Banned Books

The Things They Carried


Challenged in the Troup (TX) School District because the book is "vulgar," "complete garbage trash," and "filled with sexual content and profanity." The book is a collection of short stories about a platoon of American soldiers in the Vietnam War.


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.


Banned from the George County(MS) schools because of profanity.


Challenged, but retained, in Pennridge (PA) because of the book's strong language.

  • A BANNED book has been removed from a library, classroom, etc.
  • A CHALLENGED book has been requested to be removed from a library, classroom, etc.

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