Presenting: some of Milne Library’s Staff picks. All have been challenged or banned at one time or another! They are available through Milne GLOCAT or IDS. Read on and keep the light on!
ABC de Puerto Rico, Ruben del Rosario, Isabel Freire de Matos; Illustrated by Antonio Martorell.
“burned by the Educational Department of Puerto Rico under Governor Carlos Romero Barcelo’s administration. “
A Lesson Before Dying, Ernest J. Gaines
Challenged for profanity, sexual references
And Tango makes three, Justin Richardson
Challenged for themes of same-sex marriage between penguins, adoption, anti-family, anti-ethnic
A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle
Challenged for “promoting witchcraft, ” portraying Jesus as being on par with great musicians and artists. “
La casa de los espíritus, Isabel Allende
Challenged for scenes of torture
One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriela García Márquez
“challenged or banned by people who object to its offensive language, disrespect for religious and political authority, and sexually explicit, emotionally disturbing scenes …”
The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison
Challenged for “sex scenes, profanity, and age-appropriateness ,” “being a ‘bad book, an underlying socialist-communist agenda'”
The Diary of Anne Frank
Challenged for “passages that were considered ‘sexually offensive,’ ‘tragic nature of the book, which some felt might be ‘depressing’ for young readers’
The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas
Challenged for “being pervasively vulgar, ” depiction of drug use, profanity, and offensive language.
Ulysses, James Joyce
Banned in the UK for explicit sexuality, pornography, graphic depiction of bodily functions