Anastasia Krupnik by Lois Lowry

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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?


#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.


ALA. "Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009." Retrieved on 17 Aug 01 from

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

Lowry, Lois. Anastasia Krupnik. Yearling, 1979.


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The Giver by Lois Lowry

by Banned Library in

In a world where everything is the same, one boy gets his mind hole blown open when he meets The Giver.


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


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.


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