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Banned Books Display 2022: 2010-2019 List

The American Library Association’s “Top 100 Most Banned and Challenged Books: 2010-2019”

  • Read this list at the ALA's web site here. Books are listed by how frequently they've been challenged.
  • Information about bans and challenges came from here or here, or from other web sites.
  • Summaries were provided by publishers, and are not critical reviews.
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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Sherman Alexie Main 3rd floor PS3551.L35774 A27 2017

Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Challenged for profanity and scenes considered sexually explicit.

 

Captain Underpants (series) Dav Pilkey Aderhold 2nd floor Curriculum Materials Library PZ7 .P63123 Ad 1997  

Adventures of Captain Underpants (Book 1) When George and Harold hypnotize their principal into thinking that he is the superhero Captain Underpants, he leads them to the lair of the nefarious Dr. Diaper, where they must defeat his evil robot henchmen. Challenged for offensive language, violence, and being unsuited to age group.

 

Th1rteen R3asons Why Jay Asher Main 1st floor Circulation Desk Juv PZ7 .A8155 Th 2007

When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's voice recounting the events leading up to her death. Challenged for drug and alcohol use, sexual content, and suicide.

 

Looking for Alaska John Green 

Challenged for offensive language and sexual situations.

 

George Alex Gino Aderhold 2nd floor Curriculum Materials Library Juv PZ7.1.G566 Geo 2015

When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she's not a boy. She knows she's a girl. George thinks she'll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte's Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can't even try out for the part ... because she's a boy. With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte -- but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all." Challenged for language, references  inappropriate for young children, and a transgender protagonist.

 

And Tango Makes Three Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell Aderhold 2nd floor Curriculum Materials Library Juv PZ10.3.R52 An 2015

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. Challenged for being anti-family and unsuited for age group.  

 

Drama Raina Telgemeier Aderhold 2nd floor Curriculum Materials Library Juv PZ7.7.T45 Dr 2012  

Callie loves theater. And while she would totally try out for her middle school's production of Moon Over Mississippi, she's a terrible singer. Instead she's the set designer for the stage crew, and this year she's determined to create a set worthy of Broadway on a middle-school budget. But how can she, when she doesn't know much about carpentry, ticket sales are down, and the crew members are having trouble working together? Not to mention the onstage AND offstage drama that occurs once the actors are chosen, and when two cute brothers enter the picture, things get even crazier! Challenged for LGBTQIA+ characters, offensive political viewpoints, sexual explicitness.

 

Fifty Shades Trilogy Main 1st floor Circulation Desk PR6110.A4555 F56 2012

Fifty Shades of Grey (Book 1) When literature student Anastasia Steele is drafted to interview the successful young entrepreneur Christian Grey for her campus magazine, she finds him attractive, enigmatic and intimidating. Convinced their meeting went badly, she tries to put Grey out of her mind -- until he happens to turn up at the out-of-town hardware store where she works part-time. Challenged for being sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and other concerns, i.e. “poorly written” and “a group of teenagers will want to try it.”

 

Internet Girls (series) Lauren Myracle Aderhold 2nd floor Curriculum Materials Library Juv PZ7 .M9955 Tt 2004 and E-Books

ttyl (Book 1) Chronicles, in "instant message" format on a simulated computer screen, the day-to-day experiences, feelings, and plans of three friends, Zoe, Maddie, and Angela, as they begin tenth grade. Challenged for offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexual scenes, and being unsuited to age group.

 

The Bluest Eye Toni Morrison Main 3rd floor PS3563 .O8749 B55 1993 

The first novel written by Toni Morrison, winner of the 1993 Nobel Prize in Literature. It is the story of eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove - a black girl in an America whose love for its blond, blue-eyed children can devastate all others - who prays for her eyes to turn blue: so that she will be beautiful, so that people will look at her, so that her world will be different. This is the story of the nightmare at the heart of her yearning and the tragedy of its fulfillment. Challenged for offensive language, sexual scenes, and being unsuited to age group.

 

The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini Main 3rd floor PS3608.O525 K58 2003 

An epic tale of fathers and sons, of friendship and betrayal, that takes us from Afghanistan in the final days of the monarchy to the atrocities of the present day. The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy Afghan youth and the son of his father's servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption. It is also about the power of fathers over sons: their love, their sacrifices, and their lies. Challenged and banned for sexual violence and was thought to “lead to terrorism” and “promote Islam.”

 

Hunger Games (series) Suzanne Collins Main 1st floor Circulation Desk PZ7.C6837 Hun 2008 

Hunger Games (Book 1) Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone fighting against you? Twenty-four are forced to enter. Only the winner survives. In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Each year, the districts are forced by the Capitol to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the Hunger Games, a brutal and terrifying fight to the death -- televised for all of Panem to see. Survival is second nature for sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who struggles to feed her mother and younger sister by secretly hunting and gathering beyond the fences of District 12. When Katniss steps in to take the place of her sister in the Hunger Games, she knows it may be her death sentence. If she is to survive, she must weigh survival against humanity and life against love. Challenged for religious viewpoint and being unsuited to age group.

 

I Am Jazz! Jazz Jennings and Jessica Herthel  Aderhold 2nd floor Curriculum Materials Library Juv HQ77.7 .H467 2014  

From the time she was two years old, Jazz knew that she had a girl's brain in a boy's body. She loved pink and dressing up as a mermaid and didn't feel like herself in boys' clothing. This confused her family, until they took her to a doctor who said that Jazz was transgender and that she was born that way. Challenged and relocated for LGBTQIA+ content, for a transgender character, and for confronting a topic that is “sensitive, controversial, and politically charged.”

