"100 Challenged Books" archive

Jump Ship to Freedom

AUTHOR: James Lincoln Collier and Christoper Collier ISBN: 0440443237 Plot Summary: Daniel Arabus and his mother are slaves in the house of Captain Ivers of Connecticut. Since Daniel's father fought in the Revolution and saved up enough money, by law,...



The Terrorist

AUTHOR: Caroline Cooney ISBN: 0590228544 Plot Summary: 16-year-old Laura, an American living in London, tries to find the people responsible for her brother's death in a terrorist bombing. Word from the mouse: Barely forty pages in and I already had...



The Headless Cupid

AUTHOR: Zilpha Keatley Snyder ISBN: 0440435072 Plot Summary: David and his three younger siblings are introduced to the world of the occult when they meet their new step-sister. Complaints: Occult themes Retained in the Grand Haven, MA, school libraries in...



The View From The Cherry Tree

AUTHOR: Willo Davis Roberts ISBN: 0689717849 Plot Summary: A thriller for kids. From his favorite cherry tree, Rob sees a murder. But when he tries to tell his family, no one believes him. Complaints: Violence, Inappropriate to age Solonor Says...



How To Eat Fried Worms

AUTHOR: Thomas Rockwell ISBN: 0440445450 Plot Summary: A kids book about two boys that make a silly bet about eating 15 worms in 15 days. Complaints: Inappropriate to age Solonor Says Ban It Because: To quote Bill the Cat: "Oop!...



Girls and Sex

AUTHOR: Wardell Pomeroy ISBN: 0385302517 Plot Summary: A girl's guide to sex, including the physical, emotional and ethical aspects. It includes detailed information about anatomy, reproductive systems and the consequences of sexual relationships. Complaints: Sexual themes A parent of a...



The Drowning of Stephan Jones

AUTHOR: Bette Greene ISBN: 0440226953 Plot Summary: Carla Wayland's dream of being with the 'in' crowd comes true when she starts dating the popular Andy Harris--a hateful, fearmonger who torments a recently arrived gay couple. When Andy's harassment leads to...



Sex Education

AUTHOR: Jenny Davis ISBN: 053108356X Plot Summary: David and Livvie are working on their term project together for their sex education class. Their project is to care for someone else for the semester. But when they choose a lonely, pregnant...



Running Loose

AUTHOR: Chris Crutcher ISBN: 0440975700 Plot Summary: Louie, a high school senior in a small Idaho town, learns about sportsmanship, love, and death as he matures into manhood. Complaints: Sexual themes, violence, offensive language Solonor Says Ban It Because: I...



Pillars of the Earth

AUTHOR: Ken Follett ISBN: 0451166892 Plot Summary: The epic story of the building of a cathedral in 12th century England. Word from the mouse: This book read rather like the fantasy I'm used to, minus any fancy creatures. There's adventure,...



Little Black Sambo

AUTHOR: Helen Bannerman ISBN: 1557094144 Plot Summary: The classic tale of a young Indian boy who meets up with tigers and turns them into butter. Complaints: Racism Banned from Toronto public schools in 1956. Solonor Says Ban It Because: Fair...



Summer Of My German Soldier

AUTHOR: Bette Greene ISBN: 014130636X Plot Summary: When German POW's are brought to Arkansas during World War II, 12-year-old Patty, a Jewish girl, befriends one. When he escapes, she risks everything for her new friendship. Complaints: Offensive language, sexual themes,...



Where's Waldo?

AUTHOR: Martin Hanford ISBN: 0763619205 Plot Summary: A picture book, where you look closely to find...oh, hell, everyone knows what this is! Sheesh! Complaints: Nudity (Yes, I am serious.) Although most of us are searching for Waldo among the crowd...



Private Parts

AUTHOR: Howard Stern ISBN: 0671009443 Plot Summary: The author discusses his life and work. Complaints: Offensive language, sexual themes, racism Solonor Says Ban It Because: Zzzzzzzzzzzz. Sorry, Howard who? Oh, yeah, him. Unfunny smut. Ban it. Then, we'll go after...



