2011-Removed from the Richland (WA) school curriculum but later reinstated.
2010: Stockton (MO) School District banned the book due to violence, language and some sexual content.
2008: Removed from Crook County (OR) High School in violation of district policy because the book discussed masturbation. Later returned to the library but banned for classroom use.
2009-West Bend (WI). plaintiffs demand the destruction of the book, the mayor's resignation and $30,000 each. The book is "derogatory and slanderous to all males, and dangerously offensive and disrespectful to all people" and that "can permeate violence, and puts one's life in possible jeopardy, adults and children alike."
2007-Removed from Tuscola (TX) Jim Ned High School because of violence, sexual themes & profanity. A teacher was charged with providing material “harmful to minors” and subsequently placed on paid administrative leave.
2011-Bedford, (NH) removed from high school reading list because of "obscenities...Jesus-bashing religious bigotry and also some drug promotion." The parents subsequently began home-schooling their child.
2010-Easton (PA) a taxpayer with no children in the schools challenged on the grounds that this book is "political activism” & "promotes economic fallacies, socialist ideas, illegal drug use and belittles Christians."
Challenged at Owen-Withee Junior & Senior High School (WI), as pervasively vulgar and objectionable due to gay content. After a review, the book remained in the schools but the superintendent recommended parental permission be required for students who want to check out the book.
2010-Hillsborough County/Tampa (FL) parents objected to this title on the English AP reading list. Out of nine high schools, two banned the book outright, and the other seven either required parental consent to read it or placed a “Mature Reader” label on the front cover.
In 1795, founding father Thomas Paine was considered blasphemous for his wholesale attack on the Bible. Written in a deliberately flippant manner, Paine condemned the Old Testament as being filled with "obscene stories and voluptuous debaucheries", claimed the New Testament was inconsistent, and the Virgin Birth merely "hearsay upon hearsay." Despite the book's plea for religious tolerance, it was a frequent target for censors.
Removed by the school's principal, and later returned to the Roosevelt Elementary School library in Tulare (CA). (1986) with the word "shit" whited out. Challenged, but retained, in the Wichita, Kans. public schools (1991) because it was offensive. Removed from, but later returned to, the Stevens Point, Wis. Area School elementary recommended reading list (1992) due to the book's profanity and occasional references to underage drinking. Removed from the Cayce-West Columbia, S.C. School District's Congaree Elementary School library (1998) because of Lowry's use of a vulgarity for human waste, as well as the use of a slang term for sex.
In 1993, the Olathe, Kansas school system ordered all copies of this book removed from high school library shelves and the book was burned on the steps of the Kansas City, Kansas school board building because of its positive portrayal of two girls who fall in love.
Challenged and restricted in Mont Belvieu, Texas (1996) for "setting the wrong standard for teaching about growing up and sexuality."
Blume has five books in the top 100 frequently challenged books. Other titles include Blubber, Deenie, and Forever.
Author's comments: "When Margaret was published in 1970 I gave copies to my children's school but the books never reached the shelves. The male principal decided they were inappropriate because of the discussion of menstruation. Then one night the phone rang and a woman asked if I was the one who had written that book. When I replied that I was, she called me a communist and hung up."
Challenged at the St. Johns County Schools in St. Augustine, Fla. (1995). Retained on the Round Rock, Tex. Independent High School reading list (1996) after a challenge that the book was too violent. Challenged by a member of the Madawaska, Maine School Committee (1997) because of the book's language. Challenged in the Sarasota County, Fla. schools (1998) because of sexual material.
The Newbery Award-winning book was challenged as sixth grade recommended reading in Lincoln, Nebr. schools (1986) because it contained "profanity" including the phrase "Oh Lord" and "Lord" used as an expletive.
Harwinton & Burlington, Conn. schools (1990)
Apple Valley (CA) Unified School District (1992) Mechanicsburg (PA) Area School District (1992) Cleburne (TX) Independent School (1992)
Gettysburg (PA) schools (1993)
Medway, Maine schools (1995)
Oskaloosa, Kans. (1993) led to the enactment of a policy requiring teachers list each profanity and the number of times used in the book and forward the list to parents, who must grant permission for children to read the material.
The story about young men caught up in the Vietnam War has been challenged and removed from school libraries due to racism, offensive language and violence.
2006- Removed from the Blue Valley School District's (KS) high school curriculum
2004-Banned at the Franklin Central High School in Indianapolis (IN) because of profanity.
2003-Challenged in Fairfax (VA) by Parents Against Bad Books in Schools for "profanity & descriptions of drug abuse, sexually explicit conduct & torture."
2001-Challenged, but retained in Arlington (TX) junior high school libraries.