 

The Perks of Being a Wallflower Stephen Chbosky Request through Interlibrary Loan or request we Purchase

Follows observant "wallflower" Charlie as he charts a course through the strange world between adolescence and adulthood. First dates, family drama, and new friends. Sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Devastating loss, young love, and life on the fringes. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie must learn to navigate those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up. Challenged for drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, offensive language, being sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group. Additional reasons: “date rape and masturbation.”

 

To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee Main 3rd floor PS3562 .E353 T6 1995  

The explosion of racial hate in an Alabama town is viewed by a little girl whose father defends a black man accused of rape. Challenged for offensive language and racism.

 

Bone (compilation of series) Jeff Smith Aderhold 2nd floor Curriculum Materials Library Juv PN6727 .S546 B66 2004

After being run out of Boneville, the three Bone cousins -- Fone Bone, Phoney Bone, and Smiley Bone -- are separated and lost in a vast, uncharted desert. One by one, they find their way into a deep, forested valley filled with wonderful and terrifying creatures. Eventually, the cousins are reunited at a farmstead run by tough Gran'ma Ben and her spirited granddaughter, Thorn. But little do the Bones know, there are dark forces conspiring against them and their adventures are only just beginning! Challenged for political viewpoint, racism, violence.

 

The Glass Castle Jeannette Walls Main 5th floor HV5132 .W35 2017  

The child of an alcoholic father and an eccentric artist mother discusses her family's nomadic upbringing, during which she and her siblings fended for themselves while their parents outmaneuvered bill collectors and the authorities. Challenged for offensive language and being sexually explicit.

 

Two Boys Kissing David Levithan  Main 1st floor Circulation Desk Juv PZ7.L5798 Two 2013 

A chorus of men who died of AIDS observes and yearns to help a cross-section of today's gay teens who navigate new love, long-term relationships, coming out, self-acceptance, and more in a society that has changed in many ways. Challenged and burned for including LGBTQIA+ content.

 

A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo (Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo) Jill Twiss Request through Interlibrary Loan or request we Purchase

HBO's Emmy winning Last Week Tonight with John Oliver presents a children's picture book about a Very Special boy bunny who falls in love with another boy bunny. Challenged and vandalized for LGBTQIA+ content and political viewpoints, for concerns it is “designed to pollute the morals of its readers,” and for not including a content warning.

 

Sex is a funny word: a book about bodies, feelings, and YOU Cory Silverberg and Fiona Smyth Aderhold 2nd floor Curriculum Materials Library Juv HQ53 .S55 2015  

A comic book for kids that includes children and families of all makeups, orientations, and gender identities, Sex is a Funny Word is an essential resource about bodies, gender, and sexuality for children ages 8 to 10 as well as their parents and caregivers. Much more than the "facts of life" or "the birds and the bees," Sex is a Funny Word opens up conversations between young people and their caregivers in a way that allows adults to convey their values and beliefs while providing information about boundaries, safety, and joy. Challenged, banned, and relocated for LGBTQIA+ content, for discussing gender identity and sex education, and for concerns that the title and illustrations were “inappropriate.” 

 

Alice McKinley (series) Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Aderhold 2nd floor Curriculum Materials Library PZ7 .N24 Ag 1985  

The Agony of Alice (Book 1) Eleven-year-old motherless Alice decides she needs a gorgeous role model who does everything right, and when placed in homely Mrs. Plotkins's class she is greatly disappointed until she discovers it is what people are inside that counts. Challenged for nudity, offensive language, and religious viewpoint.

 

It’s Perfectly Normal: a book about changing bodies, growing up, sex, and sexual health Robie H. Harris  Aderhold 2nd floor Curriculum Materials Library HQ53 .H37 1994

Provides accurate, lucid, and unbiased answers to almost every conceivable question on sex, including birth control and AIDS, that children may ask. Two cartoon characters, a bird and a bee have, often humorous, questions of their own. Challenged for providing sex education and being sexually explicit.

 

Nineteen Minutes Jodi Picoult Main 1st floor Leisure Collection Y9405 

In Sterling, New Hampshire, 17-year-old high school student Peter Houghton has endured years of verbal and physical abuse at the hands of classmates. His best friend, Josie Cormier, succumbed to peer pressure and now hangs out with the popular crowd that often instigates the harassment. One final incident of bullying sends Peter over the edge and leads him to commit an act of violence that forever changes the lives of Sterling's residents. Even those who were not inside the school that morning find their lives in an upheaval, including Alex Cormier. The superior court judge assigned to the Houghton case, Alex - whose daughter, Josie, witnessed the events that unfolded - must decide whether or not to step down. She's torn between presiding over the biggest case of her career and knowing that doing so will cause an even wider chasm in her relationship with her emotionally fragile daughter. Josie, meanwhile, claims she can't remember what happened in the last fatal minutes of Peter's rampage. Or can she? Challenged for sexual references, profanity, and violence, including bullying and suicide.

 

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Alvin Schwartz Aderhold 2nd floor Curriculum Materials Library PZ8.1 .S399 Sc 1981  

Stories of ghosts and witches, "jump" stories, scary songs, and modern-day scary stories. Challenged for violence and being unsuited for age group.

