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Banned Books Week: Recently Challenged Books

Recently Challenged Books

Below is a list of books that have recently been challenged as reported to American Libraries Direct & the Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom from May 2014 - March 2015. You can click HERE to read about the reasons in more detail.

By clicking on the books you will be taken to our catalog where you can choose to place a "hold" on any title you find of interest. You just need to enter your library card # (starts with 22861 if you are a Fallsburg Library patron) and then your pin # which is the last 4 digits of the telephone # you gave to the library.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Reasons for being challenged:

Anti-Christian, profanity, violence, racism, bullying, & depictions of sexual behavior.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Reasons for being challenged:

Inappropriate language for high school freshmen.

Hop on Pop

Reasons for being challenged:

Encourages children to use violence against their fathers.

The Fault in Our Stars

Reasons for being challenged:

Teen love story inappropriate for age group because of crude language and sex.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Reasons for being challenged:

Offensive language.

Tin Tin in America

Reasons for being challenged:

Depicts racial stereotypes.

The Kite Runner

Reasons for being challenged:

Violence.

Twilight Saga

Twilight series - by Stephanie Meyer

When seventeen-year-old Bella leaves Phoenix to live with her father in Forks, Washington, she meets an exquisitely handsome boy at school for whom she feels an overwhelming attraction and who she comes to realize is not wholly human.
Bella must choose between her friendship with Jacob and her relationship with Edward, both vampires, but when Seattle is ravaged by a mysterious string of killings, the three of them need to decide whether their personal lives are more important than the well-being of an entire city.
When the Cullens, including her beloved Edward, leave Forks rather than risk revealing that they are vampires, it is almost too much for eighteen-year-old Bella to bear, but she finds solace in her friend Jacob until he is drawn into a "cult" and changes in terrible ways.
Although eighteen-year-old Bella joins the dark but seductive world of the immortals by marrying Edward the vampire, her connection to the powerful werewolf Jacob remains unsevered.

 

Reasons for being challenged:

Occult & demonic content.

Madhorubhagan (One Part Woman)

Madhorubhagan (One Part Woman) by Perumal Murugan

(This title is NOT available within our library system).

Madhorubhagan has been translated and published in English as 'One Part Woman', it is fictional account of a poor, childless couple, and how the wife, who wants to conceive, takes part in an ancient Hindu chariot festival where, on one night, consensual sex between any man and woman is allowed. Murugan explores the tyranny of caste and pathologies of a community in tearing the couple apart and destroying their marriage.

Reasons for being challenged:

Irreligious & shows women devotees in bad light.

Of Mice and Men

Reasons for being challenged:

Use of racial terms & use of "Jesus Christ" as a curse word.

The Working Poor: Invisible in America

Reasons for being challenged:

Depicts sexual abuse & abortion.

The House of Night series

The House of Night series - by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast

House of Night is a thrillingly engaging book series that follows 16-year-old Zoey Redbird, who gets “Marked” by a vampire tracker and begins to undergo the “Change” into an actual vampire. She has to leave her family in Tulsa and move into the House of Night, a boarding school for other fledglings like her.

It’s within the school’s walls that the heart of the action takes place as Zoey meets new friends, finds love, comes to terms with how her life will be different now and begins to realize her awesome new powers.

Reasons for being challenged:

Occult & demonic content.

Sixth Grade Can Really Kill You

Reasons for being challenged:

Uses the word "retarded" to refer to students with special needs.

If I Ran the Zoo

Reasons for being challenged:

Depiction of racial stereotypes.

Looking for Alaska

Reasons for being challenged:

Too racy to read.

It's Perfectly Normal

Reasons for being challenged:

Cartoon nudity.

Siddhartha

Reasons for being challenged:

Sexual content.

Brave New World

Reasons for being challenged:

Because students can now quickly grasp the sexual & drug related references through an Internet search.

The Bluest Eye

Reasons for being challenged:

Sexual & violent content.

The White Swan Express

Reasons for being challenged:

Depicts lesbian couple adopting a baby.

Persepolis

Reasons for being challenged:

Images of dismemberment & of urine being used for torture.

The Art of Racing in the Rain

Reasons for being challenged:

Sex scene that made parents uncomfortable.

Two Boys Kissing

Reasons for being challenged:

Homosexuality.

Chinese Handcuffs

Reasons for being challenged:

Extreme violence, suicide, drug/alcohol abuse, & sexual abuse.

Little Brother

Reasons for being challenged:

Promotes "hacker" culture.

An Abundance of Katherines

Reasons for being challenged:

Sexual content.

Paper Towns

Reasons for being challenged:

Language, sexual content, derogatory to women.

Who's in My Family? All About Families

Reasons for being challenged:

References to single parents and same-sex parents.

Identical

Reasons for being challenged:

Inappropriate for age group & sexual abuse.

Song of Solomon

Reasons for being challenged:

Profanity, sexual imagery, & incest.

Nineteen Minutes

Reasons for being challenged:

Content not suitable for high school students. Graphic school violence & sexual activity.

The Glass Castle

Reasons for being challenged:

Inappropriate for age group.

And Tango Makes Three

Reasons for being challenged:

Homosexuality.