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Banned Books

A collection with catalog links to a variety of banned and challenged books in celebration of National Banned Books Week during September 22-28, 2013

Making Sense of the Bible: Rediscovering the Power of Scripture Today

New King James Version of the Holy Bible Banned: unauthorized English content; inspires blasphemous ideas

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Challenged: religious viewpoint; violence; witchcraft; fairy tale

The Bluest Eye Challenged: sexual content; profanity; unsuited to the age group

Wuthering Heights Banned: realistic portrayals of mental and physical cruelty; infidelity

Lord of the Flies Challenged: excessive violence; profanity; racism; statements defamatory to women, minorities, the disabled and God

The Lord of the Rings Challenged: “irreligious”; anti-religious; anti-Christian; satanic; promoting witchcraft

The Complete Tales of Winnie-The-Pooh Banned: “insult to God”; Piglet is offensive to Muslims; Nazism

Animal Farm: A Fairy Story Banned: political content; the phrase “masses will revolt”

The Wizard of Oz Banned: ungodly influence; depicting women in strong leadership roles

Uncle Tom's Cabin (Oxford 150th Anniversary Edition) Banned: racist; questions authority; perpetuates stereotypes; use of the “N” word; offensive

The Wolf Gift (The Wolf Gift Chronicles Series #1) Challenged: pornographic in nature; offensive; violence; characters with homoerotic feelings; challenge religious views

The Autobiography of Malcolm X Banned: promotes anti-white racism; “disruptive of racial harmony

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret Challenged: sexual content; inappropriate behavior

Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers Challenged: anti-family content; offensive language; bad behavior; unsuited to the age group

Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again Challenged: unsuited to the age group; sexual content; violence

Doctor Zhivago (Pevear / Volokhonsky Translation) Banned: “counter-revolutionary and slanderous”

The Original Illustrated Sherlock Holmes: 37 Short Stories Plus a Complete Novel Challenged: anti-Mormon author

As I Lay Dying: The Corrected Text (Modern Library Series) Banned: profanity; abortion; sexual scenarios

The Canterbury Tales Banned: sexual innuendo; gender roles; sexual stereotypes

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Challenged: superstition; crime; trading; showing off