Books Challenged or Banned, 1994/95

Robert P. Doyle







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Books Challenged or Banned in 1994-95

Books Challenged or Banned
as Reported in the Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom from March 1994 through March 1995.



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Aho, Jennifer S., and Petras, John W. Learning about Sex: A Guide for Children and Their Parents. Holt. Challenged, but retained at the Washoe County Library System in Reno, Nev (1994) because "Nobody in their right mind would give a book like that to children on their own, except the library." Source: Sept. 1994, p. 147; Nov. 1994, pp. 200-01.

Alexander, Lloyd. The Prydain Chronicles. Dell. Challenged as required reading at the Northbridge. Mass. Middle School (1993). The complainants said that the series of fantasy novels contain religious themes that are pagan in nature and young minds would be drawn to the allure of witch- craft and black magic that runs through the books. Source: Mar.1994, p. 54.

Allende, Isabel. The House of the Spirits. Knopf; Bantam. Retained in the Paso Robles, Calif. High School (1994) despite objections to accounts of sexual encounters and violence. Source: 5ept. 1994, p. 167; Nov. 1994, p. 201.

American Heritage Dictionary Dell; Houghton. Challenged, but retained in the Churchill County, Nev. school libraries (1993). The controversy began after another dictionary was removed due to "objectionable language." It was removed from, and later returned to, classrooms in Washoe County Source: Mar. 1994, p. 71.

Ames, Lee J. Draw 50 Monsters, Creeps, Superheroes, Demons, Dragons, Nerds, Dirts, Ghouls, Giants, Vampires, Zombies and Other Curiosa. Doubleday Challenged, but retained at the Battle Creek, Mich. elementary school library (1994) despite protests from a parent who said the book is satanic. Source: Nov. 1994, p. 200.

Andersen, Hans Christian. The Little Mermaid. Harcourt. An edition with illustrations of bare-breasted mermaids was challenged in the Bedford, Tex. school district (1994) because it was "pornographic" and contained "satanic pic- tures." Source: Nov. 1994, pp. 188-89.

Anderson, Robert, et al. Elements of Literature. Holt. Retained in the Fairfax County, Va. schools (1994) despite complaints that it might 'plant seeds" of violence or disobedience in students. The anthology contains stories such as Edgar Allen Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart" and John Steinbeck's "The Pearl." Source: Nov. 1994, pp. 201-02.

Andrews, V C. Dark Angel. Pocket Bks. Removed from Oconee County, Ga. school libraries (1994) "due to the filthiness of the material." The school board voted unanimously at a later date to rescind its controversial book-banning order but then rescinded that action and ordered the removal of the book. Source: Sept. 1994, pp. 145-46; Nov. 1994, pp. 187-88, 200;Jan. 1995, p. 6.

______. Darkest Hour. Pocket Bks. Removed from Oconee County, Ga. school libraries (1994) "due to the filthiness of the material." The school board voted unanimously at a later date to rescind its controversial book-banning order but then rescinded that action and ordered the removal of the book. Source: Sept. 1994, pp. 145-46; Nov. 1994, pp. 187-88, 200;Jan. 1995, p. 6.

______. Dawn. Pocket Bks. Removed from Oconee County, Ga. school libraries (1994) "due to the filthiness of the materi- al." The school board voted unanimously at a later date to rescind its controversial book-banning order but then rescinded that action and ordered the removal of the book. Source: Sept. 1994, pp. 145-46; Nov. 1994, pp. 187-88, 200;Jan. 1995, p. 6.

______. Flowers in the Attic. Pocket Bks. Removed from Oconee County, Ga. school libraries (1994) "due to the filthiness of the material." The school board voted unanimously at a later date to rescind its controversial book-banning order but then rescinded that action and ordered the removal of the book. Source: Sept. 1994, pp. 145-46; Nov. 1994, pp. 187-88, 200;Jan. 1995, p. 6.

______. Garden of Shadows. Pocket Bks. Removed from Oconee County, Ga. school libraries (1994) "due to the filthiness of the material." The school board voted at a later date that this book could remain on the shelves with restricted access. Eight other V. C. Andrews books were removed. Source: Nov. 1994, p. 188;Jan. 1995, p. 6.

______. My Sweet Aubrina. Poseidon; Simon & Schuster; Pocket Bks. Removed from Oconee County, Ga. school libraries (1994) "due to the filthiness of the material." The school board voted unanimously at a later date to rescind its con- troversial book-banning order but then rescinded that action and ordered the removal of the book. Source: Sept. 1994, pp. 145-46; Nov. 1994, pp. 187-88, 200;Jan. 1995, p.

______. Petals on the Wind. Pocket Bks. Removed from Oconee County, Ga. school libraries (1994) "due to the filthiness of the material." The school board voted unanimously at a later date to rescind its controversial book-banning order but then rescinded that action and ordered the removal of the book. Source: Sept. 1994, pp. 145-46; Nov. 1994, pp. 187-88, 200;Jan. 1995, p. 6.

______. Seeds Of Yesterday. Simon dir Schuster; Pocket Bks.; NALDutton. Removed from Oconee County, Ga. school libraries (1994) "due to the filthiness of the material." The school board voted unanimously at a later date to rescind its controversial book-banning order but then rescinded that action and ordered the removal of the book. Source: Sept. 1994, pp. 145-46; Nov. 1994, pp. 187-88, 200; Jan. 1995, p. 6.

______. Twilight's Child. Pocket Bks. Removed from Oconee County, Ga. school libraries (1994) "due to the filthiness of the material." The school board voted unanimously at a later date to rescind its controversial book-banning order but then rescinded that action and ordered the removal of the book. Source: Sept. 1994, pp. 145-46; Nov. 1994, pp. 187-88, 200; Jan. 1995, p. 6.

Angelou, Maya. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Bantam. Retained as required reading for all of Dowling High School's sophomores in Des Moines, lowa (1994). The book became an issue after a parent objected to what he said were inappropriately explicit sexual scenes. Challenged as part of the Ponderosa High School curriculum in Castle Rock, Colo. (1994) because it is "a lurid tale of sexual perversion." Challenged at the Westwood High School in Austin, Tex. (1994) because the book is pornographic, contains profanity, and encourages premarital sex and homosexuality. The Superintendent later ruled that parents must first give their children permission to be taught potentially controversial literature. Source: July 1994, p. 130;Jan. 1995, pp. 11, 14; Mar. 1995, p. 56.

Annas, Pamela, and Rosen, Robert. Literature in Society: Introduction to Fiction, Poetry and Drama. Prentice-Hall. Pulled from the senior literature class at the Hempfield, Pa. Area School District (1994) after determining that some passages were "vulgar." Source: Jan. 1995, pp. 13-14; Mar. 1995, p. 44.

