The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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dc.title The Great Gatsby
dc.creator Fitzgerald, F. Scott.
dc.subject Long Island (N.Y.)-Fiction.; Traffic accidents-Fiction.; Married women-Fiction.; First loves-Fiction.; Rich people-Fiction.; Mistresses-Fiction.; Revenge-Fiction. LCSH
dc.description This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.
dc.publisher Scribner
dc.contributor F. Scott Fitzgerald
dc.date 2004-09-30 W3CDTF
dc.type Text DCMIType
dc.format Paperback book; 180 pages; 5.2 x 0.4 x 8 inches
dc.identifier ISBN:978-0743273565 (alk. paper) ISBN
dc.source http://www.amazon.com/Great-Gatsby-F-Scott-Fitzgerald/dp/0743273567/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1461976344&sr=8-2&keywords=great+gatsby
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dc.relation The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald originally published by C. Scribner’s Sons, New York: 1925
dc.rights All rights reserved

 

The Great Gatsby chronicles America in the Jazz Age of the 1920s. It follows Jay Gatsby and his love for Daisy Buchanan. There is wealth, booze, sex, and lavish parties. The book was challenged by the “Baptist Church in South Carolina because of its language and mere references to sex” (Banned Books that Shaped America).

“Banned books that shaped America.” Bannedbooksweek.org. Retrieved April 29, 2016 from http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/censorship/bannedbooksthatshapedamerica

A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein

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dc.title A Light in the Attic
dc.creator Silverstein, Shel
dc.subject Children’s poetry, American.; Humorous poetry.; American poetry. LCSH
dc.description Here in the attic of Shel Silverstein you will find Backward Bill, Sour Face Ann, the Meehoo With an Exactlywatt, and the Polar Bear in the Frigidaire. You will talk with the Broiled Face, and find out what happens when someone steals your knees, you get caught by the Quick-Digesting Gink, a mountain snores, and they’ve put a brassiere on the camel.
dc.publisher HarperCollins
dc.contributor Shel Silverstein
dc.date 2009-09-22 W3CDTF
dc.type Text DCMIType
dc.format Hardcover book; 192 pages; 6.8 x 1 x 8.8 inches
dc.identifier ISBN:978-0061905858 ISBN
dc.source http://www.amazon.com/Light-Attic-Special-Shel-Silverstein/dp/0061905852/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1461975486&sr=8-1&keywords=a+light+in+the+attic+by+shel+silverstein
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dc.relation A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein originally published by Harper & Row, New York, NY: 1981
dc.rights All rights reserved

 

Shel Silverstein’s A Light in the Attic is a collection of drawings and poems for children. They were a stable of many children’s childhoods. It was banned in some schools in Florida because they believed the poems encouraged children to be disrespectful and violent (Christian Science Monitor, 2012).

The Christian Science Monitor (2012, October 3). 30 banned books that may surprise you. Retrieved April 29, 2016 from http://www.csmonitor.com/Books/2012/1003/30-banned-books-that-may-surprise-you/A-Light-in-the-Attic-by-Shel-Silverstein

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig

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dc.title Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
dc.creator Steig, William
dc.subject Donkeys-Fiction.; Magic-Fiction.; Missing Children-Fiction. LCSH
dc.description One rainy day, Sylvester finds a magic pebble that can make wishes come true. But when a lion frightens him on his way home, Sylvester makes a wish that brings unexpected results. How Sylvester is eventually reunited with his loving family and restored to his own donkey self makes a story that is beautifully tender and perfectly joyful.
dc.publisher Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
dc.contributor William Steig
dc.date 2005-11-01 W3CDTF
dc.type Text DCMIType
dc.format Hardcover book; 42 pages; 8.2 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
dc.identifier ISBN: 978-1416902065 ISBN
dc.source http://www.amazon.com/Sylvester-Magic-Pebble-William-Steig/dp/1416902066/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1461974506&sr=8-1
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dc.relation Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig originally published by Little Simon, New York: 1969
dc.rights All rights reserved

 

Sylvester is a donkey who has a magic pebble that grants wishes. When a lion frightens Sylvester, the first thought that comes to mind is to become a rock and poof! Sylvester is a rock. The only problem is now he can’t hold the pebble to wish himself back to normal. His parents can’t find him and search all over town for him. This book was banned in Illinois in 1977 and challenged in other states for featuring pigs as the police officers (Reading Rainbow, 2014).

