Banned Books 2016 – Into the River

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


Banned from sale and supply in New Zealand because it contains “highly offensive language, strong sexual descriptions (and) covers serious things like pedophilia and sexual abuse.” The country’s Film and Literature Board, following complaints from family advocacy group Family First, took the book out of circulation. It was the first book banned in New Zealand in the last twenty-two years. On October 14, 2015, the Film and Literature Board lifted the ban, ruling by a majority that while aspects of the book were offensive it did not merit an age restriction. The novel is a coming-of-age story, and is intended for a young adult audience.

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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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Last updated

July 20, 2016