Banned Books

THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN

2016

Challenged, but retained in the Brunswick County (NC) schools because, "Appeals to a book the school board has previously ruled on will not be considered for two years." A grandmother complained that the book "portrays bestiality and is pornographic." Not disheartened by the decision to retain, she said she achieved her objective with the latest challenge - to inform parents about the book.

2015

Pulled from the Meridian (ID) high school supplemental reading list after some parents complained that the novel "discusses masturbation, contains profanity, and has been viewed as anti-Christian." School board members rejected a committee recommendation that the book should stay on the 10th grade English supplemental reading list with parential permission required. Challenged at the Cedar Grove Middle School in Wilmington (NC) because "the book contains numerous depictions of sexual behavior, as well as instances of racism, vulgar language, bullying, and violence." Suspended from the Highland Park, (TX) Independent School District's approved book list by the school superintendent. The decision sparked a backlash and drew national attention. The superintendent then reinstated the book. In February 2015, the school trustees approved policy changes on how the district selects books and handles parents objections.

2014

Removed as required reading in a Queens (NY) middle school because the book included excerpts on masturbation. Challenged on the 10th grade required reading list at Skyview High School in Billings (MT) because "[t]his book is, shockingly, written by a Native American who reinforces all the negative stereotypes of his people and does it from the crude, obscene, and unfiltered viewpoint of a 9th-grader growing up on the reservation." Pulled from the Jefferson County (WV) schools because a parent complained about the novel's graphic nature. Challenged in a Sweet Home (OR) Junior High English class because of concerns about its content, particularly what some parents see as the objectification of women and young girls, and the way alternative lessons were developed and presented. Parents of the 8th-graders in the language arts classes received information summarizing the novel's most controversial issues before the unit started and had the option of asking for an alternative assignment.

2013

Challenged as required reading in at least three freshmen English classes at Westfield (NJ) High School because of "some very sensitive material in the book including excerpts on masturbation amongst other explicit sexual references, encouraging pornography, racism, religious irreverence, and strong language (including the f- and n-words)." Challenged at the West Valley School Distrist in Yakima (WA) because some parents found the sexual references and profanity in the novel inappropriate for high school students.

2012

Banned, but later returned to the Richland (WA) school district's 2011 reading list despite objections to the "coarse themes and language in the young-adult novel." Pulled from the Dade County (GA) library shelves and the required high school reading list because of complaints about "vulgarity, racism, and anti-Christian content." Challenged at the Old Rochester Regional Junior High School in Mattapoisett (MA) as an eighth-grade English assignment. Challenged as required reading in at least three freshmen English classes at Westfield (NJ) High School because of "some very sensitive material in the book including excerpts on masturbation amongst other explicit sexual references, encouraging pornography, racism, religious irreverence, and strong language (including the f- and n-words)."

2011

Banned in the Stockton (MO) School District because of violence, Language, and some sexual content. Retained in the Helena (MT) School District despite a parent's objection that the book contained "obscene, vulgar and pornographic language."

2010

Retained on the summer reading list at Antioch (IL) High School despite objections from several parents who found its language vulgar and racist. In response to concerns, however, the district will form a committee each March to review future summer reading assignments. The committee, which will include parents, would decide whether parents should be warned if a book contains possibly objectionable material.

2009

Suspended from a Crook County High School classroom in Prineville (OR) after a parent complained it was offensive. The book will remain out of the classroom while the school district revamps its policies.


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