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What is the difference between a challenged book and a banned book?

When a person challenges a book, they are attempting to remove or restict access to that book. If they are successful, then the book is banned.

 

Banned Book Week

Every year, across the country, books are challenged in schools and libraries for their "inappropriate" content.

Banning books is a challenge to your First Amendment rights and takes away an individual's right to choose material that is appropriate for yourself or your family.

"Celebrate the Freedom to Read" by reading a book from the American Library Association’s (ALA) banned book list.

For more information visit the American Library Association’s (ALA) Banned and Challenged Books website.

 

Top 100 Challenged/Banned Books 2000-2009

Background Information from 2001 to 2010

Over the past ten years, American libraries were faced with 4,660 challenges.

  • 1,536 challenges due to “sexually explicit” material;
  • 1,231 challenges due to “offensive language”;
  • 977 challenges due to material deemed “unsuited to age group”;
  • 553 challenges due to “violence”
  • 370 challenges due to “homosexuality”; and

Further, 121 materials were challenged because they were “anti-family,” and an additional 304 were challenged because of their “religious viewpoints.”

1,720 of these challenges (approximately 37%) were in classrooms; 30% (or1,432) were in school libraries; 24% (or 1,119) took place in public libraries.  There were 32 challenges to college classes; and 106 to academic libraries.  There are isolated cases of challenges to materials made available in or by prisons, special libraries, community groups, and student groups.  The majority of challenges were initiated by parents (almost exactly 48%), while patrons and administrators followed behind (10% each).

Information taken from American Library Association's website http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/banned/frequentlychallenged/21stcenturychallenged/index.cfm

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A Day No Pigs Would Die - Robert Newton Peck
Call Number: WB 813.2 PEC3368D2
ISBN: 0394482352
To a thirteen-year-old Vermont farm boy whose father slaughters pigs for a living, maturity comes early as he learns "doing what's got to be done," especially regarding his pet pig who cannot produce a litter.

Reasons for being challenged/banned:
violence, sexually explicit, animal cruelty

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A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
ISBN: 0679642595
Owen Meany hits a foul ball while playing baseball in the summer of 1953 that kills his best friend's mother, an accident that Owen is sure is the result of divine intervention. Reasons for being challenged/banned:offensive language and sexually explicit

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A Time to Kill - John Grisham
ISBN: 9780385338608
In Clanton, Mississippi, 10-year-old Tonya Hailey is viciously raped and beaten by two white racists—James Louis "Pete" Willard and Billy Ray Cobb.

Reasons for being challenged/banned:
Violence, offensive language and rape

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A Wrinkle in Time - Madeline L'Engle
Call Number: WB 813.2 LEN547W7 1997
ISBN: 0395771544
Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government. Reasons for being challenged/banned: offensive to religions

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Alice in Rapture, Sort of - Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Call Number: WB 813.2 NAY234A5
ISBN: 0689314663
The summer before she enters the seventh grade becomes the summer of Alice's first boyfriend, and she discovers that love is about the most mixed-up thing that can possibly happen to you, especially since she has no mother to go to for advice.

Reasons for being challenged/banned:
offensive language and sexually explicit

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Always Running - Luis Rodriguez
Call Number: HV6439.U72 L77 1994
ISBN: 0671882317
It is a book of a street gang in Los Angeles and of the lives of desperate, impoverished individuals in big cities.

Reasons for being challenged/banned:
Negative stereotypes, violence, offensive language and pornography

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Anastasia Krupnik - Lois Lowry
Call Number: 813.2 LOW956A65
ISBN: 0395286298
Anastasia's 10th year has some good things like falling in love and really getting to know her grandmother and some bad things like finding out about an impending baby brother.

Reasons for being challenged/banned:
offensive language

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And Tango Makes Three - Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
Call Number: WB 813.3 RIC394A6
ISBN: 9780689878459
At New York City's Central Park Zoo, two male penguins fall in love and start a family by taking turns sitting on an abandoned egg until it hatches.