 

Speak Laurie Halse Anderson Request through Interlibrary Loan or request we Purchase

"Speak up for yourself - we want to know what you have to say." From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows that this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless, outcast, because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her. As time passes, she becomes increasingly isolated and practically stops talking altogether. Only her art class offers any solace, and is is through her work on an art project that she is finally able to face what really happened at that terrible party: she was raped by an upperclassman, a guy who still attends Merryweather and is still a threat to her. Her healing process has just begun when she has another violent encounter with him. But this time Melinda fights back, refuses to be silent, and thereby achieves a measure of vindication. In this powerful novel, an utterly believable heroine with a bitterly ironic voice delivers a blow to the hypocritical world of high school. She speaks for many a disenfranchised teenager while demonstrating the importance of speaking up for oneself. Banned, challenged, and restricted because it was thought to contain a political viewpoint and biases against male students, and for the novel’s inclusion of rape and profanity.

 

Brave New World Aldous Huxley Main 3rd floor PR6015.U9 B65

Towering classic of dystopian satire, Brave New World is a brilliant and terrifying vision of a soulless society--and of one man who discovers the human costs of mindless conformity. Hundreds of years in the future, the World Controllers have created an ideal civilization. Its members, shaped by genetic engineering and behavioral conditioning, are productive and content in roles they have been assigned at conception. Government-sanctioned drugs and recreational sex ensure that everyone is a happy, unquestioning consumer; messy emotions have been anesthetized and private attachments are considered obscene. Only Bernard Marx is discontented, developing an unnatural desire for solitude and a distaste for compulsory promiscuity. When he brings back a young man from one of the few remaining Savage Reservations, where the old unenlightened ways still continue, he unleashes a dramatic clash of cultures that will force him to consider whether freedom, dignity, and individuality are worth suffering for. Challenged for insensitivity, nudity, racism, religious viewpoint, and being sexually explicit.

 

Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out Susan Kuklin Aderhold 2nd floor Curriculum Materials Library Juv HQ77.9 .K85 2014  

Author and photographer Susan Kuklin met and interviewed six transgender or gender-neutral young adults and used her considerable skills to represent them thoughtfully and respectfully before, during, and after their personal acknowledgment of gender preference. Portraits, family photographs, and candid images grace the pages, augmenting the emotional and physical journey each youth has taken. Each honest discussion and disclosure, whether joyful or heartbreaking, is completely different from the other because of family dynamics, living situations, gender, and the transition these teens make in recognition of their true selves. Challenged for LGBTQIA+ content, for “its effect on any young people who would read it,” and for concerns that it was sexually explicit and biased.

 

Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck Main 3rd floor PS3537.T3234 O2

An intimate portrait of two men facing a world marked by petty tyranny, misunderstanding, jealousy, and callousness. But though the scope is narrow, the theme is universal: a friendship and shared dream that make an individual's existence meaningful. Banned and challenged for racial slurs and racist stereotypes, and their negative effect on students. 

 

The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood Main 3rd floor PR9199.3.A8 H3 

A gripping vision of our society radically overturned by a theocratic revolution, Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale has become one of the most powerful and most widely read novels of our time. 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 for the Commander to make her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name. Now she navigates the intimate secrets of those who control her every move, risking her life in breaking the rules. Banned and challenged for profanity and for “vulgarity and sexual overtones.”

 

The Hate U Give Angie Thomas Main 3rd floor PS3620.H62463 H38 2017 

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil's name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life. Banned and challenged for being “anti-cop,” and for profanity, drug use, and sexual references.

 

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic Alison Bechdel Main 3rd floor PN6727.B3757 Z46 2006 

Meet Alison's father, a historic preservation expert and obsessive restorer of the family's Victorian house, a third-generation funeral home director, a high school English teacher, an icily distant parent, and a closeted homosexual who, as it turns out, is involved with male students and a family babysitter. Through narrative that is alternately heartbreaking and fiercely funny, we are drawn into a daughter's complex yearning for her father. And yet, apart from assigned stints dusting caskets at the family-owned 'fun home,' as Alison and her brothers call it, the relationship achieves its most intimate expression through the shared code of books. When Alison comes out as homosexual herself in late adolescence, the denouement is swift, graphic, and redemptive. Challenged for violence and graphic images.

 

It’s a Book Lane Smith Aderhold 2nd floor Curriculum Materials Library Juv PZ7.S6538 Is 2010  

A donkey with a laptop computer and a gorilla with a printed book discuss the merits of their preferred formats. Challenged for language.

 

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain Main 3rd floor PS1305 .A1 1996 

The story of Huck's escape from his brutal father and the relationship that grows between him and Jim, a slave fleeing an even more brutal oppression, proved enormously influential in the development of American literature. Challenged for racism and offensive language.

 

The Things They Carried: a work of fiction Tim O’Brien Main 3rd floor PS3565 .B75 T48 1998

Depicts the men of Alpha Company: Jimmy Cross, Henry Dobbins, Rat Kiley, Mitchell Sanders, Norman Bowker, Kiowa, and of course, the character Tim O'Brien who has survived his tour in Vietnam to become a father and writer at the age of forty-three. They battle the enemy (or maybe more the idea of the enemy), and occasionally each other. In their relationships we see their isolation and loneliness, their rage and fear. They miss their families, their girlfriends and buddies; they miss the lives they left back home. Yet they find sympathy and kindness for strangers (the old man who leads them unscathed through the mine field, the girl who grieves while she dances), and love for each other, because in Vietnam they are the only family they have. Banned and challenged for profanity.

