1967 - Ballantine Books released the "Bal-Hi Edition" aimed at high school students which censored such words as "hell" and "damn" and "drunk man" became a "sick man."

1987 - Florida - The book was given "third tier" status under a homegrown book classification system at Bay County Schools in Panama City meaning it contained "vulgarity." After much controversy, the school abandoned the tier system and the book was placed in the curriculum.

1992 - California - Irvine school Venado Middle School censored after students received copies with words such as "hell" and "damn". Parents complained and reporters contacted the school so officials said the censored copies would not be used

2006 - Texas - Challenged at Conroe Independent School District for "discussion of being drunk, smoking cigarettes, violence, 'dirty talk,' reference to the Bible, and using God's name in vain," going against "religious beliefs."

Sources

ALA. "Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009." Retrieved on 17 Aug 01 from http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/top-100-bannedchallenged-books-2000-2009

Bradbury, Ray. Fahrenheit 451. Ballantine Books. New York, 1953.

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. ALA. 2014.

Library of Congress. "Banned Books That Shaped America." Bannedbooksweek.org. Retrieved on February 20, 2018 from http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/censorship/bannedbooksthatshapedamerica

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God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian by Kurt Vonnegut

Feb 27, 2018 00:33:15

Description:

God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian By Kurt Vonnegut

Vonnegut dies to bring you news from the Pearly Gates, interviewing notable dead people about their lives and thoughts on current events.

Banned

No specific instances, but some comment on Vonnegut's take on religion, death, the afterlife, and controversial topics.

Sources

Vonnegut, Kurt. God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian. Seven Stories Press. New York, 1999.

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Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin

Feb 20, 2018 00:22:35

Description:

A Collection of Kate Chopin’s Short Stories By Kate Chopin

A woman loses her husband and is not that broken up about it and that broke people up about it.

Banned

Scandalous by the people of the time (1890s) because the woman is not upset, even exhilarated, by the death of her husband.

Sources

Chopin, Kate. "Story of an Hour." A Vocation and a Voice. Penguin Books. 1991.

Clark, Pamela. "Biography." KateChopin.org. 2018. Retrieved Febrary 11, 2018 from https://www.katechopin.org/biography/

More, Lois. "Story Time for Grown-Ups: "The Story of An Hour" by Kate Chopin." New York Public Library. 2014. Retrieved February 11, 2018 from https://www.nypl.org/blog/2014/03/18/storytime-grownups-kate-chopin-story-hour

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The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

Feb 13, 2018 00:31:55

Description:

Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery": The Authorized Graphic Adaptation By Miles Hyman

A small town holds a very special lottery and people were super mad about it.

Banned

1981 - Minnesota - the film version of the story was banned in Forest Lake but reinstated by U. S. District Court Judge

South Africa - Country banned the story as it attacked reliance on traditional values and blindly following traditions, such as apartheid

Readers of the New Yorker responded more to this story than any story previously published in a largely negative fashion. Subscriptions were cancelled, and most mail expressed both confusion and anger.

Sources

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. ALA. 2014.

Franklin, Ruth. "“The Lottery” Letters." New Yorker. 2013. Retrieved January 27, 2018 from https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/the-lottery-letters

McCarthy, Erin. "11 Facts About Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery"." Mental Floss. Retrieved January 27, 2018 from http://mentalfloss.com/article/57503/11-facts-about-shirley-jacksons-lottery

Jackson, Shirley. "The Lottery." The Lottery and Other Stories. Modern Library. New York, 1949.

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey

Feb 6, 2018 01:23:51

Description:

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest By Ken Kesey

A man trying to escape prison finds himself locked up in the worst way in this psychadelic novel about conformity, individuality, and sanity.

Banned

#49 ALA's Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

1971 - Colorado - Challenged in Greenley public school district as non-required reading.

1974 - Ohio - Five residents sued the board of education to remove the book from classrooms, saying it was "pornographic" and ”glorifies criminal activity, has a tendency to corrupt juveniles, and contains descriptions of bestiality, bizarre violence, and torture, dismemberment, death, and human elimination."

1975

New York - removed from Randolph public schools

Oklahoma - removed from Alton public schools

1977 - Maine - Removed from required reading list in Westport

1978 - Idaho - Banned from Freemont High School in St. Anthony and the instructor was terminated.

1982 - New Hampshire - challenged in Merrimack high school

1986 - Washington - challenged but retained in Aberdeen high school for use in honors English for promoting "secular humanism"

2000 - California - Parents at the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District complained about profanity and sexual situations and petitioned to have the book removed. Parent of children aged 7,8, and 17 Anna Marie Buckner said "It teaches how very easy it is to smother somebody. I don't want to put these kinds of images in children's minds. They're going to think that when they get mad at their parents, they can just ax them out."

Sources

ALA. "Banned and/or Challenged Books from the Radcliffe Publishing Course Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century." ALA. 2018. Retrieved on 2018 Jaunuary 26 from http://www.ala.org/Template.cfm?Section=bbwlinks&Template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=136590

ALA. "Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009." Retrieved on 18 Jan 26 from http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/top-100-bannedchallenged-books-2000-2009

Baldassarro, R. Wolf. "Banned Books Awareness: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey." world.edu. 2012. Retrieved 2018 January 26 from http://world.edu/banned-books-awareness-flew-cuckoos-nest-ken-kesey/

Biography.com. "Ken Kesey Biography.com." The Biography.com website. A&E Television Networks. March 23, 2016. Retrieved 2018 January 26 from https://www.biography.com/people/ken-kesey-9363911

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. ALA. 2014.

Kesey, Ken. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Viking. 1962; 2002.

Tran, Mai. "Parents Ask School District to Ban 'Cuckoo's Nest.'" LA Times. 2000. Retrieved 2018 January 26 from http://articles.latimes.com/2000/dec/03/local/me-60611

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The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

Jan 31, 2018 00:38:33

Description:

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia) By C. S. Lewis

Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy kinda saunter into the magical world of Narnia and tear stuff up. It's good to be the Sons of Adam and the Daughters of Eve.

Banned

1990 - Maryland - Challenged in Howard County schools for "graphic violence, mysticism, and gore."

Sources

ALA. "Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009." Retrieved on 17 Aug 01 from http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/top-100-bannedchallenged-books-2000-2009

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. ALA. 2014.

Lanzendorfer, Joy. "16 Facts About The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe." Mental Floss, 2014. Retrieved on January 10, 2018 from http://mentalfloss.com/article/58698/16-facts-about-lion-witch-and-wardrobe

Lewis, C. S. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. HarperEntertainment. New York, 1994.

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The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson

Jan 17, 2018 00:40:00

Description:

The Great Gilly Hopkins By Katherine Paterson

A brat becomes an average kid with a strange family with this week's book.

Banned

#52 on Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

1983 - Kansas - Challenged at Lowell Elementary School in Salina for the language "God," "damn," and "hell"

1985 - Minnesota - Challenged at Orchard Lake Elementary School in Burnsville because "the book took the Lord's name in vain" and had "over forty instances of profanity

1988 - Colorado - Challenged at the Jefferson County schools because "Gilly's friends lie and steal, and there are no repercussions. Christians are portrayed as being dumb and stupid."

1991 - Connecticut - Pulled but later restored at four Cheshire elementary school for being "filled with profanity, blasphemy and obscenities, and gutter language."

1992 - Texas - Challenged at Alamo Heights School District for language such as "hell" and "damn"

1993 - Kansas - Challenged at the Walnut Elementary School in Emporia by parents for graphic violence and language

1997 - Nevada - Challenged yet retained for explicit language in the Lander County School District

Sources

ALA. "Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009." Retrieved January 9, 2018 from http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/top-100-bannedchallenged-books-2000-2009

Doyle, Robert P. "Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read." American Library Association, 2014.

"Katherine's Biography." Katherine Paterson's Website. AuthorsOnTheWeb; 2016. Retrieved on December 23, 2017 from http://katherinepaterson.com/biography/

Paterson, Katherine. "The Great Gilly Hopkins." Avon Books, 1978.

Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman

Jan 10, 2018 00:27:05

Description:

Little Black Sambo By Helen Bannerman

A crazy, racist little fairy tale, Sambo learns to steal from bullies and eat hella pancakes.

Banned

1956 - Canada - Removed by the Toronto, Ontario board of education after complaints from several groups that "the popular book was a cause of mental suffering to Negroes in particular and children in general."

1959 - New York - A black resident of New York City challenged the book at a school library, calling it racially derogatory. The book was eventually restored to library shelves.

1964 - Nebraska - School superintendent of Lincoln school system ordered it removed from open shelves due to the inherent racism of the book. The book was placed on reserved shelves with a note explaining it would be available as optional material.

1971 - Alabama - Montgomery schools banned the book for being "inappropriate" and "not in keeping with good human relations."

1972

United Kingdom - General attack in schools and libraries for symbolizing "the kind of dangerous and obsolete books that must go."

Canada - Hamilton, Ontario teachers ordered students to tear the story from their books; the Montreal-based Canadian National Black Coalition began a war to remove the book from school and library shelves; New Brunswick banned it entirely.

Texas - Dallas school libraries removed the book because it "distorts a child's view of black people."

Sources

Associated Press. "COMPANY NEWS; Sambo's to Alter Northeast Names." New York Times, 1981. Retrieved January 5, 2018 from http://www.nytimes.com/1981/03/11/business/company-news-sambo-s-to-alter-northeast-names.html

Bannerman, Helen. "Little Black Sambo." Applewood Books, 1921. Bedford, Massachusetts.

Doyle, Robert P. "Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read." American Library Association, 2014.

Golus, Carrie. "Sambo’s subtext." Chicago Magazine. 2010. Retrieved January 5, 2018 from http://magazine.uchicago.edu/1010/chicago_journal/sambos-subtext.shtml

Pancake Parlour. "Helen Bannerman on the Train to Kodaikanal." Retrieved January 5, 2018 from http://web.archive.org/web/20060820084143/http://pancakeparlour.com/Wonderland/Highlights/Thefuture/Short_Stories/Bannerman/bannerman.html

Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson

Jan 3, 2018 00:28:58

Description:

Jacob Have I Loved By Katherine Paterson

Banned for language and moral/religious reasons, we get into the story of a little girl with family problems and the old man she thinks is taking her friend.

Banned

1989 - New Jersey - Challenged at Bernardsville schools for being offensive to several parents on moral and religious grounds.

1993 - Pennsylvania - Challenged in the Gettysburg public schools for offensive language

Sources

Doyle, Robert P. "Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read." American Library Association, 2014.

"Katherine's Biography." Katherine Paterson's Website. AuthorsOnTheWeb; 2016. Retrieved on December 23, 2017 from http://katherinepaterson.com/biography/

Paterson, Katherine. Jacob Have I Loved. HarperTrophy, 1980.

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

Dec 13, 2017 00:32:12

Description:

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry [Used and Stickered] Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry [Used and Stickered] 3.99

From the deep Depression-era south is a story of hope and hatred and one family's story.

Banned

1993 - Louisiana - Arcadia High School removed from ninth-grade reading list for racial bias.

1998 - California - Challenged at O'Hara Park Middle School in Oakley for "racial epithets."

2000 - Alabama - Challenged at Chapman Elementary School libraries in Huntsville for "racial slurs in dialogue to make points about racism."

2004 - Florida - Challenged but retained at Seminole County school curriculum after an African American family raised concerns about the book, finding it inappropriate for their thirteen-year-old son.

Sources

Crowe, Chris. "Mildred D.Taylor." The Mississippi writer's Page. University of Mississippi, 2015. Retrieved 8 Dec 2017 from http://mwp.olemiss.edu//dir/taylor_mildred/

Doyle, Robert P. "Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry." Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. ALA, 2014.

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry By Mildred D. Taylor

William Tyndale's New Testament

Dec 6, 2017 01:05:50

Description:

William Tyndale's New Testament [Used and Neglected] William Tyndale's New Testament [Used and Neglected] 2.99

The library delves into the Gospel of Matthew with this biblical translation that brought Jesus to the English masses and totally got the author murdered by the state.

Banned

1526 - England - As the first English-language version of the New Testament, it was also the first print book banned in England. Translating the original Greek and Hebrew into present speech was illegal. Tyndale tried to publish it in Cologne in 1525 and succeeded in 1526 in Worms anonymously. Six thousand copies were smuggled into England and and publically burned. One copy survived in the library of Baptist College in Bristol. Reprints were continually published despite ban.

1534 - England - Church authorities attempted to extradite Tyndale from Europe. He continued publishing revisions under his own name before being arrested in 1535. He was imprisoned, strangled at the stake, and burned with copies of his translations of the Bible. Around 50,000 copies in seven additions were in circulation the time of his death.

1546 - England - The Archbishop of Canterbury issued a new ban, citing references to church functionaries as "horse-leeches, maggots, and caterpillars in a kingdom." Tyndale's works were to be burned when found.

1555 - England - Queen Mary issued a ban for false doctrines against the Catholic faith.

Sources

BBC. "William Tyndale." BBC, 2017. Retrieved 17 November 24 from http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/people/william_tyndale/

Christianity Today. "William Tyndale." Christianity Today, 2017. Retrieved on 17 November 23 from http://www.christianitytoday.com/history/people/scholarsandscientists/william-tyndale.html

Doyle, Robert P. "Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read." American Library Association, 2014.

Tyndale, William. "William Tyndale's New Testament." Wordsworth Classics of World Literature, 2002.

Peyton Place by Grace Metalious

Nov 8, 2017 00:55:52

Description:

Peyton Place by Grace Metalious [Used and Abused] Peyton Place by Grace Metalious [Used and Abused] 7.99

A small New England town is rocked by the scandal of everyday life in one of the most forgotten popular books of the twentieth century.

Banned

1957 - Tennessee - Knoxville activated a city ordinance that said the City Board of Review could block items deemed obscene. Local booksellers were forbidden to sell it. One newsstand owner challenged the ordinance and it was ruled unconsitutional.

1958

Ireland - Banned until the introduction of the Censorship of Publications Bill in 1967.

Canada - Temporary ban lifted

1959 - Rhode Island - The Rhonde Island Commission to Encourage Morality in Youth bought action against Bantam and three other New York paperback publishers. The Rhode Island Superior Court upheld the decision, which was later reversed by the U.S. Supreme Court in Bantam Boos, Inc, et al, v. Joseph A Sullivan, et al.

Sources

Callahan, Michael. "Peyton Places' Real Victim." Vanity Fair. Retrieved on 2017 Nov 1 from https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2006/03/peytonplace200603

Doyle, Robert P. "Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read." American Library Association, 2014.

Metalious, Grace. "Peyton Place." Northeastern Univsersity Press. Boston, 1956, 1999.

Peyton Place (Hardscrabble Books–Fiction of New England) By Grace Metalious

Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause

Oct 8, 2017

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Sex and violence abound as we meet Vivian, a young werewolf trying to make her way in the world and get some hot man meat. Possibly by eating him.

Banned

2001 - Texas - Temporarily pulled from LaPorte Independent School District library shelves for review and possibly amend its selection policies

#57 Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

South Carolina

teacher called it 'low-level filth that corrupts'

Greenville schools removed the book but eventually returned it to the shelves

Texas

woman called author at her work to say she was asking for the book to be removed from her daughter's high school library because, in author's words, "I had allowed a teenaged girl to accept and even revel in her own sexuality."

"Cullen Middle School... stated that the book contained profanity, sexual content or nudity, and violence or horror."

Contains (according to Common Sense Media) violence, sex, language, consumerism, drinking, drugs, and smoking

Sources

ALA. "Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009." Retrieved on 17 Aug 01 from http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/top-100-bannedchallenged-books-2000-2009

Ehrlich, Brenna. "WHAT DID THIS YA AUTHOR DO TO GET BANNED FROM SCHOOL LIBRARIES?" MTV News, 2014. Retrieved 2017 September 29 from http://www.mtv.com/news/1944296/banned-books-week-annette-curtis-klause/

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. ALA. 2014.

Klause, Annette Curtis. Blood and Chocolate. Delacorte Press, 1997.

Wheadon, Carrie R. "Blood and Chocolate book review." Common Sense Media. Retrieved 2017 September 29 from https://www.commonsensemedia.org/book-reviews/blood-and-chocolate#

YALSA 1998 Best Books. Retrieved Sept 29, 2017 from https://web.archive.org/web/20061204100859/http://www.ala.org/ala/yalsa/booklistsawards/bestbooksya/1998bestbooks.htm

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Stephen King's It

Sep 3, 2017 01:03:43

Description:

It: A Novel By Stephen King

Part 1 - We start at the beginning with the murders of a little boy and a gay man while Stan, Richie, Ben, Eddie, and Beverly are called home because they promised.

Banned1987

Nebraska - Challenged in Lincoln school libraries because of the novel's "corruptive, obscene nature."

1992

New York - Placed on a "closed shelf" a the Franklinville Central High School library for sexual content, violence, and language. Parental permission required to check out by students.

Sources

ALA. "Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009." Retrieved on 17 Aug 01 from http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/top-100-bannedchallenged-books-2000-2009

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. ALA, 2014.

King, Stephen. "It." Pocket Books. New York: 2016.

King, Stephen. "Book-Banners: Adventure in Censorship Is Stranger Than Fiction, The." StephenKing.com, 2000-2012. Retrieved on 17 Aug 22 from http://www.stephenking.com/library/essay/book-banners:_adventure_in_censorship_is_stranger_than_fiction_the.html

Schnelbach, Leah. "Stephen King: An Unlikely Lifeline In Turbulent Waters." Tor.com. Macmillian, 2017. Retrieved on 17 Aug 22 from https://www.tor.com/2013/09/26/banned-books-week-stephen-king/

World's Without End. "1987 Award Winners and Nominees." icow.com, 2017. Retrieved on 17 Aug 22 from https://www.worldswithoutend.com/books_year_index.asp?year=1987

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Own the October 2017 book of the Banned Library Podcast, Stephen King's It. Has all the notes and random musings and stains from the library.

From the back cover:

Can an entire city be haunted? The Losers' Club of 1958 seems to think so. After all, when they were teenagers back then, these seven friends who called the small New England metropolis of Derry their home had first-hand experience with what made this place so horribly different. 

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Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene

Aug 7, 2017 00:52:44

Description:

Summer of My German Soldier (Young Puffin) By Bette Greene

We begin with the book that taught us that Germans are people, too! Young Patty learns about the world in her small town.

If you or anyone you know is a victim of domestic abuse, please do not be afraid to reach out.  You are not alone and please know that someone loves you and wants you to be okay.  Reach out at https://www.childhelp.org/hotline/ or call The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453) or at your local school, shelter, or safe place.

Banned

1990 - Connecticut - Challeged in curriculum at Burlington and Hawinton schools for profanity and "subject matter that set bad examples and gives students negative views of life."

1996 - New Jersey - Temporarily removed from 8th grade supplemental reading list in Cinnaminson for "offiensive racial stereotypes."

2002 - Challenged for racism, offensive language, and being sexually explicit.

#55 Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

Sources

ALA. "Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009." Retrieved on 17 Aug 01 from http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/top-100-bannedchallenged-books-2000-2009

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. ALA. 2014.

Greene, Bette. Summer of My German Soldier. Bantam Starfire. 1983.

Marshall University Libraries. "SUMMER OF MY GERMAN SOLDIER." Retrieved on 17 Aug 01 from http://www.marshall.edu/library/bannedbooks/books/summergerman.asp

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Own the September 2017 book of the Banned Library Podcast, Summer of My German Soldier. Has all the notes and random musings and stains from the library.

From the back cover:

"The summer that Patty Bergen turns twelve is a summer that will ahunt her forever. When her small hometown in Arkansas becomes the site of a camp housing German Prisoners during World War II, Patty learns what it means to open her heart. Even though she's Jewish, she begins to see a prison escapee, Anton, not as a Nazi, but as a lonely, frightened young man with feelings not unlike her own."

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Looking for Alaska by John Green

Jul 2, 2017 00:29:01

Description:

Looking for Alaska By John Green

An angsty kid meet some new friends in this heartbreaking tale of whiny smokers cussing a lot.

Banned

2008 - New York - Challenged, but retained for the 11th grade Regents English classes in Depew despite concerns about graphic language and sexual content. The school sent parents a letter requesting permission to use the novel and only 3 students were denied permission.

2012 - Tennessee - Challenged as required reading for Knox County High Schools' Honors and as Advanced Placement outside readings for English II because of "inappropriate language." School Superintendent Dr. James P. McIntyre, Jr. said that a parent identified this as an issue and the book was removed from the required reading list. He didn't say whether the book was still in the schools.

2013

Colorado - Parents of Fort Lupton Middle and High School challenged the books use in a 9th grade classrooms for sexual and alcohol content

Tennessee - Banned as required reading for Sumner County schools by the director of schools because of a sex scene that was "a bit much" and  "inappropriate language." The book was retained in the libraries.

2014 - New Jersey - Challenged in the Verona High School curriculum because a parent found the sexual nature of the story inappropriate.