Reasons for being challenged/banned:
Homosexuality

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Are you There God? It's Me, Margaret - Judy Blume
Call Number: WB 813.2 BLU628A 1990
ISBN: 0027109917
Faced with the difficulties of growing up and choosing a religion, a twelve-year-old girl talks over her problems with her own private God.

Reasons for being challenged/banned:
Anti-religion and sexually explicit

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Arming America - Michael Bellasiles
Call Number: HV8059 .B45 2000
ISBN: 0375402101
In search of guns -- Arming of the American people.

Reasons for being challenged/banned:
inaccurate and political viewpoint

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Athletic Shorts - Chris Crutcher
Call Number: WB 813.2 CRU889A8
ISBN: 0440213908
A collection of short stories featuring characters from earlier books by Chris Crutcher.

Reasons for being challenged/banned:
homosexuality and offensive language

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Black Boy - Richard Wright
Call Number: PS3545.R815 Z5 1966
ISBN: 0061443085
An enduring story of one young man's coming off age during a particular time and place, "Black Boy" remains a seminal text in history about what it means to be a man, black, and Southern in America.

Reasons for being challenged/banned:
Sexually explicit, offensive language, and violence

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Bless Me Ultima - Rudolfo Anaya
Call Number: PS3551.N27 B58 1999
ISBN: 0446675369
Chronicles the story of an alienated New Mexico boy who seeks an answer to his questions about life in his relationship with Ultima, a magical healer

Reasons for being challenged/banned:
occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, and violence

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Blood and Chocolate - Annette Curtis Klause
Call Number: WB 813.2 KLA668B5
ISBN: 0385323050
Having fallen for a human boy, a beautiful teenage werewolf must battle both her packmates and the fear of the townspeople to decide where she belongs and with whom.

Reasons for being challenged/banned:
sexually explicit and unsuited to age group

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Blubber - Judy Blume
Call Number: WB 813.2 BLU628B
ISBN: 0440407079
Jill goes along with the rest of the fifth-grade class in tormenting a classmate and then finds out what it's like when she, too, becomes a target. Reasons for being challenged/banned:offensive language, challenges authority, and sexual content

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Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
Call Number: PR6015.U9 B65 1998
ISBN: 9780060929879
A fantasy of the future that sheds a blazing critical light on the present

Reasons for being challenged/banned:
Sexually explicit, offensive language and anti-government

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Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson
Call Number: WB 813.2 PAT27B
ISBN: 0690013590
The life of a ten-year-old boy in rural Virginia expands when he becomes friends with a newcomer who subsequently meets an untimely death trying to reach their hideaway, Terabithia, during a storm.

Reasons for being challenged/banned: occult/satanism and offensive language

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Bumps in the Night - Harry Allard
Call Number: WB 813.1 ALL52B8
ISBN: 0385322828
When he discovers his house is haunted, Dudley Stork enlists the help of his friends to find out what is causing the spooky noises.

Reason for being challenged/banned:
occult/supernatural

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Catcher in the Rye - J. D. Salinger
Call Number: WB 813.2 SAL328C2 2001
ISBN: 0316769177
Account of the mental gropings and disillusionment of a precocious adolescent on his own in New York City for an eventful weekend.

Reasons for being challenged/banned:
Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group

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Crazy - Benjamin Lebert
Call Number: PT2672.E28 C7313 2000
ISBN: 9780375409134
A modern autobiographical coming-of-age novel written when the author was sixteen-years-old. Benni, the protagonist, is partially paralyzed and a serial failure (he's been kicked out of four boarding schools in his short life and has just entered his fifth). So he's a little odd, but he's cool and he finds other strange boys to hang with. Together they set out to experience what they can: girls, booze, sex, philosophy, drugs, sex, books, music, sex, pretty much everything whatever. Reasons for being challenged/banned: sexual content, offensive language and being unsuited to age group

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Crazy Lady - Jane Leslie Conly
Call Number: WB 813.2 CON7614C
ISBN: 0060213574
As he tries to come to terms with his mother's death, Vernon finds solace in his growing relationship with the neighborhood outcasts, an alcoholic and her retarded son.

