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Banned Books Week: Banned Books Staff Picks

Banned Books Week -- Sept. 18-24, 2022

"We Read Banned Books" graphic

Banned Books Staff Picks

pic of cover of Being and Nothingness

Being and Nothingness by Jean-Paul Sartre
Challenged for: fear of endangering faith and morality

Nomaan's pick


pic of cover of Bridge to Terabithia

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Challenged for: offensive language, violence, and claims that it related to occult/satanism

Gavin's pick



pic of cover of "The Giver"

 The Giver by Lois Lowry
 Challenged for: violence, sexual content, infanticide, euthanasia, suicide, mature themes

 Alyssa's pick



pic of cover of "Grapes of Wrath"


The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Challenged for: offensive to migrants, obscene language, general themes

Tim's pick




pic of cover of "The Handmaid's Tale"


The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Challenged for: profanity, "vulgarity and sexual overtones"

Bethany's pick



Banned Books Staff Picks

pic of cover of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Challenged for: magic and witchcraft, containing actual curses and spells, characters that use "nefarious means" to attain goals, occult/Satanism, violence, anti-family, religious viewpoint

Carrie's pick


pic of cover of The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Challenged for: religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group, anti-ethnic, anti-family, insensitivity, offensive language, occult/satanic, violence, sexually explicit

Mackenzie's pick


pic of cover of "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Challenged for: anti-family, drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited to age group, nudity
Additional reasons: "date rape and masturbation"

Andrea's pick



pic of cover of Slaughterhouse-five

Slaughterhouse-five by Kurt Vonnegut
Challenged for: references to religious matters, violence, obscene language, and explicit sexual scenes

Aubrey's pick



pic of cover of "Where the Wild Things Are"

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Challenged for: inappropriate punishment of a child, too dark and frightening, supernatural themes,
images of witchcraft

Deb's pick