2015 - Wisconsin - Challenged, but retained in the Waukesha South High School despite claims the book is "too racy to read."

2016

Kentucky - Marion County parent complained about book being included on 12th grade english, "calls the novel “filth” and lists his fear that the book would tempt students “to experiment with pornography, sex, drugs, alcohol and profanity.”" The book was removed from circulation until the school committee reached a decision. "Another resident has written to the local paper describing the novel as “mental pornography” and detailing the number of times the “‘f’ word” is used (16) and the the “‘sh’ word” is used (27)."

New Jersey - Challenged, but retained in the Lumberton Township middle school despite a parent questioning its "sexual content."

Sources

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. ALA. 2014.

Guardian - John Green fights back against banning of Looking for Alaska

Guardian - US battle over banning Looking for Alaska continues in Kentucky

Marshall University Libraries - Banned Books - Looking for Alaska

National Coalation Against Censorship - Looking for Alaska Under Fire in Kentucky

NJ.com - N.J. school district bans John Green's 'Looking for Alaska'

Office of Intellectual Freedom Blog - Here and Here

School Library Journal - Ban on John Green’s ‘Looking for Alaska’ Sparks Anger

School Library Journal - John Green Says ‘Looking for Alaska’ Challenged by Colorado Parents

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Before: it was a book Amazon and other book stores were selling that was chosen for a podcast. It taught us to laugh, love, and never to drink milk mixed with vodka. Also, there's some young kids acting older than they are.

After: it's still a book, but with a whole lot more pencil marks on it. Maybe a tear stain or two.

Do you listen to the Banned Library Podcast? Do you wonder if we read all the books we talk about? Well, we read this one and marked it all up to hell and back with notes for the podcast. Own it today!

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Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

Jun 4, 2017 00:04:36

Description:

Two Boys Kissing By David Levithan

Two boys try to set a world record for kissing after their friend is beaten in this YA novel. One lady tried to get it thrown out of libraries for sexual content.

National Book Award longlist

Stonewall Honor Book

Inspired by true events

Banned

Cover image of two boys kissing - author states that the cover shows what happens in the book and does not lie. When asked if this would discourage LGBT teens from openly reading or checking out the book from libraries, the author conceded this was possible but says that having the book in the library, representing the community, and normalizing the subject is more important.

#5 on the ALA's Top 10 Banned and Challenged of 2016

2014 - Virginia - A parent filed a complaint with Fauqier County Schools to remove the book after reviewing 46 sample pages on Amazon.com and disagreeing with the sexual content (claiming not the homosexual content). The school refused to remove the material from the libraries. On appeal to the school board committee, a unanimous vote allowed the book to stay in the school libraries.

2016 - "condones public displays of affection"

Sources

Request to Ban ‘Two Boys Kissing’ from Virginia High School Library Denied - School Library Journal

Spotlight on Censorship: ‘Two Boys Kissing’ - Intellectual Freedom Blog

This One Summer Tops ALA’s Top Ten Challenged Books List - Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

TWO BOYS KISSING - Marshall University Libraries

Two Boys Kissing - National Coalition Against Censorship wiki

Two Boys Kissing Stays on Shelves in Virginia School System (For Now) - Comic Boook Legal Defense Fund

I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel

May 28, 2017 00:05:46

Description:

I Am Jazz By Jessica Herthel, Jazz Jennings

The autobiography of transgender teen Jazz Jennings, this heartfelt tale is one of acceptance.

Banned

2015 - Wisconsin - The Mount Horeb Primary Center planned a reading of the book to educate the students because of a transitioning student. They sent out a letter advising parents. The Liberty Council, a recognized hate group, sent a letter threatening to sue based on "inappropriate discusion of gender confusion and sexuality" with primary students. The school cancelled the reading. Local parents decided to hold a reading at a local library, attended by the author, with an audience of approximately 600.

#3 Top Ten Challenged of 2015, #4 Top Ten Challenged of 2016

Sources

My trans picture book was challenged – but the answer to hate speech is more speech

I Am Jazz Authors Call Readers to Action for Banned Books Week

I am Jazz Tag - OIF blog

I AM JAZZ - Marshall University Libraries

George by Alex Gino

May 21, 2017 00:25:09

Description:

George By Alex Gino

Rule Number 1 of Cheer Club: You don't talk about Cheer Club.

Banned

Banned or censored for containing transgender characters and "sexuality was not appropriate at elementary levels."

Family Research Council (and other Christian groups) claim the book will confuse kids about gender issues.

Sources

Christian groups slam transgender book 'George,' saying it will only confuse kids

Goodreads - George by Alex Gino

Spotlight on Censorship: ‘George’

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

May 14, 2017 00:11:15

Description:

The Handmaid's Tale By Margaret Atwood

We learn about the Handmaid and her/his tale about the alien artifact that brings water back to the world.

Banned

1990 - California - Challenged as assignment at Rancho Cotati High School in Rohnert Park as "too explicit for students"

1992 - Iowa - Challenged yet retained in Waterloo schools for profanity, sexually explicit material, and "statements defamatory to minorities, God, women, and the disabled"

1993 - Massachusetts - Removed from Chicopee High School English class reading list for sex and profanity

1998 - Washington - Challenged with six other titles in Richland high school English classes for being "poor-quality literature and stress suicide, illicit sex, violence, and hopelessness."

1999 - Florida - Challenged but retained on advanced placement reading list in Chamberlain High School in Tampa

2000 - Pennsylvania - Upper Moreland School District downgraded the book from "required" to "optional" on the summer reading list for eleventh graders due to "age-inappropriate" subject matter.

2001 - Texas - Challenged but retained in the Dripping Springs senior Advanced Placement English courses as an optional assignment. Sexual encounters in the book upset some parents.

2006 - Texas - A parent complained to Superintendent Ed Lyman of the Judson school district that the book was "sexually explicit and offensive to Christians" and asked it be removed from an Advanced Placement English curriculum. A committee of teachers, students, and parents recommended the book be retained. The superintendent banned the book against the committee's recommendations. The committee appealed to the school board, which overruled the superintendent and retained the book.

2012 - North Carolina - Parents complained the book was "detrimental to Christian values" and the book was banned for "sexually explicit, violently graphic and morally corrupt" and challenged as required reading for Page High School International Baccaluraeate and optional reading in Advance Placement courses at Grimsley High School.

Sources

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. ALA. 2014.

This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki

May 7, 2017 00:12:39

Description:

This One Summer By Mariko Tamaki

A book that in no way follows the plot of Three Men and a Baby (which is crazy) but was banned from a bunch of places.

Banned

General attack as a Caldecott Honor as the book is targeted at 12 and up and Caldecott books are targeted lower.

#1 on the ALA Top Ten Challenged Books of 2016 for including "LGBT characters, drug use, and profanity, and it was considered sexually explicit with mature themes."

2016

Minnesota - Henning schools removed the book from the K-12 library; restored to 10-12 grades with parental permission

Florida - Seminole County schools removed the book from elementry schools and reviewed the book in high school library where it was retained

Sources

ALA. "Top Ten Challenged Books of 2016" http://www.ala.org/bbooks/NLW-Top10 Retrieved 2017April26

CBC Books. "This One Summer removed from 3 Florida high schools" http://www.cbc.ca/books/2016/02/this-one-summer-removed-from-florida-high-schools.html Retrieved 2017April26

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. "Case Study: This One Summer" http://cbldf.org/banned-challenged-comics/case-study-this-one-summer/ Retrieved 2017April26

Diaz, Shelley. "“This One Summer” Restored to Henning, MN, School District Library, with Restrictions" School Library Journal. http://www.slj.com/2016/06/censorship/this-one-summer-restored-to-henning-mn-school-district-library-with-restrictions/ Retrieved 2017April26

Flood, Alison. "Minnesota school's ban on graphic novel draws free-speech protests" Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/may/25/minnesota-schools-ban-on-graphic-novel-this-one-summer-mariko-and-jillian-tamaki-protests Retrieved 2017April26

God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater by Kurt Vonnegut

Apr 23, 2017 00:09:40

Description:

God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater: A Novel By Kurt Vonnegut

Books are banned in Nazi hotels and then we sorta get into the book.

Banned

1972 - Ohio - Strongsville School board voted it out with Cat's Cradle, overturned 1976 by SSB vs Minarcini by the US District Court

Sources

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. ALA. 2014.

"Dances and Dames" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

Apr 16, 2017 00:10: 39

Description:

Cat's Cradle: A Novel By Kurt Vonnegut

The world is ending with the water freezing over and the library is getting sued as we continue with Kurt Vonnegut month!

Banned

1972 - Ohio - Strongsville School Board voted to be withdrawn from the school libraries. Overturned in 1976 by U.S. District Court in Minarcini Vs Strongsville City School District

1982 - New Hampshire - Challenged at Merrimack High School

Sources

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. ALA. 2014.

"Dances and Dames" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut

Apr 9, 2017 00:11:29

Description:

Breakfast of Champions: A Novel By Kurt Vonnegut

Vonnegut month continues with a tale of man machines and the library has a story about a machine who tried to assimilate a man for reasons.

Banned

1995 - Illinois - Challenged at Monmouth School District library as "pornographic trash"

Sources

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. ALA. 2014.

"Dances and Dames" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Apr 2, 2017 00:14:55

Description:

Slaughterhouse-Five: A Novel (Modern Library 100 Best Novels) By Kurt Vonnegut

A banned book unstuck in time and how the library kept its forest despite mutant dogs. #godwearspants or #godalmightypees

Banned

1972 - Michigan - Rochester banned for containing and making reference to "religious matters"

1973 - North Dakota - Challenged at many communities, but burned in Drake

1975 - New York - Banned in Levittown

1979 - Ohio - Banned in North Jackson

1982 - Florida - Banned in Lakeland for "explicit sexual scenes, violence, and obscene language."

1984 - Wisconsin - Barred for purchase in Rancine by an administrative assistant for instructional services

1985 - Kentucky - Challenged in Owensboro for language a secont with an image depicting beastiality, a reference to Magic Fingers on a bed, and the line "The gun made a ripping sound like the opening of the fly of God Almighty."

1986 - Wisconsin - Restricted in Racine to parental permission at the flour Racine Unified District high schools for "language, depictions of torture, ethnic slurs, and negative portrayals of women."

1987

Georgia - challenged in Fitzgerald for profanity and sexual reference

Kentucky - challenged in LaRue County for language and "deviant sexual behavior"

1988 - Louisiana - challenged in a Baton Rouge high school library as "vulgar and offensive"

1989 - Michigan - challenged in Monroe high schools for language and portrayal of women

1996 - Texas - challenged in Round Rock high school for being too violent

1998 - Virginia - banned in Prince William County high schools for profanity and sex

2000 - Rhode Island - Removed from Coventry high school reading list after a parent complained of language, violence and sex

2006 - Illinois - A school board member in Arlington Heights, elected on a platform to bring Christian values to board decision making, raised a controversy about several books based on excerpts of the books she found on the Internet

2007 - Michigan - Challenged in Livingston County at Howell High School for strong sexual content by the organization Livingston Organization for Values in Education (LOVE). LOVE asked law enforcement to review the book for distributing sexually explicit conduct to minors. The county prosecutor said the book was not criminally liable, containing content of an artistic, literary, or political nature.

2010 - Missouri - Removed and later returned from Republic high schools, available only to parents. Teachers cannot acquire or read aloud from it. A resident said it taught principles contrary to the Bible.

Source

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. ALA. 2014.

"Dances and Dames" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Crazy Lady by Jane Leslie Conly

Mar 26, 2017 00:14:00

Description:

Crazy Lady! (Trophy Newbery) By Jane Leslie Conly

Crazy lady's in books, terrorists in supermarkets, and were-garous down in the swamp branch library.

Banned

1996 - Illinois - Challenged at Prospect Heights school libraries for "swear words"

1997 - California - restricted to parental permission at San Jose Unified School District for language including "damn, hell, and bitch."

Source

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. ALA: 2014.

"Dances and Dames" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher

Mar 19, 2017 00:12:37

Description:

Athletic Shorts: Six Short Stories By Chris Crutcher

It's a bunch of sports related small stories, and Granny Wendy would be mad.

Banned

#44 Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

1995 - South Carolina - Challenged in Charleston County for divorce, violence, AIDS, and homosexuality.

1999 - Alaska - Challenged and pulled but retained from Anchorage middle school libraries after a parent complained about lack of respect for parents and God as well as homosexuality and language.

2004 - Iowa - "In the Time I Get" was challenged and retained on the Solon 8th grade language arts class for discussion of AIDS.

Sources

Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. ALA: 2014.

"Dances and Dames" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

The Fighting Ground by Avi

Mar 15, 2017 00:13:46

Description:

The Fighting Ground By Avi

A novel about the Revolutionary War meets a story about librarian spring break gone bad.

Banned

2000 - New Hampshire - Challenged yet retained by a "concerned Christian" as part of the John Fuller School curriculum in Conway

2008 - Florida - Banned from the shelves of Bay District school library in Panama City after a parent complained of profanities by soldiers.

#42 Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

Sources

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom To Read. ALA: 2014.

Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009 http://www.ala.org/bbooks/top-100-bannedchallenged-books-2000-2009 

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Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher

Mar 13, 2017 00:14:08

Description:

Whale Talk By Chris Crutcher

Gathering a group of ragtag individuals is important, either to get confidence through sports or take down a conservationist construction worker with owls.

Banned

2005

Alabama - Removed for profanity from Limestone County high school libraries

Michigan - Challenged at Grand Ledge High School

South Carolina - Removed from the suggested reading list for a pilot English-literature curriculum by the superintendent of the South Carolina Board of Education

2007 - Iowa - Challenged at the Missouri Valley High School for racial slurs and profanity

Sources

Doyle, Robert P. "Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read." ALA. 2014.

"Dances and Dames" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Life is Funny by ER Frank

Mar 6, 2017 00:13:07

Description:

Life Is Funny By E.R. Frank

Life is Funny as a pair of teens find out in the library.

Banned

2005 - California - Pulled from Two Merced middle-school libraries for sexual content. There were complaints of an "x-rated" passage between two teens having sex.

Resources

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. ALA. 2014.

"Dances and Dames" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Feb 27, 2017 00:17:46

Description:

Their Eyes Were Watching God By Zora Neale Hurston

We hear about a hallmark of African-American literature and a road trip into the wilds of Texas our librarian once took.

Banned

1997 - Virginia - Challenged for sexual explicitness, but retained on the Stonewall Jackson High School's academically advanced reading list in Brentsville. A parent objected to the novel's language and sexual explicitness.

Resources

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. ALA. 2014.

"Dances and Dames" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

Feb 13, 2017 00:27:00

Description:

A Raisin in the Sun By Lorraine Hansberry

A play of a family trying to find their way in the world and a few characters from fiction who died and caused the stories to happen.

Banned

1979 - Utah - The Ogden School District restricted circulation of the play after responding to criticism from an anti-pornography group

2004 - Illinois - Challenged as degrading to African Americans at Normal Community High School but retained

Sources

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. ALA. 2014.

"Dances and Dames" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Feb 5, 2017 00:25:00

Description:

Invisible Man By Ralph Ellison

Ralph Ellison's groundbreaking story about a boy becoming a man is discussed in part and we go into characters in fiction that have no name.

Banned

1975

Pennsylvania - Excerpts banned in Butler

Wisconsin - Removed from high school reading list in St. Francis

1994 - Washington - Retained the Yakima schools after two parents raised concerns about language, violence, and sex.

2013 - North Carolina - Challenged but retained at Randolph County high school libraries for language.

Sources

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. ALA. 2014.

"Dances and Dames" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Jan 30, 2017 00:25:23

Description:

Lord of the Flies By William Golding

Our humanity is building the hope that we are better than we are.

Banned

1974 - Texas - Challenged at the Dallas Independent School District HIgh School libraries.

1981

North Carolina - Challenged at the Owen High School for "demoralizing inasmuch as it implies that man is little more than an animal."

South Dakota - Challenged at the Sully Buttes High School.

1983 - Arizona - Challenged at the Marana High School as inappropriate.

1984 - Texas - Challenged at the Olney Independent School District for "excessive violence and bad language."

1988 - Toronto, Ontario, Canada 0 Board of Education ruled on June 23, 1988 that the novel is "racist and recommended that it be removed from all schools." Parents and members of the black community complained about a reference to "niggers" in the book and said it denigrates blacks.

1992 - Iowa - Challenged in the Waterloo schools for profanity, passages about sex, and defamatory statements about minorities, God, women, and the disabled.

2000 - New York - Challenged but retained in Bloomfield on the ninth grade English reading list.

Sources

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. ALA. 2014.

"Dances and Dames" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Jan 22, 2017 00:15:00

Description:

Animal Farm By George Orwell

Today we learn about the classic tale of animal rights and a few more books that were meant for adults but given to children.

Banned

1965 - Wisconsin - A Wisconsin survey revealed that the John Birch Society had challenged the novel's use, objecting to the words "masses will revolt."

1968 - New York - The New York State English Council's Committee on Defenses Against Censorship surveyed English classrooms where it was identified as a "problem book" with the reason that "Orwell was a communist."

1977 - Russia - Suppressed from being displayed at the Moscow International Book Fair.

1982 - Georgia - Objected to for it's political theories in DeKalb County during a survey period of 1979 to 1982

1987 - Florida - Banned from Bay County's middle and high schools in Panama City by the Bay County school superintendent. Forty-four parents filed a suit against the district claiming that the instructional aids policy denied constitutional rights and the book was reinstated along with sixty-four other books.

2002 - United Arab Emirates - Banned from schools along with 125 other books. The Ministry of Education banned it on the grounds that it contained written or illustrated material that contradicts Islamic and Arab values, including pictures of alcoholic drinks, pigs, and "indecent images."

Sources

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. ALA. 2014.

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Blubber by Judy Blume

Jan 16, 2017 00:12:37

Description:

Blubber By Judy Blume

Bullies abound in Judy Blume's Blubber and on our top ten list of the best bullies in literature.

 

Banned

#43 on Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

1980 - Maryland - Removed from Montgomery County elementary schools

1981 - Arizona - Banned temporarily from Sunizona

1983

Iowa - Challenged in Des Moines schools for "objectionable" subject matter

Ohio - Challenged at Xenia school libraries for undermining "authority since the word 'bitch' is used in connection with a teacher

Texas - Challenged at Smith Elementary School in Del Valle for the words "damn" and "bitch" and showed children cruelly teasing a classmate

1984

Illinois - Banned but later restricted to parental permission at Peoria School District libraries for sexual content. language, and lack of social and literary value

New Jersey - Restricted at Lindenwold elementary school libraries for language

Pennsylvania - Removed from Hanover School District elementary and secondary libraries but later placed on "restricted shelf" at middle school libraries for being "indecent and inappropriate"

Wyoming - Challenged at the Casper school libraries

1985 - Montana - Challenged as profane, immoral and offensive but retained at Bozeman school libraries

1986 - Wisconsin - Challenged at Muskego Elementary school for language and "taunting (of an overweight girl) is never punished for her cruelty"

1991 - Ohio - Challenged at the Perry Township elementry school libraries because "bad is never punished. Good never comes to the fore. Evil is triumphant"

1998 - Alabama - Banned in Clements High School in Athens for language, but was later reversed

1999 - Texas - Removed from an elementary school in Arlington because educators objected to "verbal, physical, and sexual abuse of student upon student"

Sources

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. "Blume, Judy - Blubber." 2014

Ala Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

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Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) by George Orwell

Jan 2, 2017 00:56:09

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1984 (Signet Classics) By George Orwell

The story of man who feels all is not right with the world. Then he finds out how wrong the world really is.

Banned1950 - Banned and burned in communist Russia under Stalin and USSR, ownership meant possible arrest for its anti-communist views. Allowed back in country after editing in 1990.1981 - Jackson County, Florida - challenged for being pro-communist and contained “explicit sexual content.”Wrenshall, Minnesota - teacher was fired for refusing to remove it from reading list (unconfirmed)2009-10 - Amazon deleted it and Animal Farm from users kindles sparking controversy. Amazon found that the “copies” deleted had been published illegally from an independent publisher that had ignored copyright laws (1984 is under copyright until 2020) and the money spent was refunded. This was more of a recall to protect copyright than a ban or censorship case.2017 - Idaho - book is under scrutiny after being challenged by a Jefferson County parent for having "violent, sexually charged language."Sources

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. ALA. 2014.

Bodkin, Devin. "JEFFERSON COUNTY ADMINISTRATORS CONSIDER BANNING CLASSIC NOVEL." Idaho Ed News. Retrieved September 26, 2017 from https://www.idahoednews.org/news/jefferson-county-administrators-consider-banning-classic-novel/ 

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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Dec 19, 2016 00:15:50

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A story about an old miser time traveling and changing his ways based on threats and punishment rather than good will.

Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane

Nov 28, 2016 00:16:01

Description:

Kaffir Boy: An Autobiography--The True Story of a Black Youth's Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa By Mark Mathabane

One boy's climb from apartheid to tennis champion. 