Reasons for being challenged/banned:
offensive language

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Cut - Patricia McCormick
Call Number: WB 813.2 MCC136C8
ISBN: 1886910618
While confined to a mental hospital, thirteen-year-old Callie slowly comes to understand some of the reasons behind her self-mutilation, and gradually starts to get better Reasons for being challenged/banned: unsuited for age group

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Daughters of Eve - Lois Duncan
ISBN: 9780440918646
A high school teacher uses the guise of feminist philosophy to manipulate the lives of a group of girls with chilling results

Reasons for being challenged/banned:
Offensive language and sexually explicit

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Deal With It! - Esther Drill
ISBN: 9780671041571
A guide for teenage girls on ways of coping with problems involving self-esteem, parents, friendship, sexuality, alcohol, drugs, and other subjects

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Draw Me a Star - Eric Carle
Call Number: WB 813.3 CAR19D6
ISBN: 0399218777
An artist's drawing of a star begins the creation of an entire universe around him as each successive pictured object requests that he draw more.

Reasons for being challenged/banned:
sexual content and nudity

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Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
Call Number: WB 813.2 BRA727F
ISBN: 0345342968
This science fiction tale concerns censorship and anti-intellectualism, carried on in an alternate society that conducts huge book burnings as part of the social agenda. Guy Montag is the main character, a man whose job it is to burn books.

Reason for being challenged/banned:
Offensive language

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Fallen Angels - Walter Dean Myers
Call Number: 813.2 MYE99F2
ISBN: 0590409425
Seventeen-year-old Richie Perry, just out of his Harlem high school, enlists in the Army in the summer of 1967 and spends a devastating year on active duty in Vietnam.

Reasons for being challenged/banned:
offensive language, racism, violence, and being unsuited to age group

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Forever - Judy Blume
Call Number: WB 813.2 BLU628F6
ISBN: 9780689849732
Two high school seniors believe their love to be so strong that it will last forever.

Reasons for being challenged/banned:
sexually explicit

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Go Ask Alice - Anonymous
Call Number: WB 813.2 GO53
ISBN: 1416914633
Based on the diary of a fifteen-year-old drug user chronicling her struggle to escape the pull of the drug world.

Reasons for being challenged/banned:
drugs

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Grendel - John Gardner
Call Number: PS3557.A712 G7 1989
ISBN: 0679723110
The Beowulf story retold from the monster's point of view reveals the darker side of human nature and values.

Reasons for being challenged/banned:
Anti-religious and offensive language

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J. K. Rowling
Call Number: WB 813.2 ROW797C4
ISBN: 0439064864
When the Chamber of Secrets is opened again at the Hogswart School for Witchcraft and Wizardry, second-year student Harry Potter finds himself in danger from a dark power that has once more been released on the school.

Reasons for being challenged/banned:
Reasons: occult/Satanism

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J. K. Rowling
Call Number: WB 813.2 ROW797D4
ISBN: 9780545010221
Burdened with the dark, dangerous, and seemingly impossible task of locating and destroying Voldemort's remaining Horcruxes, Harry, feeling alone and uncertain about his future, struggles to find the inner strength he needs to follow the path set out before him.

Reasons for being challenged/banned:
Reasons: occult/Satanism

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J. K. Rowling
Call Number: WB 813.2 ROW797G6
ISBN: 0439139597
Fourteen-year-old Harry Potter joins the Weasleys at the Quidditch World Cup, then enters his fourth year at Hogwarts Academy where he is mysteriously entered in an unusual contest that challenges his wizarding skills, friendships and character, amid signs that an old enemy is growing stronger.

Reasons for being challenged/banned:
Reasons: occult/Satanism

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - J. K. Rowling
Call Number: WB 813.2 ROW797H2
ISBN: 0439784549
Sixth-year Hogwarts student Harry Potter gains valuable insights into the boy Voldemort once was, even as his own world is transformed by maturing friendships, schoolwork assistance from an unexpected source, and devastating losses.