Reading Rainbow (2014, September 22). Featured banned children’s books for banned books week. Retrieved April 29, 2016 from https://www.readingrainbow.com/site/blog/2014/09/22/featured-banned-childrens-books-banned-books-week/

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

 

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dc.title Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
dc.creator Rowling, J.K.
dc.subject Wizards-Juvenile Fiction.; Magic-Juvenile Fiction.; Schools-Juvenile Fiction.; England-Juvenile Fiction. LCSH
dc.description Harry Potter has no idea how famous he is. That’s because he’s being raised by his miserable aunt and uncle who are terrified Harry will learn that he’s really a wizard, just as his parents were. But everything changes when Harry is summoned to attend an infamous school for wizards, and he begins to discover some clues about his illustrious birthright. From the surprising way he is greeted by a lovable giant, to the unique curriculum and colorful faculty at his unusual school, Harry finds himself drawn deep inside a mystical world he never knew existed and closer to his own noble destiny.
dc.publisher Scholastic
dc.contributor J.K. Rowling
dc.date 1998-09 W3CDTF
dc.type Text DCMIType
dc.format Paperback book; 309 pages; 0.8 x 5.2 x 7.8 inches
dc.identifier ISBN:978-0439708180 (alk. paper) ISBN
dc.source http://www.amazon.com/Harry-Potter-Sorcerers-Stone-Rowling/dp/059035342X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1461973386&sr=8-1&keywords=harry+potter+and+the+sorcerer%27s+stone
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dc.relation Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling published by A.A. Levine Books, New York: 1998
dc.rights All rights reserved

Harry Potter is living with his aunt, uncle, and cousin when he finds out he’s a wizard. He’s summoned to Hogwarts the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He learns about his birthright, makes new friends, and learns all about the wizarding world. It has been challenged several times for promoting witchcraft, magic, Satanism, and the Wiccan religion. It was banned in Queensland, Australia for being violent and dangerous (Marshall University Library, 2010).

Marshall University Library (2010, August 17). Banned books: Harry potter and the sorcerer’s stone. Retrieved April 29, 2016 from http://www.marshall.edu/library/bannedbooks/books/harrypotter1.asp

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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dc.title Hunger Games
dc.creator Collins, Suzanne
dc.subject Survival-Fiction.; Television programs-Fiction.; Interpersonal relations-Fiction.; Contests-Fiction.; Science fiction. LCSH
dc.description In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, “The Hunger Games,” a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed.
dc.publisher Scholastic Press; Reprint edition
dc.contributor Suzanne Collins
dc.date 2010-07-10 W3CDTF
dc.type Text DCMIType
dc.format Paperback book; 384 pages;  1 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
dc.identifier ISBN:978-0439023528 (alk. paper) ISBN
dc.source http://www.amazon.com/Hunger-Games-Book-1/dp/0439023521/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1461971477&sr=8-10&keywords=hunger+games
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dc.relation The Hunger Games by Suzanna Collins; originally published by Scholastic Press, New York: 2008
dc.rights All rights reserved

The Hunger Games are an annual event that take place in Panem. Two children from each of the twelve districts are chosen to fight to the death in an arena. The event is televised to all districts. One child survives and becomes the victor of the Hunger Games. Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her sister’s place when she is chosen for this year’s Hunger Games. The Hunger Games has been seen as violent because it depicts acts of violence portrayed by children. It has also been challenged for its religious views and for being unsuitable for its intended age group (Marshall University Library, 2015).