Banned

1993

California - Challenged at Amador High School in Sutter Creek

New Jersey - Challenged at Manasquan schools for a brief yet graphic homosexual passage

1996

Connecticut - Challenged at Lewis S. Mills High School in Burlington for brutal and graphic language

North Carolina - Temporarily pulled from Greensboro high school libraries after a resident sent letters to the school board and administrators, claiming the book could encourage sexual assault among children

1997 - California - Challenged but retained on a reading list for high school sophomores at Lincoln Unified School District in Stockton after parents referred to it as "pornographic and racially insensitive"

1999 - Ohio - Removed from Federal Hocking High School English in Athens for sexually graphic passage

2000

California - Removed from a sophomore reading list at Armijo High School in Fairfield for sexual content

Michigan - Kearsley school officials deleted six sentences describing a homosexual molestation scene in the book after parents found it offensive

2006 - California - Challenged but retained at East Union High School in Manteca after challenged for use of words such as "penis" and "anus" during a scene where young boys prostitute themselves for food

2007 - California - Banned from Burlingame Intermediate School

2010 - California - Challenged but retained in San Luis Obispo High School.

#39 on the ALA Top Banned Books 2000-2009

Sources

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. 2014.

Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

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Arming America by Michael Bellasiles

Nov 14, 2016 00:17:15

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Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture By Michael A. Bellesiles

A discredited book that means little in terms of banned books.

Banned

38 on Top 100 from 2000-2009

No listed or found specific instance

Sources

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. 2014.

Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

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Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Oct 31, 2016 00:23:39

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Brave New World By Aldous Huxley

Welcome to the world that is brave and new with drugs and violence! What's gonna happen?

Banned

1932 - Ireland - banned in the country

1980 - Missouri - Removed from Miller classroom

1988 - Oklahoma - Challenged as required reading at Yukon High School because "the book's language and moral content"

1993 - Challenged as required reading in Corona and Norco Unified School District for being "centered around negative activity." Book retained and alternatives offered.

2000 - Alabama - Removed from Foley High School library after a parent complained to the school and Alabama Governor Don Siegelman characters showed contempt of religion, marriage, and family.

2003 - Texas - Challenged but retained in South Texas Independent School District in Mercedes for sexuality, drugs, suicide. Principals were then required to offer alternatives

2008 - Indiana - Challenged but retained in Coeur D'Alene School district for sex and drug use.

2010 - Maryland - Challenged in Glen Burnie at North County High School by a petition created by a group of parents who wanted the book removed due to sexual content.

2011 - Washington - Challenged but retained after a parent complained the book has a "high volume of racially offensive derogatory language and misinformation on Native Americans. In addition to the inaccurate imagery, and stereotype views, the text lacks literary value which is relevant to today's contemporary multicultural society."

Sources

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. 2014.

Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

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Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

Oct 17, 2016 00:31:57

Description:

Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson, Book 1) By Louise Rennison

The "new" host Harker reads today as Georgia learns a lot, especially about boys and pooping.

Banned

2008/9 - Menasha, Wisconsin - Parent found sexual content offensive and challenged the book. It was retained, yet school board members voted to adopt procedures to secure and record parental consent before limited access books were given to students.

#35 on Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

Sources

ALA - Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

Marshall University

Doyle, Robert P. "1446 Rennison, Louise. Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson." Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. ALA, 2014. p269.

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Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson

Oct 3, 2016 00:36:44

Description:

Snow Falling on Cedars By David Guterson

Like sands through the hourglass, these are snows falling on cedars. This story is so full of racial drama and the sex!

Banned

#33 on Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

1997 - Washington - Challenged in Snohomish School District by parents who acknowledged literary value but complained about sexual content including intercourse and masturbation as well as language made it inappropriate for high school students.

1999 - Texas - Removed from classrooms and a library in Boerne Independent High School because of depictions of violence, sex, and racial bigotry; later returned

2001 - Washington - 150 South Kitsap parents claimed the book was pornography and the school board admitted it contained sexual content and profanity, banning the book. The town opposed the ban.

2003-4 - California - Challenged but retained in Modesto for sexual content and scenes of war.

2007 - Ontario, Canada - Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board removed the book from shelves and reading lists pending review due to an anonymous complaint via letter about sexual content and language

2007-8 - Idaho - Part of a five book challenge in Coeur d’Alene School District for sexual references

2011 - Washington - Retained in college-level classes at Richland high schools. Teachers said the book was selected for the curriculum 12 years ago because it deals with prejudice against Japanese-Americans in the Pacific Northwest during and shortly after World War II.

Sources

Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009 - ALA

Banned Books Week - Snow Falling on Cedars - Mansfield Library - Youtube

David Guterson, A Brief Biography - University of Maine at Farmington

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. 2014.

Dufferin-Peel approves 'Snow Falling on Cedars' - Brampton news

Prize-winning novel pulled from school shelves - CBCNews

Snow Falling on Cedars - The Amazing Smile

Snow Falling on Cedars - imdb.com

Snow Falling on Cedars - Marshall University Libraries

Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson - Wikipedia

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We All Fall Down by Robert Cormier

Sep 11, 2016 00:29:38

Description:

We All Fall Down By Robert Cormier

A group of boys trash a house and nearly kill a girl, and that's just in the first few paragraphs. Book was banned for alcohol, violence, and sexual content.

Banned

#41 on 100 most frequently challenged books: 1990–1999

#30 on Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

1994 - California - Pulled from school libraries in Stockton after parents complained it glorified alcoholism and violence, contains a violent rape scene, and profanity

1998 - Ontario, Canada - Complaint from a parent in Simcoe County for violence

2000

Florida - Removed from Carver Middle School library in Leesburg after parents complained about content and language

Texas - Restricted in Arlington middle and high schools for parental permission for violence

2001 - Pennsylvania - Challenged in Tamaqua Area School District for not being age appropriate.

2003 - Kansas - Removed from a Baldwin ninth grade class by the superintendent because "it was clear to him it wasn't fit for his own daughter or granddaughter" after complaints of profanity and sexual content.

2005 - New Jersey - Challenged and retained at Cherry Hill Public Library's young adult section by a parent claiming the book was unfit for the age group with "deplorable" content.

Sources

We All Fall Down the Center of Controversy in Arlington School Libraries - American Libraries

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. 2014.

We All Fall Down By Robert Cormier - Freedom to Read Canada

Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009 - ALA

100 most frequently challenged books: 1990–1999 - ALA

We All Fall Down (Robert Cormier novel) - Wikipedia

We All Fall Down by Robert Cormier - Google Books

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The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things by Carolyn Mackler

Sep 4, 2016 00:29:58

Description:

The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things By Carolyn Mackler

Very little talk about the book and way more talk about bathrooms and a dog. 

Banned

2006 - Maryland - Banned by the Carroll County Superintendent in Westminster but students, librarians, national organizations, and the publisher protested. The book was removed for language and sexual content.

Sources

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom To Read. 2014.

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What My Mother Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones

Aug 28, 2016 00:34:44

Description:

What My Mother Doesn't Know By Sonya Sones

A story told with sex and masturbation and evil wizards being shot down after stealing a baby... All told in verse. It's totally evil and cool.

Banned

2003 - California - Removed from the library shelves of the Rosedale Union School District in Bakersfield for "Ice Capades," a poem about a teenage girl's breasts reacting to cold

2004 - Texas - Challenged at the Bonnette Junior High School library in Deer park for language and masturbation.

2007 - Wisconsin - Available on to 7th and 8th graders of Spring Hill School library after a parent complained about sexual themes and wanted it removed.

Sources

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom To Read. 2014.

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The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney

Aug 21, 2016 00:31:41

Description:

Welcome to this startling tale of a girl who just wants love, but instead finds success as a super popular milk carton model. And there's a ninja machete fight! Awesome read!

My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln and Christopher Collier

Aug 14, 2016 00:34:11

Description:

My Brother Sam Is Dead By James Lincoln Collier

Spoiler alerts all around, Sam is totally dead at the end in the juvenile but ultimately compelling book set during the American Revolution!

Banned

1984 - Georgia - Challenged at the Gwinnett County school libraries because of language; an abridged version without profanities was substituted

1989 - Ohio - Removed from fifth grade New Richmond classes for language and did not represent "acceptable ethical standards" for the age

1991 - South Carolina - Challenged in Greenville County Schools for using the name of God and Jesus in a "vane and profane manner along with inappropriate sexual reference."

1993 - Kansas - Challenged at Walnut Elementary School in Emporia for profanity and violence

1994

California - Removed from the fifth grade at the Bryant Ranch Elementary School in Palcentia-Yorba Linda Unified School district because "the book is not g-rated. Offensive language is offensive language. Graphic violence is graphic violence, no matter what the context."

Pennsylvania - Challenged but retained at the Palmyra schools for language and violence

1996

California - Retained at the Antioch elementary school libraries after a parent complained about profanity and violence

Colorado - Challenged in the Jefferson County Public Schools in Lakewood for profanity, references to rape, drinking, and battlefield violence

1998 - Virginia - Challenged at the McSwain Elementary School in Stauton for language and Tucker-Capps Elementary School in Hampton for language and violence

2000 - Illinois - Challenged in the fifth grade Oak Brook Butler District 53 curriculum because of violence and language

2009 - Georgia - Regained in Muscogee County elementary school libraries after parental concerns about profanity

#27 Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

Sources

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. 2014.

Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

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Beloved by Toni Morrison

Aug 8, 2016 00:32:15

Description:

Beloved By Toni Morrison

We read an award winning book about a ghost haunting the life of an ex-slave and then talk about ghosts in the library.

Banned

1996 - Texas - Challenged but retained for violence at Round Rock Independent High School

1997 - Maine - Challenged for language at the Madawaska School District

1998 - Florida - Challenged at the Sarasota County schools for sexual content

2000 - Illinois - After a board member promised to bring Christian beliefs to board decision making at the Northwest Suburban High School District 214, a number of titles were challenged and retained. The board member had based her decisions on excerpts from the Internet.

2007

Indiana - Parents asked for parental permission for student access for five books at the Coeur d'Alene School District

Kentucky - Pulled from the senior Advanced Placement English class at Eastern High School in Louisville after two parents complained of bestiality, racism, and sex. Students had to start over with Scarlett Letter for their AP exams.

2012 - Michigan - Challenged but retained at Salem High School Advanced Placement English classes after numerous considerations of district officials including appropriate for age, accuracy of the material, objectivity of the material, and necessity of covering the material.

2013 - Virginia - Challenged at the Fairfax County schools because parent complained for beastility, gang rape, and an infant's gruesome murder

2016 - Virginia - Came into focus during legislation over whether or not parents should be notified about school materials. Excerpts of the novel were read on the state senate floor depicting the novel as a work of, as Senator Richard Black put it, "moral sewage."

Sources

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. 2014.

Gawker State Senator Emails AP English Teacher to Offer His Thoughts on Beloved (Too Many Breasts)

Washington Post Fairfax County parent wants ‘Beloved’ banned from school system

Washington Post Why a Va. senator told a teacher: ‘You do not know better than the parents’

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Gossip Girl by Cecily Von Ziegeser

Jul 31, 2016 00:33:01

Description:

Gossip Girl #1: A Novel (Gossip Girl Series) By Cecily Von Ziegesar

Some talk about moving on, then a novel about the upper crust of society wondering when all their glorious secrets will come spilling out.

Banned

#22 on the Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

10 Ten Banned in 2011, 2008, and 2006

2011 - Mississippi - Series was removed from all school libraries for language and in the Picayune School District after a complaint from the wife of Tony Smith, school board chairman and state senator. Smith also said he was drafting legislation so that the book selection process for Mississippi school libraries could be reviewed.

Sources

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging our Freedom to Read. 2014.

Top ten frequently challenged books lists of the 21st century

Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

WLOX - 'Gossip Girls' books banned from Picayune schools

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The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

Jul 24, 2016 00:35:29

Description:

The Catcher in the Rye By J.D. Salinger

Advice and ghosts are in the library as well as the classic novel about a whiny jerk going out on the town and learning that life if full of hypocrisy, even himself.

Banned

1960 - Oklahoma - Teacher was fired in Tulsa from an 11th grade English position for assigning the book. Teacher appealed and was reinstated but the book was removed from the school

1963 - Ohio - Columbus parents asked the school board to ban the novel for being "anti-white" and "obscene." The school board refused.

1975 - Pennsylvania - Removed from reading list after parents complained about the language and content. The book was reinstated after the school board vote, orginally 5-4, was deemed illegal as they required a two-thirds vote in favor to remove a text.

1977 - New Jersey - Challenged and the board ruled the book could be read in an advanced placement class with parental permission.

1978 - Washington - Issaquah school removed it from their optional reading list

1979 - Michigan - Removed from the required reading list at Middleville.

1980 - Ohio - Removed from Jackson Milton school libraries in North Jackson

1982

Alabama - Removed from Anniston High School libraries and later reinstated

Manitoba, Canada - Removed from school libraries in Morris along with two other books as they violate committee's guidelines covering "excess vulgar language, sexual scenes, things  concerning moral issues, excessive violence, and anything dealing with the occult."

1983 - Montana - Challenged at Libby High School due to the book's contents

1985 - Florida - Banned from English classes at the Freeport High School in De Funiak Springs as being "unacceptable" and "obscene"

1986 - Wyoming - Removed from Medicine Bow senior high school English reading list because of profanity and sexual references

1987 - North Dakota - Banned from a required sophomore English reading list at Napoleon High School after parents and the local Knights of Columbus chapter complained of profanity and sexual references

1988 - Indiana - Challenged at the Linton-Stockton High School as being "blasphemous and undermines morality"

1989 - California - Muroc Joint Unified School District board in Boron High School removed the book from school reading lists after parents complain the novel was unsuitable because of profanity, blasphemy and promotion of anti-family values. Local resident and religious activist Patty Salazar said she supports the board action because the novel "doesn't belong in a public high school." "It uses the Lord's name in vain 200 times," she said. "That's enough reason to ban it right there. They say it describes reality. I say let's back up from reality. Let's go backwards. Let's go back to when we didn't have an immoral society."

1991 - Illinois - Challenged at Grayslake Community High School

1992

Illinois - Challenged at the Jamaica High School in Sidell for profanity, depiction of premarital sex, alcohol abuse, and prostitution

Iowa - Challenged at Waterloo schools for profanity, lurid passages about sex, and statements defamatory to minorities, God, women, and the disabled.

Florida - Challenged at Duval County public school libraries for profanity, lurid passages about sex, and statements defamatory to minorities, God, women, and the disabled.

Pennsylvania - Challenged at the Cumberland Valley High School after parent's objections of profanity and immorality.

1993 - California - Challenged and retained at Corona Norco Unified School district because it is "centered around negative activity."

1994

Wisconsin - Challenged but retained at the New Richmond High School for use in some English classes

New Hampshire - Challenged as mandatory reading in the Goffstown schools for language and sexual content

1995 - Florida - Challenged at the St. Johns County Schools

1996 - Maine - Parent challenged over the word "fuck" ("f" word) at teh Oxford Hills High School

1997

Georgia - Challenged but retained at the Glynn Academy High School in Brunswick after a student objected to profanity and sexual content.

California - Removed by school superintendent required reading curriculum of the Marysville Joint Unified School District  to get it "out of the way so that we didn't have that polarization over a book."

1999-2000 - Georgia - Vanned and reinstated after community protests at the Windsor Forest High School in Savannah after a parent complained about the sex, violence, and profanity

2000 - Alabama - Challenged but retained at the Limestone County school district after complaints of language

2001

South Carolina - Removed by a Dorchester District 2 school board member in Summerville because it "is a filthy, filthy book."

Georgia - Challenged by a school board member for language but retained in Glynn County

2005 – Maine - Challenged, but retained as an assigned reading in the Noble High School in North Berwick.

2009 – Montana - Challenged in the Big Sky high School in Missoula

2010 - Florida - Challenged but retained in the Martin School District after a parent's complaint for language

Sources

Banned and/or Challenged Books from the Radcliffe Publishing Course Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. 2014.

LATimes - Board Bans 'Catcher in the Rye' From High School English Class

New York Times - In a Small Town, a Battle Over a Book

Time The Hunger Games Reaches Another Milestone: Top 10 Censored Books - Catcher in The Rye

Top ten frequently challenged books lists of the 21st century

World.edu - Banned Books Awareness: “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger

You'll Never Guess Why These Books Were Banned

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Go Ask Alice by Anonymous (Beatrice Sparks)

Jul 18, 2016 00:32:11

Description:

Go Ask Alice By Anonymous

A story of order and a nightgown with little anchors then a book about an anonymous diary full of lies about drugs and a life not worth living.

Banned

#18 on Top Challenged books 2000-2009

1974 - Michigan - Removed from school libraries in Kalamazoo due to language and sexual content.

1975

Michigan - Removed from school libraries in Saginaw due to language and sexual content

New York - Removed from school libraries in Levittown due to language and sexual content

1977

New Jersey - Removed from school libraries in Trenton due to language and sexual content

Texas -  Removed from school libraries in Eagle Pass due to language and sexual content

1979 - Utah - Challenged at the Ogden School District

1980 - New Jersey - Removed from school libraries in North Bergen due to language and sexual content

1982 - Florida - Challenged at Safety Harbor, St Petersburg Middle School Library where written parental permission was required to check out

1983

Colorado - Challenged at the Pagosa Springs schools after a parent objected to language, subject matter, "immoral tone and lack of literary quality"

Minnesota -Challenged at the Osseo School District in Brooklyn Park after a school board found the book's language "personally offensive."

1984 - Mississippi - Challenged at the Rankin County School district for language and sexual content

1986

Georgia - Challenged at the Central Gwinnett High School library for encouraging students to "steal and take drugs"

Georgia - Along with 40 other books, the Gainesville Public Library restricted this book to adults and is kept in a locked room

Michigan - Removed from the school library in Kalkaska for language

1988 - Maine - Challenged at King Middle School in Portland

1993

New Jersey - Removed from Wall Township Intermediate School library by the Superintendent of Schools for language and "borders on pornography" after responding to an anonymous letter in 1987 and removing the book.

New York - Challenged as required reading for language at Johnstown High School

West Virginia - Removed from Buckhannon-Upshur High school English class for language

1994 - Massachusetts - Banned in Dudley at Shepherd Hill High School ninth grade reading list for language, drug use, and sexual content

1995

Alaska - Challenged in Wasilla at Houston Junior and Senior High School

Ohio - Banned from Plain City's Jonathan Alder School District

Virginia - Removed from Warm Springs sophomore English class for language and "indecent situations"

1998 - Rhode Island - Principal in Tiverton middle school confiscated the book from a class while reading. The book was later returned by the school board.

1999 - Texas - Removed from Aledo Middle School library and restricted at the high school library to parental permission after a parent complained about drug use, language and sexual content

2000 - Pennsylvania - REtained as optional reading for eighth graders at Girard's Rice Avenue Middle School after a grandmother found the book offensive for "filth and smut"

2008 - South Carolina - Challenged at Berkeley County's Hanahan Middle School for language, sexual content, drug use, and blasphemy

Sources

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom To Read. 2014.

'Go Ask Alice' Is Still Awash in Controversy, 43 Years After Publication

Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

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The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Jul 11, 2016 00:31:00

Description:

The Color Purple By Alice Walker

We talk about the origin of the library's ebooks and an important book everyone should read.

Banned

1984 - California - Challenged and retained in Oakland High School honors class for "sexual and social explicitness" and its "troubling ideas about race relations, man's relationship to God, African history, and human sexuality"

1985 - California - Rejected for purchase from Hayward school trustees due to language and sexual content

1986 - Virginia - Removed from Newport News school library for language and sexual content and placed in special section available only to those over eighteen or with parental permission

1989

Michigan - Challenged at the Saginaw public libraries for sexual content

Tennessee - Challenged as a summer youth program reading assignment in Chattanooga for language and "explicitness"

1990 - Wyoming - Challenged in Ten Sleep schools for optional reading

1992 - North Carolina - Challenged at New Bern High School as a reading assignment because of rape

1995

Connecticut - Challenged at Pomperaug High School in Southbury for sexual content

Florida - Challenged at St. Johns County Schools in St. Augustine

Oregon - Challenged and retained in the Junction City high school due to language, sexual content, and "negative image of black men."

1996

North Carolina - Challenged and retained at Northwest High School in High Point for sexual content and violence

Texas - Challenged and retained at Round Rock Independent High School for violence

1997 - West Virginia - Removed from Jackson County School libraries

1999

Ohio - Challenged and retained at Shawnee School in Lima after parents called it vulgar and "X-rated"

Virginia - Removed from Ferguson High School library in Newport News, yet may be requested and borrowed with parental approval

2002 - Virginia - Challenged at Fairfax County elementary and secondary libraries along with seventeen other books by a group called Parents Against Bad Books in Schools for language, drug abuse, sexual content, and torture

2008 - North Carolina - Challenged in Burke County schools in Morgantown for homosexuality, rape, and incest

2013 - North Carolina - Challenged but retained at Brunswick County Advanced Placement English eleventh grade assignment for language, sexual content, or has literary value as age appropriate

Sources

Banned and/or Challenged Books from the Radcliffe Publishing Course Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. 2014

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The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Jul 4, 2016 00:28:22

Description:

The Bluest Eye (Vintage International) By Toni Morrison

Welcome to the literary deconstruction of race and beauty in this book about… holy crap that's what this book is about?! Evan might talk about the armadillos that are trying to sex each other.