Reasons for being challenged/banned:
Reasons: occult/Satanism

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - J. K. Rowling
Call Number: WB 813.2 ROW797O7
ISBN: 0439567610
When the government of the magic world and authorities at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry refuse to believe in the growing threat of a freshly revived Lord Voldemort, fifteen-year-old Harry Potter finds support from his loyal friends in facingthe evil wizard and other new terrors.

Reasons for being challenged/banned:
Reasons: occult/Satanism

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - J. K. Rowling
Call Number: WB 813.2 ROW797P7
ISBN: 0439136350
During his third year at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry Potter must confront the devious and dangerous wizard responsible for his parents' deaths.

Reasons for being challenged/banned:
Reasons: occult/Satanism

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J. K. Rowling
Call Number: WB 813.2 ROW797S6
ISBN: 0590353403
Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches.

Reasons for being challenged/banned:
Reasons: occult/Satanism

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou
Call Number: E185.97.A56 A3 1969
ISBN: 0394429869
A black woman recalls the anguish of her childhood in Arkansas and her adolescence in northern slums.

Reasons for being challenged/banned:
sexually explicit

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I Saw Esau - Iona Opte
Call Number: WB 811 OPI3I
ISBN: 1564020460
A collection of rhymes and riddles traditionally passed on orally from child to child.

Reason for being challenged/banned:
Inappropriate for age group

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In the Night Kitchen - maurice Sendak
Call Number: WB 813.3 SEN55I6
ISBN: 9780060266684
A little boy's dream-fantasy in which he helps three fat bakers get milk for their cake batter.

Reason for being challenged/banned:
nudity

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It's Perfectly Normal - Robie Harris
Call Number: WB 612.6 HAR243I8
ISBN: 1564021998
Lots of questions -- What is sex? -- Our bodies -- Puberty --Families and babies -- Decisions -- Staying healthy.

Reasons for being challenged/banned:
sex education and sexually explicit

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It's So Amazing - Robie Harris
Call Number: 612.6 HAR243I9 (WB) Teachers' Resource Collection
ISBN: 9780763613211
Uses bird and bee cartoon characters to present straightforward explanations of topics related to sexual development, love, reproduction, adoption, sexually transmitted diseases, and more

Reasons for being challenged/banned:
sex education and sexual content

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Julie of the Wolves - Jean Craighead George
Call Number: WB 813.2 GEO29J
ISBN: 0060219432
While running away from home and an unwanted marriage, a thirteen-year-old Eskimo girl becomes lost on the North Slope of Alaska and is befriended by a wolf pack.

Reasons for being challenged/banned:
unsuited to age group and violence

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Junie B. Jones - Barbara Park
Call Number: WB 813.2 PAR2198J23
ISBN: 0679826424
Junie B. Jones is first introduced as a kindergartener and is currently a first grader. Junie B. Jones exemplifies many of the comical aspects of childhood: fear of monsters, grammatical errors, dealing with siblings, the first day of school and innocent crushes.

Reason for being challenged/banned:
Emotions of hatred

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Kaffir Boy - Mark Mathabane
Call Number: WB 921 MAT42M
ISBN: 0833502115
The true story of a Black youth's coming of age in Apartheid South Africa

Reasons for being challenged/banned:
racism, sexually explicit

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Killing Mr. Griffin - Lois Duncan
Call Number: WB 813.2 DUN913K4
ISBN: 0440945151
A teenager casually suggests playing a cruel trick on the English teacher, but did he intend it to end with murder?

Reasons for being challenge/banned:
violence and offensive language

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King and King - Linda de Haan
Call Number: WB 813.3 HAA111K4
ISBN: 9781582460611
When the queen insists that the prince get married and take over as king, the search for a suitable mate does not turn out as expected.