Always Running

AUTHOR: Luis Rodriguez ISBN: 0671882317 Plot Summary: The author's account of his life with gangs in East Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley in the 1960's. Complaints: Violence, offensive language, sexual themes, racism Banned in the Rockford, Illinois public...



Song of Solomon

AUTHOR: Toni Morrison ISBN: 0452260116 Plot Summary: Macon "Milkman" Dead III inherits his father's worst qualities. He is selfish, spoiled and greedy. Morrison's lyrical novel tells the story of his growth into a man, with the help of his Aunt...



The Dead Zone

AUTHOR: Stephen King ISBN: 0451155750 Plot Summary: A reluctant clairvoyant is driven to become an assassin. Complaints: Violence, offensive language Banned in Peru, IN School System (1992) along with 'Cujo' and 'Christine' because the books are "filthy." Solonor Says Ban...



The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

AUTHOR: Mark Twain ISBN: 1566194792 Plot Summary: Mark Twain's first novel is about a boy growing up on the banks of the Mississippi. Complaints: Offensive language, racism Removed from the seventh-grade curriculum in the West Chester, Pa. schools (1994) after...



Mommy Laid An Egg

AUTHOR: Babette Cole ISBN: 0811813193 Plot Summary: Two kids explain to their parents where babies come from, using their own drawings. Designed for ages 5-8. Complaints: Sexual themes In 1998, the book was moved out of the children's section of...



Family Secrets

AUTHOR: Norma Klein ISBN: 0803702213 Plot Summary: Peter and Leslie, who have been living next door to each other for years, are in love. Their romance is shattered, however, when Leslie's mother decides to marry Peter's father...and make them brother...



The Arizona Kid

AUTHOR: Ron Koertge ISBN: 0316501018 Plot Summary: 16-year-old Billy Kennedy is spending the summer with his gay uncle in Tucson, cleaning stables and grooming horses at the local race track. He dreams of becoming a vet...and of the girl who...



On My Honor

AUTHOR: Marion Dane Bauer ISBN: 0440466334 Plot Summary: 12-year old Joel promises not to go anywhere except the park. He and his daredevil friend, Tony, then go swimming in a dangerous river. Tony drowns, leaving Joel to face his friend's...



Tiger Eyes

AUTHOR: Judy Blume ISBN: 0440984696 Plot Summary: After 15-year-old Davey's father is killed in a robbery, she and her mother and younger brother move in with relatives in far off New Mexico. There she meets a young man who helps...



Carrie

AUTHOR: Stephen King ISBN: 0671039725 Plot Summary: 16-year-old Carrie is abused and denied everything fun by her fanatical mother. She is teased and tormented at school. But she has a secret--she has telekinetic powers. Powers that are unleashed in revenge...



Where Did I Come From?

AUTHOR: Peter Mayle ISBN: 0818402539 Plot Summary: A broadly humorous approach to sex and puberty, using comic illustrations. Complaints: Sexual themes Challenged at the Washoe County Library System in Reno, Nev. (1994) because "Nobody in their right mind would give...



Bless Me, Ultima

AUTHOR: Rudolfo A. Anaya ISBN: 0446600253 Plot Summary: Six-year-old Antonio Marez meets Ultima, a curandera (one who heals with magic and herbs). Antonio grows to adulthood in the presence and under the care of Ultima, exploring family ties, magical secrets...



Jack

AUTHOR: A.M. Homes ISBN: 0679732217 Plot Summary: 15-year-old Jack is confused about his feelings for his father to begin with, since Dad left Jack and his mother four years earlier, but now he finds out his father is gay... Complaints:...



Curses, Hexes and Spells

AUTHOR: Daniel Cohen ISBN: 0397314930 Plot Summary: A kids' book that tells about curses on families, creatures, places, wanderers and ghosts. It also describes amulets and talismans which provide protection. Complaints: Witchcraft, Satanism Solonor Says Ban It Because: Ow! Quit...



