In recognition of Banned Books Week (Sept 24 – October 1), I thought I’d highlight some fan favorites that have been challenged or removed from libraries within the past year.
Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares Challenged at the Theisen Middle School in Fon du Lac, Wis. by a parent who believes that the book has inappropriate subject matter for children. “Some (of the characters in the book) are sexually active, and alcohol is part of their recreation.”
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen Removed from a spring break elective course at the Bedford, N.H. School District after a parent complained about the novel’s sexual content. The complaint further suggested that the school only allow “youth versions” of particular books or organize a parental review system over the summer that would look at books that students need parental permission to read.
Betrayed by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast Challenged in the North Star Borough School District, Fairbanks, Alaska high school libraries because, “It simply causes kids to think even more of things sexual.”
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins Challenged and presented to the Goffstown, N.H. school board by a parent claiming that it gave her eleven-year-old nightmares and could numb other students to the effects of violence
To see the entire list of recent challenges or more information about banned books, visit the ALA website at www.ala.org