Marshall University Libraries (2015, August 21). Banned books: The hunger games. Retrieved April 29, 2016 from http://www.marshall.edu/library/bannedbooks/books/hungergames.asp

 

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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dc.title Lord of the Flies
dc.creator Golding, William, 1911-1993
dc.subject Survival- Fiction.; Castaways-Fiction.; Islands- Fiction.; Boys-Fiction.; Interpersonal relations in children- Fiction.; Airplane crash survival- Fiction.; Regression (Psychology)- Fiction. LCSH
dc.description Golding’s classic, startling, and perennially bestselling portrait of human nature remains as provocative today as when it was first published. This beautiful new edition features French flaps and rough fronts, making it a must-have for fans of this seminal work.
William Golding’s compelling story about a group of very ordinary small boys marooned on a coral island has become a modern classic. At first it seems as though it is all going to be great fun; but the fun before long becomes furious and life on the island turns into a nightmare of panic and death. As ordinary standards of behavior collapse, the whole world the boys know collapses with them—the world of cricket and homework and adventure stories—and another world is revealed beneath, primitive and terrible.
dc.publisher Penguin Books
dc.contributor William Golding
dc.date 2011-11-01 W3CDTF
dc.type Text DCMIType
dc.format Paperback book; 304 pages; 5.2 x 0.8 x 7.7 in.
dc.identifier ISBN-13: 978-0399537424 ISBN
dc.source http://www.amazon.com/Lord-Flies-Centenary-William-Golding/dp/0399537422/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
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dc.relation Lord of the Flies by William Golding; originally published by Faber and Faber, London: 1954
dc.rights All rights reserved

Lord of the Flies describes the tumultuous tale of a group of preadolescent boys trapped on an island after their plane crashes. Ralph, the main character, is elected leader, but is opposed by Jack and his group of boys. As boys give up their tasks for survival, tribes are formed and tensions are raised, leading to the death of two boys. Not until a British naval officer finds them do the boys realize what they have been doing. Lord of the Flies has been challenged multiple times since 1974 due immoral content, profanity, lurid passages about sex, and defamatory to minorities, God, woman, and the disabled (American Library Association, n.d.).

American Library Association. (n.d.). Banned and/or challenged books from the Radcliffe Publishing Course top 100 novels of the 20th Century. Retrieved April 26, 2016, from http://www.ala.org/Template.cfm?Section=bbwlinks

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

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dc.title The Catcher in the Rye
dc.creator Salinger, J.D. (Jerome David), 1919-2010
dc.subject Caulfield, Holden (Fictitious character)- Fiction.; Runaway teenagers- Fiction.; New York (N.Y.)- Fiction. LCSH
dc.description Anyone who has read J.D. Salinger’s New Yorker stories–particularly A Perfect Day for Bananafish, Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut, The Laughing Man, and For Esme With Love and Squalor–will not be surprised by the fact that his first novel is full of children. The hero-narrator of The Catcher in the Rye is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield. Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, secondhand description, he leaves his prep school in Pennsylvania and goes underground in New York City for three days. The boy himself is at once too simple and too complex for us to make any final comment about him or his story. Perhaps the safest thing we can say about Holden is that he was born in the world not just strongly attracted to beauty but, almost, hopelessly impaled on it.
There are many voices in this novel: children’s voices, adult voices, underground voices-but Holden’s voice is the most eloquent of all. Transcending his own vernacular, yet remaining marvelously faithful to it, he issues a perfectly articulated cry of mixed pain and pleasure. However, like most lovers and clowns and poets of the higher orders, he keeps most of the pain to, and for, himself. The pleasure he gives away, or sets aside, with all his heart. It is there for the reader who can handle it to keep.
dc.publisher Back Bay Books
dc.contributor J.D. Salinger
dc.date 2001-01-30 W3CDTF
dc.type Text DCMIType
dc.format Paperback book; 288 pages; 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 in.
dc.identifier ISBN-13: 978-0316769174 ISBN
dc.source http://www.amazon.com/Catcher-Rye-J-D-Salinger/dp/0316769177/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
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dc.relation The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger; originally published by Little, Brown, and Company, New York: 1951
dc.coverage 1951-2001
dc.rights All rights reserved

The Catcher in the Rye follows Holden Caulfield’s three-day adventure home after flunking out of his preparatory school. Holden contemplates his life, and during his journey, he meets a variety of people. The novel also deals with complex issues of identity, belonging, loss, and connection. The Catcher in the Rye has been challenged, removed, and banned in my many schools due to a variety of reasons: profanity, obscenity, offensive language, prostitution, and many other reasons (American Library Association, n.d.).