Reasons for being challenged/banned:
Homosexuality

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My Brother Sam is Dead - James Lincoln Collier
Call Number: WB 813.2 COL69M
ISBN: 0439783607
Recounts the tragedy that strikes the Meeker family during the Revolution when one son joins the rebel forces while the rest of the family tries to stay neutral in a Tory town.

Reasons for being challenged/banned:
offensive language, violence, alcohol, unpatriotic views

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Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
Call Number: WB 813.2 STE34O
ISBN: 0553110098
In Depression-era California, two migrant workers dream of better days on a spread of their own until an act of unintentional violence leads to tragic consequences.

Reasons for being challenged/banned:
offensive language, racism, and violence

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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry - Mildred Taylor
Call Number: WB 813.2 TAY199R56
ISBN: 0142401129
A black family living in the South during the 1930's are faced with prejudice and discrimination which their children don't understand.

Reasons for being challenged/banned:
Racism and inappropriate for age group

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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark - Alvin Schwartz
Call Number: WB 398 SCH95S
ISBN: 0397319266
Stories of ghosts and witches, "jump" stories, scary songs, and modern-day scary stories.

Reasons for being challenged/banned:
occult/Satanism, religious viewpoint, and violence

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Shade's Children - Garth Nix
ISBN: 9780007232123
In a savage postnuclear world, four young fugitives attempt to overthrow the bloodthirsty rule of the Overlords with the help of Shade, their mysterious mentor.

Reason for being challenged/banned:
Inappropriate for age group

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Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut
Call Number: WB 813.2 VON896S5
ISBN: 0440180295
Billy Pilgrim, a traumatized American POW who survived the Dresden bombing during World War II, becomes unstuck in time after he is abducted by aliens. Under their watchful gaze, he must relive his life over and over again, coming at last to some understanding of the human comedy.

Reasons for being challenged/banned:
Offensive language, violence, and explicit sexuality.

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Snow Falling on Cedars - David Guterson
Call Number: PS3557.U846 S65 1994
ISBN: 0151001006
This mesmerizing exploration of war, love, prejudice, and justice culminates in a dramatic courtroom scene. On a small island in Puget Sound, a Japanese fisherman, accused of killing another fisherman in 1954, faces the kind of prejudice that supposedly disappeared after World War II.

Reasons for being challenged/banned:
violence, racism, sexually explicit.

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So Far From the Bamboo Grove - Yoko Watkins
Call Number: WB 813.2 WAT328S6
ISBN: 0688131158
A fictionalized autobiography in which eleven-year-old Yoko escapes from Korea to Japan with her mother and sister at the end of World War II.

Reasons for being challenged/banned:
Violence and stereotypes

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Song of Solomon - Toni Morrison
Call Number: PS3563.O8749 S66 1977
ISBN: 0394497848
Milkman Dead was born shortly after a neighborhood eccentric hurled himself off a rooftop in a vain attempt at flight. For the rest of his life he, too, will be trying to fly.

Reasons for being challenged/banned:
offensive language

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Speak - Laurie Halse Anderson
Call Number: WB 813.2 AND235S7
ISBN: 0142414735
A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect on Melinda's freshman year in high school.

Reason for being challenged/banned:
describes rape

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Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes - Chris Crutcher
Call Number: WB 813.2 CRU889S8
ISBN: 0688115527
A suspense novel, with dark humor, about friendship, fear, and making the best of a bad situation. Sarah's hands and face were burned when she was young; Eric was a fat child. They were inseparable as children and became masters at getting back at those who taunted them. Then the truth of Sarah's horrific past catches up with her. Eric must try to help her deal with her pain.

Reasons for being challenged/banned:
Anti-religion and offensive language

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Summer of my German Soldier - Bette Green
Call Number: WB 813.2 GRE8292SU
ISBN: 9780141306360
Sheltering an escaped German prisoner of war is the beginning of some shattering experiences for a 12-year-old Jewish girl in Arkansas.