Banned

#34 on the 100 most frequently challenged books: 1990–1999

#15 on the Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

1994

Alaska - Removed from a Lathrop High School classroom in Fairbanks for graphic descriptions and language.

Pennsylvania - Challenged at West Chester schools as pornographic

Banned from Morrisville Borough High School English after complaints of sexual content and language

1995

Florida - Challenged at the St Johns County Schools in St Augustine

Massachusetts - Challenged at Lynn schools for sexual content

1998 - Maryland - Challenged on Montgomery County reading lists and school library shelves

1999 - New Hampshire - Removed from reading list for nnth and tenth grade at Stevens High School in Claremont after a parent's complaint about sexual content

2003 - California - Challenged, but retained at the Kern High School District in Bakersfield despite complaints of the book's sexually explicit material.

2005 - Colorado - Banned from the Littleton curriculum and library shelves after complaints about its explicit sex, including the rape of an eleven-year-old girl by her father.

2007 - Michigan - Challenged in the Howell High School because of the book's strong sexual content. In response from the president of the Livingston Organization for Values in Education (LOVE), the county's top law enforcement official reviewed the book to see whether laws against distribution of sexually explicit materials to minors had been broken. The county prosecutor wrote, "Whether these materials are appropriate for minors is a decision to be made by the school board, but I find that they are not in violation of the criminal laws."

2009 - Indiana - Retained in the Delphi Community High School's curriculum despite claims of inappropriate sexual content and graphic language.

2011 - Connecticut - Challenged in the Brookfield High School curriculum because of sex scenes, profanity, and age-appropriateness of the book. Students in the high school have been reading Morrison's book since 1995.

2013

Alabama - In August, Alabama State Senator Bill Holtzclaw (R-Madison) also called for his state to bar students from reading the book, taking issue with the work’s language and content.

Colorado - Challenged in Legacy High School's Advanced Placement English classes in Adams County because it was a "bad book." A notice was sent home to let parents know what they would be reading and why and an alternate assignment was offered to those who wanted it. Half a dozen students of about 150 opted to read one of the alternative texts and received instruction on those works outside of class time.

Ohio - Challenged on a suggested reading list for Columbus high school students by the school board president because it is inappropriate for the school board to "even be associated with it." A fellow board member described the book as having "an underlying socialist-communist agenda."

2014

North Carolina - East Wake High in Wake County removed the book from readings lists along with The Color Purple after a parent complained. The books are retained in the school library.

2015 - Oklahoma - Challenged, but retained in the Durant high school library despite a parent's concerns over sexual and violent content.

Sources

Alabama Legislator Bill Holtzclaw Calls On Schools To Ban Toni Morrison Book

Bluest Eye Banned: Why Parents Want Toni Morrison's Book Out Of Schools

Bluest Eye Banned from Classrooms in North Carolina High School

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. 2014

East Wake High School removes 'The Bluest Eye' from curriculum

Marshall University Libraries - Bluest Eye

Morrison’s ‘Bluest Eye’ Joins Wide Range of Books Challenged in Alabama Schools

Ohio Schools Leader Calls For Ban Of ‘The Bluest Eye,’ Labels Toni Morrison Book ‘Pornographic’

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Jun 27, 2016 00:35:56

Description:

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Bantam Classic) By Mark Twain

One of the most banned books of all time going back over a 130 years, let's learn about a little boy's life after faking his own murder and meeting up with a slave.

Banned

1885 - Massachusetts - Banned in Concord as "trash and suitable only for the slums."

1905 - New York - Excluded from the Brooklyn Public Library's children's colleciton because "Huck not only itched but scratched, and that he said sweat when he should have said perspiration."

1930 - Confiscated at the USSR border

1957 - New York - Dropped from New York City list of books recommended for senior and junior high schools partly for use of racial language

1969 - Florida - Removed from Miami-Dade Junior College required reading because it "creates an emotional block for black students that inhibits learning."

1976 - Illinois - Challenged for racism at the New Trier High School at Winnetka

1981 - Pennsylvania - Challenged for racism at the Tamament Junior High in Warrington

1982

Iowa - Challenged for racism in Davenport Public Schools

Texas - Challenged for racism at the Sprint Independent School District in Houston

Virginia - Challenged for racism at the Mark Twain Intermediate School in Fairfax County

1983 - Pennsylvania - Challenged for racism in State College Area School District

1984 - Illinois - Challenged for racism in Springfield

1988

Illinois - Removed from required reading in teh Rockford public schools for racial language

Louisiana - REmoved from required reading and school libraries in Caddo Parish for racism

Michigan - Challenged at the Berrien Springs High School

1989 - Tennessee - Challenged at the Sevier Country High School in Sevierville for racial language and dialect

1990

Pennsylvania - Challenged at Erie High School for racism

Texas - Challenged in Plano Independent School District for racism

1991

Arizona - Challenged in the Mesa Unified School District because of racial language and damages self-esteem of black youth

Louisiana - Removed from required reading at Terrebonne Parish Schools in Houma for racial language

Michigan - Temporarily pulled from Portage classrooms after some black parents complained their children were uncomfortable

1992

California - Challenged at Modesto High as required language for racist language

North Carolina - Challenged at the Kinston Middle School as unsuitable for age group due to racist language

1993 - Pennsylvania - Challenged at Carlisle schools for racial language

1994

Georgia - Challenged at Taylor County High School in Butler for racial language, bad grammar, and does not reject slavery. Raised a grade level.

Texas - Challenged but retained on high school level by the Lewisville school board

1995

California - Removed from required reading lists in East San Jose high school after objections from black parents over racial language that erodes their children's self esteem and affects the children's performance

Connecticut - Removed from eighth grade curriculum at New Haven middle school complained it undermined the self-esteem of black youth.

Washington, D.C. - Removed from curriculum of the North Cathedral School for content and language

Wisconsin - Challenged in Kenosha Unified School after a complaint was filed with the local NAACP of offensive to black students

1996

Arizona - Challenged as required reading in an honors English class at the McClintock High School in Tempe by a teacher on behalf of their daughter and other black students. In May 1996, a class action lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Phoenix, alleging the district deprived minority students of educational opportunities by requiring racially offensive literature as part of class assignments. In January 1997, a federal judge dismissed the lawsuit stating he realized that "language in the novel was offensive and hurtful to the plaintiff," but that the suit failed to prove the district violated the student's civil rights or that the works were assigned with discriminatory intent. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco ruled that requiring public school students to read literary works that some find racially offensive is not discrimination prohibited by the equal protection clause or Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The ruling came in the case Monteiro v. Tempe Union High School District

Pennsylvania - removed from required reading list at the Upper Dublin schools because of its racial language

Texas - Banned from the Lindale Advanced Placement English reading list for "conflicting with the values of the community."

Washington - Challenged for being on the approved reading list in the Federal Way schools because it "promotes hate and racism"

1997

Indiana - Challenged at the Columbus North High School because the books is "degrading, insensitive, and oppressive"

New Jersey - Removed from Cherry Hill school classrooms after concerns were raised about racial language and depiction of African American characters. Reinstated later that year after the school board approved a new curriculum with a context of racial relations along with the works of Frederick Douglass, Maya Angelou, and Langston Hughes

Ohio - Challenged in South Euclid-Lyndhurst City Schools after a school complained that some classmates laughed at the racial language

Virginia - Challenged but retained at McLean High School in Fairfax despite a parent's complaint that the book offends African Americans

1998

Georgia - Challenged in the Dalton County schools for offensive language; Challenged in the Whitfield County for offensive language

Pennsylvania - The Pennsylvania NAACP called for the book's removal from required school reading lists across the state for racial language

1999 - Alaska - Recommended for removal because of racial language from the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District

2000 - Oklahoma - Challenged but retained at Enid schools after previously being removed in 1977

2001 - Illinois - Challenged in the Kankakee School District for racial language

2002 - Oregon - Challenged in the Portland schools by a black student who said he was offended by the racial language

2003 - Illinois - Challenged in teh Normal Community High School as being degrading

2004 - Washington - REmoved from reading lists in Renton high schools after a black student said the book degraded her and her culture. The novel was not required reading but was on approved book's list

2006 - Arizona - Challenged as required reading at Cactus High in Peoria. The student and mother threatened to file a civil-rights complaint of alleged racial treatment, segregation of the student, and the use of racial language in the classroom

2007

Michigan - Removed from Taylor school classes after complaints of racial language

Minnesota - Challenged but retained at Lakeville High School and the St. Louis Park High School in Minneapolis as required reading although staff was given training and alternate reading choices were made

Texas - Challenged at Richland High School in NOrth Richland Hills for racial language

2008 - Connecticut - Retained in Manchester School District with the requirement that teachers attend seminars about race before teaching the book

2016 - Virginia - The superintendent of Accomack County Public Schools confirmed the district had removed Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” and Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” after a parent voiced her concerns during a Nov. 15 school board meeting, reported WAVY-TV.

2018 - Minnesota - Duluth Public Schools removed the book from the curriculum for use of the "n" word.

Sources

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. 2014.

Philips, Kristine. "A school district drops ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ and ‘Huckleberry Finn’ over use of the n-word." Washington Post. Retrieved on 2018 February 9 from https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/education/wp/2018/02/07/a-school-district-drops-to-kill-a-mockingbird-and-huckleberry-finn-over-use-of-the-n-word/?utm_term=.f2df4a0b9d2d

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The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey

Jun 20, 2016 00:29:39

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The Adventures of Captain Underpants By Dav Pilkey

Two boys join together to create a superhero by coercion and violence so they can escape responsibility for their actions and make a profit.

Banned

On the Top ten frequently challenged books lists of the 21st century in 2013, 2012, 2005, 2004, and 2002

#13 on Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009 (as series)

2000 - Connecticut - Removed from Maple Hill School in Naugatuck due to concerns that is caused unruly behavior among children

2015 - Michigan - Arborwood Elementary School in Monroe removed the book from a book fair because a main character ends up gay

Sources

'Captain Underpants' banned from school book fair over gay character

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. 2014

My Book Makes Kids Laugh, And It Was Banned Anyway

Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

Top ten frequently challenged books lists of the 21st century

What it's like to top banned book lists around the world

Why 'Captain Underpants' Is The Most Banned Book In America

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Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Meyers

Jun 12, 2016 00:35:42

Description:

Fallen Angels By Walter Dean Myers

We go into combat with this view of the Vietnam Conflict/War/Murder Forest through the eyes of a young man dealing with stuff.

Banned

#36 100 most frequently challenged books: 1990–1999

#11 Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

1990 - Ohio - Challenged for language at Bluffton schools

1992 - Georgia - Jackson County High School restricted the book because of language and sensitive material

1994 - Pennsylvania - Challenged at West Chester schools

1995 - Ohio - A parent complained about sexually explicit language and it was removed from Middleburg Heights

1997 - Ohio - Challenged but retained at Lakewood High School after a parent's complaint of violence and language

1999

California - Removed from Lafton Unified School District for violence and profanity

Michigan - Removed from required reading from Livonia public schools for language

2000 - Texas - Challenged but retained at Arlington school district's junior high libraries after parent's complaint as unsuitable for age group

2002 - Mississippi - Banned from George County schools for profanity

2003

Virginia - Challenged in Fairfax school libraries by a group called Parents Against Bad Books in Schools for "profanity and descriptions of drug abuse, sexually explicit conduct and torture"

Indiana - Banned at Franklin Central High School in Indianapolis for profanity

2005 - Kansas - Removed from Blue Valley School District high school curriculum in Overland Park.

2006 - Illinois - Arlington Height's Northwest Suburban High School District was removed after a school board member elected for her promises of Christian values raised the controversy based on excerpts from eight books she had read on the Internet

2007 - Indiana - Challenged at Coeur d'Alene School District after parents said the book should require parental permission

2008 - North Carolina - Challenged at Chinquapin Elementary School in Duplin County for language, racial epithets, and homophobia

2013 - Ohio - Challenged at Danbury Middle School in Toledo for language and descriptions of combat

Sources

About Walter Dean Myers

Banned Books Week: Fallen Angels By Walter Dean Myers

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. 2014.

Encyclopedia of World Biography - Walter Dean Myers Biography

Marshall University - Banned Books - Fallen Angels

New York Public Library - Banned Books Week: A Book List

Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

100 most frequently challenged books: 1990–1999

Walter Dean Myers on Fallen Angels

Walter Dean Myers Talks Book-Banning, Writing for Troubled Kids

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When Dad Killed Mom by Julius Lester

Jun 5, 2016 00:32:05

Description:

When Dad Killed Mom By Julius Lester

We delve into the lives of two kids being disrupted by their dad shooting their mom in the face and the secrets that get revealed.

Banned

#56 on ALA's Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

2002 - Wyoming - Teton County Board of Education voted to ban the book from Jackson Hole Middle School (JHMS) library after a parent's complaint about being unsuitable for age group

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Author's Guild Bio

Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

Wyoming School Book Ban Controversy May Signal a Change in District Policy

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Daughters of Eve by Lois Duncan

May 22, 2016 00:32:56

Description:

Daughters of Eve By Lois Duncan

A group of young girls become a frightening force for feminism as we discuss Lois Duncan, water heater's breaking, and dude's being jerks.

Banned

1997 - West Virginia - Removed along with 16 other title from Jackson County school libraries

2000 - Virginia - removed from Fairfax County middle school libraries for violence, risky behaviors, and "seeks to prejudice young vulnerable minds on several issues"

2005 - Indiana - Challenged at Lowell Middle School for profanity and sexual content

2007 - New Mexico - Superintendent of Clovis Municipal Schools removed the book from elementary schools after rumors of parent's displeasure and having a formal review which found issues with language and "suggestive material." Duncan (author) agreed the book was not for elementary schools.

Book covers many challenging topics such as sex, language, domestic violence, feminism, anti-feminism, rape, murder, violence, vigilante behavior, sexism, abortion

Sources

Absolute Write Interview

Doyle, Robert P. "Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read."

Duncan, Lois. Interview in book Daughters of Eve

Jezebel - Discussion of the updated version with the author in the comments

Lois Duncan Website

Marshall University - Daughters of Eve

New Mexico State University - Censored and Banned Books

Rhode Island College Interview

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ttyl by Lauren Myracle

May 15, 2016 00:39.06

Description:

ttyl - 10th Anniversary update and reissue (Internet Girls, The) By Lauren Myracle

Three girls live their lives one text message at a time in this look into what makes teen girls tick. It's boys, right? Some booze? What's the religious one doing with her teacher? Find out in ttyl by Lauren Myracle.

Banned

2007 - New York - Challenged for offensive language, sex acts, drinking, and "crude references to male and female anatomy… and flirtation with a teacher that almost goes too far." Book retained for not glorifying the behavior.

2008 - Texas - parents challenged about sexual content, alcohol, porn, inappropriate teacher student relationships, and profanity. School offers opportunity for parents to limit access to particular books for their children.

2009 - Wisconsin - challenged for the sexual content

2010 - Connecticut - critics cut the style's misuse of grammar and offensive language.

2016 - Florida - Parents of students at Yulee Middle School in Nassau County brought the book series to the media after noticing "paragraphs about sex, to drinking alcohol and stripping" when their children brought the books home. Parent Billie Thrift told news outlet Action News Jax: "It's telling kids to rebel against parents. It's telling them it's OK to party, drink, cuss and do other obscene things in the book. She immediately didn't want to read it, but she was scared she was going to get a bad grade because she didn't finish reading the book she checked out. Personally, I think this is what's wrong with children today. It's books like this and stuff being exposed to our children and it being allowed to being exposed."

On the ALA Top ten frequently challenged books lists of the 21st century since 2007 for offensive language; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group, drugs, and nudity

Sources

Action News Jax - Nassau County parents outraged about school library books with explicit content

Lauren Myracle Website About Page

ALA Top ten frequently challenged books lists of the 21st century

IAMA Reddit

Publisher's Weekly

I'm With the Banned - HuffPost

And the Banned Played On - HuffPost

"Lauren Myracle's 'Internet Girls' series gets revamped for a new age" CSMonitor

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. ALA, 2014

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The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman Part 2

May 8, 2016 00:37:55

Description:

The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials By Philip Pullman

The second part of a book about a little girl who goes off to help her uncle dad with an armored bear to stop her evil mom monkey lady from going to heaven.

Banned

#8 on Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

2007

Halton, Ontario, Canada - trilogy was challenged at a Catholic school district that the books were "written by an atheist where the characters and text are anti-God, anti-Catholic, and anti-religion," pulled from public display be available for students who ask

Calgary, Alberta, Canada - publicly funded Catholic school district removed then returned the books to shelves for anti-religious content

Alamosa, Colorado - pulled then returned to shelves at Ortega Middle School for anti-religious content

Winchester, Kentucky - Challenged because of childhood alcohol and drug (wine and poppy) consumption and anti-religious

Lubbock, Texas - Challenged at Shallowater Middle School for being anti-religious

Oshkosh, Wisconsin - pulled from St John Neumann Middle School and Lourdes High School for "anti-Christian messages."

2008 - Mississauga, Ontario, Canada - retained but added a sticker that said "representations of the church in this novel are purely fictional," and don't reflect real Roman Catholic Church or Gospel of Jesus Christ

OIF claims 513 cases where books were targeted for censorship, of which 74 were successfully banned or restricted.

Sources

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. 2014.

Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

The Religious Controversy Surrounding Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials

Children's writer Philip Pullman ranked second on US banned books list

Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" Trilogy and the Preemptive Censorship of Writers of Color

Banned Books: Catholic League Attacks “His Dark Materials” Trilogy

12 Enlightening Facts About 'His Dark Materials'

The Dark Materials debate: life, God, the universe…

The Golden Compass Is the 2007 film 'The Golden Compass' based on books with anti-religious themes?

Philip Pullman website about page

All his materials: In a rare interview, Philip Pullman tells us his own origin story, and why the great questions are still religious ones

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The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman Part 1

May 1, 2016 00:34:49

Description:

The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials By Philip Pullman

The first part of a book about a little girl who can talk to shiny camping equipment goes on a quest to fight an evil lady with a golden monkey from cutting out people's souls.

Banned

#8 on Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

2007

Halton, Ontario, Canada - trilogy was challenged at a Catholic school district that the books were "written by an atheist where the characters and text are anti-God, anti-Catholic, and anti-religion," pulled from public display be available for students who ask

Calgary, Alberta, Canada - publicly funded Catholic school district removed then returned the books to shelves for anti-religious content

Alamosa, Colorado - pulled then returned to shelves at Ortega Middle School for anti-religious content

Winchester, Kentucky - Challenged because of childhood alcohol and drug (wine and poppy) consumption and anti-religious

Lubbock, Texas - Challenged at Shallowater Middle School for being anti-religious

Oshkosh, Wisconsin - pulled from St John Neumann Middle School and Lourdes High School for "anti-Christian messages."

2008 - Mississauga, Ontario, Canada - retained but added a sticker that said "representations of the church in this novel are purely fictional," and don't reflect real Roman Catholic Church or Gospel of Jesus Christ

OIF claims 513 cases where books were targeted for censorship, of which 74 were successfully banned or restricted.

Sources

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. 2014.

Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

The Religious Controversy Surrounding Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials

Children's writer Philip Pullman ranked second on US banned books list

Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" Trilogy and the Preemptive Censorship of Writers of Color

Banned Books: Catholic League Attacks “His Dark Materials” Trilogy

12 Enlightening Facts About 'His Dark Materials'

The Dark Materials debate: life, God, the universe…

The Golden Compass Is the 2007 film 'The Golden Compass' based on books with anti-religious themes?

Philip Pullman website about page

All his materials: In a rare interview, Philip Pullman tells us his own origin story, and why the great questions are still religious ones

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Agony of Alice by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Apr 24, 2016 00:42:44

Description:

The Agony of Alice By Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Growing up is tough and Alice is agonizing about finding a new mom and pretty much being a weirdo normal kid.

Banned

2000 - Fairfax County, Virginia - was challenged but retained after a parent complained. The book is available only for "small discussion groups for girls only."

2001 - Alice series #7 on ALA Top 10 List for sexually explicit and unsuited to age group

2002

Webb City, Missouri - school library banned several Alice books for their “promotion of homosexuality” and discussion of issues “best left to parents.”

Alice series #2 on ALA Top 10 List for homosexuality, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group

2003 - Alice series #1 on ALA Top 10 List for sexual content, offensive language, and unsuitable for age group

2006 - Alice series #3 on ALA Top 10 List for offensive language and sexually explicit

2011 - Series #6 on ALA Top 10 List for nudity, offensive language, and religious viewpoints

Series is #14 on 100 most frequently challenged books: 1990–1999

Series is #2 on Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

Sources

ALA - Why Have These Books Been Banned/Challenged?