Women on Top: How Real Life Has Changed Women's Fantasies

AUTHOR: Nancy Friday ISBN: 0671648454 Plot Summary: This book details the sexual fantasies of women, based upon the response of 150 participants in a study by Ms. Friday, the author of "My Secret Garden". Complaints: Sexual themes Before a final...



Native Son

AUTHOR: Richard Wright ISBN: 0060809779 Plot Summary: Bigger Thomas is a young black man who kills a white woman in a moment of panic in 1930's Chicago. The novel tells of the downward spiral his life becomes after this act....



Lord of the Flies

AUTHOR: William Golding ISBN: 0399501487 Plot Summary: A group of English school boys is stranded on a deserted island. This tale tells of their survival, as they revert to man's basest level. Complaints: Violence, offensive language, racist The Toronto School...



Slaughterhouse-Five

AUTHOR: Kurt Vonnegut ISBN: 0385333846 Plot Summary: Billy Pilgrim is unstuck in time. He keeps bouncing around between the Allied bombing of Dresden and other points in his life. Aided by an advanced extraterrestrial civilization that kidnaps him and places...



The Face On The Milk Carton

AUTHOR: Caroline Cooney ISBN: 0440220653 Plot Summary: Janie Johnson sees at the face of a missing little girl on the side of a milk carton. Shocked, she thinks she recognizes that little girl as herself. Janie can't believe that her...



The House of Spirits

AUTHOR: Isabel Allende ISBN: 0553273914 Plot Summary: The novel tells the story of the Trueba family from the turn of the century to the overthrow of the Salvador Allende government in 1973. Complaints: Sexual themes, offensive language Solonor Says Ban...



Guess What?

AUTHOR: Mem Fox ISBN: 0152007695 Plot Summary: This is a picture book for new readers. They are invited to guess the occupation of Daisy O'Grady in a series of yes/no questions. Complaints: Immorality, witchcraft Solonor Says Ban It Because: BURN...



Fade

AUTHOR: Robert Cormier ISBN: 0440210917 Plot Summary: Paul Moreaux, a 13-year-old French Canadian immigrant to the U.S., finds he has the ability to become invisible. He soon learns that this ability is inherited in his family. He abuses the power,...



Athletic Shorts

AUTHOR: Chris Crutcher ISBN: 0440213908 Plot Summary: Six short stories highlighting characters from the author's earlier works. Complaints: Offensive language, sexual themes, racism Solonor Says Ban It Because: There's too much reality around for kids. They need some good old...



Crazy Lady

AUTHOR: Jane Conly ISBN: 0064405710 Plot Summary: Vernon tries to come to terms with his mother's death. Alienated from his father, he joins his friends in taunting the neighborhood outcasts: Maxine, an alcoholic, and Ronald, her retarded son. But when...



Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret

AUTHOR: Judy Blume ISBN: 0440404193 Plot Summary: A monologue from a half-Jewish, half-gentile 11-year-old who is wrestling with her understanding of God. Complaints: Sexual themes, immorality Challenged in Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin, because the book is "sexually offensive and amoral."...



The 'What's Happening to My Body?' Book for Boys

AUTHOR: Lynda Madaras ISBN: 1557044430 Plot Summary: A discussion of the changes that take place for boys during puberty. Complaints: Sexual themes Solonor Says Ban It Because: (See The 'What's Happening to My Body?' Book for Girls)...



American Psycho

AUTHOR: Bret Easton Ellis ISBN: 0679735771 Plot Summary: Pat Bateman is a 26-year-old Wall Street whiz kid by day--and brutal killer by night. This book digs into the depths of the killer's mind (or madly satirizes the quick-fix, 'Just say...



Ordinary People

AUTHOR: Judith Guest ISBN: 0140065172 Plot Summary: From the Publisher--The Jarrets are a typical American family. Calvin is a determined, successful provider and Beth an organized, efficient wife. They had two sons, Conrad and Buck, but now they have one....



Boys and Sex

AUTHOR: Wardell Pomeroy ISBN: 0385302509 Plot Summary: A book for sixth graders that discusses the physical, emotional, and ethical aspects of sex including such topics as pre-adolescent sex play, masturbation, homosexuality, dating and petting, intercourse and its consequences, and other...