 

What My Mother Doesn’t Know Sonya Sones Aderhold 2nd floor Curriculum Materials Library Juv PZ7 .S6978 Wh 2001

Sophie describes her relationships with a series of boys as she searches for Mr. Right. Challenged for offensive language, being unsuited to age group, and sexually explicit.

 

A Child Called ‘It’ Dave Pelzer Request through Interlibrary Loan or request we Purchase

Chronicles the unforgettable account of one of the most severe child abuse cases in California history. It is the story of Dave Pelzer, who was brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother: a mother who played tortuous, unpredictable games--games that left him nearly dead. He had to learn how to play his mother's games in order to survive because she no longer considered him a son, but a slave; and no longer a boy, but an "it." Challenged for graphic depictions of child abuse.

 

Bad Kitty (series) Nick Bruel Aderhold 2nd floor Curriculum Materials Library Juv PZ7 .B82832 Bad 2005 

Bad Kitty (Book 1) When a kitty discovers there is no cat food in the house, she decides to become very, very bad . From the creator of the New York Times bestseller Boing! comes the riotous story of a cat gone berserk; four times over an in alphabetical order each time. Kitty is not happy hen she's told that her favorite foods are all gone and all that's left are asparagus, beets, cauliflower, dill, and 22 other equally unappealing vegetables. So she ate my homework, bit grandma, clawed the curtains, damaged the dishes, and so on, through Z. Only when tastier things arrive, an assortment of anchovies, buffalo burritos, chicken cheesecake, does she apologize to grandma. Challenged for symbolic depiction of profanity.

 

Crank Ellen Hopkins Aderhold 2nd floor Curriculum Materials Library Juv PZ7 .H7745 Cra 2004

Kristina Georgia Snow is the perfect daughter, gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. But on a trip to visit her absentee father, Kristina disappears and Bree takes her place. Bree is the exact opposite of Kristina. Through a boy, Bree meets the monster: crank. And what begins as a wild ecstatic ride turns into a struggle through hell for her mind, her soul - her life. Challenged for drugs, offensive language, and being sexually explicit.

 

Nickel and Dimed: on (not) getting by in America Barbara Ehrenreich Main 5th floor HD4918 .E375 2001

Millions of Americans work full-time, year-round, for poverty-level wages. In 1998, the author decided to join them. She was inspired in part by the rhetoric surrounding welfare reform, which promised that a job, any job, could be the ticket to a better life. But how does anyone survive, let alone prosper, on six to seven dollars an hour? To find out, she left her home, took the cheapest lodgings she could find, and accepted whatever jobs she was offered as a woefully inexperienced homemaker returning to the workforce. So began a grueling, hair raising, and darkly funny odyssey through the underside of working America. Moving from Florida to Maine to Minnesota, she worked as a waitress, a hotel maid, a cleaning woman, a nursing home aide, and a Wal-Mart sales clerk. Very quickly, she discovered that no job is truly "unskilled," that even the lowliest occupations require exhausting mental and muscular effort. She also learned that one job is not enough; you need at least two if you intend to live indoors. Challenged for drugs, inaccuracy, offensive language, political and religious viewpoints.

 

Persepolis Marjane Satrapi Main 3rd floor PN6747.S245 P4713 2003 

Originally published to wide critical acclaim in France, where it elicited comparisons to Art Spiegelman's MausPersepolis is Marjane Satrapi's wise, funny, and heartbreaking memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah's regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq. The intelligent and outspoken only child of committed Marxists and the great-granddaughter of one of Iran's last emperors, Marjane bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country. Challenged for gambling, offensive language, political viewpoint, being “politically, racially, and socially offensive,” and having “graphic depictions.”

 

The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby Dav Pilkey Request through Interlibrary Loan or request we Purchase

The first complete graphic novel spin-off from the Captain Underpants series and appeared at #6 on the USA Today bestseller list for all books, both adult and children’s, and was also a New York Times bestseller. Banned and challenged for "prodigious use of potty humor."

 

This Day in June Gayle E. Pitman Aderhold 2nd floor Curriculum Materials Library Juv PZ8.3.P5586836 Th 2014 

A picture book illustrating a Pride parade. The end matter serves as a primer on LGBT history and culture and explains the references made in the story. Challenged and burned for including LGBTQIA+ content.

 

This One Summer Mariko Tamaki Aderhold 2nd floor Curriculum Materials Library Juv PZ7.7.T355 Thi 2014

Rose and her parents have been going to Awago Beach since she was a little girl. It's her summer getaway, her refuge. Her friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had, completing her summer family. But this summer is different. Rose's mom and dad won't stop fighting, and Rose and Windy have gotten tangled up in a tragedy-in-the-making in the small town of Awago Beach. It's a summer of secrets and heartache, and it's a good thing Rose and Windy have each other. Challenged for including LGBT characters, drug use and profanity, and  sexually explicit mature themes.

 

A Bad Boy Can Be Good For A Girl Tanya Lee Stone Request through Interlibrary Loan or request we Purchase

Josie, Nicolette, and Aviva all get mixed up with a senior boy–a cool, slick, sexy boy who can talk them into doing almost anything he wants. In a blur of high school hormones and personal doubt, each girl struggles with how much to give up and what ultimately to keep for herself. How do girls handle themselves? How much can a boy get away with? And in the end, who comes out on top? A bad boy may always be a bad boy. But this bad boy is about to meet three girls who won’t back down. Challenged for drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, and sexual scenes.