Nebula Award winner for Best Science Fiction Novel in 1966 & #43 the 100 Most Challenged Books List, the book has been has been banned in Plant City, Florida; Emporium, Pennsylvania; and Glen Rose (Arkansas) High School. It has been challenged by Oberlin (Ohio) and Glenrock (Wyoming) High Schools for its "distasteful love scenes."
Number 23 of the list of frequently challenged books.
Challenged in 2008 as a reading assignment at Hanahan Middle School in Berkeley County (SC) because of blatant, explicit language using street terms for sex, talk of worms eating body parts, and blasphemy.
Removed: Cottage Grove, Oregon Head Start Center, 1995.
Fayetteville, North Carolina: "In October, 1992, a Right to Life member objected to the book's presence in the county library ... the objector admitted that she had never seen the books, but said 'anything that promotes or teaches homosexuality is decaying the minds of children.'"
2007-Removed from Johnston County (NC) due to sexual content.
2005-Fayetteville (AR) parents want to remove this book and 54 others due to profane language, teen pregnancy, and depictions of sexuality; accused the librarians and others of promoting a "homosexual agenda".
Challenged in Hernando County, Florida (1992) because of references to snuff, tobacco and whiskey. Removed from an elementary school in Charlotte Harbor, Florida, for being inappropriate reading for children and from Stafford County, Virgina, schools for encouraging children to disobey adults.
Awarded the Newbery Medal in 1973, this book is number 38 on the list of the 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books. Objections include sexual content, offensive language, violence and being unsuited to age group.
2010-Challenged but retained in San Luis Obispo High School (CA) after complaints about a single page describing boys prostituting themselves for food.
2000-Kearsley, (MI) school officials deleted six sentences about homosexuality because parents were offended.
1999: Removed from Federal Hocking School (Athens, Ohio)
D.H. Lawrence's classic work about a married woman's affair was declared an "obscene and filthy work" that could not be sent through the mail by the U.S. Postmaster General in 1959. The courts disagreed, and it can now be shipped freely.
Banned by U.S. Customs (1929), banned in Ireland (1932), Poland (1932), Australia (1959), Japan (1959), and Canada (1960-1962). Dissemination of Lawrence's novel has been stopped in China (1987) because the book will "corrupt the minds of young people and is also against Chinese tradition.
This book was challenged by Dallas, Texas Independent School District high school libraries (1974); challenged at the Sully Butes, S. Dak. High school (1981); challenged at Owen, N.C. High school (1981) because it is demoralizing and implies that man is an animal. It was also challenged at the Olney, TX. Independent School District (1984) because of “excessive violence and bad language.” Many members and parents of the black community challenged the book because of its open use of the word “nigger.” The only school to challenge and retain the book is a school in Bloomfield, N.Y.
Challenged: Goffstown, N.H. (1978); Elmwood Park, N.J. (1978) due to "objectionable" language; North Adams, Mass. (1981) due to "violence, sex, and profanity;" Berrian Springs, Mich. High School (1988) because the novel is "vulgar, profane, and sexually explicit;" Challenged in the Hamilton High School curriculum in Fort Wayne, Ind. (1998) because of the novel's graphic language and sexual content.
Removed from Irvington High School in Fremont, Calif. (1998) after a few parents complained the book was unnecessarily violence and sexually explicit.
Winner of the Newberry Award for young adult fiction. Temporarily banned from Bonita Unified School District (CA) after parents complained that violent and sexual passages were inappropriate for children. Restricted to students with parental permission at the Columbia Falls, (MT) schools because of themes of infanticide and euthanasia.
Considered "dangerous" because of profanity and undermining of race relations.
Challenges: Warren, Indiana, township schools, 1981; Eden Valley, Minnesota, 1977 (temporarily banned); Vernon Verona Sherill, New York, School District, 1980; Waukegan, Illinois, School District, 1984; Kansas City,
Missouri, junior high schools, 1985; Park Hill (Missouri) Junior High School, 1985.
Protested by African American parents and NAACP in Casa Grande (Arizona) Elementary School District, 1985.
Includes a number of romantic entanglements including a young woman who disguises herself as a boy.
The Associated Press reported in March 1996 that Merrimack, New Hampshire schools had pulled Shakespeare's book from the curriculum after the school board passed a "prohibition of alternative lifestyle instruction" act.
2008-Removed by the district’s instructional materials specialist and later reinstated in the middle school libraries of the Capistrano, (CA) Unified School District (2008).
2009-Challenged at the Brockbank Junior High in Magna, Utah by a parent over sexual content in the fourth novel, Breaking Dawn.