The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

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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

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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




Crazy Lady by Jane Leslie Conly

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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.

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Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher

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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.

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The Fighting Ground by Avi

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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

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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.

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Life is Funny by ER Frank

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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.

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Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

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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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We All Fall Down by Robert Cormier

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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

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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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