The Anarchist Cookbook

AUTHOR: William Powell ISBN: 0962303208 Plot Summary: An encyclopedia of why's and how-to's on every illicit activity the author could think of, including drugs, espionage and weaponry. Complaints: Language, drugs, inappropriate for age From the author:Warning! Read this book, but...



James and the Giant Peach

AUTHOR: Roald Dahl ISBN: 0140374248 Plot Summary: Another Dahl children's classic, wherein James escapes mistreatment at the hands of his two, evil aunts by running away with insects in a giant peach. Complaints: Language, drugs, inappropriate for age Challenged at...



Cujo

AUTHOR: Stephen King ISBN: 0451161351 Plot Summary: Cujo is a friendly old St. Bernard...until he goes down the rabbit hole and comes back as a foul demon from Hell... Complaints: Violence Banned in Graham school district, Texas. Solonor Says Ban...



Asking About Sex and Growing Up

AUTHOR: Joanna Cole ISBN: 0833525174 Plot Summary: An illustrated question and answer book about sex, intended for pre-teens. Complaints: Sexual themes, homosexuality Banned in Graham school district, Texas. Solonor Says Ban It Because: I'm getting tired of being snarky about...



Sleeping Beauty Trilogy

AUTHOR: A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice) ISBN: 0452156610 Plot Summary: Erotic take on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, done in three volumes. Complaints: Sexual themes Banned by many public libraries as "pornography". Solonor Says Ban It Because: It's just smut. Ms....



Brave New World

AUTHOR: Aldous Huxley ISBN: 0060929871 Plot Summary: "Community, Identity, Stability" That is the motto for Huxley's future utopia. Pain is drugged out of existence. Babies are born to specification in test tubes. Everything is perfect...and perfectly dull...This novel from 1931...



A Light In The Attic

AUTHOR: Shel Silverstein ISBN: 0060256737 Plot Summary: A collection of humorous poems and drawings for kids. Complaints: Violence, unsuited to age Challenged at the Fruitland Park Elementary School library in Lake County, Fla. (1993) because the book "promotes disrespect, horror,...



Cross Your Fingers, Spit in Your Hat: Superstitions and Other Beliefs

AUTHOR: Alvin Schwarz ISBN: 0397324367 Plot Summary: A children's catalogue of superstitions about love, marriage, money, ailments, travel, weather and death. Complaints: Discriminates against witches (I am dead serious.) In a request seeking removal of the book from eight Lawrence...



The Boy Who Lost His Face

AUTHOR: Louis Sachar ISBN: 0679886222 Plot Summary: David goes along with his friends and harrasses an old woman. But he gets more than he bargained for when she lays a curse on him. Complaints: Mysticism, offensive language Removed from the...



Annie On My Mind

AUTHOR: Nancy Garden ISBN: 0374404143 Plot Summary: Two 17-year-old girls meet and fall in love. Complaints: Sexual themes During a court trial in Oregon, school board members testified they believed their opinions about "Annie" and homosexuality were representative of people...



Flowers For Algernon

AUTHOR: Daniel Keyes ISBN: 0553274503 Plot Summary: Charlie Gordon, a mentally handicapped man, subjects himself to a radical experiment designed to increase his intelligence--so he can learn to read and be respected. We watch Charlie as he moves from retardation...



Deenie

AUTHOR: Judy Blume ISBN: 0440932599 Plot Summary: A 13-year-old girl, headed for a modeling career, discovers she has a deformation of the spine called scoliosis. Complaints: Sexual themes National Review Online: "The subplot...reads like a Jocelyn Elders how-to manual for...



Bumps in the Night

AUTHOR: Harry Allard ISBN: 0440412862 Plot Summary: Dudley Stork enlists the help of his friends, to find out why his new house is haunted. Complaints: Mysticism Solonor Says Ban It Because: More witchcraft...this time it's a seance for kiddies....



The Pigman

AUTHOR: Paul Zindel ISBN: 0553263218 Plot Summary: Mr. Pignati is the Pigman--an old man with a beer belly and a strange story. When two high schoolers meet up with him, they learn his whole sad tale. Complaints: Offensive language, sexual...



