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Challenged Books
Challenged Books
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  • 1. Challenged Books
  • 2. The Handmaid's Tale
    By: Margaret Atwood
    Challenged for:
    “profane language,” anti-Christian overtones, “violence” and “sexual degradation”.
  • 3. In the Heat of the Night
    by: John Ball
    Challenged for language and racial stereotyping.
    Taught at WCSS.
  • 4. Three Wishes: Palestinian and Israeli Children Speak
    By: Deborah Ellis
    Challenged because some children in the book portrayed Israeli soldiers as brutal, expressed ethnic hatred and glorified suicide bombing. Said to be “toxic.”
    Challenged in Niagara.
  • 5. To Kill a Mockingbird
    By: Harper Lee
    Challenged due to racial stereotyping.
    Taught at WCSS
  • 6. The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass
    By: Philip Pullman
    Challenged because: the stories, which are set in an alternative universe populated with talking animals, undermine organized religion and promote atheism.
  • 7. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
    By: J.K. Rowling
    Challenged because of concern that Harry Potter is engaged in wizardry, witchcraft, and magic-making, and that it promotes satanism.
  • 8. Greasy, Grimy, Gopher Guts: The Subversive Folklore of Children
    By: Josepha Sherman and T.K.F. Weisskopf.
    Challenged due to "inappropriate content for children"
  • 9. Of Mice and Men
    By: John Steinbeck
    Challenged due to profane and blasphemous language that is offensive to Christians and a belief that it cannot possibly hold any educational benefit.
    Taught at WCSS
  • 10. Different Seasons
    By: Stephen King
    Challenged due to language and content.
  • 11. The Giver
    By: Lois Lowry
    Challenged due to age appropriateness.
    Taught in DSBN.
  • 12. Foxfire
    By: Joyce Oates
    The book, which deals with the subject of teenaged gangs, was challenged due to obscene and profane language and content.
  • 13. Goosebumps and
    Fear Street book series
    By: R.L. Stine
    Challenged because the books were said to convey violence and a lack
    of respect for parental authority.
    These books can be found in the classroom and elementary schools across DSBN.
  • 14. On the Banks of Plum Creek
    By: Laura Ingalls Wilder
    Challenged due to offensive content - racism.
  • 15. Huckleberry Finn
    By: Mark Twain
    One of the most challenged books of all time. It’s also held a spot on the list of the American Library Association’s ‘Most Frequently Challenged Books.’ The reason for all this is because of the racial language used in the book.
    Taught at WCSS
  • 16. Lord of the Flies
    By: William Golding
    Challenged due to racial slurs.
    Taught at WCSS
  • 17. Flowers for Algernon
    By: Daniel Keyes
    Challenged for being "filthy and
    Taught in DSBN
  • 18. The Diviners
    By: Margaret Laurence
    Challenged for inappropriate language and content.
  • 19. Catcher in the Rye
    By: J.D. Salinger
    One of the most controversial novels. Challenged due to anti-Christian sentiments and strong themes such as confusion, angst, alienation, and rebellion. The novel is also supposedly linked to many murders and murder attempts making it a negative yet influential symbol.
    Taught at WCSS
  • 20. `
    Nineteen Eighty-Four
    By: George Orwell
    Challenged due to content, the novel is influenced heavily by the author’s political views and deals with themes such as torture, mind control, invasion of privacy, organized religion, and censorship. The novel is also said to have created the notion of “Big Brother”, in that we are always being watched.
    Taught at WCSS
  • 21. The Da Vinci Code
    By: Dan Brown
    Challenged due to religious slurs towards the Christian faith and inaccurate portrayal of facts.
    Banned in Lebanon.
  • 22. Satanic Verses
    By: Salman Rushdie
    Probably one of the most controversial books ever written. Challenged as being highly blasphemous. The controversy resulted in Rushdie living in hiding for a decade over fear of his life.
    Banned in the following countries: Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Iran, Kenya, Kuwait, Liberia, Papua New Guinea, Pakistan, Senegal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, and Thailand
  • 23. Alice`s Adventures in Wonderland
    By: Lewis Carroll
    Challenged due to content: animals acting on the same level as human beings.
    Banned in the province of Hunan, China