ALA - 100 most frequently challenged books: 1990–1999

ALA - Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

ALA - Top ten frequently challenged books lists of the 21st century

Marshall University Libraries - Alice Series

New Yorker - Growing Up With Alice

Washington Post - Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, oracle for teenagehood, says goodbye to ‘Alice’

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor - Banned Books

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I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Apr 3, 2016 00:34:04

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings By Maya Angelou

Some library news, an autobiography steeped in racial overtones, crimes against children and sex, and then a little alien abduction in the library.

Banned

1983 - Alabama State Textbook Committee because the work preaches "bitterness and hatred against whites."

1987 - Raleigh, North Carolina because of complaints about and eight-year-old gets raped

1988 - Strong, Maine for rape

1990 - Bremerton, Washington for the "graphic" depiction of molestation

1991 - Banning, California after parents complained about child molestation and rape

1992 - Pleasanton, California for sexually explicit language

1993

Haines City High School, Florida library and English curriculum for rape of an eight year old

Columbus, Mississippi as "too sexually explicit to be read by children"

Hooks High School, Texas

1994

Castle Rock, Colorado because it is a "lurid tale of sexual perversion"

Des Moines, Iowa after a parent objected to inappropriately explicit sexual scenes

Austin, Texas because "the book is pornographic, contains profanity, and encourages premarital sex and homosexuality." Children required parental permission.

1995

Gilbert Unified School, Arizona after parents complained it did not represent "traditional values"

Volusia County County Schools, Florida because "It is sexually explicit and promotes cohabitation and rape"

Caddo Parish, Louisiana because of books language and objectionable content. Students petitioned and demonstrated and got it reinstated.

Hendersonville, Beech High School, Tennessee

Danforth High School, Wimberley, Texas

Southlake, Carroll School, Texas deemed it "pornographic" and full of "gross evils"

1996

Moulton, Alabama by School Superintendent, who decided "the poet's descriptions of being raped as a little girl were pornographic."

Round Rock Independent High School, Texas for being too violent.

1997

Folsom Cordova School District, California for containing sexually explicit passages

Wayne County High School, Georgia for the novel's sexual explicitness

Richfield High School, Minnesota for being too explicit

Turrentine Middle School, North Carolina where parents complained of profanity and sexual references

Union Township, Ohio for description of rape at age eight and other sexual content

Mukilteo, Washington for being sexually explicit

1998

Brooksville, Florida for passage about author's rape at age eight and sexual content

Anne Arundel County, Maryland after parents complained the book "portrays white people as being horrible, nasty, stupid people - if a child didn't have negative feelings about white people, this could sow the seeds." Challenge overridden after sexually explicit complaints.

Alamance, North Carolina

1999 - Unity Elementary School, New Hampshire for being "too sexually explicit."

2000 - Poolesville High School, Maryland for sexual content and language

2002

Montana for underage sex, rape, and homosexuality

Fairfax County, Virginia by Parents Against Bad Books in Schools for profanity, drugs, explicit sexual content, and torture.

2006

Annapolis, Maryland for rape scenes and being too mature for age group

Fond du Lac High School, Wisconsin for underage rape and unwanted pregnancy

2007

Coeur d'Alene School District, Idaho

Manheim Township, Pennsylvania for sexual references

2009

California

Ocean View School District for being inappropriate for children

Newman-Crows Landing School District after a trustee questioned staff qualifications to teach a novel depicting African American culture.

2016 - Illinois - Parents and residents wished it be removed from Lemont High School due to sexual content. The school board said the students could read other books in place.

Sources

Doyle, Robert P. "66. Angelou, Maya. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings." Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. American Library Association, 2014. pg 98-99

Raw Story - Illinois parents call for ‘smut’ book ban: ‘We can’t have 18-year-olds reading about sexual issues’

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The BFG by Roald Dahl

Feb 28, 2016 00:55:51

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The BFG By Roald Dahl

Giants are dead all over as Evan tells a story about Granny Wendy losing her whomping stick and the story of Sophie the orphan.

Banned

Cannibalism

1987 - Amana, Iowa for being too mature for the audience, teaching poor values

Sources

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. American Library Association, 2014. pg 144.

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The Witches by Roald Dahl

Feb 21, 2016 01:10:52

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The Witches By Roald Dahl

When a young boy meets up with some witches, he might be losing his damn mind. Roald Dahl, you so crazy!

Banned

#22 ALA Banned List, 1990-199

perceived misogyny. Dahl says that witches can only be women. "I do not wish to speak badly about women," the author writes. "Most women are lovely. But the fact remains that all witches are women. There is no such thing as a male witch. On the other hand, a ghoul is always a male... both are dangerous.  But neither of them is half as dangerous as a REAL WITCH."

"the children misbehave and take retribution on the adults and there's never, ever a consequence for their actions"

Devalues the life of a child

1987 - Amana, Iowa for being “too sophisticated and did not teach moral values”

1989 - Billings, Montana attempt was made wherein Dahl commented the parents had no sense of humor

1990 - Goose Lake, Iowa for violence, mouse turning, and the word “slut”

1991 - Dallas, Oregon for possiblity of turning kids to witchcraft or the occult

1992

Escondido, California for fear of desensitizing kids to violence and increasing the interest in witchcraft

La Mesa-Spring Valley, California for depiction of witches as ordinary women that children cannot defend against and promoting Wiccan and witchcraft

1993

Spenser, Wisconsin for desensitizing children to crimes related to witchcraft

Pennsylvania - Challenged at Pine Forge Elementary School in Boyertown area

1994 - Challenged but retained in Battle Creek, Michigan despite a parent claiming it is “satanic.”

1995 - Stafford, Virginia for “crude language” and encouraging children to be disobediant

1997 - Wichita Falls, Texas for satanic themes

1998 - Dublin, Ohio - “derogatory to children, hurtful to self-esteem, and conflicted with the the [challenger’s] family’s religious and moral beliefs.”

Sources:

Christian Science Monitor

SHmoop

ALA

LA Trobe University

SkepticFiles

Karolides, Nicholas J. et al. 120 Banned Books: Censorship Histories of World Literature. Checkmark Books, 1997. pg 314-320.

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. American Library Association, 2014. pg 145.

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James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

Feb 15, 2016 00:58:58

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James and the Giant Peach By Roald Dahl

Once upon a time, a little boy went on a magical adventure. Except I'm betting it was all in his head because this is some crazy crap featuring bugs, giant produce, and murder in the clouds.

Banned

#50 ALA list, 1990–1999

1991

Florida - Challenged at Deep Creek Elementary in Charlotte Harbor for "not appropriate reading material for young children."

Wisconsin - Challenged at Pederson Elemntary School in Altoona for use of the word "ass" and the parts with wine, tobacco, and snuff.

1992 - Florida

Challenged at the Morton Elementary School library in Brooksville because it promotes drugs and whiskey and has a foul word

Hernando County, Florida - a woman in Hernando County, Florida, took issue with Grasshopper's statement, "I'd rather be fried alive and eaten by a Mexican!", as well as references to snuff, tobacco and whiskey. Her complaints to her 10-year-old daughter's school principal led to review by the regional school board.

1995 - Virginia - Challenged at Stafford County Schools for crude language and encourages children to disobey authority. The book was removed from classrooms and placed in the library where it is restricted

1999 - Texas - Banned from an elementary school in Lufkin for containing the word "ass."

Indian River County, FL - mystical element

Wisconsin - spider licking her lips could be sexual

Toledo, Ohio - book store owner claimed it was advocating communism

Sources

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. 2014.

100 most frequently challenged books: 1990–1999

Favorite Banned Books

Book Slut

Smart Bitches Trashy Books

DeleteCensorship.org

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Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Feb 8, 2016 00:47:24

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower By Stephen Chbosky

Talking about some heavy shit and a long story about a night in a haunted house.

Banned 

2002 - Fairfax, Virginia: Challenged in school libraries by a group called Parents Against Bad Books in Schools for "profanity and descriptions of drug abuse, sexually explicit conduct and torture".

2003 - Massapequa, New York: Removed as a reading assignment in an elective sociology course at the Massapequa High School because of its "offensive content".

2004 - Montgomery County, Texas: Challenged in Montgomery County Memorial Library System along with 15 other young adult books with gay positive themes by the Library Patrons of Texas.

2005

Arizona - Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction sent a letter to charter and public school principals and district superintendents asking them to make sure the book is no longer available for containing sexual references, including a scene where a girl is forced to have oral sex with a boy during a party

Merton, Wisconsin: Retained in the Arrowhead HS curriculum as optional reading. Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction sent a letter to principals and district superintendents asking them to make sure that the book was no longer available to minors or any other students.

2006 - Arlington Heights, Illinois: Retained on the Northwest Suburban HS District 214 reading list along with eight other challenged titles. A newly elected school board member raised the controversy based on excerpts from the books she'd found on the Internet. Chbosky's novel, which contains references to masturbation, homosexuality, and bestiality, got the bulk of the criticism.

2007 - Commack, New York: Challenged on the Commack High School summer reading list because the novel contains a two-page rape scene.

2008 - Portage, Indiana: Removed from Portage High School classrooms for topics such as homosexuality, drug use, and sexual behavior.

2009

Wyoming, Ohio: Challenged on high school district's suggested reading list.

Roanoke, Virginia: Restricted at the William Byrd and Hidden Valley high schools in to juniors and seniors. Freshman and sophomores will need parental permission to check out the book.

West Bend, Wisconsin: Challenged at the West Bend Community Memorial Library as being "obscene or child pornography" in a section designated "Young Adults." The Library board unanimously voted 9-0 to maintain, "without removing, relocating, labeling, or otherwise restricting access," the book in the young adult section at the West Bend Community Memorial Library. The vote was a rejection of a four-month campaign conducted by the citizen's group West Bend Citizens for Safe Libraries to move fiction and nonfiction books from the young adult section to the adult section and label them as containing sexual material.

2011 - Clarkstown, New York: Challenged, but retained, at the Clarkstown North High School despite a parent's complaint about the teen coming-of-age novel, which deals graphically with teenage sex, homosexuality, and bestiality.

2012 - Grandview Heights, Ohio: Challenged as assigned reading at the Grandview Heights High School because the book deals with drugs, alcohol, sex, homosexuality, and abuse.

2013

Tampa, Florida - Challenged on a summer reading list for incoming freshmen at Wharton High School in Tampa (FL) because "it deals with sexual situations and drug use."

Glen Ellyn, Illinois: Removed from 8th-grade classrooms at Hadley Junior High School because of concerns about sexually explicit content and language. In June, the Glen Ellyn Elementary Dicstrict 41 School Board overturned the decision and returned the book to library shelves. Most board members were willing to reinstate the book after assurances from district administrators that a revised parental notification letter would be sent at the start of each school year warning parents that their children could be getting access to sometimes mature content in classroom libraries.

2015 - Wallingford, Conneticut - parent complained about the book’s depiction of homosexuality, sex, masturbation, and a “glorification of alcohol use and drugs,”

2016

Florida - Parents at Pasco Middle School complained about the book's sexual content after a long-term substitute teacher assigned it without reading; after being reviewed, the book was removed from the middle school but retained at the high schools, according to the superintendent

Iowa - The review committee, in a 10-0 decision, has voted in favor of keeping The Perks of Being a Wallflower in Dubuque school curriculums. KWWL reports that at the meeting, over 40 participants stood up and spoke about their personal connection to the book. When the parent who filed for the review, Jodi Lockwood, spoke she asked to rescind her request.

Sources

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom To Read. 2014.

American Bookseller’s Association

Marshall University

ALA Top Ten Frequently Challenged Books

NBC

Huffinton Post

Banned Books Awareness

New York Daily News

ABCActionNews/Tampa Bay Times

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Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Jan 18, 2016 00:29:25

Description:

Bridge to Terabithia By Katherine Paterson

A young boy makes a new friend and is drawn deeper into an evil world of Satanism and the occult, learning sometimes sacrifices must be made.

Banned

1986 - Nebraska - Challenged in Lincoln schools as 6th grade recommended reading because of inclusion of “profanity,” including the phrases “Oh Lord” and “Lord” as expletive.

1990 - Burlington, Connecticut: Challenged as suitable curriculum material because it contains “language and subject matter that set bad examples and give students negative views of life.”

1992

Apple Valley, California: Challenged in Unified School District because of “vulgar language.”

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania: Challenged in school district because of “profanity and references to witchcraft.”

Cleburne, Texas: Challenged because of “profane language.” School board voted to retain book in libraries, but not to include it as required reading.

1993

Oskaloosa, Kansas: Challenge led to new policy requiring teachers to examine all required material for profanities, list each profanity and note number of times it is used in book, and forward list to parents, who must then give written permission for children to read material.

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania: Challenged because of “offensive language.”

1995 - Medway, Maine: Challenged because book uses “swear words.”

1996 - Pulaski Township, Pennsylvania: Removed from 5th grade classrooms of New Brighton Area School District due to “profanity, disrespect for adults, and an elaborate fantasy world” that “might lead to confusion.”

2002 - Cromwell, Connecticut: Challenged in Cromwell middle schools (along with another Newbery Award-winning book, The Witch of Blackbird Pond and the Harry Potter books in general) because they are “satanic [and] a danger to our children.” Argues that the “witchcraft” supposedly displayed in the books equates with the religion of Wicca, and because Wicca is an organized religion, it violates the First Amendment concept against the establishment of religion by the government.

Sources:

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. 2014

University of Minnesota, Dr. Roggenkamp;

ALA Newbery Winners;

ALA Banned Books 1990-1999;

Banned Books Awareness “Bridge to Terabithia”;

American Bookseller’s Association “Connecticut Residents Seek to Ban Two Newbery Medal Winners from School”

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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Dec 27, 2015 00:43:47

Description:

The tale of men of simple pleasures and simple times meeting on hard ways. Also being frozen.

Banned

1953 - Banned in Ireland

1974 - Indiana - Banned in Syracuse

1977

Pennsylvania - Banned in Oil City

South Carolina - Challenged in Greenville by the Fourth Province of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

1979 - Michigan - Challenged but retained in Grand Blanc schools after being called "vulgar and blasphemous"

1980

New York - Challenged in Vernon-Verona-Sherill School District

Ohio - Challenged in Continental

1981 - Arizona - Challenged in Saint David

1982 - Indiana - Challenged in Tell City for "profanity and using God's name in vain"

1983 - Alabama - Banned from classroom use at Scottsboro Skyline HIgh School for profanity

1984 - Tennessee - The Knoxville School Board chairman vowed to have "filthy books" removed from Knoxville's public schools and picked this book as the first target for it's profanity

1987 - Kentucky - Reinstated at the Christian County school libraries and English classes after being challenged for being vulgar and offensive

1988

Illinois - Challenged at the Wheaton-Warrenville Middle school

Michigan - Challenged at the Barrien Springs High School for profanity

West Virginia - Challenged in the Marion County schools

1989

Alabama - Removed from the Northside High School in Tuscaloosa because the book blasphemed

Arkansas - Removed from the White Chapel High School in Pine Bluff after objections from language

Tennessee

Challenged as a summer youth program reading assignment in Chattanooga because 'Steinbeck's known to have an anti-business attitude" as well as "being very questionable about his patriotism"

Challenged in Shelby County schools for offensive language

1990

Kansas - Challenged but retained in Salina tenth-grade English class for profanity and taking "the Lord's name in vain"

Texas - Challenged in the Riviera schools for profanity

1991

California - Challenged by a Fresno parent for profanity and racial slurs but retained and the child given an alternate assignment

Florida - Removed and later returned to the Suwannee High School library for being indecent

Pennsylvania - Challenged as curriculum material at the Ringgold High School in Carroll Township because the novel contained racial slurs

Tennessee - Challenged at the Jacksboro High School because the novel contains blasphemous language, excessive cursing, and sexual overtones

Virginia - Challenged as required reading in the Buckingham County schools for profanity

1992

Alabama - A coalition of community members and clergy in Mobile requested local school officials form a special textbook screening committee. This book was the first target for profanity and "morbid and depressing themes"

California - Challenged at Modesto High school for offensive and racist language

Florida - Challenged in the Duval County public school libraries for profanity, lurid passages about sex, statements defamatory to minorities, God, women, and the disabled.

Iowa - Challenged at the Waterloo schools

Louisiana - Challenged at the Oak Hill High School in Alexandria for profanity

Ohio - Temporarily removed from Hamilton High School after a parent complained about its vulgarity and racial slurs

1993 - Arizona - Challenged at Mingus Union High School because of "profane language, moral statement, treatment of the retarded, and the violent ending"

1994

Georgia - Challenged at the Loganville High School for language

Tennessee - Pulled from a classroom by Putnam County superintendent for language and later reinstated

1995

Georgia - Challenged at the Stephen County Highs School library in Toccoa Falls for language

Kansas - Challenged at Galena school library for language and social implications

Minnesota - Retained at Bemidji schools after challenges to the book's questionable langauge

Virginia - Challenged but retained in Warm Springs High School

1997

Florida - Removed, restored, restricted and eventually retained at the Bay County school in Panama City. A citizen group, 100 Black United, Inc, requested the novel's removal and "any other inadmissible literary books that have racial slurs in them, such as using of the word 'nigger.'"

Illinois - Banned from Washington Junior High School in Peru for being age inappropriate.

Minnesota - Challenged but retained at the Sauk Rapids-Rice High School in St. Cloud after a parent complained of racist language lead to racist behavior and harrassment

Ohio - Challenged but retained in the Louisville high school English class for profanity

1998

Arizona - Challenged but retained in teh Bryan t school library because a parent complained the book "takes God's name in vain fifteen time and uses Jesus's name lightly."

California - Challenged in O'Hara Park Middle School in Oakley for racial epithets

Wisconsin - Challenged at the Barron School District

1999

Pennsylvania - Challenged but retained at West Middlesex High School despite objections to profanity

Wisconsin - Challenged at the Tomah School District for violence and language

2002

Michigan - Challenged in Grandville for racism, profanity and foul language

Mississippi - Banned from George County schools for profanity

2003 - Illinois - Challenged at Normal Community High School  "racial slurs, profanity, violence, and does not represent traditional values." Steinbeck's The Pearl was offered as an alternative, but the family also rejected.

2006 - Pennsylvania - Retained in the Greencastle-Antrim 10th grade English classes after a complaint was filed for "racial slurs" and profanity. 

2007

Iowa - Challenged at the Newton High School for profanity and portrayal of Jesus Christ. 

Kansas - parent challenge in Olathe calling it "worthless, profanity-riddled" and "derogatory towards African Americans, women, and the developmentally disabled."

2014

Minnesota - Challenged but retained in the Brainerd School District despite complaints from two parents who objected to "Jesus Christ" as a curse word, the use of racial slurs for African Americans, and the term "Japs." They argued the book undermined the values of respect they were trying to teach.

Sources

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. 2014.

Guardian, Marshall University Library

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Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

Dec 13, 2015 01:05:03

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Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet) By Orson Scott Card

Ender Wiggin is here to chew bubble gum and kick ass and cry and he’s all out of bubble gum and ass. Because aliens don’t have asses. But don’t tell him, it’s a secret.

Banned

2012 - South Carolina - Aiken - teacher suspended for reading off the approved list after a complaint from a parent that the book was pornographic

2014 - Colorado - Grand Junction - Parent complaint to school board because of violence, language, and renouncing of religion. School kept the book.

Author’s Morman beliefs (according to author)

Sources

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. 2014.

Forbes http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2012/03/19/south-carolina-teacher-suspended-for-reading-enders-game-to-middle-school-students/

Gazette http://gazette.com/colorado-school-panel-rejects-book-ban-for-middle-school-students/article/1540207

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Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg

Nov 30, 2015 00:48:16

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Smilla's Sense of Snow By Peter Hoeg

Can Smilla solve the mystery of the young boy's death and defeat the space worms? I dunno.

Banned

Requested by @biblioteksgudin as part of the patreon!

Sources

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Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume

Nov 9, 2015 01:02:55

Description:

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. By Judy Blume

Meet Margaret. She's a godless child about to embark on the mystery of puberty and boys and other sinful stuff that's really boring in retrospect.

OR

Margaret only wants three things: drugs, sex, and rock and roll. Kidding. She wants religion, boobs, and her period. What a long, strange trip.

Banned 

1980 - Arizona - removed from Gilbert elementary and jr high required parental consent

1982

Alabama - Challenged in the Tuscaloosa School System

Wisconsin - Challenged in Fon du Lac school systems because the book is "sexually offensive and amoral"

1983

Minnesota - Restricted in Zimmerman to students with parental permission. After the Minnesota Civil Liberties Union sued the Elk River, Minnesota school board (1983), the Board reversed its decision.