 

Beloved Toni Morrison Main 3rd floor PS3563 .O8749 B4 1987

After Paul D. finds his old slave friend Sethe in Ohio and moves in with her and her daughter Denver, a strange girl comes along by the name of "Beloved." Sethe and Denver take her in and then strange things begin to happen. Set in rural Ohio several years after the Civil War, this profoundly affecting chronicle of slavery and its aftermath is Toni Morrison's greatest novel, a dazzling achievement, and the most spellbinding reading experience of the decade. Challenged for being sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, and violence.

 

In Our Mothers’ House Patricia Polacco Request through Interlibrary Loan or request we Purchase

Marmee, Meema, and the kids are just like any other family on the block. In their beautiful house, they cook dinner together, they laugh together, and they dance together. But some of the other families don't accept them. They say they are different. How can a family have two moms and no dad? But Marmee and Meema's house is full of love. And they teach their children that different doesn't mean wrong. And no matter how many moms or dads they have, they are everything a family is meant to be. Here is a true Polacco story of a family, living by their own rules, and the strength they gain by the love they feel. Restricted for “normalizing a lifestyle we don’t agree with."

 

Goosebumps (series) R.L. Stine Several series volumes in Curriculum Materials Library

Welcome to Dead House (Book 1: Request through Interlibrary Loan or request we Purchase) 11-year-old Josh and 12-year-old Amanda just moved into the oldest and weirdest house on the block--the two siblings think it might even be haunted! But of course, their parents don't believe them. You'll get used to it, they say. Go out and make some new friends. But the creepy kids are not like anyone Josh and Amanda have ever met before. And when they take a shortcut through the cemetery one night, Josh and Amanda learn why. Banned for being too graphic and scary for children.

 

Lush Natasha Friend Request through Interlibrary Loan or request we Purchase

It's hard to be a 13-year-old girl. But it's even harder when your father's a drunk. It adds an extra layer to everything -- your family's reactions to things, the people you're willing to bring home, the way you see yourself and the world. For Samantha, it's something that's been going on for so long that she's almost used to it. Only, you never get used to it. Especially when it starts to get worse... Challenged for drugs, offensive language, being sexually explicit and unsuited to age group.

 

The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger Main 3rd floor PS3537.A426 C3 1951

In an effort to escape the hypocrisies of life at his boarding school, sixteen-year-old Holden Caulfield seeks refuge in New York City. Challenged for offensive language and being sexually explicit and unsuited to age group.

 

The Color Purple Alice Walker Main 3rd floor PS3573.A425 C6 2003

Beautifully imagined and deeply compassionate, this is the story of two sisters--one a missionary in Africa and the other a child wife living in the South--who sustain their loyalty to and trust in each other across time, distance, and silence. Challenged for offensive language and being sexually explicit and unsuited to age group.

 

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Mark Haddon Main 3rd floor PR6058 .A245 C87 2003b 

Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic, fifteen-year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor's dog and uncovers secret information about his mother. Challenged for offensive language, religious viewpoint, being unsuited for age group, and other (“profanity and atheism”).

 

The Holy Bible Main 6th floor BS195 .N37 1986 (Many other versions and editions available)

The Holy Bible, New International Version, the NIV concordance, introductions and outlines to the books of the Bible, color time lines and charts. Challenged for religious viewpoint.

 

This Book is Gay Juno Dawson Aderhold 2nd floor Curriculum Materials Library Juv HQ76.26 .D39 2015 

Lesbian. Bisexual. Queer. Transgender. Straight. Curious. This book is for everyone, regardless of gender or sexual preference. This book is for anyone who's ever dared to wonder. This book is for YOU. There's a long-running joke that, after "coming out," a lesbian, gay guy, bisexual, or trans person should receive a membership card and instruction manual. THIS IS THAT INSTRUCTION MANUAL. You're welcome. Inside you'll find the answers to all the questions you ever wanted to ask: from sex to politics, hooking up to stereotypes, coming out and more. This candid and uncensored exploration of sexuality and what it's like to grow up LGBT also includes real stories from people across the gender and sexual spectrums, not to mention illustrations. Challenged in Wasilla, AK by parents who didn't want "gay books" in the public library.

 

Eleanor & Park Rainbow Rowell Aderhold 2nd floor Curriculum Materials Library Juv PZ7.R79613 Ele 2013  

Two misfits. One extraordinary love. Eleanor -- Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough -- Eleanor. Park -- He knows she'll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There's a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises -- Park. Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds -- smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. Challenged for offensive language.

 

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Jonathan Safran Foer Main 3rd floor PS3606 .O38 E97 2005 

Meet Oskar Schell, an inventor, Francophile, tambourine player, Shakespearean actor, jeweler, pacifist, correspondent with Stephen Hawking and Ringo Starr. He is nine years old. And he is on an urgent, secret search through the five boroughs of New York. His mission is to find the lock that fits a mysterious key belonging to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on 9/11. Banned for “several passages that were ‘extremely’ vulgar detailing sexual acts.”

 

Gossip Girl (series) Cecily von Ziegesar Aderhold 2nd floor Curriculum Materials Library Juv PZ7 .V94 Go 2002  

Gossip Girl (Book 1) Presents a world of jealousy and betrayal at an exclusive private school in Manhattan. Challenged for drugs, offensive language, and being sexually explicit.

