Anastasia Krupnik by Lois Lowry

by Banned Library in


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

by Banned Library in


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

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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

by Banned Library in


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

by Banned Library in


The Terrorist
By Caroline B. Cooney

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.

Banned

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

2000

Iowa - Challenged but retained despite objections the story negatively depicts the Islamic religion and Arabic people at Franklin Middle School in Cedar Rapids

Maryland - Objections about anti-Arab content caused the book to be objected to but retained at Rockville in Montgomery County

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.

Cooney, Caroline B. The Terrorist. Scholastic Inc. New York, 1997.

 

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Harris and Me by Gary Paulsen

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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

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Olive's Ocean
By Kevin Henkes

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.

Banned

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

Some language, sexual discussions, and death

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

Berman, Matt. "Olive's Ocean Book Review." Common Sense Media. Retrieved on 18 April 21 from https://www.commonsensemedia.org/book-reviews/olives-ocean


Henkes, Kevin. Olive's Ocean. HarperCollins Children's Books. New York, 2003.

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Fat Kid Rules the World by KL Going

by Banned Library in


Fat Kid Rules the World
By K. L. Going

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.

Banned

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

2007

Illinois - Challenged as a suggested summer reading at Alsip Prairie Junior High for being "laced with profanity and other mature content." The district superinendent planned to retain the title along with others.

South Carolina - Removed from the Pickens County middle and high school library shelves for "language, the sexual reference, and drug use… not appropriate for middle-school 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.

Going, K. L. "Fat Kid Rules the World." G. P. Putnam's Sons. New York, 2003.

 

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The Facts Speak for Themselves by Brock Cole 120

by Banned Library in


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.

Banned

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

Contains sex, violence, neglect, codependency, parental abuse, domestic abuse, alcohol use, 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

Cole, Brock. "The Facts Speak For Themselves." Puffin Books. New York, 1997.

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

 

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