Ohio - Challenged at the Xenia school libraries; "is built around just two themes: sex and anti-Christian behavior"

1985 - Montana - Challenged as profane, immoral, and offensive but retained in Bozeman school libraries

Sources

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. 2014

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The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

Nov 2, 2015 00:51:39

Description:

The Chocolate War By Robert Cormier

High school cults, library wars, evil teachers, and chocolate. Oh yeah, we had fun with this one.

Banned

1981 - Michigan - Challenged and temporarily removed from the English curriculum in two Lapeer high schools because of "offensive language and explicit descriptions of sexual situations in the book."

1982 - Maryland - Removed from Liberty High School in Westminster for language, violence, and degradation of schools and teachers

1983 - Rhode Island - Challenged at the Richmond High School as being deemed "pornographic" and "repulsive"

1984

Arizona - Removed from Lake Havasu High School freshman reading list. The school board said the teachers were not setting good examples, fostering disrespect in the classroom and failing to support the board. 

South Carolina - Banned from the Richland Two School District middle school libraries in Columbia due to language but later reinstated for eighth graders.

1985

New York - Challenged at Cornwall High School as "Humanistic and destructive of religious and moral beliefs and of national spirit"

Pennsylvania - Banned from the Stroudsburg High School library for being "blatantly graphic, pornographic, and wholly unacceptable for a high school library"

1986

Florida - Removed from Panama City school classrooms for language

Massachusetts - Challenged at Barnstable High School in Hyannis for profanity, masterbation and sexual fantasies, and "ultimately for its pessimistic ending." The novel fostered negative impressions of authority, schools, and religious schools.

1987 - California - Challenged at Moreno Valley Unified School District libraries for profanity, sex, and themes that encourage disrespectful behavior.

1988 - Florida - West Hernando Middle School principal recommended all Cormier's books removed.

1990

Connecticut - Challenged as suitable curriculum material in Harwinton and Burlington schools for profanity and setting bad examples and giving negative views of life

New Hampshire - Suspended from classroom use at Woodsville High School in Haverhill for language, masturbation, sexual fantasies, and derogatory characterizations of a teacher and religious communities

1992 - Connecticut - Challenged at New Milford for language, sex, violence, subjectivity, and negativism

1993 - Arizona - Challenged at Kyrene elementary for masturbation

1994

Georgia - Returned to the Hephzibah High School in Augusta after lack of educational content and a parent said "If they ever send a book like that home with one of my daughters again I will personally burn it and throw the ashes on the principal's desk."

New York - Challenged at Hudson Falls schools for rape, masturbation, violence, and degrading treatment of women

1995

Massachusetts - Challenged at Nauset Regional Middle School in Orleans for profanity and sexually explicit language

Pennsylvania - Challenged at Stroudsburg school sytstem that the book will "foster disobedience."

1996

California - Removed in Riverside Unified School District as inappropriate for seventh and eighth grade to read without sclass discussion for mature themes, sexual situations, and smoking

Pennsylvania - Removed from East Stroudsburg after complaints for language and content

1998

Oklahoma - Banned from Broken Arrow schools as the "antithesis of the district's character development curriculum."

Texas - Removed from Greenville Intermediate School library for "blasphemy, profanity, and graphic sexual passages"

1999 - New York - Challenged on required reading list at Colton schools for masturbation, profanity, disrespect of women, and sexual innuendo

2000

Colorado - Challenged at Silverheels Middle School's supplemental reading material in South Park after parents objected to sexually suggestive language

Massachusetts - Challenged on the eighth grade reading list at Lancaster School District for language and content

Ohio - Challenged at Maple Heights School for teaching immorality

Pennsylvania - REtained as optional reading at Rice Avenue Middle School in Girard after a grandmother found the book offensive and didn't want her grandchild reading it.

Virginia - Challenged in York County due to sexually explicit language

2001

Florida - Challenged but retained at the Dunedin Highland Middle School in St. Petersburg after objections of profanity, masturbation, sexual fantasy, and segments of the book that were considered denigrating to girls

Ohio - Challenged at a Beaver Local Board of Education in Lisbon as "pornographic" 

2002 - Virginia - Challenged along with seventeen other tiles in Fairfax County elementary and secondary libraries by a group called Parents Against Bad Books in Schools after the group contended the book had profanity, drug abuse, sexually explicit content, and torture.

2006

Connecticut - Challenged and retained at King Philip Middle School in West Hartford parents thought it was unsuitable, had language, sexual content, and violence

North Carolina - Challenged for "vulgar and sexually explicit language" by Wake County parents who received support of the ban from Called2Action, a Christian group that says its mission is to “promote and defend our shared family and social values.”

2007

Indiana - Challenged at Coeur d'Alene School District after parents say the book should require parental permission.

Illinois - Challenged at required reading at John H Kinzie Elementary School in Chicago

Maryland - Removed from Harford County High School because it's message of bullying is overshadowed by vulgar language including homophobic slurs. In Nov. 2007, the superintendent reversed the decision. 

Ohio - Challenged at Northridge School in Johnstown because "if these books were a movie, they would be rated R. Why should we be encouraging them to read these books?"

Oregon - Lake Oswego junior high school because the novel is “peppered with profanities, ranging from derogatory slang terms to sexual encounters, and violence.”

Sources

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging our Freedom to Read. 2014.

Banned Books Awareness, AVClub, Marshall University Libraries, Time.

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter #1) by J K Rowling

Oct 19, 2015 01:04:29

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone By J.K. Rowling

The Harry Potter that started it all! Join Evan as he talks about wizards, wizardry, how Hogwarts is a hellscape, and how unicorns are not innocent.

Banned

1999

California - Parent's objected to the book's use in two Moorpark elementary schools

Colorado - Parents objected at Douglas County schools

New York - Parents objected in suburban Buffalo among other districts

South Carolina - Challenged in schools because "the book has a serious tone of death, hate, lack of respect, and sheer evil."

2000

Ontario, Canada - Challenged but retained in the Durham School District because of witchcraft

Brisbane, Australia - Banned from Christian Outreach College library, being considered violent and dangerous

Alabama - Challenged but retained in Arab school libraries, claiming the author "is a member of the occult and the book encourages children to practice witchcraft."

California

Challenged but retained in the Simi Valley School District after a parent complained the book was violent, anti-family, had a religious theme, and lacked educational value.

Challenged but retained at the Orange Grove Elementary School for magic and bad experiences.

Challenged in the Fresno Unified School District by a religious group voicing concerns about sorcery and witchcraft.

Florida - Challenged in six Santa Rosa County schools in Pace for witchcraft.

Iowa - Challenged in Cedar Rapids school libraries because the book romantically portrays witches, warlocks, wizards, goblins, and sorcerers

Illinois - Challenged but retained in Frankfort School District 157-C after parents complained of lying and smart-aleck retorts to adults.

Michigan

Zeeland schools restricted the book to parental permission for fifth to eighth graders as well as no future installments would be purchased. Restrictions were overturned by the superintendent except one: teachers are prohibited from reading the book aloud to students below sixth grade. Restrictions place because the book contained an intense story line, violence, wizardry, and the sucking of animal blood.

Removed from Bridgeport Township public school for promoting witchcraft

New Hampshire - Challenged but retained in the Newfound Area School District in Bristol despite complaints the book was scary.

New York - Challenged at the Salamanca elementary school library for dark themes

Oregon - Challenged in Bend at Three Rivers Elementary school for witchcraft and concerns that the book would lead children to hatred and rebellion

Texas - Restricted to parental permission in the Santa Fe School District because of witchcraft promotion

2001

Florida - Challenged but retained in the Duval County school libraries despite complaint of witchcraft.

New Mexico - Burned in Alamogordo outside Christ Community Church as being "a masterpiece of satanic deception."

Pennsylvania - Challenged in Bucktown's Owen J. Roberts School District because the "books are telling children over and over again that lying, cheating, and stealing are not only acceptable, but that they're cool and cute."

2002

Moscow, Russia - Challenged by a Slavic cultural organization that alleged the stories about magic and wizards could draw students into Satanism

United Arab Emirates - one of 26 books banned from schools that contradicts Islamic and Arab values

Arkansas - Originally challenged for characterizing authority as "stupid" and portrays "good witches and good magic" and placed on restricted access. Parents of a fourth-grader filed a federal lawsuit against the restriction and the federal judge overturned the restriction.

Kentucky - A teacher's prayer group in Russell Springs proposed this for ghosts, cults, and witchcraft as well as fifty other titles for removal. 

2003 - Connecticut - Challenged but retained in the New Haven schools as it "makes witchcraft and wizardry alluring to children"

 

2006 - Georgia - Gwinnett County for guess what, but the school board rejected it. Georgia Board of Education ruled December 14, 2006 that the parent had failed to prove her contention that the series "promote[s} the Wicca religion and therefore that the book's availability in public schools does not constitute advocacy of a religion." On May 29, 2007, Superior Court judge Ronnie Batchelor upheld the Georgia Board of Education's decision to support local school officials. County school board members have said the bo oks are good tools to encourage children to read and to spark creativity and imagination.

2007 - Massachusetts - Removed from the St. Joseph School in Wakefield because the themes of witchcraft and sorcery were inappropriate for a Catholic school.

2010 - Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Salvation Army post refusing to take donations of Harry Potter items because they “promote black magic and the occult.”

Sources

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. 2014.

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Tower Treasure by Franklin W. Dixon (Hardy Boys #1) 40

Oct 12, 2015 00:39:15

Description:

The Tower Treasure By Franklin W. Dixon

The Hardy Boys are on the case when Tower Mansion is robbed and poor people are the worst! Wigs and hobos abound!

Banned

Anti-authority, cops and parents are dumb

Riddled with crime, especially against dumb, greedy rich people

1959 - contained negative racial and gender stereotyping among its supporting and minor characters, many of which would shock modern audiences, but which were also considered unpalatable by readers in 1959 - Mental Floss

1978 - Massachusetts - "In our library traditionally we have never had this kind of mediocre book. Two-to-one my librarians [want to] uphold the superior selections we have," explained Virginia Tashjian, Chief Librarian for Newton, MA, to The Hour in 1978. Also referred to the books as "soap opera narratives."

1980 - Washington - The Spokane Daily Chronicle also noted in 1980 that the library banned Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys titles "be cause they 'lacked literary merit'” but still “retained Braille editions of Playboy magazine."

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A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle

Sep 14, 2015 00:53:10

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A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet) By Madeleine L'Engle

What would happen if you took Lovecraft and made him believe in the power of love? That's the heart and soul of this book, traveling across the stars on the wings of math, facing horrible abominations and alien figures, and finding out the universe ain't so bad after all. While my first reaction as an adult is to reject the ending as too neat, too concise and optimistic in how easily little Meg defeats the monster and saves her family, I see how a young child would love it. Thinking back, I do not remember much about the story when I first read it in sixth grade, but the love of math and the ideas of science that it implanted in me has always stuck. A quick, fun read, this book holds up as a fun entry for children but lacks a strong narrative for adults. Kinda gotta love a big, furry, tentacled, blind creature named Aunt Beast, though.

Banned

#22 on the 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990–2000 from ALA, #90 for 2000-2009

Jerry Falwell Ministries claims it undermines faith and religious beliefs and contains offensive language

1985 - Florida - Challenged but retained at Polk City Elementary where a parent believed it promoted witchcraft, crystal balls, and demons

1990 - Alabama - Challenged at the Anniston schools for sending mix signals about good and evil, as well as a parent complaining the book listed Jesus Christ with other artists and thinkers.

1996 - North Carolina - Challenged but retained by the Catawba Count School Board in Newton after a parent requested for undermining religious beliefs.

Sources

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging the Freedom to Read. 2014.

USAToday

Banned Books Project

Banned Books Awareness

SUVUDO

ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom

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Bumps in the Night by Harry Allard

Sep 7, 2015 00:40:30

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Bumps in the Night (First Choice Chapter Book) By Harry Allard

When evil comes to pray on poor Dudley the Stork, he calls upon his animal friends to help him. Too bad they are all crazy idiots. The quick and funny ghost story is written for just beginning to read children as a first chapter book containing surprises with a bit of complexity in the language. Honestly, the twist at the end is not one I will spoil as written, but it is sure to make you say Hay! I hate puns. Stand out character is the medium Madam Creepy, the mystic alligator. The drawings are fun and in keeping with the artist and writer's other collaborations. A fun time.

Banned#93 on the Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009occult and various supernatural issues, description of families in a derogatory manner and encourages disrespectful language and disobedience to parents1986 - challenged at Wasilla Library, Alaska, retained $9.87

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Carrie by Stephen King

Aug 31, 2015 00:51:31

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Carrie By Stephen King

Meet Carrie. She's a sad and lonely girl who gets picked on until she kills everyone. With super powers. Like you do. The novel is a blend of third person narration and secondary fictional material outlining some history, background, and context for the events of the novel where Carrie gets picked on and kills everyone. This blend can be jarring, but also aids in the suspense. The reader knows where all this bullying, premarital sex, cursing, and general shitty teen behavior will lead as soon as we learn the crazy girl can move things with her mind, but the "nonfiction" additions help stretch out the quick pacing. If you are a Stephen King purist, you already know this book by heart. Everyone else deserves to check it out from the library.

Banned

1975 - Nevada - Challenged at Clark High School Library in Las Vegas, considered “trash.”

1978 - Vermont - Delegated to a special closed shelf at Union High School library in Vergennes citing it could “harm” students, especially “younger girls.”

1987 - Iowa - Book removed from West Lyon Community School library in Larchwood, Iowa cited as “it does not meet the standards of the community.”

1991 - New York - Banned from all of the district libraries of Altmar-Parish-Williamstown, New York.

1994

Pennsylvania - Challenged by a parent in the Junior High East Library located in Boyertown, Pennsylvania. Complaining of “the book’s language,” sexual descriptions and a “satanic killing” sequence.

North Dakota - A minister from Bismarck, North Dakota wanted this book and eight other King novels (Cujo, Christine, The Dead Zone, The Drawing of the Three, The Eyes of the Dragon, Pet Semetary, The Shining, and Thinner), to be banned from the school libraries. He challenged the books because of “age appropriateness.”

Sources

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. 2014.

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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Aug 24, 2015 00:56:27

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Ready Player One: A Novel By Ernest Cline

As a treasure hunt type of novel, when the action revs up, you find yourself turning the pages faster and faster to see what happens next, then going back to see what pop culture references you missed. And that is what makes half this book fun, the references. If you were a child of the 80s that grew up on movies, TV and video games as your primary child rearing devices, this book should hit every chord in your brain bringing back memories on nearly every page. If you don’t know a lot about that kind of stuff... well, the story is enjoyable, just get ready to skip a lot of sections describing in detail various video game scenarios and tricks. A solid book that leans heavily on nostalgia, but still makes you wonder what is going to happen next.

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Aug 17, 2015 01:21:00

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To Kill a Mockingbird By Harper Lee

A novel told from the point of a young girl that deals with racism, sexism, classicism, and violence in the deep south. Join our narrator as he gets into the issues of his homeland and also shares stories about rolling in tires and old pianos in gymnasiums.

Banned

deals with racial injustice, class systems, gender roles, loss of innocence, language, violence, rape, incest and authority

1966 - Virginia - Hanover for immoral use of rape as a plot device

1968 - #2 National Education Association list receiving the most complaints from private organizations

1977 - Minnesota - Eden Valley School Committee for being too laden with profanity, temporary ban

1980 - New York - Vernon-Verona-Sherill School District where "Reverend Carl Hadley threatened to establish a private Christian school because public school libraries contained such "filthy, trashy sex novels" as A Separate Peace and To Kill a Mockingbird"

1981 - Indiana - Warren where "three black parents resigned from the township Human Relations Advisory Council when the Warren County school administration refused to remove the book from Warren junior high school classes. They contended that the book "does psychological damage to the positive integration process and represents institutionalized racism""

1984 - Illinois - Waukegan School District over racial slurs.

1985

Missouri - Kansas City and Park Hill Junior High School for profanity and racial slurs

Arizona - Casa Grande School District "by black parents and the NAACP who charged the book was unfit for junior high use."

1990s - New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, Canada for racial language, “The terminology in this novel subjects students to humiliating experiences that rob them of their self-respect and the respect of their peers. The word ‘nigger’ is used 48 times [in] the novel… We believe that the English Language Arts curriculum in Nova Scotia must enable all students to feel comfortable with ideas, feelings and experiences presented without fear of humiliation… To Kill a Mockingbird is clearly a book that no longer meets these goals and therefore must no longer be used for classroom instruction.”

1995

California - Santa Cruz Schools for racial themes

Louisiana - Caddo Parish's Southwood High School Library for language and objectionable content

1996

Mississippi - Moss Point School District over racial epithet.

Texas - Lindale advanced placement English reading list for “conflicted with the values of the community.”

2000-2009 - #21 on ALA's most frequently challenged books

2001

Georgia - Glynn County School Board for profanity

Oklahoma - removed from Muskogee High School for racial slurs after years of complaints from black students and parents, but returned

2004

Illinois - Normal Community High School as "being degrading to African Americans."

North Carolina - Durham for racial slurs.

2006 - Tennessee - Brentwood Middle School for profanity, sex, rape and incest as well as racial slurs promoting "racial hatred, racial division, racial separation, and promotes white supremacy"

2007 - New Jersey - Cherry Hill Board of Education for objections "to the novel’s depiction of how blacks are treated by members of a racist white community in an Alabama town during the Depression and feared the book would upset black children reading it."

2009 - Canada, Ontario - St. Edmund Campion Secondary School in Brampton due to language and racial slurs

2016 - Virginia - The superintendent of Accomack County Public Schools confirmed the district had removed Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” and Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” after a parent voiced her concerns during a Nov. 15 school board meeting, reported WAVY-TV.

2017 - Mississippi - Removed from the 8th grade course work in Biloxi schools due to "some language in the book that makes people uncomfortable

2018 - Minnesota - Duluth Public Schools removed the book from the curriculum for use of the "n" word.

Sources

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. 2014.

Caron, Christina. "‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Removed From School in Mississippi." New York Times. Retrieved Oct 16, 2017 from

Philips, Kristine. "A school district drops ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ and ‘Huckleberry Finn’ over use of the n-word." Washington Post. Retrieved on 2018 February 9 from https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/education/wp/2018/02/07/a-school-district-drops-to-kill-a-mockingbird-and-huckleberry-finn-over-use-of-the-n-word/?utm_term=.f2df4a0b9d2d

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It's So Amazing by Robie H Harris and Michael Emberley

Jul 15, 2015 00:42:00

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It's So Amazing!: A Book about Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families (The Family Library) By Robie H. Harris

A book about eggs, sperm, birth, babies, families, spawning, tearing free the burden of your own existential horror, and making yourself irrelevant through reproduction.

Banned

2002 - Texas - Residents of Montgomery County, Texas, wanted the books banned from the local public library system. Montgomery County Library Director, Jerilynn Adams Williams, fought the measure for three months before both books were finally allowed to return to the shelves. Williams won the 2003 PEN/Newman’s Own First Amendment Award for her efforts.

2003 - Florida - Relocated from the young adult to the adult section of the Fort Bend County Libraries in Richmond. The same title was recently moved to the restricted section of the Fort Bend School District's media centers after a resident sent an e-mail message to the superintendent expressing concern about the book's content. The Spirit of Freedom Republican Women's Club petitioned the superintendent to have it, along with It's Perfectly Normal: A Book about Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health, moved because they contain "frontal nudity and discussion of homosexual relationship and abortion."

2005

Arkansas - Restricted, but later returned to general circulation shelves with some limits on student access, based on a review committee's recommendations, at the Holt Middle School parent library in Fayetteville, Ark. (2005) despite a parent's complaint that it was sexually explicit.

Wisconsin - Relocated to the reference section of the Northern Hills Elementary school media center in Onalaska, Wis. (2005) because a parent complained about its frank yet kid-friendly discussion of reproduction topics, including sexual intercourse, masturbation, abortion, and homosexuality."

#37 ALA's Most Banned Books 2000-2009

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ALA "Why have these books been banned?"

Banned Books Awareness: “It’s So Amazing” & “It’s Perfectly Normal”

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. 2014.

Marshall University

Connecticut Children's Book Fair

It's Perfectly Normal In The Age Of The Internet

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Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya

Jun 26, 2015 01:01:25

Description:

Bless Me, Ultima By Rudolfo Anaya

A boy and his magical grandmother battle evil while going to church and finding fish gods. Also, the farmer and the cowman can be friends.

Banned

1992 - California - Challenged at the Porterville high schools for "many profane and obscene references, vulgar Spanish words, and glorifies witchcraft and death"

1996 - Texas - Retained on the Round Rock Independent High School Reading list after a challenge that the book was too violent

1999 - California - Removed from the Laton Unified School District for violence and profanity that might harm students after being chosen because the student population is 80 percent Hispanic.

2000 - New York - Challenged at the John Jay High School in Wappingers Falls because the book is "full of sex and cursing"

2005 - Norwood, Colorado, Norwood High School - after the book was removed from reading lists and to be destroyed, the parents asked to burn it - The book was removed by the superintendent after two parents complained about profanity. He gave all copies of the books to the parents who "tossed them in the trash." The superintendent later apologized after students organized an all day sit-in at the school gym. 