 

House of Night (series) P.C. Cast  Aderhold 2nd floor Curriculum Materials Library Juv PS3603 .A869 M37 2007

Marked (Book 1) The House of Night series from bestselling authors P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast is set in a world very much like our own, except in 16-year-old Zoey Redbird's world, vampyres have always existed. In this first book in the series, Zoey enters the House of Night, a school where, after having undergone the Change, she will train to become an adult vampire--that is, if she makes it through the Change. Not all of those who are chosen do. It's tough to begin a new life, away from her parents and friends, and on top of that, Zoey finds she is no average fledgling. She has been Marked as special by the vampyre Goddess, Nyx. But she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers. When she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school's most elite club, is misusing her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny--with a little help from her new vampyre friends. Banned for sexual content or nudity.

 

My Mom’s Having A Baby! A Kid's Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy Dori Hillestad Butler (Online)

Elizabeth's mom is having a baby, and the whole family is involved. Elizabeth learns all about the baby's development, and she traces his growth, month by month. She learns how the baby got inside Mom, too. Challenged for nudity, sex education, being sexually explicit and unsuited to age group.

Neonomicon Alan Moore, Jacen Burrows Request through Interlibrary Loan or request we Purchase

Brears and Lamper, two young and cocky FBI agents, investigate a fresh series of ritual murders somehow tied to the final undercover assignment of Aldo Sax –the once golden boy of the Bureau, now a convicted killer and inmate of a maximum security prison. From their interrogation of Sax (where he spoke exclusively in inhuman tongues) to a related drug raid on a seedy rock club rife with arcane symbols and otherworldly lyrics, they suspect that they are on the trail of something awful… but nothing can prepare them for the creeping insanity and unspeakable terrors they will face in the small harbor town of Innsmouth. Challenged for adult themes and imagery.

 

The Dirty Cowboy Adam Rex, Amy Timberlake Request through Interlibrary Loan or request we Purchase

After he finds a tumbleweed in his chaps and the numerous bugs buzzing around him affect his hearing, the cowboy decides it's time to head to the river. Once there, he peels off all his clothes and tells his trusty old dog to guard them against strangers. He takes a refreshing bath and emerges clean as corn – but so fresh-smelling that his dog doesn't recognize him! Negotiations over the return of the clothes prove fruitless. A wrestling match ensues in a tale that grows taller by the sentence. Challenged for nudity.

 

The Giver Lois Lowry Aderhold 2nd floor Curriculum Materials Library Juv Aaron Coll PZ7 .L9673 Gi 1993  

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. Challenged for violence, infanticide, euthanasia, sexuality, and suicide.

 

Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank  Main 4th floor DS135 .N6 F73313 1995 

This definitive edition, featuring a new translation, is the diary as Anne Frank wrote it, containing entries about her burgeoning sexuality and confrontations with her mother that were cut from previous editions. Frank's diary is among the most enduring documents of the twentieth century. Challenged for sexually explicit passages and undermining adult authority.

 

Bless Me, Ultima Rudolfo Anaya Main 3rd floor PS3551 .N27 B58 1972

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. Challenged for occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, and being sexually explicit.

 

Draw Me a Star Eric Carle Aderhold 2nd floor Curriculum Materials Library Folio PZ7 .C21476 Dr 1992  

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. Challenged for nudity.

 

Dreaming In Cuban Cristina Garcia Main 3rd floor PS3513.A587 H43 1992

The story of a family divided politically and geographically by the Cuban revolution. Removed from curriculum for sexually explicit passages.

 

Fade Wake Trilogy (Book 2) Lisa McMann Aderhold 2nd floor Curriculum Materials Library Juv PZ7 .M2256 Fad 2009

Using her ability to tap into other people's dreams, eighteen-year-old Janie investigates an alleged sex ring at her high school that involves teachers using the date rape drug on students. Challenged for sexual content.

 

The Family Book Todd Parr Aderhold 2nd floor Curriculum Materials Library Juv PZ7.P2447 Fam 2003

Represents a variety of families, some big and some small, some with only one parent and some with two moms or dads, some quiet and some noisy, but all alike in some ways and special no matter what. Banned for a reference to same-sex parents.

 

Feed M.T. Anderson Aderhold 2nd floor Curriculum Materials Library Juv PZ7.A54395 Fe 2004

Feeds are a crucial part of life for Titus and his friends. After all, how else would they know where to party on the moon, how to get bargains at Weatherbee & Crotch, or how to accessorize the mysterious lesions everyone's been getting? But then Titus meets Violet, a girl who cares about what's happening to the world and challenges everything Titus and his friends hold dear. A girl who decides to fight the feed. Challenged for explicit language and sexual content.

 

Go the F*** to Sleep Adam Mansbach Request through Interlibrary Loan or request we Purchase

Seriously, just go to sleep Aderhold 2nd floor Curriculum Materials Library Juv PZ8.3.M35624 Se 2012

Go the F*** to Sleep (Challenged for "violent language") quickly shot to the top of last year's bestseller lists thanks to its profanely hilarious style that struck a note with parents everywhere. Now that everyone has had a good laugh, parents want to let their kids in on the joke. Mansbach has cleaned up his book, without taking away any of the humour, so parents can (at least attempt to) whisk their children off to dreamland to his poetic words. Featuring beautiful illustrations by Ricardo Cortes, Seriously, Just Go to Sleep will captivate parents and kids alike.

 

Habibi Craig Thompson Main 3rd floor PN6727 .T48 2011

Sprawling across an epic landscape of deserts, harems, and modern industrial clutter, Habibi tells the tale of Dodola and Zam, refugee child slaves bound to each other by chance, by circumstance, and by the love that grows between them. We follow them as their lives unfold together and apart; as they struggle to make a place for themselves in a world (not unlike our own) fueled by fear, lust, and greed; and as they discover the extraordinary depth-- and frailty-- of their connection. Challenged for nudity, being sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.

