Banned Book Week

September 21-September 27, 2014

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The Color Purple


Challenged, but retained as a Brunswick County (NC) Advanced Placement English eleventh-grade assignment. Language and sexuality or "obscenity" were most often cited as the reason for the majority of the unofficial complaints and crticisms, as was whether or not the book, a Pulitzer Prize winner that deals with issues of racism, violence against women, and rape, has literary value that was age appropriate for the students.


Challenged and or banned for offensive language, being sexually explicit and unsuited to age group.


Challenged in Burke County schools in Morgantown (NC) by parents concerned about the homosexuality, rape, and incest portrayed in the book.


Banned for sexually explicit and offensive language and homosexuality.


Challenged in Fairfax (VA) school libraries by a group called Parents Against Bad Books in Schools for "profanity and descriptions of drug abuse, sexually explicit conduct and torture".

Held at Marshall (Drinko - PS3573.A425.C6 1982)

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