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Challenged Books

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    • Challenged Books
    • The Handmaid's Tale
      By: Margaret Atwood
      Challenged for:
      “profane language,” anti-Christian overtones, “violence” and “sexual degradation”.
    • In the Heat of the Night
      by: John Ball
      Challenged for language and racial stereotyping.
      Taught at WCSS.
    • 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.
    • To Kill a Mockingbird
      By: Harper Lee
      Challenged due to racial stereotyping.
      Taught at WCSS
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Greasy, Grimy, Gopher Guts: The Subversive Folklore of Children
      By: Josepha Sherman and T.K.F. Weisskopf.
      Challenged due to "inappropriate content for children"
    • 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
    • Different Seasons
      By: Stephen King
      Challenged due to language and content.
    • The Giver
      By: Lois Lowry
      Challenged due to age appropriateness.
      Taught in DSBN.
    • Foxfire
      By: Joyce Oates
      The book, which deals with the subject of teenaged gangs, was challenged due to obscene and profane language and content.
    • 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.
    • On the Banks of Plum Creek
      By: Laura Ingalls Wilder
      Challenged due to offensive content - racism.
    • 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
    • Lord of the Flies
      By: William Golding
      Challenged due to racial slurs.
      Taught at WCSS
    • Flowers for Algernon
      By: Daniel Keyes
      Challenged for being "filthy and
      Taught in DSBN
    • The Diviners
      By: Margaret Laurence
      Challenged for inappropriate language and content.
    • 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
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      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
    • The Da Vinci Code
      By: Dan Brown
      Challenged due to religious slurs towards the Christian faith and inaccurate portrayal of facts.
      Banned in Lebanon.
    • 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
    • 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