Banned Book Week

September 27-October 3, 2015

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Song of Solomon


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 district trustees approved policy changes on how the district selects books and handles parents' objections. The challenged coming-of-age novel, written by a Pultzer Prize and Nobel Prize winner, is about a young black man who grows up in Michigan. It has profanity, sexual imagery, and a story line about an incestous relationship.


Retained in the Franklin Central High School's Advanced Placement English curriculum in Indianapolis (IN), despite some parents' concerns about the novel's language and sexual content.


Reinstated in the Shelby (MI) school Advanced Placement English Curriculum, but parents are to be informed in writing and at a meeting about the books contents. Student's not wanting to read the book can choose and alternative without academic penalty. The superintendednt had suspended the book from the curriculum.

Held at Marshall University (Drinko Library - PS3563 .O8749S66 2005)

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