2008 - Newman, CAOrestimba High School - removed by the superintendent for being "profane and anti-Catholic." Teachers claimed the superintendent circumvented policy on book challenges and set a dangerous precedent. 

2013 - Driggs, ID, Teton Valley School District - Removed and reinstated after being banned by the superintendent for "profanity and alleged inappropriateness"

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Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. 2014.

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Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Jun 9, 2015 00:52:32

Description:

Where the Wild Things Are By Maurice Sendak

A child gets sent to bed without dinner and in the throes of hunger pains experiences vivid hallucinations of wild things and voyages.

Banned

Banned for being "too dark" and for supernatural themes.

Most accounts are vague, but American Southern libraries and schools seem to be the initial place of the book being challenged.

#24 on the Top 100 most frequently banned/challenged books of 2000-2009

#21 on the Top 100 most frequently banned/challenged books of 1990-1999

1969 column of Ladies Home Journal by child psychologist Bruno Bettelheim called the book "psychologically damaging for 3- and 4-year-olds"

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Banned Books Awareness: Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

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In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak

Jun 2, 2015 00:33:17

Description:

In the Night Kitchen (Caldecott Collection) By Maurice Sendak

A small man is sucked out of his clothes and into a hellish wasteland where he must defeat a cult of baking Hitlers before they give rise to the abomination known as M'ilk.

Banned

1972 - Sendak's editor, Ursula Nordstrom wrote to a librarian who burned the book and commented on librarians and teacher painting over the boy's nudity

1977

Illinois - Banned in Norridge at Pennoyer Elementary after a school board member complained about "nudity without a purpose," but was reinstated in 2012. 

Missouri - Damaged in Springfield by drawing shorts on the nude boy

1985 - Wisconsin - Challenged at the Cunningham Elementary School libraries for nudity

1988 - Illinois - Challenged at the Robeson Elementary School in Champaign because of "gratuitous" nudity

1989 - New Jersey - Challenged at the Camden Elementary school libraries for nudity

1992 - Minnesota - Challenged at the Elk River schools because reading the book "could lay the foundation for future use of pornography"

1994 - Texas - Challenged at the El Paso Public Library because "the little boy pictured did not have any clothes on and it pictured his private area"

2006 - North Carolina - Challenged in the Wake County schools. Parents are getting help from Called2Action, a Christian group that says its mission is to "promote and defend our shared family values."

For fun:

Click here to see James Gandolfini (of The Sopranos) reading the book.

Sendak's Google Doodle featuring the book

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Sources

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. 2014.

Taking the Mickey: Censoring Sendak’s “In the Night Kitchen”

Marshall University "In the Night Kitchen"

Mentalfloss "10 Things You Might Not Know about Maurice Sendak"

Wikipedia "Maurice Sendak"

NY Times "Maurice Sendak, Author of Splendid Nightmares, Dies at 83"

Guardian "Maurice Sendak Interview"

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Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan 30

May 12, 2015 00:57:02

Description:

Killing Mr. Griffin By Lois Duncan

A bunch of kids decide it would be funny to kidnap their teacher but everything goes horribly wrong, mostly because one of them is Bonkers McCrazynuts.

Banned

Contains violence, murder, drinking, drugs, lying to authority, peer pressure and smoking

#25 on Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

1988 - California - Challenged at the Sinnott Elementary School in Milpitas for containing "needlessly foul" language and had no "redeeming qualities"

1992 - California - Removed from Bonsall Middle School eighth-grade reading list because of violence and profanity

1995 - Pennsylvania - Challenged ain the Shenandoah Valley Junior-Senior High School curriculum for violence, language, and unflattering references to God

2000 - Pennsylvania - Challenged in a Bristol Borough middle school for violence and language

2001 - South Carolina - Greenville school board voted to keep the book

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Goodreads

Common Sense Media

American Library Association

American Libraries Magazine

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Draw Me a Star by Eric Carle

May 4, 2015 00:37:09

Description:

Draw Me a Star (Paperstar Book) By Eric Carle

 

An disembodied voice commands an artist to draw a star and the hellish helix of conditioned response spirals out of control. The universe is created and destroyed at the whim of a madman or madwoman and all you, the reader, can do is hold on for dear life. The art's nice, too.

Banned

Texas - Aldine Independent School District (Houston) Magrill Elementary for Sexual Content and Nude illustration

1996 - Washington - Challenged in the elementry school libraries of Edmonds School District for illustrations of nude man and women

1999 - New York - Challenged but retained in the Dorothy B Bunce Elementary School library in Pavilion after parent' objective of an illustrations of nude man and women based on Adamn and Eve mythology

#61 on Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

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Goodreads - Draw Me a Star

Banned and Challenged Books in Texas Public Schools 2002-2003

American Library Association

Illinois Library Association

Google Doodle

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Paper Towns by John Green

Apr 28, 2015 00:44:03

Description:

Paper Towns By John Green A boy likes this girl who helps him realize the world is… something. Fucking teenagers, right?Banned

2014, Pasco County, Florida - The book was removed from a middle school reading list after a parent complained about the book's language, talk of masturbation, and sexual situations. The book was reinstated after multiple complaints.

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Goodreads - John Green

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Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

Apr 14, 2015 00:42:16

Description:

Green Eggs and Ham By Dr.Seuss

Follow Sam I Am as he attempts to gather the soul of another victim by forcing him to eat rotten food through persistence.

Banned

Banned in China until 1991 for its depiction of early Marxism.

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The Moon and the Sun by Vonda N McIntyre

Apr 6, 2015 00:48:27

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The Moon and the Sun By Vonda N. McIntyre

In the court of Louis the Roman Numeral, some dude caught a mermaid, and the French aristocracy proves it will eat anything. Throw in a love story, some courtly junk, and lots of descriptions of bedazzled clothes and you got a long ass book. Will the sea woman be free or will Louis the Sun King eat it and become immortal? Find out, I guess.

Banned

No outright bans or challenges, but I guess the sea person community would be pissed. There's talk about religious intolerance, violence, sex, menstruation, slavery, and tons of bullshit about aristocracy.

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Wikipedia, The Moon and the Sun

Internet Speculative Fiction Database, Vonda N McIntyre

Serena by Ron Rash

Mar 30, 2015 01:07:12

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Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Mar 23, 2015 01:07:11

Description:

Insurgent (Divergent Series) By Veronica Roth

What would happen if one of the Hogwart's Houses started using the Matrix to fuck up and control the other houses? Of course you would get something that wants to be a society based on the insane asylum from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest! Follow Tris as she does little but cower in the face of adversity and pine for her boyfriend in Insurgent.

Banned

The only instance of the word "banned" coming up in context of this book online was for people threatening to remove comments from comment sections of articles where people took this teen novel too seriously.

That being said, it does contain violence, gun use, parental abuse, distrust of authority, distrust of smart people, borderline sexual situations, and long passages about dumb teenage lust that sounded okay when Shakespeare wrote them 400 years ago but kids today should know better.

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Divergent Episode

The Giver Episode (mostly for spelling of "teen dystopia")

Hunger Games Episode (mostly for spelling of "dystopian teen bullshit")

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Divergent by Veronica Roth

Mar 15, 2015 01:08:30

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Divergent (Divergent Series) By Veronica Roth

In the near future, Chicago is divided into factions who value random virtues. Tris, our hero, shows aptitude for various virtues making her Divergent, so she switches from the boring people to the crazy people. While in crazy person land, Tris learns to shoot things and beat up things. Can she overcome her fears and wanting to bone down with her instructor to stop the plot to destroy society? Listen to the podcast and find out!

Or read the book. Whichever.

Banned

The book is full of violence, death, resisting authority, talking back to your elders, underage drinking, sex talk, and bad plotting. The last one is subjective, but I objected to it.

No exact cases

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The Stupids Die by Harry Allard and James Marshall

Mar 8, 2015 00:36:42

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The Stupids Die By Harry G. Allard Jr.

Title: The Stupids Die

Author: Harry Allard, James Marshall (Illustrator)

Publisher and Publication Year: 1985 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1981)

Summary

In this existential tale of woeful stupidity, the Stupid family are faced with their greatest challenge: life. How do they get up in the morning, how do they live, and what the fuck was up with the shower scene. Join our podcast as we delve into the insanity that is The Stupids Die.

Banned

Challenged for the following reasons: reinforcing negative behavior, promoting low self-esteem, encouraging disrespect for authority, use of the word "stupid."

ALA's Top Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009, #62

1998 - Michigan - Removed from the Howard Miller Library in Zeeland with three other Allard books in the series for complaints that children shouldn't refer to anyone as "stupid"

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Sources

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. 2014.

Goodreads

Wikipedia - The Stupids

ALA - Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

University of Connecticut

Kids Reads

Wikipedia - James Marshall

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Asha's Mums by Rosamund Elwin and Michele Paulse

Mar 1, 2015 00:41:55

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Asha's Mums By Rosamund Elwin, Michele Paulse

Title: Asha's Mums

Author: Rosamund Elwin (Author), Michele Paulse (Author), Dawn Lee (Illustrator)

Publisher and Publication Year: Women's Press (UK), 1990

Summary

When her teacher doesn't believe she can have two mothers, Asha goes on a roaring rampage of revenge in this children's book. Or she has her mother's deal with it and there's a bit of a thing in class. Either way, this book was banned in Canada, so you know it pushes all the buttons.

Banned

Main case is from Surrey, British Columbia, Canada in 1997. The school banned the use of children's books depicting same-sex parents in elementary, including this one. A teacher, James Chamberlain, took the school to court, eventually getting a decision from the Supreme Court of Canada that since public schools were secular and non-discriminatory, the ban had no legal justification.

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Freedom To Read

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And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell 20

Feb 22, 2015 00:43:25

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And Tango Makes Three (Classic Board Books) By Justin Richardson, Peter Parnell

Title: And Tango Makes Three

Author: Justin Richardson, Peter Parnell, Henry Cole (Illustrator)

Publisher and Publication Year: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2005

Summary

In a world where penguins are locked up in cages called zoos, two male chinstraps dare to find… whatever it is you call companionship in penguins. Love? Sure. Hot, sweaty penguin love. Then a guy gives them an egg because fuck it, let's see what happens. The thrilling conclusion comes when the egg hatches and the two become daddies. Join us as we talk about And Tango Makes Three.

BannedGeneral:

Some parents and other adults who should stop trying to raise other peoples kids have objected to children reading a book about homosexuality, misreading the whole point of the book entirely.

The idea about comparing penguin love to human love has been found ludicrous by some, which is a pretty good argument because penguins don't have higher brain functions. That being said, "senior penguin keeper Rob Gramzay said that he never saw the pair complete a sex act, but the two did engage in mating rituals like entwining their necks and vocalizing to one another." Co-author Justin Richardson also said “We wrote the book to help parents teach children about same-sex parent families. It's no more an argument in favor of human gay relationships than it is a call for children to swallow their fish whole or sleep on rocks." That being said, the book is also not a call against homosexuality in any way, simply enforcing that families come in all shapes and sizes. Think about that when you read, that humans can learn a lot about forming families.

Specific Cases:

2006

Illinois - Shilo - Parents at Shiloh Elementary School requested the book be allowed checked out with parental permission, but the superintendent vetoed the matter.

Missouri - Moved from children's fiction to nonfiction in Savannah and St. Joseph after parents complained it had homosexual overtones. 

Missouri - Rolling Hills - book moved to nonfiction section by Library Director Barbara Read after parent complains of gay themes.

North Carolina - Charlotte - Superintendent Peter Gorman of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools ordered the book be removed from school libraries. A committee reviewed the decision claiming policy on challenged books were not followed.

2008

California - Lodi Public Library - resident challenged, claiming its "homosexual story line that has been sugarcoated with cute penguins

California - Chico - Three parents complained the book was unsuitable for young children. A school committee voted to retain.

Iowa - Ankeny - parents at local elementary school asked it be restricted for parental check out. School board voted 6 to 1 to keep the book in circulation.

Maryland - Calvert County - Parent requested the book be placed in a section for "alternative or non-traditional families". Another parent also claimed the book should be labeled or removed as being too young for sexuality and that when the penguins "slept together," it was referencing sex. The library board voted to retain the book both times.

Ohio - Dublin - Eli Pinny Elementary retained the book after a parent's concern that the book "is based on one of those subjects that is best discovered by students in another time or in another place."

UK - Withdrawn from two Bristol primary schools following objections from parents.

Virginia - Sterling, Loudoun County - Superintendent Dr. Edgar B Hatrick, after parents complaint, removed book from all school libraries despite staff complaints. The book was returned after Hatrick found "significant procedural errors that he believes void the process followed in this matter."

2009

Minnesota - retained in the Meadowview Elementry School in Farmington despite a paren't concern that "a topic such as seual preference does not belong in a library where it can be obtained by young elementary students."

Missouri - North Kansas City - Challenged but retained after parent's complaints about inappropriate "human sexuality education" and "tries to indoctrinate children about homosexuality."

2011 - Minnesota - Rochester - Pulled and removed from Gibbs Elementary School library but later put back after district policy had not been followed. The parent who challenged the book was required to be present when any item was checked out.

2013 - Utah - Marked for removal in the Davis School District because parents might find it objectionable.

2014 - Singapore - National Library Board (NLB) announced it would destroy three children's books with pro-LGBT families themes as they saw the titles as being "against its 'pro-family' stance following complaints by a parent and its own internal review." The decision was eventually reversed pending review.

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Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. 2014.

Wikipedia

NY Daily News - Singapore bans

Teaching Children Philosophy

Marshall University

NY Daily News ALA Banned Book

"Perceptions of Self and the "Other": An Analysis of Challenges to And Tango Makes Three"

Goodreads

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Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James

Feb 12, 2015 01:20:43

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Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy (Fifty Shades of Grey Series) By E L James Banned

2012

Florida - Pulled but later returned to the Brevard County public libraries "in response to public demand" 

Georgia, and Wisconsin due to the sexual situations - 

2015 - Malaysia - The entire trilogy was banned for containing "sadistic" material and "threat to morality".

The number to the National Domestic Violence hotline is 1-800-799-SAFE (7233). 

Oh holy shit.

Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James is a 2011 self-published book about the sexual relationship of virginal Anastasia Steele and rich sociopath Christian Grey. Throughout the book Grey introduces Steele to the world of sex and stuff happens that resembles a plot. At best the book is a harmless, poorly written erotica novel that caught the attention of sex-starved people looking to fuel their fantasies through characters so lacking in character anyone could slip in their less than sparkly but very Twilight skin like a squishy old shoe on parade day.  At worst the text is a work of the Underdark that shall bring upon the destruction of humanity by causing all who read it to either go insane with lust to the point of reverse-procreation, enter into destructive relationships thinking domination and submission equate with mental abuse, or simply to cause the stupification of the higher mind and leave the reader alone in search of a passion empty and devoid of all fulfilling romance.

Upon release, the book was banned at libraries in Florida, Georgia, and Wisconsin due to the sexual situations it contained. Claiming it was pornography, the libraries chose not to include it despite the public's fascination. Similar bans have happened in Malaysia about the movie made of the book. We can only hope that the libraries of the world follow the example set here and ban the work due to it's alleged demonic origin. That's if the worst case scenario is true. If it is simply just a dumb sex book, then these libraries need to get their heads out of their asses and let the people read the shitty smut rather than find it on the internet like teenagers.

Yes, it really is that bad, laughably so at times with asides like "Oh, shit. I flushed" after an embarrassing situation, making this reader wonder if the editor who published this text is still drinking from the golden goblet of "fuck it, Amazon can't have all the profits." The times it is not laughable come when the sociopathic Grey forces himself onto Ana, and she confuses having an orgasm with not being molested.

Look, people all like passion, being thrown around and sweating and losing ourselves in moments when we know the other person(s) want us, need us, in a carnal and almost violent way. We are animals and deep down in lizard central where the goddess thrives in us all is a need to pass on genetic material through noisy sex. That stuff called "love" and "attachment" is there to keep us going back for more, for staying together in social units for the survival of the young. Where this book falters is the attitude and actions of its characters, wherein a naive Ana is seduced into a Stockholm Syndrome relationship with manipulative sociopath Grey who uses the fact that he's the first orgasm giver to keep getting what he wants and make her believe what he wants is what she wants.

Honestly, if the book didn't have so many tics and quirks of bad writing, I would believe this is a deep character study of an abusive relationship where the abused keeps going back over and over after being hurt and even defending the abuser. That he warns her off does not make him a nice guy because he then pursues her. That he takes care of her, buys her stuff, makes her laugh, all mean nothing if at the end of the day he desires to control her and use her as an outlet for violent tendencies and blame her if it goes farther than she wants because she knew "the rules" and could stop him at any time with a safe word.

I laughed out loud often at the utter disaster at the narrative string of words this book was composed of, but the more I think about it the more I realize how damaging this book is. It is a disguise, an excuse for anyone who wants sex to take it from another with no regard of feelings or intent. I am not into BDSM scenes, but I know that they are consensual and about empowerment, not shame and degradation. If you read this book and enjoy it, understand that everyone deserves to be wanted, needed, and have that crazy sex that curls toes and makes you walk funny the next day. Just know that you are better than anyone who makes you feel like less than you are and that orgasms are cheap against holding and being held in the dark.

Also, don't let the creatures of the Underdark trick you into believing this is a work of fiction. The evil that can belong in the comfort of the lost world is a contrivance of the mind and spirit. Long is the man and the woman who fall in the cold reaches of the empty field of dark minds.  Be in and out and through the world of the golden handholding further mark.

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Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume

Jan 26, 2015 01:10:53

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Tiger Eyes By Judy Blume

When Davey's father dies, she and her family move to New Mexico to deal with all their feelings. And so many feelings happen.

Davey's father dies in a violent shooting at their convenience store, so her, her mother and her brother move down to live with their aunt and uncle in New Mexico. When their mother checks out with grief, the aunt and uncle become very protective. Davey responds to this by making friends with Wolf, a hot dude she met hiking, and Jane, a teen with a drinking problem. After a year, Davey deals with her feelings about, well, everything, and they all go home changed.

The book was banned for teenage depression, mild sex attitudes, religious debates, and underage drinking. It has held a place on the ALA banned books list since the list was made, falling around the 80s out of 100. While there are few accounts reported online after a quick search, the placement on the list shows it is relevant and used forty years after publication.

The book is standard teen fare set up by Blume way back when, copied by many to the point of rather blandness. The overbearing parents and teen angst seem tired but are well executed. Well written and short, the book is good for a quick afternoon and won't frighten away most teengers if you tell them it is all about sex, violence, and drinking.

Banned

1984

Indiana - Challenged at Daleville Elementary due to sexual content

Pennsylvania - Removed from Hanover School District's elementary and secondary libraries, later placed on "restricted shelf," for being "indecent and inappropriate"

Wyoming - Challenged at Casper school libraries

1999 - Louisiana - Removed from the Many Junior High library shelves for sexual content, drinking at school, and language

Sources

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. 2014.

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The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien

Jan 5, 2015 00:25:22

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The Hobbit By J. R. R. Tolkien

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien is a children's fantasy book that kicked the genre in the ass in a big way. Stories of far away, scary lands with magical beings have always been popular, just look at King Arthur and Merlin, but The Hobbit is special in the way National Lampoon's Vacation made family comedies special. Just putting the story on a road seemed to help bring new life.

To say the story has no flaws, however, depends on your willingness to read verse and give a shit about your characters. Many times the dwarves and other characters lapse into song that can be skipped over without losing story. Also, besides going from place to place, the characters do not do very much. There is an internal change, especially in the central character of Bilbo, but overall the party just goes from place to place, gets in trouble, then get saved. They do little except forward the plot with their own need to go somewhere. This is boring save the few times Bilbo hobbits-up and becomes more active, but even then it leads to little but an excuse for a dues ex machina device to come save the day.

The book was banned several times over the years, most notably in 2001 in Alamagordo, New Mexico where a Christian rights group held a book burning. The themes of friendship and striving against adversity were lost among those looking for witchcraft and "satanic themes," so the book has suffered. Overall, however, The Hobbit and the sequel series, The Lord of the Rings, have escaped most detractors due to the strong messages and obvious fantasy elements they contain. Hope, friendship, kindness, and general fighting against adversity for the greater good are themes we can all embrace.

Banned

2001 - New Mexico - Burned in Alamogordo outside Christ Community Church along with other Tolkien novels as satanic.

Sources

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. 2014

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Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Nov 10, 2014 00:31:45

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel By Neil Gaiman

Memory erupts from the mind at the most casual instances. A smell of sharp detergent, a touch of soft fabric, the vision of sun on trees with a cool wind on your face, all these can bring forth the past in detail, emotions and broken dreams of long ago times. Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane is one man’s journey into his past, his childhood. The exploration of this past brings horror and joy, home and comfort that touches on the creation of a dreamer through lost time and the perception of universal truths.

