Banned Books

THE LAND

2017

Challenged and retained in a Marion County (FL) high school English class because a group of parents objected to a racial slur used in a historical context. The book does not shy away from the ugly reality of racism and discrimination, and includes multiple uses of racial slurs in context. Taylor, who based the books on her won family history, includes an author's note at the beginning of the book that addresses the sometimes-difficult language and events covered inside. Marion County School District's Kevin Christian said, "T say we're not going to use this book because it upsets you and it doesn't upset me or vice versa, I'm not sure that's a valid argument, to take a piece of highly respected and award-willing piece of American historical literature our of the classroom and never expose students to that."

2009

Removed from the Turner elementary School media-center shelves in New Tampa (FL) as age-inappropriate. A parent challenged the book because the novel contains a racial epithet.

2008

Removed from the Turner elementary School media-center shelves in New Tampa (FL) as age-inappropriate. A parent challenged the book because the novel contains a racial epithet.


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