The Outsiders

AUTHOR: S.E. Hinton ISBN: 014038572X Plot Summary: Narrated by Ponyboy Curtis, it tells the story of rival gangs from different sides of the tracks--the greasers and the socials. Everyone considers the greasers to be outsiders. Even when they save some...



Beloved

AUTHOR: Toni Morrison ISBN: 0452280621 Plot Summary: Sethe, a former slave from Kentucky, is haunted by the ghost of her 2-year-old daughter, Beloved, whom she killed rather than allow to be recaptured. Now, 18 years later, a mysterious young woman...



To Kill A Mockingbird

AUTHOR: Harper Lee ISBN: 0446310786 Plot Summary: The classic story of growing up in the American Deep South in the 1930's. In it, a lawyer must defend a black man accused of raping a white woman, while single-handedly raising two...



The 'What's Happening to My Body?' Book for Girls

AUTHOR: Lynda Maderas ISBN: 1557044449 Plot Summary: A discussion of the changes that take place for girls during puberty. Complaints: Sexual themes Missing from the Northside Intermediate School library in Milton, Wis. (1994) after a parent complained "I don't think...



The Bluest Eye

AUTHOR: Toni Morrison ISBN: 0452273056 Plot Summary: 11-year-old Pecola Breedlove is a black girl who prays that her eyes will turn blue, so that she will be beautiful. Complaints: Sexual themes, offensive language, racial themes Solonor Says Ban It Because:...



Julie of the Wolves

AUTHOR: Jean Craighead George ISBN: 0064400581 Plot Summary: An Eskimo girl runs away from home and a forced marriage, gets lost on the Tundra, and is befriended by a pack of wolves. Complaints: Sexual themes, anti-family Challenged in Mexico, Mo....



The Handmaid's Tale

AUTHOR: Margaret Atwood ISBN: 038549081X Plot Summary: Offred is a Handmaid of the Republic of Gilead, where women do not control their own bodies. Women are no longer allowed to read, and once a month she must subject herself to...



Final Exit

AUTHOR: Derek Humphry ISBN: 0440507855 Plot Summary: A look at euthanasia, including statements of the position of various religious denominations on the subject. Complaints: Promotes suicide Solonor Says Ban It Because: Um, if you put this in front of kids,...



We All Fall Down

AUTHOR: Robert Cormier ISBN: 0440215560 Plot Summary: Four boys vandalize a Cape Code home and assault the 14-year-old girl that lives there. As she lays in a coma, her sister unwittingly falls in love with one of the thugs, and...



Halloween ABC

AUTHOR: Eve Merriam ISBN: 068980198X Plot Summary: Silly Halloween poems and art help teach kindergarteners the alphabet. Complaints: Promotes Satanism Halloween is of pagan origin and the book is "evil." Challenged at the Douglas County Library in Roseburg, Oreg. (1989)...



Killing Mr. Griffin

AUTHOR: Lois Duncan ISBN: 0440945151 Plot Summary: A group of teens hate their English teacher. So, they kidnap him--just to scare him--but he dies, and the kids are left to deal with the consequences...or hide from them... Complaints: Offensive language,...



Blubber

AUTHOR: Judy Blume ISBN: 0440407079 Plot Summary: Jill goes along with the rest of the fifth-grade class in tormenting Linda, her classmate, but then finds out what it's like when she, too, becomes a target. Aden says: I remember reading...



Kaffir Boy

AUTHOR: Mark Mathabane ISBN: 0684848287 Plot Summary: This is the author's account of what it was like to grow up under South Africa's apartheid regime. Complaints: Sexual content, offensive language Removed from sophomore reading list at Armijo High School in...



The Goats

AUTHOR: Brock Cole ISBN: 0374425752 Plot Summary: A boy and a girl at summercamp are stripped and left on an island as a cruel prank. They run away and try to hide until the girl's mother will come on Parent's...