Reasons for being challenged/banned:
offensive language, racism, sexually explicit

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
Call Number: WB 813.2 TWA91A2
ISBN: 0520266102
A nineteenth-century boy, floating down the Mississippi on a raft with a runaway slave, becomes involved with a feuding family, two scoundrels pretending to be royalty, and Tom Sawyer's aunt, who mistakes him for Tom.

Reasons for being challenged/banned:
racism

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The Amber Spyglass - Philip pullman
Call Number: WB 813.2 PUL967A6
ISBN: 0679879269
Lyra and Will find themselves at the center of a battle between the forces of the Authority and those gathered by Lyra's father, Lord Asriel.

Reasons for being challenged/banned:
political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, and violence

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The Bluest Eye - Toni Morrison
Call Number: PS3563.O8749 B55 1993
ISBN: 0679433732
Pecola Breedlove, a young black girl, prays every day for beauty. Mocked by other children for the dark skin, curly hair, and brown eyes that set her apart, she yearns for normalcy, for the blond hair and blue eyes that she believes will allow her to finally fit in.Yet as her dream grows more fervent, her life slowly starts to disintegrate in the face of adversity and strife. A powerful examination of our obsession with beauty and conformity, Toni Morrison’s virtuosic first novel asks powerful questions about race, class, and gender with the subtlety and grace that have always characterized her writing.

Reasons for being challenged/banned:
offensive language, sexually explicity, and unsuited to age group

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The Boy Who Lost His Face - Louis Sachar
ISBN: 0679886222
David receives a curse from an elderly woman he has helped his schoolmates attack, and he learns to regret his weakness in pandering to others for the sake of popularity before new friends and a very nice girl help him to be a stronger, more assertive person

Reasons for being challenged/banned:
offensive language and inappropriate for age group

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The Chocolate War - Robert Cormier
Call Number: WB 813.2 COR814C4 2004
ISBN: 0375829873
A high school freshman discovers the devastating consequences of refusing to join in the school's annual fund raising drive and arousing the wrath of the school bullies.

Reasons for being challenged/banned:
Nudity, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group

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The Color Purple - Alice Walker
Call Number: PS3573.A425 C6
ISBN: 0156031825
The lives of two sisters--Nettie, a missionary in Africa, and Celie, a Southern woman married to a man she hates--are revealed in a series of letters exchanged over thirty years.

Reasons for being challenged/banned:
explicit sexuality, profanity, violence, and use of drugs.

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The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things - Carolyn Mackler
Call Number: WB 813.2 MAC218E2
ISBN: 9780763619589
Feeling like she does not fit in with the other members of her family, who are all thin, brilliant, and good-looking, fifteen-year-old Virginia tries to deal with her self-image, her first physical relationship, and her disillusionment with some of the people closest to her.

Reasons for being challenged/banned:
Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group

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The Face on the Milk Carton - Caroline B. Conney
Call Number: WB 813.2 COO782F3
ISBN: 038532328X
A photograph of a missing girl on a milk carton leads Janie on a search for her real identity.

Reasons for being challenged/banned:
sexually explicit, anti-authority

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The Giver - Lois Lowry
Call Number: WB 813.2 LOW956G4
ISBN: 0395645662
Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.

Reasons for being challenged/banned:
sexually explicit, having occult themes, and violence.

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The Golden Compass - Philip Pullman
Call Number: WB 813.2 PUL967G6 2006
ISBN: 0375838309
Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North.

Reasons for being challenged/banned:
political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, and violence

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The Great Gilly Hopkins - Katherine Paterson
Call Number: WB 813.2 PAT27G
ISBN: 0690038372
An eleven-year-old foster child tries to cope with her longings and fears as she schemes against everyone who tries to be friendly.

Reasons for being challenged/banned:
offensive language

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The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
Call Number: PR9199.3.A8 H3 1986
ISBN: 0395404258
Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Reasons for being challenged/banned: sexually explicit and offensive to religions

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The House of the Spirits - Isabel Allende
Call Number: PQ8098.1.L54 C313 1985
ISBN: 0394539079
The Trueba family’s passions, struggles, and secrets span three generations and a century of violent social change, culminating in a crisis that brings the proud and tyrannical patriarch and his beloved granddaughter to opposite sides of the barricades. Against a backdrop of revolution and counterrevolution, Allende brings to life a family whose private bonds of love and hatred are more complex and enduring than the political allegiances that set them at odds.

