Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read – Sept. 22-28



Celebrate the freedom to read with some of these banned books from the library collection. This bibliography represents challenged, banned, restricted and removed books reported in the Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom of 2012-13. To read more about this year’s celebration, visit the American Library Association.

A few selections from our collection:

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian / by Sherman Alexie
Salve Curriculum Library PZ7 .A382 A2 2007
Challenged by parents for sexual references and profanity not suitable for high school students.

bb2 The Handmaid’s Tale / by Margaret Atwood
Salve Main Collection PR9199.3.A8 H3 1986
Challenged as required reading for a high school advanced placement class because it is sexually explicit, violently graphic and morally corrupt.

bb3 The Kite Runner / by Khaled Hosseini
Salve Curriculum Library PS3608 .)832 K58 2004
Also available on a library Kindle as eBook.
Challenged for depicting a rape in graphic detail and vulgar language.

bb4 Uncle Bobby’s Wedding / by Sarah S. Brannen
Salve Curriculum Library PZ7 .B737514 Unc2008
Challenged for involving a young guinea pig and her beloved uncle, who is going to marry his male partner.

bb5The Glass Castle: a memoir / by Jeannette Walls
Salve Main Collection HV5132 .W35 2005
Challenged for including explicit language and references to child molestation, adolescent sexual exploits and violence.

bb6 Persepolis / by Marjane Satrapi
Salve Main Collection PS3563 .O8749 B433 1998
Removed from all Chicago public schools due to graphic illustrations and language.

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