 

House of the Spirits Isabel Allende Main 3rd floor PQ8098.1 .L54 C313 1985 

The Trueba family embodies strong feelings. This family saga starts at the beginning of the 20th century and continues through the assassination of Allende in 1973. Challenged for its graphic nature.

 

Jacob’s New Dress Sarah and Ian Hoffman Aderhold 2nd floor Curriculum Materials Library Juv PZ7.H67585 Jac 2014  

Jacob loves playing dress-up, when he can be anything he wants to be. Some kids at school say he can't wear "girl" clothes, but Jacob wants to wear a dress to school. Can he convince his parents to let him wear what he wants? Banned for "teaching children to be transgender."

 

Lolita Vladimir Nabokov Main 3rd floor PG3476 .N117 L8 

When it was published in 1955, Lolita immediately became a cause celebre as critics argued for its literary merits versus the pedophilia of its protagonist. Banned for obscenity, challenged for being unsuitable for minors.

 

Monster Walter Dean Myers Aderhold 2nd floor Curriculum Materials Library Juv PZ7 .M992 Mon 1999

While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken. Challenged for language, violence, and sexual overtures.

 

Nasreen’s Secret School: a true story from Afghanistan Jeanette Winter Aderhold 2nd floor Curriculum Materials Library Juv LC2410.A3 W56 2009

Based on a true story. After her parents are taken away by the Taliban, young Nasreen stops speaking. But as she spends time in a secret school, she slowly breaks out of her shell. Challenged for violence, religious viewpoint, and being unsuited to age group.

 

Saga Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, artist Request through Interlibrary Loan or request we Purchase

The sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe. Challenged for nudity, offensive language, being anti-family, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.

 

Stuck in the Middle: Seventeen comics from an unpleasant age Ariel Schrag Aderhold 2nd floor Curriculum Materials Library Juv PN6726 .S78 2007

The hardships, dramas, and joys of seventh and eighth grade are presented in a collection of tales, illustrated by an array of graphic novelists. Challenged for language and references to drugs, alcohol, and sex. 

 

The Kingdom of Little Wounds Susann Cokal Aderhold 2nd floor Curriculum Materials Library Juv PZ7.C6676 Ki 2013

On the eve of Princess Sophia's wedding, the Scandinavian city of Skyggehavn prepares to fete the occasion with a sumptuous display of riches. Yet beneath the veneer of celebration, a shiver of darkness creeps through the palace halls. A mysterious illness plagues the royal family, threatening the lives of the throne's heirs, and a courtier's wolfish hunger for the king's favors sets a devious plot in motion. In the palace at Skyggehavn, things are seldom as they seem -- and when a single errant prick of a needle sets off a series of events that will alter the course of history, the fates of seamstress Ava Bingen and mute nursemaid Midi Sorte become irrevocably intertwined. Challenged for being a "very adult tale" about secrets, sex and power.

 

1984 George Orwell Main 3rd floor PR6029.R8 N5 1949  

Eternal warfare is the price of bleak prosperity in this satire of totalitarian barbarism. Challenged for being "pro-communist and containing explicit sexual matter."

 

A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess Main 3rd floor PR6052 .U638 C5 1972  

A violent teen named Alex is "rehabilitated" by the government in this satirical view of the future of the industrialized world; also includes a glossary of the novel's Russian-based "nadsat" language. Challenged for objectionable language.

 

Almost Perfect Brian Katcher Request through Interlibrary Loan or request we Purchase

With his mother working long hours and in pain from a romantic break-up, eighteen-year-old Logan feels alone and unloved until a zany new student arrives at his small-town Missouri high school, keeping a big secret. Challenged for being “obscene and/or pornographic material” under Florida law.

 

Awakening Kate Chopin Main 3rd floor PS1294 .C63 A6 1994  

Edna Pontellier, a Victorian-era wife and mother is awakened to the full force on her desire for love and freedom when she becomes enamored with Robert LeBrun, a young man she meets while on vacation. Challenged for sexual content and suicide.

 

Burned Ellen Hopkins Request through Interlibrary Loan or request we Purchase

It all started with a dream. Just a typical fantasy, but for a girl raised in a religious—and abusive—family, a simple dream could be the first step toward eternal damnation. Now Pattyn Von Stratten has questions. Questions about God, and sex, and mostly love. Will she ever find it? Pattyn experiences the first stirrings of passion, but when her father catches her in a compromising position, events spiral out of control. Banned for negative portrayal of Mormonism.

 

Ender’s Game Orson Scott Card Main 3rd floor PS3553.A655 E5 1994  

Child-hero Ender Wiggin must fight a desperate battle against a deadly alien race if mankind is to survive. Challenged for violence, language, and renouncing of religion.

 

Fallen Angels Walter Dean Myers Aderhold 2nd floor Curriculum Materials Library PZ7 .M992 Fal 1988  

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. Challenged for offensive language, racism, and violence.

 

Glass Ellen Hopkins Aderhold 2nd floor Curriculum Materials Library Juv PZ7 .H7746 Gla 2007 

Eighteen-year-old Kristina is determined to manage her crystal meth addiction in order to take care of her newborn son, but when the pull of the drug becomes too strong, her greatest fears are quickly realized. Author's visit to middle school was cancelled after a parent's complaint.