Anonymous. Go Ask Alice. Avon; Prentice-Hall. Challenged as a required reading assignment at the Johnstown, N.Y. High School (1993) because of numerous obscenities. Banned from a ninth grade reading list at Shepherd Hill High School in Dudley, Mass. (1994) because of "gross and vulgar language and graphic description of drug use and sexual conduct." Source: Mar. 1994, p. 54; Sept. 1994, p. 150.

Auel, Jean. Clan of the Cave Bear. Coronet. Challenged, but retained from the Moorpark High School recommended reading list in Simi Valley, Calif. (1993) despite objections that it contains "hardcore graphic sexual content." Source: Mar. 1994, p. 70; May 1994, p. 99.

______. The Mammoth Hunters. Bantam; Crown; Thorndike Pr. Challenged, but retained from the Moorpark High School recommended reading list in Simi Valley, Calif. (1993) despite objections that it contains "hardcore graphic sexual content." Source: Mar. 1994, p. 70; May 1994, p. 99.

______. Plains Of Passage. Bantam; Thorndike Pr. Challenged, but retained from the Moorpark High School recommended reading list in Simi Valley, Calif. (1993) despite objections that it contains "hardcore graphic sexual content." Source: Mar. 1994, p. 70; May 1994, p. 99.

______. Valley Of the Horses. Bantam; Crown. Challenged, but retained from the Moorpark High School recommended reading list in Simi Valley, Calif. (1993) despite objections that it contains "hard-core graphic sexual content." Source: Mar. 1994, p. 70; May 1994, p. 99.



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Baker, Keith. Who Is the Beast. Harcourt. Temporarily removed from the Marple, Pa. schools (1994) following a verbal request from a parent who said its message offended his family's religious beliefs. Source: July 1994, p. 116.

Baldwin, James. Go Tell It on the Mountain. Dell. Challenged as required reading in the Hudson Falls, N.Y. schools (1994) because the book has recurring themes of rape, masturbation, violence, and degrading treatment of women. Source: Nov. 1994, p. 190;Jan. 1995, p. 13; Mar. 1995, p. 55.

Bell, Ruth, et al. Changing Bodies, Changing Lives. Random. Challenged at the Council Rock School District in Bucks County, Pa. (1994) because of passages that "undermine parental authority and depict sexual relations in explicit and vulgar language." Source: Mar. 1995, p. 44.

Benjamin, Carol Lea. The Wicked Stepdog. Avon. Challenged by a parent at Newman Elementary School in Billings, Mont. (1994) because of objectionable language including the words "boobs," "ass," and "smoldering kisses." Despite an appeal from parents at a meeting where the offending words were emblazoned on pickets in the audience, two trustees (1994) upheld a decision not to remove the book from the district's library shelves. Source: July 1994, p. 110; Sept. 1994, p. 166.

Bing, Leon. Do or Die. Harper. Challenged at the Sweetwater County Library in Green River, Wyo. (1993) because the book tells young people how to become involved in a gang. The book was retained. Source: Mar. 1994, p. 70.

Bishop, Claire H. The Five Chinese Brothers. Putnam. Challenged at the Spokane, Wash. School District library (1994) because it is too violent. Source: Jan. 1995, p. 9.

Blume, Judy. Forever. Bradbury Pr. Confiscated by the high school principal at the Rib Lake, Wis. (1994) high school library. A federal jury in Madison, Wis. awarded $394,560 to a former Rib Lake High School guidance counselor after finding that his contract was not renewed in retaliation for speaking out against the district's book policy. The counselor criticized the decision of Rib Lake High School Principal to restrict student access to the novel. Removed from Mediapolis, Iowa school district libraries (1994) because it "does not promote abstinence and monogamous relationships [and] lacks any aesthetic, literary or social value." Returned to shelves a month later but accessible only to high schoolers. Source: May 1994, p. 86; May 1994, p. 83; July 1994, p. 109; Mar. 1995, p. 56.

Bonner, Cindy. Lily Algonquin. Removed temporarily from the Richland, Pa. Middle School library (1994) while a "Parental Guidance" program that gives parents more control over what their children read in school is explored. A local parent complained that it was "sexually explicit" and had "no moral guidance." The following month another parent protested the haste of that action and asked that the removed books be donated to the public library. Source: Jan. 1995, p. 8; Mar. 1995, p. 41.

Boswell, Robert. Mystery Ride. Harper; Knopf; Thorndike Pr. Expurgated by an apparent self-appointed censor at the Coquille, Oreg. Public Library (1994) along with several other books. Most were mysteries and romances in which single words and sexually explicit passages were whited out by a vandal who left either dots or solid ink pen lines where the words had been. Source: Sept. 1994, p. 148.

Bronstein, Leo. El Greco. Abrams. Retained at Maldonado Elementary School in Tucson, Ariz. (1994) after being challenged by parents who objected to nudity and "pornographic," "perverted," and "morbid" themes. Source: July 1994, p. 112.

Budbill, David. Bones on Black Spruce Mountain. Bantam; Dial. Challenged in the Gettysburg, Pa. public schools (1993) because of offensive language. Source: Mar. 1994, p. 55.

Buss, Fran Leeper. Journey Of the Sparrows. Dell; Dutton. Challenged at the Carmel, Ind. Junior High School (1994) because a parent objected to profanity and language dealing with urination, rape, violence, and sex. She also objected to the depiction of illegal immigration. Source: Mar. 1995, p. 43.



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Canaday, John. The Artist As Visionary. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Retained at Maldonado Elementary School in Tucson, Ariz. (1994) after being challenged by parents who objected to nudity and "pornographic," "perverted," and "morbid" themes. Source:July 1994, p. 112.

______. Painting in Transition: Precursors Of Modern Art. Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art. Retained at Maldonado Elementary School in Tucson, Ariz. (1994) after being challenged by parents who objected to nudity and"pornographic," "perverted," and"morbid" themes. Source:July 1994, p. 112.

Cashdan, Linda. It's Only Love. Thorndike Pr. Expurgated by an apparent self-appointed censor at the Coquille, Oreg. Public Library (1994) along with several other books. Most were mysteries and romances in which single words and sexually explicit passages were whited out by a vandal who left either dots or solid ink pen lines where the words had been. Source: Sept. 1994, p. 148.

Chapman, Robert L. New Dictionary Of American Slang. Harper. Labeled and restricted at the Walled Lake school district in Commerce Township, Mich. (1994) because "This book contains words which might be offensive to the reader." Source: Sept. 1994, pp. 146-47.

