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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Banned Books Week September 21-27

This list represents some of the books that we challenged, banned, or restricted in 2013 and 2014, as reported to the Newsletter for Intellectual Freedom. Most of these books have won awards, yet they continue to draw ire from people intent on banning books.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Published in September 2007.
Won the National Book Award in 2007.

Bless Me Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
Published in 1972.
Awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2002.
On the US Academic Decathlon list of 2009.

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Published in 1985.
Won the 1985 Governor General's Award in Canada
and the very first Arthur C. Clarke Award in 1987.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Published in 1999.
A New York Times Best Seller for 71 weeks.

Looking for Alaska by John Green
Published in 2005.
Won the Printz Award in 2006.

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Published in 1970.
Morrison is a Pulitzer Prize winning author and has been awarded a Nobel laureate.

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Published in 2013.
A Printz Honor in 2014.

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Published in 2000.
Time Magazine Comix of the Year in 2000.

The Color Purple by Alice Walker.
A Pulitzer prize and National Book Award winner in 1983.



  1. I read The Perks of Being a Wallflower for Banned Books Week last year and LOVED it! I just finished Catcher in the Rye...loved that too :)

    Great summary list!


    Book By Book

    1. You rock, Sue. I am trying what to read for BBW this year. I'm thinking Bless Me, Ultima since I just finished One Hundred years of Solitude and know now that I can deal with magical realism.


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