 

Heather Has Two Mommies Lesléa Newman Aderhold 2nd floor Curriculum Materials Library PZ7 .N47988 He 1989

When Heather goes to playgroup, at first she feels bad because she has two mothers and no father, but then she learns that there are lots of different kinds of families and the most important thing is that all the people love each other. Challenged 42 times for LGBTQIA+ content.

 

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou Main 4th floor E185.97.A56 A3 1969 

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right. Maya Angelou's first memoir, published in 1969 is a modern American classic beloved worldwide. Challenged for being sexually explicit.

 

Madeline and the Gypsies Ludwig Bemelmans Request through Interlibrary Loan or request we Purchase

Join Madeline in another adventure when she and Pepito run off to join the carnival with a band of traveling Gypsies. Challenged for its unfair portrayal of the Roma people.

 

My Princess Boy: a mom's story about a young boy who loves to dress up Cheryl Kilodavis Aderhold 2nd floor Curriculum Materials Library Juv HQ1075 .K535 2010

A four-year-old boy loves dressing up in princess clothing. "A nonfiction picture book about acceptance ... to give children and adults a tool to talk about unconditional friendship." Challenged by complaints that the book promotes "perversion" and the "gay lifestyle."

 

Prince and Knight Daniel Haack Request through Interlibrary Loan or request we Purchase

In this modern fairy tale, a noble prince and a brave knight come together to defeat a terrible monster and in the process find true love in a most unexpected place. Challenged and restricted for featuring a gay marriage and LGBTQIA+ content; for being “a deliberate attempt to indoctrinate young children” with the potential to cause confusion, curiosity, and gender dysphoria; and for conflicting with a religious viewpoint.

 

Revolutionary Voices: A Multicultural Queer Youth Anthology Amy Sonnie  Main 5th floor HQ76.25 .R48 2000  

Invisible. Unheard. Alone. Chilling words, but apt to describe the isolation and alienation of queer youth.  In silence and fear they move from childhood memories of intolerance or violence to the unknown, unmentored landscape of queer adulthood, their voices stilled or ignored. No longer. Revolutionary Voices celebrates the hues and harmonies of the future of queer society, offering a collection of experiences, ideas, dreams, manifestos, and fantasies expressed through prose, poetry, artwork, and performance pieces. Challenged for LGBTQIA+ content and being sexually explicit.

 

Skippyjon Jones (series) by Judith Schachner Several series volumes in Curriculum Materials Library

(Book 1: Request through Interlibrary Loan or request we Purchase) Skippyjon Jones is no ordinary kitten. Oh, no...He's actually El Skippito, a great sword-fighter ready to battle banditos the world over! This frisky cat dons a mask and cape and takes on a bad bumble-beeto to save the day. Challenged for depicting stereotypes of Mexican culture.

 

So Far from the Bamboo Grove Yoko Kawashima Watkins Aderhold 2nd floor Curriculum Materials Library PZ7 .W3235 So 1986  

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. Banned for rape, violence against women by Korean men, and distorted presentation of history.

 

The Color of Earth (series) Tong-hwa Kim Aderhold 2nd floor Curriculum Materials Library Juv PZ7.7.K558 Coe 2009  

The Color of Earth (Book 1) A young girl, growing up with her mother who owns a tavern, learns about life through village gossip, travelers and many questions. Challenged for nudity, sex education, being sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group.

 

The Librarian of Basra: a true story from Iraq Jeanette Winter Aderhold 2nd floor Curriculum Materials Library Juv Z720 .B24 W56 2005  

Alia Muhammad Baker is a librarian in Basra, Iraq. For fourteen years, the library where she works has been a meeting place for those who love books. Until now. Now war has come, and Alia fears that the library--along with the thirty thousand books within it--will be destroyed forever. In a war-stricken country where civilians--especially women--have little power, this true story about a librarian's struggle to save her community's priceless collection of books reminds us all how, throughout the world, the love of literature and the respect for knowledge know no boundaries. Challenged for being inappropriate for promoting another religion that is not Christianity and being too violent for young children.

 

The Walking Dead (series) Robert Kirkman Main 3rd floor Folio PN6728.W26 K574 2013

Banned for being "less than desirable in a scholastic environment."

 

Tricks Ellen Hopkins Aderhold 2nd floor Curriculum Materials Library Juv PZ7.5.H67 Tr 2009

Five troubled teenagers fall into prostitution as they search for freedom, safety, community, family, and love. Banned for drug use, sexual themes, and language.

 

Uncle Bobby’s Wedding Sarah S. Brannen Aderhold 2nd floor Curriculum Materials Library Juv PZ7 .B737514 Unc 2008  

Chloë is jealous and sad when her favorite uncle announces that he will be getting married, but as she gets to know Jamie better and becomes involved in planning the wedding, she discovers that she will always be special to Uncle Bobby--and to Uncle Jamie, too. Challenged for LGBTQIA+ content and being unsuited to age group.

 

Year of Wonders: A novel of the plague Geraldine Brooks Main 1st floor Circulation Desk PR9619.3 .B7153 Y4 2001  

This gripping historical novel is based on the true story of Eyam, the "Plague Village," in the rugged mountain spine of England. In 1666, a tainted bolt of cloth from London carries bubonic infection to this isolated settlement of shepherds and lead miners. A visionary young preacher convinces the villagers to seal themselves off in a deadly quarantine to prevent the spread of disease. Challenged for themes of "witchcraft, madness, and repressed sexuality."

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