Childress, Alice. A Hero Ain't Nothin' but a Sandwich. Avon; Coward; Putnam. Challenged at the Lamar Elementary School Library in Darlington, S.C. (1994) by a parent who stated that "offensive language in the book makes it unsuitable for any children." Challenged at the Aberdeen High School in Bel Air, Md. (1994) because the novel is "racist and vulgar." Source: May 1994, p. 85;Jan. 1995, p. 12.

Clark, Mary Higgins. I'll Be Seeing You. Simon. Challenged at the Big Spring School in Carlisle, Pa. (1994). Source: Mar. 1995, p. 56.

Cole, Brock. The Goats. Farrar. Challenged at the Timberland Regional Middle School in Plaistow, N.H. (1994) because parents said it contained "offensive and inappropriate" language for seventh- graders. Source: Jan. 1995, p. 25.

Cole, Joanna. Asking about Sex and Growing Up. Morrow. Challenged, but retained in Anchorage, Alaska School District elementary school libraries (1994) after the school board voted to "retain the book despite complaints that it is inappropriate for elementary school children and teaches values opposed to those of the majority of parents." Source: May 1994, p. 97.

Collier, James Lincoln, and Collier, Christopher. My Brother Sam Is Dead. Scholastic. Removed from fifth-grade classes at Bryant Ranch Elementary School in the Placentia-Yorba Linda, Calif. Unified School District (1994) because "the book is not G-rated. Offensive language is offensive language. Graphic violence is graphic violence, no matter what the context." Challenged, but retained at the Palmyra, Pa. area schools (1994) due to profanity and violence. Source: Sept. 1994, p. 149; Nov. 1994, p. 190;Jan. 1995, p. 26.

______. War Comes to Willy Freeman. Delacorte. Removed from the Nettleton Math and Science Magnet School in Duluth, Minn. (1994) because of objections to the book's portrayal of African-American characters as demeaning, and claims that use of the word "nigger" in the text led students to use it outside the classroom. Source: Sept. 1994, pp. 150-51.

Comfort, Alex. Joy of sex. Crown; Simon Er Schuster. Challenged at the Guilford Free Library, Conn. (1994), but the Board of Directors voted to reaffirm the library's circulation and book selection policies which allow all patrons access to all library materials. Source: Sept. 1994, p. 165.

Cormier, Robert. The Chocolate War. Dell; Pantheon. Returned to the Hephzibah High School tenth grade reading list in Augusta, Ga. (1994) after the complainant said, "I don't see anything educational about that book. If they ever send a book like that home with one of my daughters again I will personally burn it and throw the ashes on the principal's desk." Challenged as required reading in the Hudson Falls, N.Y. schools (1994) because the book has recurring themes of rape, masturbation, violence, and degrading treatment of women. Source: July 1994, p. 130; Nov. 1994, p. 190; Jan. 1995, p. 13; Mar. 1995, p. 55.

______. We All Fall Down. Dell. Pulled out of elementary and junior high school libraries in Stockton, Calif. (1994) after parents complained that it glorifies alcoholism and violence, contains a violent rape scene and its characters use too much profanity. Source: Mar. 1995, p. 39.

Coville, Bruce. My Teacher Is an Alien. Pocket Bks. Challenged in the Elizabethtown, Pa. schools (1994) because it demeans teachers and parents as dumb, and portrays the main character as handling a problem on her own, rather than relying on the help of others. Source: Mar. 1995, p. 44.



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Dahl, Roald. Matilda. Harper; Puffin; Viking. Challenged, but retained in the Margaret Chase Smith School library in Skowhegan, Maine (1994) after the complainant came to understand that attaching a warning label would also amount to censorship. Source: May 1994, p. 98.

______. The Witches. Farrar; Penguin. Challenged at Pine Forge Elementary School in the Boyertown, Pa. area (1993). Challenged, but retained at the Battle Creek, Mich. elementary school library (1994) despite the protests from a parent who said the book is satanic. Source: May 1994, p. 85; Nov. 1994, p. 200.

Dragnich, Alex N. Serbs and Croats: The Struggle in Yugoslavia. Harcourt. Challenged at the Lincolnwood, 111. Public Library (1994) because the book is pro-Serbian and antiCroatian. Source: Mar. 1995, p. 53.



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Ellison, Ralph. Invisible Man. Random; Vintage. Retained in the Yakima, Wash. schools (1994) after a five-month dispute over what advanced high school students should read in the classroom. Two parents raised concerns about profanity and images of violence and sexuality in the book and requested that it be removed from the reading list. Source: Nov. 1994, pp. 202-3.

Escher, M. C. The Graphic Work of M.C. Escher Pan/Ballentine. Retained at Maldonado Elementary School in Tucson, Ariz. (1994) after being challenged by parents who objected to nudity and "pornographic," "perverted," and "morbid" themes. Source: July 1994, p. 112.



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Faulkner, William. As I Lay Dying. Random. Banned at Central High School in Louisville, Ky. (1994) on a temporary basis because the book uses profanity and questions the existence of God. Source: Nov. 1994, p. 189.

Feelings, Muriel. Jambo Means Hello: The Swahili Alphabet. Dial Books; Puffin. Challenged by a school board member in the Queens, N.Y. school libraries (1994) because it "denigrate[s] white American culture, 'promotes racial separation, and discourages assimilation."' The rest of the school board voted to retain the book. Source: July 1994, pp. 11011; Sept. 1994, p. 166.

Flora, James. Grandpa's Ghost Stories. Macmillan. Challenged as inappropriate at the Broadwater Elementary School Library in Billings, Mont. (1994) because "Ichildren] don't need to be allowed to read anything they want." Source: May 1994, p. 84.

Follett, Ken. Pillars of the Earth. Morrow; NAL-Dutton. Moved to a new "reserve" section of the Chanute, Kans. school library (1994). The book came under fire because of some use of obscenity and graphic violence. Source: Sept. 1994, p. 146.

Friday, Nancy. Women on Top: How Real Life Has Changed Women's Fantasies. Pocket Bks. Removed from the Chestatee Regional Library System in Gainesville, Ga. (1994) because the book on women's sexual fantasies is "pornographic and obscene" and lacks "literary merit." Source: Nov. 1994, p. 187; Mar. 1995, p. 39.

Fuentes, Carlos. The Death of Artemio Cruz. Farrar. Retained in the Yakima, Wash. schools (1994) after a five-month dispute over what advanced high school students should read in the classroom. Two parents had raised concerns about profanity and images of violence and sexuality in the book and requested that it be removed from the reading list. Source: Nov. 1994, pp. 202-03.



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Gaines, Ernest. The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. Bantam. Pulled from a seventh grade class in Conroe, Tex. (1995) after complaints about racial slurs in the book. Source: Mar. 1995, p. 46.