Anastasia Krupnik (series)

AUTHOR: Lois Lowry ISBN: 0440408520 Plot Summary: A 10-year old writes in her green notebook about what it's like to grow up in this twisted world. Complaints: Profanity, underage drinking Solonor Says Ban It Because: Just another invitation to flout...



The New Joy of Gay Sex

AUTHOR: Charles Silverstein ISBN: 0060924381 Plot Summary: An educational sex tome for gay men. Complaints: Sex, homosexual themes, pornographic Solonor Says Ban It Because: It's so...um...gay......



The Witches

AUTHOR: Roald Dahl ISBN: 0141301104 Plot Summary: This is where Harry Potter comes from! The seven-year-old hero of this story is orphaned in an automobile accident and lives with his aged, cigar-smoking grandmother, a retired witchophile. Even though she tells...



The Stupids (series)

AUTHOR: Harry Allard ISBN: 0395253772 Plot Summary: The Stupid family is...well...stupid. Complaints: They're..um..stupid. Solonor Says Ban It Because: Tom Arnold. Enough said. Links Wielding the Red Pen - Through the Eyes of a Child...



In The Night Kitchen

AUTHOR: Maurice Sendak ISBN: 0064434362 Plot Summary: A fantasy story about Mickey's nighttime adventure in the baker's kitchen. Complaints: Nudity (Mick loses his pajamas when he falls in the kitchen.) Solonor Says Ban It Because: Smut, pure and simple. Child...



Fallen Angels

AUTHOR: Walter Dean Myers ISBN: 0590409433 Plot Summary: Richie is a 17-year-old black kid from Harlem, who gets sent to Vietnam in 1967. This tells the story of his year of active duty and the horrors of war. Complaints: Offensive...



Go Ask Alice

AUTHOR: anonymous ISBN: 0689817851 Plot Summary: The diary of a 15-year-old girl who struggles with drug addiction. Complaints: Offensive language, drug use, sexual themes Solonor Says Ban It Because: Girls should not think insecure, conflicted, angry thoughts while going through...



A Wrinkle In Time

AUTHOR: Madeleine L'Engle ISBN: 0440498058 Plot Summary: Meg and Charles journey through space with their friend, Calvin, to rescue their father, who disappeared while working on a wrinkle in time. Complaints: Offensive language, undermines religious beliefs Challenged at the Polk...



The Great Gilly Hopkins

AUTHOR: Katherine Paterson ISBN: 0690038380 Plot Summary: An 11-year old foster child strugles with dreams of her beautiful mother and schemes against anyone who tries to befriend her. Complaints: Offensive language Solonor Says Ban It Because: We have enough real...



Earth's Children (series)

AUTHOR: Jean M. Auel ISBN: 0609610597 Plot Summary: Beginning with 'Clan of the Cave Bear,' this series follows a Cro-Magnon girl, struggling to understand the ways of the Neanderthals who adopt her. Word from the mouse: I think the novel...



Sex

TITLE: Sex AUTHOR: Madonna ISBN: 0446517321 Plot Summary: Plot? Uhhh, no... Complaints: Sexual themes Solonor Says Ban It Because: O.K. Seriously. There is no excuse for this thing....



The Color Purple

AUTHOR: Alice Walker ISBN: 0671727796 Plot Summary: Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about the life of a black woman and her self-realization after years of abuse and neglect. Word from the mouse: There's a lot of issues covered in this novel...



A Day No Pigs Would Die

AUTHOR: Robert Newton Peck ISBN: 0679853065 Plot Summary: It's 'Old Yeller' with a pig! A 13-year-old Vermont farm boy, whose father slaughters pigs for a living, takes on adult duties. Word from the mouse: It was a small and poignant...



Goosebumps (series)

AUTHOR: R.L. Stine ISBN: 0590399888 Plot Summary: Scary stories (see #1) for kids. Complaints: Violence...and um, scariness... Solonor Says Ban It Because: J.K. Rowling...R.L. Stine...J.D. Salinger....need I say more? Links News-Star - 'Goosebumps,' 'Huck Finn' on list of banned books...



