Banned Books 2016 – The Disappearing Spoon: And Other Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements

Marshall University does not ban books! The information is provided to let people know what has been banned/challenged elsewhere.


Challenged at the Discovery Middle School in Orlando (FL) because “parts of the book are dark, and [the book has] some content that’s rather questionable for a 12- and 13-year-old reader.” The author views the periodic table as one of the great achievements of humankind, “an anthropological marvel.” The book is full of stories showing how each element affected the people who discovered the elements, for either good or bad.

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Last updated

July 26, 2016