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Banned Books Week 2016 Print Page

Read Freely

                                                                  Banned Books Week


Selected titles for adults that have been challenged, restricted, removed, or banned in recent years.

Visit your local public library for more.

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Call Number: Fiction TWAIN,M

A Clockwork Orange

Call Number: Fiction BURGESS,A

The Color Purple

Call Number: Fiction WALKER,A

Gone With the Wind

Call Number: Fiction MITCHELL,M

The Invisible Man

Call Number: Fiction ELLISON,R

The Kite Runner

Call Number: Fiction HOSSEINI,K

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier

Call Number:  741.5973 MOORE


Call Number: Fiction NABOKOV,V

Lovely Bones

Call Number: Fiction SEBOLD,A

A Prayer For Owen Meany

Call Number: Fiction IRVING,J

The Prince of Tides

Call Number:  Fiction CONROY,P

Running With Scissors: a memoir

Call Number: B BURROUGHS,A

Song of Solomon

Call Number: Fiction MORRISON

To Kill a Mockingbird

Call Number: Fiction, LEE,H

Wicked: the life and times of the Wicked Witch of the West

Call Number: Fiction MAGUIRE,G



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More Frequently Challenged Books

2011 #1 Challenged book: TTYL by Lauren Myracle
ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
Reasons: offensive language; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

The Color of Earth (series), by Kim Dong Hwa
Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins
Reasons: anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence
Mom's Having A Baby! A Kid's Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy
, by Dori Hillestad Butler
Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
Absolutely True Diary of a part-time Indian
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: offensive language; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Reasons: nudity; offensive language; religious viewpoint

Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
Reasons: insensitivity; nudity; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit

What My Mother Doesn't Know, by Sonya Sones
Reasons: nudity; offensive language; sexually explicit

Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily Von Ziegesar
Reasons: drugs; offensive language; sexually explicit
Perks of Being a WallflowerEnder's GameWhen it HappensUncle Bobby's Wedding   Handmaid's TaleFeedCarter Finally Gets it
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
Reasons: offensive language; racism

This bibliography represents books challenged, restricted,
removed, or banned in 2012 and 2013 as reported in the
Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom from May 2012 to May 2013.


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Feed - M. T. Anderson
ISBN: 0763617261
Publication Date: 2002-09-23
Challenge: language and trashiness. National Book Award Finalist.

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The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 038549081X
Publication Date: 1998-03-16
Challenge: Sexually explicit, violently graphic and morally corrupt.

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Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card
ISBN: 9780765342294
Publication Date: 2002-02-18
Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards. Challenged as pornographic by high school parent.

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Uncle Bobby's Wedding - Sarah S. Brannen (Illustrator); Sarah Brannen
ISBN: 9780399247125
Publication Date: 2008-03-27
Challenged but retained at public library for subject matter of gay marriage.

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Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian - Sherman Alexie
Call Number: Fiction Alexie, S
Publication Date: 2007
Reasons: offensive language, racism, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and violence.

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky
ISBN: 0671027344
Publication Date: 1999-02-01
Challenge: Book deals with drugs, alcohol, sex, homosexuality and abuse.

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When It Happens - Susane Colasanti
ISBN: 0670060291
Publication Date: 2006-05-04
Challenged as too explicit, but retained in teen section of public library.

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Carter Finally Gets It - Brent Crawford
ISBN: 9781423112471
Publication Date: 2010-05-04
Challenged as "vulgar" by parent in middle school.

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Nickel and Dimed - Barbara Ehrenreich
ISBN: 0805063889
Publication Date: 2001-05-08
Challege: "faddish" "no moral value".

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Looking for Alaska - John Green
ISBN: 0525475060
Publication Date: 2005-03-03
The award-winning, genre-defining debut from #1 bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars Winner of the Michael L. Printz Award Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist New York Times bestseller


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