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Banned Book Week

September 21-September 27, 2014

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The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-Time Indian

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.


Held at Marshall University (Juvenile Collection JF A384a)



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