It's Perfectly Normal

AUTHOR: Robie Harris ISBN: 1564021998 Plot Summary: Cartoon characters answer kids' questions about sex. Complaints: Sexual themes Challenged in the Holland, MA Public Library (2000) due to its sexually explicit content. The book was moved from the children's to the...



The Giver

AUTHOR: Lois Lowry ISBN: 0440219078 Plot Summary: Jonas, a 12-year old boy in a futuristic utopia, is given his life assignment by the Elders. It turns out, he is given a special job as receiver of memories and learns hidden...



The Catcher In The Rye

AUTHOR: J.D. Salinger ISBN: 0316769487 Plot Summary: Salinger's classic tale of a boy, Holden Caulfield, and his sometimes funny experiences with life and sex and growing up. Aden's Mini-Review: This book will never go out of style. For years kids...



My Brother Sam Is Dead

AUTHOR: James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier ISBN: 059042792X Plot Summary: Tim Meeker looks up to his brother, Sam. Sam's smart and brave and is now a part of the American Revolution. Not everyone in town wants to be a...



Heather Has Two Mommies

AUTHOR: Leslea Newman ISBN: 155583180X Plot Summary: (see #2, "Daddy's Roommate") Complaints: Homosexuality, Sexual themes. Challenged but retained at Dayton and Montgomery County, Ohio, Public Library. Challeged but retained in the Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts school library. Removed by the officials...



Alice (series)

AUTHOR: Phyllis Reynolds Naylor ISBN: 0689826354 Plot Summary: This series follows a pre-teen girl through adolescence, including relationships, struggles with school...all the typical stuff. Complaints: Homosexuality, Sexual themes. School board member, Jeanne Newby, said the main character in the series,...



Bridge To Terabithia

AUTHOR: Katherine Paterson ISBN: 0064401847 Plot Summary: Jess Aarons, feeling neglected and misunderstood in his large, poor family, is befriended by Leslie, a new neighbor. Leslie encourages his drawing (which is ridiculed by everyone, including his teachers), and they create...



Forever

AUTHOR: Judy Blume ISBN: 0671695304 Plot Summary: High School seniors, Katherine and Michael, meet, start dating, fall in love, and begin a sexual relationship. They promise to love each other forever, but that's a very long time when you're only...



Harry Potter (series)

AUTHOR: J.K. Rowling ISBN: 059035342X Plot Summary: Rowling's wildly popular series about a set-upon pre-teen who one day finds out he is a wizard and will attend Hogwart's School for Wizardry and Witchcraft. Complaints: Occult/Satanism, anti-family themes. Schools have banned...



Of Mice And Men

AUTHOR: John Steinbeck ISBN: 0140177396 Plot Summary: Steinbeck's classic about a couple of migrant workers--small, smart George and and big, dumb Lennie--who dream of someday owning their own farm. The story tells of their job at a California ranch and...



The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

AUTHOR: Mark Twain ISBN: 1566192943 Plot Summary: Mark Twain's classic tale of an abused boy's trip down the Mississippi River with an escaped slave...and the lessons on racism and on friendship he learns. Complaints: Racism, offensive language. Challenged but retained...



The Chocolate War

AUTHOR: Robert Cormier ISBN: 0440944597 Plot Summary: This is a novel of one boy's struggle not to follow the crowd. Jerry Renault decides not to participate in the annual chocolate sale. The Vigils, a secret school society in charge of...



I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

AUTHOR: Maya Angelou ISBN: 0553279378 Plot Summary: Classic tale of growing up black in the American South in the 1930s and 40s and what it meant and means to live in a white society from a black perspective. Complaints: Sexual...



Daddy's Roommate

AUTHOR: Michael Willhoite ISBN: 1555831184 Plot Summary: Designed to address children of gay men, the book tells of a young boy, his father, and the fatherís lover taking part in activities familiar to all kinds of families: cleaning the house,...



Scary Stories (series)

AUTHOR: Alvin Schwartz ISBN: 006440465X Plot Summary: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and its follow-ups are all about ghosts and urban legends and things that go bump in the night. They are designed to be read aloud, in...