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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 immoral” 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
` 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