Garden, Nancy. Annie on My Mind. Farrar. Challenged, but retained at the Lapeer, Mich. West High School library (1993). Challenged at several Kansas City area schools (1993) after the books were donated by a national group that seeks to give young adults isfair, accurate and inclusive images of lesbians and gay men"-at the Shawnee Mission School District the book was returned to general circulation; at the Olathe East High School the book was removed; protesters burned copies of the book but the Kansas City, Mo. school district kept Garden's novel on the high school shelves; in Kansas City, Kans., the school district donated the book to the city's public library; and in Lee's Summit, Mo. the superintendent removed the book. Challenged, but retained at the Liberty, Mo. high school library (1994). Removed from the Chanute, Kans. (1994) High School library shelves and access to them limited to those with written parental permission because of concerns about its content. Source: Mar. 1994, p. 51; May 1994, p. 84;July 1994, p. 129; Sept. 1994, pp. 140-41; Mar. 1995, p. 40.

George, Jean Craighead. Julie of the Wolves. Harper. Challenged at the Erie Elementary School in Chandler, Ariz. (1994) because the book includes a passage that some parents found inappropriate in which a man forcibly kisses his wife. The Newbery Award-winning book, depicting the experiences of an Eskimo girl, was chosen by the teacher of a third, fourth and fifth grade class for the Antarctic unit she was teaching. Source: Jan. 1995, p. 9.

Gordimer, Nadine. July's People. Viking. Retained in the Yakima, Wash. schools (1994) after a five-month dispute over what advanced high school students should read in the classroom. Two parents raised concerns about profanity and images of violence and sexuality in the book and requested that it be removed from the reading list. Source: Nov. 1994, pp. 202-03.

Greene, Bette. The Drowning of Stephen Jones. Bantam. Removed from the curriculum and school library shelves in Boling, Tex. (1993) because the book "teaches anti-Christian beliefs and condones illegal activity." The story is about two gay men who are the objects of prejudice and violence, resulting in the drowning death of one of them. Source: Mar. 1994, p. 53.

Grimm, Jacob, and Grimm, Wilhelm K. Translated by Jack Zipes. The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm. Bantam. Restricted to sixth- through eighth-grade classrooms at the Kyrene, Ariz. elementary schools (1994) due to its excessive violence, negative portrayals of female characters, and anti-Semitic references. Source: Sept. 1994, p. 149.

Guest, Judith. Ordinary People. Ballantine; Hall; Viking. No longer required reading at Delta High School in Delaware, Ind. (1994) due to profanity and descriptions of sexual situations in the novel. Removed from the Faulkton, S.Dak. (1994) district classrooms. Source: Sept. 1994, pp. 150, 152.

Guy, Rosa. The Music of Summer. Delacorte. Removed from Adamson Middle School shelves, and Clayton's, Ga. public libraries (1994) and placed in the young adult section for eighth graders and up because of a "really gross" sex scene. Source:July 1994, p. 109.



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Haley, Gail E. Go Away, Stay Away. Scribner. Challenged, but retained in the Echo Park Elementary School media center in Apple Valley, Minn. (1994). A parent filed the complaint because the story "was frightening subject matter and [I] didn't see a good lesson in [itl." Source:July 1994, p. 129.

Harkness, John, and Helgren, David, eds. Populations. Globe Book Co. Banned from the Palmyra, NJ. school district's science curriculum (1994) after nearly three hours of passionate debate between parents who believed the book presented only one side of how world overpopulation should be addressed and teachers who found it an integral part of the class. Source: Mar. 1995, p. 45.

Hayden, Penny. Confidence. Bantam; Doubleday. Expurgated by an apparent self-appointed censor at the Coquille, Oreg. Public Library (1994) along with several other books. Most were mysteries and romances in which single words and sexually explicit passages were whited out by a vandal who left either dots or solid ink pen lines where the words had been. Source: Sept. 1994, p. 148.

Herbert, Frank. Soul Catcher. Ace Bks. Challenged, but retained at the Lake Washington School District in Kirkland, Wash. (1993) despite objections there is "a very explicit sex scene," it is "a mockery of Christianity" and "very much anti-God." Source: Mar. 1994, p. 71.

Heron, Ann. How Would You Feel If Your Dad Was Gay? Alyson Pubns. Retained at the Dayton and Montgomery County, Ohio Public Library (1993). Challenged, but retained in the Oak Bluffs, Mass. school library (1994). Though the parent leading the protest stated that "The subject matter . . . is obscene and vulgar and the message is that homosexuality is okay," the selection review committee voted unanimously to keep the book. Source: Mar. 1994, p. 69; May 1994, p. 98.

______. One Teenager in Ten: Testimony by Gay and Lesbian Youth. Alyson Pubns. Retained at the Estes Park, Colo. Public Library (1994) after challenges to the book for its graphic content. Source: Sept. 1994, p. 165.

Hotze, Sollace. A Circle Unbroken. Houghton. Challenged at Cary, 111. Junior High School (1994) because references in the book to sex are too explicit for seventh and eighth graders; retained by school board vote. Source: May 1994, p. 83;July 1994, pp. 128-29.

Huxley, Aldous. Brave New World. Harper. Challenged as required reading in the Corona-Norco, Calif. Unified School District (1993) because it is "centered around negative activity." The book was retained and teachers selected alternatives if students object to Huxley's novel. Source: Mar. 1994, p. 70.



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Kincaid, Jamaica. Lucy. Farrar; NAL-Dutton; G.K. Hall. Challenged at the West Chester, Pa. schools (1994). Source: Jan. 1995, p. 25; Mar. 1995, p. 45.

King, Stephen. Carrie. Doubleday. Challenged, along with eight other Stephen King novels in Bismarck, N.Dak. (1994) by a local minister and a school board member, because of "age appropriateness." Challenged by a parent, and currently under review, at the Boyertown, Pa. Junior High East library (1994). The parent "objected to the book's language, its violence, and its sexual descriptions, as well as what she described as a 'Satanic killing' sequence." Source: May 1994, pp. 84-85.

______. Cujo. NAL-Dutton; Viking. Challenged, along with eight other Stephen King novels in Bismarck, N.Dak. (1994) by a local minister and a school board member, because of "age appropriateness." Source: May 1994, pp. 84-85.

______. The Dark Half. NAL-Dutton; Viking. Retained in the Roseburg, Oreg. High School library (1994) despite a parent's complaint that the book contains "extreme, bloodthirsty violence." Source: Sept. 1994, pp. 166-67.

______. The Dead Zone. Doubleday. Challenged, along with eight other Stephen King novels in Bismarck, N.Dak. (1994) by a local minister and a school board member, because of "age appropriateness." Source: May 1994, pp. 84-85.