Reason for being challenged/banned:
sexually explicit

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The Joy of Gay Sex - Dr. Charles Silverstein
ISBN: 9780060012748
First published in 1977, "The Joy of Gay Sex became an immediate bestseller and a touchstone of the emerging gay consciousness, offering a delectable first glimpse of gay life and love for countless gay men. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, it has remained an essential reference for gay men worldwide. Reasons for being challenged/banned: Homosexuality and sexual content

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The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
Call Number: PS3608.O832 K58 2003
ISBN: 1573222453
Traces the unlikely friendship of a wealthy Afghan youth and a servant's son in a tale that spans the final days of Afghanistan's monarchy through the atrocities of the present day.

Reasons for being challenged/banned:
offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group

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The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
Call Number: PS3619.E26 L68 2002
ISBN: 0316666343
This is the tale of family, memory, love, and living told by 14-year-old Susie Salmon, who is already in heaven. Through the voice of a precocious teenage girl, Susie relates the awful events of her death and builds out of her family's grief a hopeful and joyful story.

Reason for being challenged/banned:
Inappropriate for age group

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky
Call Number: WB 813.3 CHB399P3
ISBN: 9780613237529
A coming of age novel about Charlie, a freshman in high school who is a wallflower, shy and introspective, and very intelligent. He deals with the usual teen problems, but also with the suicide of his best friend.

Reasons for being challenged/banned:
Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Anti-Family, Offensive Language, Religious Viewpoint, Drugs, Suicide

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The Stupids (series) - Harry Allard
Call Number: WB 813.1 ALL52S
ISBN: 0395185130
The Stupid family and their dog Kitty have a fun-filled day doing ridiculous things.

Reason for being challenged/banned:
Anti-authority

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The Subtle Knife - Philip Pullman
Call Number: WB 813.2 PUL967S8
ISBN: 0679879250
As the boundaries between worlds begin to dissolve, Lyra and her daemon help Will Parry in his search for his father and for a powerful, magical knife.

Reasons for being challenged/banned:
political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, and violence

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The Terrorist - Caroline B. Cooney
ISBN: 0590228536
Sixteen-year-old Laura, an American living in London, tries to find the person responsible for the death of her younger brother Billy, who has been killed by a terrorist bomb

Reason for being challenged/banned:
negative images of the Islamic religion

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The Things They Carried - Tim O'Brien
Call Number: PS3565.B75 T48 1990
ISBN: 0618706410
A collection of related stories about a platoon of American soldiers in the Vietnam War

Reason for being challenged/banned:
offensive language

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The Upstairs Room - Johanna Reiss
Call Number: WB 940.53 REI27U
ISBN: 0690851278
A Dutch Jewish girl describes the two-and-one-half years she spent in hiding in the upstairs bedroom of a farmer's house during World War II

Reason for being challenged/banned:
offensive language

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To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
Call Number: PS3562.E353 T6 1999
ISBN: 9780060194994
The explosion of racial hate in an Alabama town is viewed by a little girl whose father defends an African American man accused of rape.

Reasons for being challenged/banned:
Racism, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group

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What's Happening to My Body Book - Lynda Madaras
ISBN: 9781557047656
Discusses the changes that take place in a boy's body during puberty, including information on the body's changing size and shape, the growth spurt, reproductive organs, pubic hair, beards, pimples, voice changes, wet dreams, and puberty in girls

Reasons for being challenged/banned:
sex education and sexual content

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When Dad Killed Mom - Julius Lester
ISBN: 9780152046989
When Jenna and Jeremy's father shoots and kills their artist mother, they struggle to slowly rebuild a functioning family

Reasons for being challenged/banned:
Homosexuality, violence, inappropriate for age group and troubled children

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