Banned Books

BELOVED

2013

Challenged, but retained as a text in Salem (MI) High School Advanced Placement English courses. The complainants cited the allegedly obscene nature of some passages in the book and asked that it be removed from the curriculum. District officials determined the novel was appropriate for the age and maturity level of Advanced Placement students. In reviewing the novel, the committee also considered the accuracy of the material, the objectivity of the material and the necessity of using the material in light of the curriculum. Challenged at the Fairfax County (VA) schools because a parent complained that the book "depicts scenes of bestiality, gan rape, and an infant's gruesome murder."

2012

Challenged, but retained as a text in Salem (MI) High School Advanced Placement English courses. The complainants cited the allegedly obscene nature of some passages in the book and asked that it be removed from the curriculum. District officials determined the novel was appropriate for the age and maturity level of Advanced Placement students. In reviewing the novel, the committee also considered the accuracy of the material, the objectivity of the material and the necessity of using the material in light of the curriculum.

2008

Pulled from the senior AP English class at Eastern HS in Louisville (KY) because two parents complained that the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about antebellum slavery depicted the inappropriate topics of bestiality, racism and sex. Challenged in the Coeur d'Alene (ID) School District. Some parents say the book along with five other books should require parental permission for students to read them.

2007

Retained on the Northwest Suburban HS District 214 reading list in Arlington Heights (IL) along with eight other challenged titles. A newly elected school board member raised the controversy based on excerpts from the books she'd found on the Internet. Pulled from the senior AP English class at Eastern HS in Louisville (KY) because two parents complained that the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about antebellum slavery depicted the inappropriate topics of bestiality, racism and sex.


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