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Banned Book Week

September 21 - September 27, 2013

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

2014

Removed from 8th-grade classrooms at Hadley Junior High School in Glen Ellyn (IL) because of concerns about sexually explicit content and language. In June, the Glen Ellyn Elementary Dicstrict 41 School Board overturned the decision and returned the book to library shelves. Nost board members were willing to reinstate the book after assurances from district administrators that a revised parental notification letter would be sent at the start of each school year warning parents that their children could be getting access to sometimes mature content in classroom libraries. Challenged on a summer reading list for incoming freshmen at Wharton High School in Tampa (FL) because "it deals with sexual situations and drug use."

2013

Challenged as assigned reading at the Grandview Heights (OH) High School because the book deals with drugs, alcohol, sex, homosexuality, and abuse.

2012

Challenged, but retained, at the Clarkstown (NY) North High School despite a parent's complaint about the teen coming-of-age novel, which deals graphically with teenage sex, homosexuality, and bestiality.

2011

Challenged, but retained, at the Clarkstown (NY) North High School despite a parent's complaint about the teen coming-of-age novel, which deals graphically with teenage sex, homosexuality, and bestiality.

2010

Removed from Portage (IN) High School classrooms for topics such as homosexuality, drug use, and sexual behavior. Challenged at the West Bend (WI) Community Memorial Library as being "obscene or child pornography" in a section designated "Young Adults." The Library board unanimously voted 9-0 to maintain, "without removing, relocating, labeling, or otherwise restricting access," the book in the young adult section at the West Bend Community Memorial Library. The vote was a rejection of a four-month campaign conducted by the citizen's group West Bend Citizens for Safe Libraries to move fiction and nonfiction books from the young adult section to the adult section and label them as containing sexual material. Challenged on Wyoming (OH) high school district's suggested reading list. Restricted at the William Byrd and Hidden Valley high schools in Roanoke (VA) to juniors and seniors. Freshman and sophmores will need parential permission to check out the book.

2009

Removed from Portage (IN) High School classrooms for topics such as homsexuality, drug use and sexual behavior.

2008

Challenged on the Commack (NY) High School summer reading list because the novel contains a two-page rape scene.

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. Chbosky's novel, which contains references to masturbation, homosexuality, and bestiality, got the bulk of the criticism.

2006

Retained in the Arrowhead HS curriculum in Merton (WI) as optional reading. Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction sent a letter to principals and district superintendents asking them to make sure that the book was no longer available to minors or any other students.

2005

Challenged in Montgomery County (TX) Memorial Library System along with 15 other young adult books with gay positive themes by the Library Patrons of Texas. Retained as optional reading in the Arrowhead High School curriculum (Merton WI).

2004

Removed as a reading assignment in an elective sociology course at the Massapequa (NY) High School because of its "offensive content".

2003

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".



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