______. The Drawing of the Three. NAL-Dutton. Challenged, along with eight other Stephen King novels in Bismarck, N.Dak. (1994) by a local minister and a school board member, because of "age appropriateness." Source: May 1994, pp. 84-85.

______. The Eyes of the Dragon. NAL-Dutton. Challenged, along with eight other Stephen King novels in Bismarck, N.Dak. (1994) by a local minister and a school board member, because of "age appropriateness." Source: May 1994, pp. 84-85.

______. Pet Sematary. NAL-Dutton. Challenged, along with eight other Stephen King novels in Bismarck, N.Dak. (1994) by a local minister and a school board member, because of "age appropriateness." Source: May 1994, pp. 84-85.

______. The Shining. Doubleday. Challenged, along with eight other Stephen King novels in Bismarck, N.Dak. (1994) by a local minister and a school board member, because of "age appropriateness." Source: May 1994, pp. 84-85.

______. Thinner. NAL-Dutton. Challenged, along with eight other Stephen King novels in Bismarck, N.Dak. (1994) by a local minister and a school board member, because of "age appropriateness." Source: May 1994, pp. 84-85.

Kitzinger, Sheila. Being Born. Putnam. Challenged, but retained at the Washoe County Library System in Reno, Nev (1994) because "Nobody in their right mind would give a book like that to children on their own, except the library." Source: Sept. 1994, p. 147; Nov. 1994, pp. 200-01.

Klein, Norma. Just Good Friends. Fawcett. Challenged at the Hamden, Conn. Middle School (1994) because it is "nothing more than pornographic smut." Source: Nov. 1994, p. 189.

Koertge, Ronald. The Arizona Kid. Avon; Little. Pulled from and later restored to the seventh grade English classroom at Minnetonka, Minn. Middle School West (1994) after a parent found the content inappropriate for twelve- and thirteen-year-olds. Source: July 1994, p. 114; Sept. 1994, p. 166.



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Lee, Joanna. I Want to Keep My Baby. NAL-Dutton. Removed from the Morehead High School library in Rockingham County, N.C. (1994) because of "antireligious sentiments -the girl's comment that her boyfriend was 'her God'- and sexual situations." After a three-hour public debate, the Rockingham County school board later reversed its previous ban against the book. Source: Sept. 1994, p. 148; Nov. 1994, p. 201.

Levine, Ellen. l Hate English. Scholastic. Challenged by a school board member in the Queens, N.Y. school libraries (1994) because "The book says what a burden it is they have to learn English. They should just learn English and don't complain about it." The rest of the school board voted to retain the book. Source:July 1994, pp. 110-11; Sept. 1994, p. 166.

Longstreet, Stephen, ed. The Drawings of Renoir. Borden. Retained at Maldonado Elementary School in Tucson, Ariz. (1994) after being challenged by parents who objected to nudity and "pornographic ," ' perverted," and "morbid" themes. Source: July 1994, p. 1 12.

Lowry, Lois. The Giver. Dell; Houghton. Temporarily banned from classes by the Bonita Unified School District in La Verne and San Dimas, Calif. (1994) after four parents complained that violent and sexual passages were inappropriate for children. Source: Mar. 1995, p. 42.

Ludwig, Coy L. Maxfield Parrish. Watson-Guptill. Retained at Maldonado Elementary School in Tucson, Ariz. (1994) after being challenged by parents who objected to nudity and "pornographic," "perverted," and "morbid" themes. Source: July 1994, p. 112.

Lund, Doris. Eric. Dell; Harper. Pulled from the Lexington, N.C. Middle School (1994) classrooms because of the intense way in which it addresses death. Source: July 1994, p. 115.



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Madaras, Lynda. What's Happening to My Body? Book for Boys: A Growing-up Guide for Parents & Sons. Newmarket. Missing from the Northside Intermediate School library in Milton, Wis. (1994) after a parent complained "I don't think my ten-year-old son, or anyone's, needs to know that stuff." Challenged, but retained at the Washoe County Library System in Reno, Nev. (1994) because "nobody in their right mind would give a book like that to children on their own, except the library." Source:July 1994, pp. 111-12; Sept. 1994, p. 147; Nov. 1994, pp. 200-01.

Malcolm X and Haley, Alex. The Autobiography of Malcolm X. Ballantine. Restricted at the Jacksonville, Fla. middle school libraries (1994) because it presents a racist view of white people and is a "how-to manual" for crime. Source: May 1994, p. 83.

Manet, Edouard. Manet. Abrams. Retained at Maldonado Elementary School in Tucson, Ariz. (1994) after being challenged by parents who objected to nudity and "pornographic," "perverted," and "morbid" themes. Source: July 1994, p. 112.

Martin, Tony. The Jewish Onslaught: Dispatches from the Wellesley Battlefront. Majority Pr. Criticized at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Md. (1994) because the book accuses Jews of masterminding the slave trade and blocking the advance of African- Americans. "There's no reason for our public library to spend shrinking public funds to promote the circulation of such hatred." Source: Sept. 1994, p. 146.

Mason, Bobbie Ann. In Country. Harper. Recalled as supplemental reading in two college preparatory English classes at the Charlton County High School in Folkston, Ga. (1994). All of the parents of the forty-eight students in the classes had given permission for their children to read the book. But it was removed from their hands in May after one of those parents complained it included profanity. Challenged at the West Chester, Pa. schools (1994). Source: Sept. 1994, p. 150;Jan. 1995, p. 25; Mar. 1995, p. 45.

Mayle, Peter. Where Did I Come From? Stuart. Challenged at the Washoe County Library System in Reno, Nev. (1994) because "Nobody in their right mind would give a book like that to children on their own, except a library." Source: Sept. 1994, p. 147.

McCammon, Robert. Boy's Life. Pocket Bks.; Thorndike Pr. Challenged as required reading in the Hudson Falls, N.Y. schools (1994) because the book has recurring themes of rape, masturbation, violence, and degrading treatment of women. Source: Nov. 1994, p. 190; Jan. 1995, p. 13; Mar. 1995, p. 55.

McCunn, Ruthanne Lum. Thousand Pieces of Gold. Design Enterprises. Rejected as an addition to a core literature list by the Amador County, Calif. (1994) Unified School District because "it makes America look bad." Source: July 1994, p. 109.

Merriam, Eve. Halloween ABC. Macmillan. Challenged in the Cameron Elementary School library in Rice Lake, Wis. (1993) because the "poems promote satanism, murder and suicide." The book was retained. Challenged in the Spokane, Wash. School District library (1994) by a father who found the poems morbid and satanic. In particular, the parent disapproved of one poem which "appears to be a chant calling forth the devil." Source: Mar. 1994, pp. 69-70; Jan. 1995, p. 9; Mar. 1995, p. 41.