We begin with a man returning home for a funeral and visiting a place where he once knew a girl who believed a small pond was an ocean. The narrator goes into his own past, telling of a suicide that lead to the meeting of the peculiar Hempstock family. While journeying with Lettie Hempstock, the youngest of the family, he brings into the world something old and other that terrorizes him. The other thing is driven from this world but not without great cost, both the Hempstocks and the boy who became a man.

The obvious reference of the tale is Gaiman’s own childhood. He says as much, using it as a way to describe his childhood through metaphors of holes in hearts looking to be filled and the dreamer searching for stories after losing part of his own. If this sounds as though I am being vague in my interpretation of the text, it is because I’m reflecting the feeling of the story. Childhood is nothing but notions and expressions of awakening, of searching without knowing what you are looking for. The otherworldly aspects of the story simply serve to remind the reader that everything when you are young is unknown, that sometimes you have to realize you will never be old enough to grasp the whole of the universe.

Various points in the story touch on writing and reading in ways I can not be sure everyone will find. Speaking from my own experience, several moments and passages cut deep, peeling away beliefs I held and a life I felt I lived. Simply giving context to that statement would expose much of my own belief in the world and my own childhood that I am not sure I want to share in a public forum, yet let’s say somethings are universal no matter if you are in the English countryside fighting monsters or in the piney woods of Mississippi trying to sleep at night. We humans are simple creatures, really, bound to our lives in quiet desperation often shouting into our own voids. Mr. Gaiman has the ability to reach across his void and remind the reader that he or she is not alone, a rare talent and gift the best storytellers possess.

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Hunger Games (series) by Suzanne Collins

Nov 5, 2014 01:20:31

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The Hunger Games Box Set: Foil Edition By Suzanne Collins Banned

2010 - New Hampshire - Challenged by a parent to the Goffstown school board who claimed it gave her 11-year-old nightmares and could numb other students to violence

What if you wanted to kill children in a systematic and fun way? Well, first you’d ravage the environment, centralize the government creating a wild utopia surrounded by disparate states who’d fund the utopia, and then set up an elaborate reality show where in children from these disparate states would battle for the death for the pride of their state. In the Hunger Games, we see this dream come to fruition and succeed and then fail through the eyes of Katniss Everdeen, the girl with the Mockingjay tattoo but really just a pin.

The story of the Hunger Games is old as time itself. Following Katniss, we see her enter into the battle royal against her will and compete for her life while finding sorta love and a sense of purpose while the world collapses around her. The first novel centers on her entrance into the games and the set up of the world, showing how the society is focused on the horrific murder of children by children for children. The second book continues with her post traumatic stress, throwing her back into the games as a way to discredit the martyr she became. The third book centers around the open rebellion and overthrow of the games and the Capitol that creates them, showing the horrors of war and the effect it has on our characters while being fairly poorly planned as a written story. Each builds on the other to a disappointing, yet final ending. Or does it? Sure, why not.

The reason these books are mentioned here are three fold: there’s a movie coming out, they are extremely popular, and they are about child murder. Children in jeopardy is a long held trope in fiction, back when Huckleberry Finn and Treasure Island kid were going off to have adventures and establish themselves as kids dealing with horrific stuff. The Hunger Games series amps up the trauma for today’s youth by having violence, eugenic experiments, and a centralized government that celebrates the horror for entertainment. The twist the later books depend on, that even the good guys can become broken monsters when fighting monsters, also lend credence that humanity as a whole is broken and worthy of destruction by our own hand. Sure, one government murders children in televised games but the approaching new world order did not get there by holding hands and singing “Timber” as the previous government fell. Nobody gets out of the Hunger Games series untouched, even the guy doing it for love who gets brainwashed into becoming a violent killing machine.

The series was clearly rushed in the writing and publication. The first book is a straightforward tale, thought-out and well plotted while the second and third amble along admirably under the same “meet everybody for the first half and go into battle mode for the second half.” The psychology of the characters is interesting and developed if you read into the narrative, but on the surface comes across as boring melodrama between teens in a war setting. The third book suffers the most as the set up is supposed to be a shock to the reader yet comes across as bland and formulaic after the initial reveal wears off. By the end, there is little for our narrator and heroine to do, possibly a theme of the piece but more often than not boring. Come for the child murder but stick around because why not finish these easy to digest books.

Sources

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging our Freedom to Read. 2014

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Desert Places: A Novel of Terror by Blake Crouch

Oct 26, 2014 00:48:43

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Desert Places: A Novel of Terror By Blake Crouch

People are horrible creatures, right? To paraphrase an Internet meme, “we bomb our own, we poison our air and water, and we nailed one of our prominent god figures to a stick.” Violent and wild, the human race controls its environment rather than have our environment control us. So what happens when you take one of these creatures and pit it against its own, take a person who deals in the abstract violence of crime fiction and hand him over to a serial killer? You get Desert Places by Blake Crouch (author of Wayward and Pines, basis of the show Wayward Pines).

The novel tells the story of Andrew Thomas, prominent author, as he deals with a terrorizing figure attempting to educate him in the ways of murder. The serial killer frames him, kidnaps him, and carries out many gruesome acts of violence. Andrew struggles to deal with the situation and turn the tables on his attacker, but in the end, well, this ain’t a happy story.

The plot of the novel reads like a Saw or Hostel novelization. Take a normal guy, put him in an extreme situation filled with graphic violence, and watch him struggle against the forces against him both internal and external. Well written with dark brooding and interesting characters, Desert Places finds its place in horror and dabbles with the psychological aspects of psychopathy. It falls short in proving its point, that some people are just evil and do evil shit, but is entertaining none the less.

Banned

2004 - Mississippi - I found this book as one of, if not the first, books that were ever challenged in my library while I was a professional librarian. A little old lady picked it off the new shelf and was horrified by it, demanding we remove it from the collection. My boss read it and put it up in the fiction section where it died a slow death of non-exposure. I found it again in the book sale and picked it up for a quarter. Now, nearly a decade later, I present it to you.

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Goosebumps: Night of the Living Dummy by R L Stine

Oct 19, 2014 00:33:04

Description:

Night of the Living Dummy (Classic Goosebumps #1) By R.L. Stine

Ready to get terrifying nightmares and the most heart-pounding terror of horror? Too bad, we read Goosebumps: Night of the Living Dummy by R L Stine.

Banned

1996 - Florida - Series was challenged at Bay County elementry schools for "satanic symbolism, disturbing scenes, and dialog"

1997 - Minnesota - Challenged but retained at the Anoka-Hennepin school system

Sources

CNN - Minneapolis, MN

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. 2014.

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Oct 12, 2014 00:43:02

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Gone Girl By Gillian Flynn

The marriage of two crazy people falling down the rabbit hole of insanity.

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Mick Harte Was Here by Barbara Park

Oct 5, 2014 00:50:30

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Mick Harte Was Here By Barbara Park

A young lady talks about her dead brother and we talk about death and FUN. It's pretty dark.

Banned 

1998 - South Carolina - Challenged but retained at Liberty Middle School Library in Seneca after a grandmother complained.

2004 - North Dakota - Challenged, but retained at the Centennial Elementary School library in Fargo after parents complained to school officials that the book contains themes and language inappropriate for elementary students.

Held at Cabell County Public Library

Sources

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging our freedom to read. 2014.

Marshall University 

Bismark Tribune

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Junie B Jones and The Stupid Smelly Bus by Barbara Park 10

Sep 28, 2014 00:38:39

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Junie B. Jones's First Boxed Set Ever! (Books 1-4) By Barbara Park

Some talk about bears and read the best banned book ever.

Banned

ALA Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

1998 - New Jersey - Challenged but retained at Harmony Township school after a parent complained that the book teaches extreme negative emotions (hate) are okay and that the book never resolves the issues it raises or gives ways to handle negative emotions.

Sources

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging our freedom to read. 2014.

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Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

Sep 21, 2014 00:40:00

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Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl By Anne Frank

It's a diary and I feel very uncomfortable talking about it because it's nonficiton... dammit just read this book.

Where did the young adult novel start? Mark Twain and Tom Sawyer? Robert Louis Stevenson with his pirates? Farther back? I have no idea, but for the modern novel written in the voice of youth, I would put my money on Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. The book has been placed on banned lists for its open discussion of the life of a Jewish family in hiding during the Holocaust, particularly newer editions that contain thoughts and descriptions of sex and the female body.

Written by a fourteen-year-old Anne Frank, the book describes her life living in an attic in Amsterdam during the Holocaust. Frank acts the part of a teenager in her prose, often spiteful and harmful in her depictions of her family and the others in the attic, yet with a keen insight and hope into the human condition that shows even in the darkest times people reach for each other. The inspiring words of this young girl, despite or even because of her death in a concentration camp after capture, ring true to even the most cynical heart.

The tale Frank tells in her own voice lays the ground work for later fiction, telling the story from Anne’s point of view. The diary begins before the family goes into hiding and follows their story well, either through editing or simple telling. The building the story to an anti-climax and sucker punch of an ending that saddens even if the reader goes into it knowing what happened. Simply put, Anne brings the reader into her world and charms the hell out of the reader, making the abrupt ending and reports of her death painful and impact all the more.

Opponents of the book range from the detractors of its veracity and parents who do not believe their children should be learning about their bodies at a young age. Over the years, several groups attempted to discredit the diary as a work of fiction despite the work being published by Otto Frank, Anne’s father and the only surviving member of those in the attic, and studies done that proved it true. A new edition of the book had items inserted that had been left out where Anne talked about her body, menstruation, and sex in general, at times almost clinical discussions by Anne of her own vagina. These new sections caused parents to ask the book be removed from school libraries and reading lists or replaced by the old copy. Hiding or erasing parts of uncomfortable truths is part of the human condition, though, something Anne new all too well.

Banned

1982 - Virginia - Challenged in Wise County after several parents complained the book contains sexually offensive passages

1983 - Alabama - Four members of the Alabama State Textbook Committee called for the book's rejection because it is "a real downer."

1998 - Texas - Removed for two months from Baker Middle School in Corpus Christi after two books called the book pornographic. Students waged a letter writing campaign and a review committee recommended the book returned.

2010 - Virginia - Challenged at the Culpeper County public schools after a parent asked her child not be required to read the book aloud. Initial reports stated a version of the book was stopped being assigned for sexual material and homosexual themes. The version, the 50th anniversary edition, would not be taught despite the school not following its own complaint policy. The Internet caught the story and it drew international attention. The book remained part of the curriculum, possibly at another grade level.

2013 - Michigan - Challenged but retained in the Northville middle schools despite anatomical descriptions in the book. Opponents to the challenge wrote that the book shown a positive light on the changing female body as Frank was hiding from Nazis.

Sources

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. 2014.

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Sep 10, 2014 01:10:11

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The Fault in Our Stars By John Green

Two teenagers with cancer fall in love in a very structured story that hammers home the point of life.

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The Giver by Lois Lowry

Aug 24, 2014 01:36:24

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The Giver (Giver Quartet) By Lois Lowry

In a world where everything is the same, one boy gets his mind hole blown open when he meets The Giver.

Banned

1994 - California - Four parents complained violent and sexual passages were inappropriate at Bonita United School District in La Verne and San Dimas and the book was temporarily banned

1995 - Montana - Because of infanticide and euthanasia, students at Columbia Falls require parental permission

1996 - Ohio - Challenged at Lakota High School in Cincinnati

1999

Florida - Challenged but retained at Lake Butler public middle school after a parent complained of infanticide and sexual awakening discussed in the book.

Ohio - Challened at the Troy Intermediate School in Avon Lake after a patron objected to the "mature themes" of suicide, sexuality, and euthanasia

2003 - Missouri - Challenged in Blue Sprints after parents called the book "lewd" and "twisted" and "pleaded for it to be tossed out of the district." After a review by two committees and a recommended retention the controversy continued.

2006 - Kansas - Challenged but retained at the Seaman Unified School district 345 elementary school library.

2007 - California - Two parents in Mt Diablo School District in Concord complained of the descriptions of adolescent pill-popping, suicide, and lethal injections given to babies and the elderly.

Sources

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. 2014

The Giver Banned - Slate.com 

Banned Books Awareness

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Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Aug 18, 2014 01:33:37

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The Lovely Bones By Alice Sebold

A little girl dies, her family falls apart, and the death of a great comedian.

Banned

#74 on Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

2007 - Connecticut - Challenged at the Coleytown Middle School library in Westport. Superintendent noted the book was for mature readers but said that some middle school students may be mature enough

2008 - Massachusetts - moved to the faculty section of John W. McDevitt Middle School library because the content was too frightening for students

2016 - Illinois - Parents and residents wished it be removed from Lemont High School due to sexual content. 

Sources

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging our Freedom to Read. 2014

Raw Story - Illinois parents call for ‘smut’ book ban: ‘We can’t have 18-year-olds reading about sexual issues’

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Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Aug 11, 2014 00:50:00

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Howl's Moving Castle By Diana Wynne Jones

A fairy tale where things all work out in the end unless you count the weird ass body mutilation, witchcraft, and random murder by a demon.

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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz and Stephen Gammell

Aug 1, 2014 00:52:39

Description:

Turn the lights down low, light a campfire, and get ready to hear about Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.

Banned

1990 - Michigan - Challenged at Livonia schools because the poems frightened children

1992

Arizona - Challenged at Neely Elementary School in Gilbert for the occult, devil, and satanism

Connecticut - Challenged at West Hartford elementary and middle school libraries for violence and subject matter

Indiana - challenged in Union County

Washington - Challenged at Lake Washington School District in Kirkland as unacceptably violent for children

1993

Arizona - Complaints about violence and cannibalism lead to restricted access at the Marana Unified School District

Kentucky - Challenged by a parent at Happy Valley Elementary School in Glasgow for being too scary

1994 - Washington - Removed from Vancouver School District elementary school libraries after previous challenges - Evergreen School District libraries also challenged as being "far beyond other scary books"

2001 - Banned for violence, being unsuited to age group, and occult themes

2007 - Banned for insensitivity, violence, being unsuited to age group, and occult/Satanism.

2009 - Banned or challenged for occult/Satanism, religious viewpoint and violence.

2013 - Banned or challenged for being unsuited for age group and violence.

Sources

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. 2014.

Marshall University

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It's Perfectly Normal by Robie H. Harris and Michael Emberley

Jul 22, 2014 00:39:48

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It's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health (The Family Library) By Robie H. Harris

Learn about your body and sexy times in this week's episode.

Banned

1996

Pennsylvania - Challenged at Chester County Library because the book it prompted kids to begin desiring sex and "a clear example of child pornography"

Utah - Challenged at Provo Library for discussions of sex, masturbation, and homosexuality

Washington - Removed from Clover Park School District because parents claimed it was too graphic and "could foster more questions than it answers"

1997

Missouri - Challenged but retained at Mexico-Audrain County Library by a Baptist minister who complained about the title and it's discussion of sex, death, and birth.

North Dakota - Challenged but retained at the Fargo Public Library as "explicit, pornographic, and too easily accessible to children"

1999 - California - Challenged but retained at the Auburn-Placer County Public Library for being sexually explicit

2000 - Massachusettes - Challenged at Holland Public Library due to sexually explicit content and moved from children's to adults section

2001

Alaska - Restricted to elementary school kids with parental permission in Anchorage due to values and because "marriage is mentioned once in the whole book, while homosexual relationships are allocated an entire section"

Florida - Challenged at Marion County Public Library for being pornographic

2002 - Texas - Challenged, but retained, in Montgomery County library system after the Republican Leadership Council characterized the book as "vulgar" and trying to "minimize or even negate that homosexuality is a problem".

2003 - Texas - Moved from the young adult to the adult section of the Fort Bend County Libraries in Richmond. Also moved to the restricted section of the Fort Bend School Districts media centers after a resident complained via email about the book's content.

2005 - Arkansas - Challenged, but retained at the Holt Middle School library in Fayetteville despite a parent's complaint that it was sexually explicit.

2008 - Maine - A Lewiston patron refused to return the book to the Lewiston and Auburn public libraries because she was "sufficiently horrified by the illustrations and sexually graphic, amoral, abnormal contents." A police investigation found the library did not violate the town ordinance against obscenity and the patron will stand trial for theft.

2011 - Florida - Challenged, but retained at the Lee County libraries despite the book's explicit illustrations.

2015 - Missouri - Challenged as an e-book at the Francis Howell middle school libraries in St. Charles because of cartoon nudity.

2016 - Oregon - Rainer parents complained after books used by 6th grade class were left out in view of 4th graders. ""Inappropriate human development and sexuality books were disseminated to students who had library. Procedures have been put into place to make sure this doesn't happen again. All questionable books have been pulled from library shelves." - school's principal

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Right to Read. ALA, 2014.

"Sex ed books pulled from library shelves at Rainier elementary school" KITV.com

"Parents upset after librarian shows children 'graphic' sex education books" TDN.com

Marshall University

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King & King by Linda de Haan and Stern Nijland

Jul 16, 2014 00:40:54

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King and King By Linda de Haan, Stern Nijland

Can a prince find love in a hellish wasteland where Texas has a monarchy?

Banned

2004

Indiana - Moved from children's to adults section in Shelvyville-Shelby County library because a parent considered the homosexual story inappropriate

North Carolina - Restricted to adults in a school's library in Wilmington because the children's book is about a prince who's true love turns out to be another prince.

2005 - Oklahoma -  Challenged by seventy state legislators calling for the book to be removed from the children's section and placed in the adult section of the Metropolitan Library System in Oklahoma City.

2006- Massachusetts - Parents of a Lexington second-grader protested that their son's teacher read the fairy tale about gay marriage to the class without warning the parents first. The book was used as part of a lesson about different types of weddings. Lead to a long fight in U.S. District Court and Court of Appeals against the book being allowed in schools with parents still attempting to go to U.S. Supreme Court after other courts ruled there was no agenda for indoctrination and that public schools could not protect individual students from ideas that could be offensive, particularly if there is "no requirement for the student to agree with or affirm those ideas, or even participate in discussions about them."

2007 - Pennsylvania - Retained at the Lower Macungie library after the donated book was challenged because "let them be kids...and not worry about homosexuality, race and religion. Just let them live freely as kids."

2008 - England - Withdrawn from two Bristol, England primary schools after parents complained the book was unsuitable and that the parents had not been consulted.

Sources

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. ALA, 2014.

Marshall University

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Forever... by Judy Blume

Jul 6, 2014 01:15:15

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Forever . . . (Richard Jackson Book) By Judy Blume

Young love finds itself in a boring story banned so many times it should have its own shelf in the library.

Banned

1982

Orlando, Florida

Park Hill Jr. High School, Missouri for promoting "the stranglehold of humanism on life in America"

Scranton, PA - challenged for language, "masturbation, birth control, and disobedience to parents"

1983

Akron, Ohio - challenged in school libraries

Howard-Suamico High School, Wisconsin - "it demoralizes marital sex."

1984

Cedar Rapids, Iowa - "pornography and explores areas God didn't intend to explore outside of marriage"

Holdrege, Nebraska - challenged and moved to the adult section at the public library for being "pornographic and does not promote the sanctity of life, family life."

1986

Patrick County, Virginia - placed on restricted shelf

Campbell County, Wyoming - challenged in school libraries as pornography and that it would encourage children "to experiment with sexual encounters."

1987

Moreno Valley, California - challenged at school libraries for profanity, sex, and thems that encourage disrespectful behavior

Eliot, Minnesota - challenged at a classroom library for not casting "a responsible role of parents," that the teens of today are not as sex-minded as the characters, and being pornography, creating a bad role model.

1988 - West Hernando Middle School, Florida - school principal recommended it be removed from school library as inappropriate

1992 - Herrin Junior High School, Illinois - placed on reserve to be checked out with parental permission for being "sexually provocative reading."

1993

Schaumburg, Illinois - removed from Frost Junior High School library because "it's basically a sexual 'how-to-do' book for junior high students. It glamorizes [sex] and puts ideas in their heads."

Rib Lake, Wisconsin - Superintendent found the book "sexually explicit" and filed a "request for reconsideration." The book was confiscated by the principal after being placed on the "parental permission shelf." A guidance councilor spoke out against the principal's actions, his contract was not renewed in retaliation, and a federal jury awarded him $394,560.

1994 - Mediapolis School District, Wisconsin - Removed from school libraries for not promoting abstinence or monogamy, and "lacks any aesthetic, literary, or social value." Returned a month later accessible to high school students.

1995

Gainesville, Florida - removed after a science teacher objected to the sexual content and reference to marijuana

Muncie, Indiana - moved to restricted section of high school library requiring written parental permission.

1996 - Wilton School District, Iowa - challenged for sexual content

1997 - Elgin School District U46, Illinois - banned from middle school libraries for sex. Decision upheld in 1999 and returned to shelves in 2002.

2006 - Fayetteville, Arkansas - Challenged in the Fayetteville Middle and Junior High School libraries along with more than 50 other titles as being too sexually explicit and promoting homosexuality.

Sources

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Book: Challenging Our Freedom to Read.

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