Today’s banned book is Margaret Atwood ‘s The Handmaid’s Tale, which has been banned for sexually explicit content.
Wednesday night, the Randolph County School Board reversed its ban on Ralph Ellison’s novel Invisible Man, just nine days after they had removed the book from school library shelves. The vote was six to one. Only board member Gary Mason deemed the book “not appropriate for young teenagers,” according to David Zucchino of the Los Angeles Times.
[1984 by George Orwell] has been banned at various schools throughout the U.S. for being both anti-government and too communist. Oh, and it’s considered too “gloomy and depressing” for children to read at school
There were 464 challenges, as reported by the Office for Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association, in 2012.
This book was #2 on the list:
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie.
Reasons: Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
Just so you know.
Some books are meant to bring chills of discomfort, tears built of disappointment, and tension created by problems that will never be solved. Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye isn’t a happy book, and that is what makes it honest.