Miller, Deborah A., and Waigandt, Alex. Coping with Your Sexual Orientation. Rosen Pub. Group. Moved from the Chestnut Ridge Middle School library in Washington Township, NJ. (1994) because school administrators have been accused of "indoctrinating children in the gay lifestyle." Source: Sept. 1994, p. 148.

Mishima, Yukio. The Sound of Waves. Putnam. Challenged, but retained at the Lake Washington School District in Kirkland, Wash. (1993) despite objections that it is "crude, vulgar, degrading to women, seductive, enticing and suggestive." Source: Mar. 1994, p. 71.

Morrison, Toni. The Bluest Eye. NAL-Dutton. Pulled from an eleventh- grade classroom at Lathrop High School in Fairbanks, Alaska (1994) by school administrators because "It was a very controversial book; it contains lots of very graphic descriptions and lots of disturbing language." Challenged at the West Chester, Pa. schools (1994). Challenged at the Morrisville, Pa. Borough High School (1994) after complaints about its sexual content and objectionable language. Source: May 1994, p. 86; Jan. 1995, p. 25; Mar. 1995, pp. 44-45.

______. Song of Solomon. Knopf; NAL-Dutton. Removed from required reading lists and library shelves in the Richmond County, Ga. school district (1994) after a parent complained that passages from the book were "filthy and inappropriate." Source: May 1994, p. 86.

Mosca, Frank. All-American Boy. Alyson Pubns. Challenged at several Kansas City area schools (1993) after the books were donated by a national group that seeks to give young adults "fair, accurate and inclusive images of lesbians and gay men"-at the Shawnee Mission School District the book was returned to general circulation; at the Olathe East High School the book was removed; protesters burned copies of the book but the Kansas City, Mo. school district kept Mosca's novel on the high school shelves; in Kansas City, Kans., the school district donated the book to the city's public library; and in Lee's Summit, Mo. the superintendent removed the book. Source: Mar. 1994, pp. 51-52; May 1994, p. 84.

Mowat, Farley. And No Birds Sang. Bantam. Challenged in the Northwestern Middle School library, Springfield, Ohio (1994) because of "improper language." Source: July 1994, p. 111.

Muller, Gilbert H., and Wiener, Harvey S., comp. The Short Prose Reader. McGraw. Challenged at the Cecil County Board of Education in Elkton, Md. (1994). Many deemed the text controversial because it included essays dealing with issues of abortion, gay rights, alcohol, and sex education. Source: Mar. 1995, p. 55.

Myers, Walter Dean. Fallen Angels. Scholastic. Challenged at the West Chester, Pa. schools (1994). Source: Jan. 1995, p. 25.

______. Young Martin's Promise. Raintree. Challenged by a school board member in the Queens, N.Y. school libraries (1994) because King "was a leftist hoodlum with significant Communist ties. King was a hypocritical adulterer." The rest of the school board voted to retain the book. Source: July 1994, pp. 110-11; Sept. 1994, p. 166.



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Nehring, James. Why Do We Gotta Do This Stuff, Mr Nehring? M. Evans. Challenged, but retained by the Pocatello, Idaho Library Board (1994) who refused to remove or label books that contain obscene language. Source: May 1994, pp. 9798.

Newman, Leslea. Gloria Goes to Gay Pride. Alyson Pubns. Retained at the Dayton and Montgomery County, Ohio Public Library (1993). Challenged at the Chandler, Ariz. Public Library (1994) because the book is a "skillful presentation to the young child about lesbianism/ homosexuality." Source: Mar. 1994, p. 69;July 1994, p. 128; Nov. 1994, p. 187

______. Heather Has Two Mommies. Alyson Pubns. Retained at the Dayton and Montgomery County, Ohio Public Library (1993). Challenged, but retained in the Oak Bluffs, Mass. school library (1994). Though the parent leading the protest stated that "The subject matter . . . is obscene and vulgar and the message is that homosexuality is okay," the selection review committee voted unanimously to keep the book. Removed by officials at the Cottage Grove, Oreg. (1994) Lane County Head Start center. Challenged at the Chandler, Ariz. Public Library (1994) because the book is a "skillful presentation to the young child about lesbianism/homosexuality." Source: Mar. 1994, p. 69; May 1994, p. 98;July 1994, pp. 110, 115; Sept. 1994, pp. 14748, 166; Nov. 1994, p. 187.



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O'Keeffe, Georgia. Georgia O'Keeffe. Viking. Retained at Maldonado Elementary School in Tucson, Ariz. (1994) after being challenged by parents who objected to nudity and "pornographic," "perverted," and "morbid" themes. Source: July 1994, p. 112.



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Paterson, Katherine. Bridge to Terabithia. Crowell. Challenged in the Gettysburg, Pa. public schools (1993) because of offensive language. Source: Mar. 1994, p. 55.

______. Jacob Have I Loved. Avon; Cromwell; Random. Challenged in the Gettysburg, Pa. public schools (1993) because of offensive language. Source: Mar. 1994, p.55.

Paulsen, Gary. The Foxman. Viking; Puffin Bks. Challenged at Cary, 111. Junior High School (1994) because references in the book to sex are too explicit for seventh and eighth graders; retained by a school board vote. Source: May 1994, p. 83;July 1994, pp. 128-29.

Peck, Robert Newton. A Day No Pigs Would Die. ABC-Clio; Dell; Knopf. Challenged, but retained on the shelves of Waupaca, Wis. school libraries (1994) after a parent "objected to graphic passages dealing with sexuality in the book." Removed from seventh-grade classes at Payson, Utah Middle School (1994) after several parents "had problems with language, with animal breeding and with a scene that involves an infant grave exhumation." Source: May 1994, pp. 98- 99;July 1994, pp. 117, 129.

Pomeroy, Wardell B. Boys and Sex. Delacorte. Pulled from the Rangely, Colo. Middle School library shelves (1994). Source: May 1994, p. 83.

______. Girls and Sex. Delacorte. Pulled from the Rangely, Colo. Middle School library shelves (1994). Source: May 1994, p. 83.

Prelutsky, Jack. Nightmares: Poems to Trouble Your Sleep. Greenwillow. Removed from the Eau Claire, Wis. elementary school libraries (1993) because the poems "graphically describe violent acts against children that would be criminal activity if acted out." Source: Mar. 1994, p. 53.



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Rench, Janice E. Understanding Your Sexual Identity: A Book for Gay Teens & Their Friends. Lerner Pubns. Pulled from the Rangely, Colo. Middle School library shelves (1994). Moved from the Chestnut Ridge Middle School library to the guidance center in Washington Township, NJ. (1994) because school administrators have been accused of indoctrinating children in the gay lifestyle." Source: May 1994, p. 83; Sept. 1994, p. 148.

Ringgold, Faith. Tar Beach. Crown. Challenged in the Spokane, Wash. elementary school libraries (1994) because it stereotypes African Americans as eating fried chicken and watermelon and drinking beer. The book is based on memories of the author's family rooftop picnics in 1930s Harlem. The book won the 1992 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award for its portrayal of minorities. Source: Jan. 1995, p. 9; Mar. 1995, p. 54.

Robbins, Russell H. Encyclopedia of Witchcraft and Demonology. Outlet Bk. Co. Removed from the Detroit, Mich. public school libraries (1994) after a complaint that the book was "obscene, perverse, and immoral." Source: Mar. 1994, p. 51.

Roberts, J. R. The Gunsmith: Hands of the Strangler. Jove. Challenged but retained at the Selby, S.Dak. Library (1994) because of an inappropriate sex scene. Source: July 1994, p. 129.

Rodriguez, Abraham, Jr. The Boy Without a Flag: Tales of the South Bronx. Milkweed Ed. Retained in the Rosemount, Minn. High School (1994) after a complaint about "profane language and promiscuity in the stories." Source: July 1994, p. 130.

Roman, Jo. Exit House. Bantam. Challenged at the Springdale, Ark. Public Library (1994) because it presented suicide as "a rational and sane alternative." Source: July 1994, p. 128.



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Sachar, Louis. The Boy Who Lost His Face. Knopf. Removed from the Jackson Township Elementary School in Clay City, Ind. (1993) due to "unsuitable words." Source: Mar. 1994, p. 51.

Salinger, J. D. Catcher in the Rye. Bantam; Little. Challenged, but retained at the New Richmond, Wis. High School (1994) for use in some English classes. Challenged as required reading in the Corona- Norco, Calif. Unified School District (1993) because it is "centered around negative activity." The book was retained and teachers selected alternatives if students object to Salinger's novel. Challenged as mandatory reading in the Goffstown, N.H. schools (1994) because of the vulgar words used and the sexual exploits experienced in the book. Source: Mar. 1994, pp. 56, 70; May 1994, p. 100;Jan. 1995, p. 12.

Salinger, Margaretta M. Great Paintings of Children. Abrams. Retained at Maldonado Elementary School in Tucson, Ariz. (1994) after being challenged by parents who objected to nudity and "pornographic," "perverted," and "morbid" themes. Source: July 1994, p. 1 12.

Sanford, John. Winter Prey. Berkley; Putnam. Expurgated by an apparent self-appointed censor at the Coquille, Oreg. Public Library (1994) along with several other books. Most were mysteries and romances in which single words and sexually explicit passages were whited out by a vandal who left either dots or solid ink pen lines where the words had been. Source: Sept. 1994, p. 148.

Schwartz, Alvin. More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Harper; Lippincott. Removed from Vancouver, Wash. School District elementary school libraries (1994) after surviving two previous attempts (1991, 1993). Also challenged at neighboring Evergreen School District libraries in Vancouver, Wash. (1994) because "This book. . . is far beyond other scary books." Challenged, but retained at the Whittier Elementary School library in Bozeman, Mont. (1994). The book was challenged because it would cause children to fear the dark, have nightmares, and give them an unrealistic view of death. Source: July 1994, p. 111; Sept. 1994, pp. 148-49, 166.

______. More Tales to Chill Your Bones. Harper. Removed from Vancouver, Wash. School District elementary school libraries (1994) after surviving two previous attempts (1991, 1993). Challenged at neighboring Evergreen School District libraries in Vancouver, Wash. (1994) because "This book. . . is far beyond other scary books." Source: July 1994, p. 111; Sept. 1994, pp. 148-49.

______. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Harper. Removed from Vancouver, Wash. School District elementary school libraries (1994) after surviving two previous attempts (1991, 1993). Also challenged at neighboring Evergreen School District libraries in Vancouver, Wash. (1994) because "This book. . . is far beyond other scary books." Source: July 1994, p. 111; Sept. 1994, pp. 148-49.

Schwartz,Joel L., Macfarlane, Aidan, and McPherson, Ann. Will the Nurse Make Me Take My Underwear Off? Laurel-Leaf Bks. Challenged at the Chestatee Regional Library in Gainesville, Ga. (1994). Source: Nov. 1994, p. 187.

Segel, Elizabeth. Short Takes. Dell; Lothrop. Challenged at the Cecil County Board of Education in Elkton, Md. (1994). Many deemed the text controversial because it included essays dealing with issues of abortion, gay rights, alcohol, and sex education. Source: Mar. 1995, p. 55.

Sendak, Maurice. In the Night Kitchen. Harper. Challenged at the El Paso, Tex. Public Library (1994) because "the little boy pictured did not have any clothes on and it pictured his private area." Source: Sept. 1994, p. 148.

Silverstein, Charles, and Picano, Felice. The New Joy of Gay Sex. Harper. Challenged at the River Bluffs Regional Library in St. Joseph, Mo. (1994) as "pornography." The controversy began after a patron removed a copy of the book from the library and refused to return it, submitting instead a petition with 700 signatures calling for its permanent removal. Source: Nov. 1994, p. 188;Jan. 1995, p. 7.

Small, Beatrice. To Love Again: A Historical Romance. Ballantine. Challenged at the Pocatello, Idaho Public Library (1993) because a patron considered the romance novel pornographic." Source: Mar. 1994, p. 69.

Smiley, Jane. A Thousand Acres. Fawcett; Knopf; Thorndike Pr. Banned at the Lynden, Wash. High School (1994). Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1991, it was described as having "no literary value in our community right now." School officials note that the protestors have tried to block an anti-drug program, a multicultural program and a Valentine's Day dance, saying that they did not reflect the values parents want taught. Source: May 1994, p. 88.

Snyder, Zilpha Keatley. The Egypt Game. Dell; Macmillan. Challenged in the Richardson, Tex. schools (1995) because it shows children in dangerous situations, condones trespassing and lying to parents, and teaches children about the occult. The School Board declined to ban the awardwinning novel but did decide that parents should be notified when it is used in class. Source: Mar. 1995, p. 56.

Steig, William. The Amazing Bone. Farrar; Penguin. Challenged at the Discovery Elementary School library in Issaquah, Wash. (1993) because of the graphic and detailed violence. Source: Mar. 1994, p. 70.

Steinbeck, John. Grapes of Wrath. Penguin; Viking. Challenged in the Union City, Tenn. High School classes (1993). Source: Mar. 1994, p. 55.

______. Of Mice and Men. Bantam; Penguin; Viking. Challenged as an appropriate English curriculum assignment at the Mingus, Ariz. Union High School (1993) because of "profane language, moral statement, treatment of the retarded, and the violent ending." Pulled from a classroom by Putnam County, Tenn. School Superintendent (1994) "due to the language in it, we just can't have this kind of book being taught." Challenged at the Loganville, Ga. High School (1994) because of its "vulgar language throughout." Source: Mar. 1994, p. 53; Mar. 1995, pp. 46, 53.

______. Red Pony Viking. Challenged in the Oconee County, Ga. school libraries (1994) because a parent complained the book contained profanity. The Oconee school board voted to evaluate all 40,000 volumes in the system's library and remove any books and teaching materials from the public school that contain "explicit sex and pornography" Source: Sept. 1994, p. 145.

Stern, Howard. Private Parts. Simon & Schuster; Pocket Bks. Challenged at the Weslaco, Tex. Public Library (1994). A petition, with more than 300 signatures, was presented to city officials asking them to more closely monitor what books the library purchases. The librarian labeled as "too liberal" subsequently resigned. Challenged at the Scott Public Library in Alabaster, Ala. (1994). The Shelby County District Attorney called the Stern book "obscene" and threatened to prosecute the library for circulating it. Source: Nov. 1994, p. 189; Mar. 1995, p. 53.

Stine, R. L. The Haunted Mask. Scholastic. Challenged, but retained at the Battle Creek, Mich. elementary school library (1994) despite protests from a parent who said the book is satanic. Source: Nov. 1994, p. 200.

Stoker, Bram. Dracula. Airmont; Bantam; Delacorte; Dell; NALDutton; Puffin; Random; Scholastic; Viking. Eliminated from required reading lists for juniors and seniors in advanced English classes at the Colony High School in Lewisville, Tex. (1994) because "the book contains unacceptable descriptions in the introduction, such as 'Dracula is the symptom of a wish, largely sexual, that we wish we did not have."' Source:July 1994, p. 116.



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Tax, Meredith. Families. Little. Eliminated from the Fairfax County, Va. School's Family Life Education program (1994) after "parents complained that it glorifies divorce and shows two women living together." Source: May 1994, p. 88; Sept. 1994, p. 153.

Twain, Mark [Samuel L. Clemens]. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Bantam; Bobbs-Merrill; Grosset; Harper; Holt; Houghton; Longman; Macmillan; NAL; Norton; Penguin; Pocket Bks. Challenged, but retained on high school reading lists by the Lewisville, Tex. school board (1994). Challenged in English classes at Taylor County High School in Butler, Ga. (1994) because it contains racial slurs and bad grammar and does not reject slavery Source: May 1994, pp. 99- 100; Mar. 1995, p. 42.

______. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Airmont; And/Or Press; Bantam; Grosset; Longman; NAL-Dutton; Pocket Bks. Removed from the seventh-grade curriculum in the West Chester, Pa. schools (1994) after parents complained that it is too full of racially charged language. Source: Sept. 1994, p. 152.



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Valentine, Johnny The Duke Who Outlawed Jelly Beans. Alyson Pubns. Retained at the Dayton and Montgomery County, Ohio Public Library (1993). Source: Mar. 1994, p. 69.

Vinge, Joan D. Catspaw. Warner Books. Challenged but retained at the Mediapolis, Iowa (1994) School District library Source: May 1994, p. 83.



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Waxman, Stephanie. What Is a Girl? What Is a Boy? Peace Pr. Placed in a special nonfiction section where an adult must request it for a child at the Lake Lanier Regional Library in Lawrenceville, Ga. (1994) after a group of parents complained that the book is not appropriate for young children. Moved to the nonfiction section of the Gwinnet-Forsyth, Ga. (1994) Regional Library Source: Nov. 1994, p. 187; San. 1995, p. 6.

Wertenbaker, Lael Tucker. The World Of Picasso. Time-Life. Retained at Maldonado Elementary School in Tucson, Ariz. (1994) after being challenged by parents who objected to nudity and "pornographic," "perverted," and "morbid" themes. Source: July 1994, p. 112.

Wilder, Laura Ingalls. Little House on the Prairie. Buccaneer; Harper; Transaction. Banned in the Sturgis, S.Dak. elementary school classrooms (1993) due to statements considered derogatory to Native Americans. Source: Mar. 1994, p. 55.

Willhoite, Michael. Daddy's Roommate. Alyson Pubns. Retained at the Dayton and Montgomery County, Ohio Public Library (1993). Removed by Lane County Head Start officials in Cottage Grove, Oreg. (1994) from its anti-bias curriculum. Challenged at the Chandler, Ariz. Public Library (1994) because the book is a "skillful presentation to the young child about lesbianism/homosexuality." Removed from the children's section of the Fort Worth, Tex. Public Library (1994) because critics say it legitimizes gay relationships. Source: Mar. 1994, p. 69;July 1994, p. 115; Sept. 1994, pp. 147-48, 166; Nov. 1994, p. 187;Jan. 1995, pp. 4, 6, 8.

Winship, Elizabeth. Perspectives on Health: Human Sexuality D. C. Heath. Retained by unanimous school board vote, two mothers nevertheless protested by removing their daughters from classes at an Argos, Ind. Community school (1994) using this textbook because they felt it is "too explicit and sends mixed messages about abstinence. They also objected to treatment of abortion and homosexuality" Source: May 1994, p. 99.

Winship, Elizabeth, Caparulo, Frank, and Harlin, Vivian K. Human Sexuality. Houghton. Removed from use in health classes by the Belleville, Mo. School District School Board (1994) after parents had complained that the book "didn't stress abstinence from sex by high school students," and because "it didn't say whether sexual relations before marriage, homosexuality, masturbation or abortion are right or wrong." Banned in the Fulton County, Ga. high schools (1994) because the book was too graphic, out-of-date, and did too little to persuade students not to have sex. Source: May 1994, p. 87; Sept. 1994, p. 150.

Wright, Richard. Native Son. Harper. Retained in the Yakima, Wash. schools (1994) after a five-month dispute over what advanced high school students should read in the classroom. Two parents raised concerns about profanity and images of violence and sexuality in the book and requested that it be removed from the reading list. Source: Nov. 1994, pp. 202-3.



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Yashima, Taro. Crow Boy. Puffin; Viking Child. Challenged by a school board member in the Queens, N.Y. school libraries (1994) because it "denigrates white American culture, 'promotes racial separation, and discourages assimilation."' The rest of the school board voted to retain the book. Source:July 1994, pp. 110-11; Sept. 1994, p. 166.


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