American Library Association. (n.d.). Banned and/or challenged books from the Radcliffe Publishing Course top 100 novels of the 20th Century. Retrieved April 26, 2016, from http://www.ala.org/Template.cfm?Section=bbwlinks

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

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dc.title Bridge to Terabithia
dc.creator Paterson, Katherine
dc.subject Friendship- Juvenile fiction.; Death-Juvenile fiction. LCSH
dc.description This Newbery Medal-winning novel by bestselling author Katherine Paterson is a modern classic of friendship and loss. Jess Aarons has been practicing all summer so he can be the fastest runner in the fifth grade. And he almost is, until the new girl in school, Leslie Burke, outpaces him. The two become fast friends and spend most days in the woods behind Leslie’s house, where they invent an enchanted land called Terabithia. One morning, Leslie goes to Terabithia without Jess and a tragedy occurs. It will take the love of his family and the strength that Leslie has given him for Jess to be able to deal with his grief. In addition to being a Newbery Medal winner, Bridge to Terabithia was also named an ALA Notable Children’s Book and has become a touchstone of children’s literature, as have many of Katherine Paterson’s other novels, including The Great Gilly Hopkins and Jacob Have I Loved.
dc.publisher HarperCollins
dc.contributor Katherine Paterson
dc.date 2003-05-06 W3CDTF
dc.type Text DCMIType
dc.format Paperback book; 144 pages; 0.5 x 5.2 x 7.5 in.
dc.identifier ISNB-13: 978-0064401845 ISBN
dc.source http://www.amazon.com/Bridge-Terabithia-Katherine-Paterson/dp/0064401847/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
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dc.relation Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson; originally published by T.Y. Crowell, New York: 1977
dc.coverage 1977-2003
dc.rights All rights reserved

Bridge to Terabithia stars Jess, a 10-year-old boy, who befriends a student, Leslie. Together they create an imaginary world called Terabithia. They have many adventures together until an accident leaves Jess alone to reign over Terabithia. Bridge to Terabithia was first challenged in Lincoln, Nebraska schools “because it contained ‘profanity’ including the phrase ‘Oh Lord’ and ‘Lord’ used as an expletive” (New Mexico State University Library, 2015). It has been challenged by other school districts for not only offensive language, but also the belief that the material encourages Satanism (American Library Association, n.d.).

American Library Association. (n.d.). Top ten frequently challenged books lists of the 21st century. Retrieved April 27, 2016, from http://www.ala.org/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/top10

New Mexico State University Library. (2015, December 8). Censorship and banned books. Retrieved April 27, 2016, from http://nmsu.libguides.com/censorship

A Separate Peace by John Knowles

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dc.title A Separate Peace
dc.creator Knowles, John, 1926-2001
dc.subject Preparatory school students- Fiction.; Preparatory schools- Fiction.; Friendship- Fiction.; Death- Fiction.; Boys- Fiction.; New Hampshire- Fiction. LCSH
dc.description An American classic and great bestseller for over thirty years, A Separate Peace is timeless in its description of adolescence during a period when the entire country was losing its innocence to World War II. Set at a boys’ boarding school in New England during the early years of World War II, A Separate Peace is a harrowing and luminous parable of the dark side of adolescence. Gene is a lonely, introverted intellectual. Phineas is a handsome, taunting, daredevil athlete. What happens between the two friends one summer, like the war itself, banishes the innocence of these boys and their world.
dc.publisher Scribner
dc.contributor John Knowles
dc.date 2003-09-30 W3CDTF
dc.type Text DCMIType
dc.format Paperback book; 204 pages; 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.4 in.
dc.identifier ISBN-13: 978-0743253970 ISBN
dc.source http://www.amazon.com/Separate-Peace-John-Knowles/dp/0743253973/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
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dc.relation A Separate Peace by John Knowles; originally published by Secker & Warburg, London: 1959
dc.coverage 1959-2003
dc.rights All rights reserved

A Separate Peace takes place at a boy’s preparatory school in the 1940s. Gene and Finny, two completely opposite boys, befriend each other, but for Gene, it becomes a rivalry. The rivalry leads to accidents and an eventual death. All the while, the boys are facing the realities of WWII. The book was challenged a few times in the 1980s, with challengers complaining of offensive and graphic language (American Library Association, n.d.).

American Library Association. (n.d.). Banned and/or challenged books from the Radcliffe Publishing Course top 100 novels of the 20th Century. Retrieved April 26, 2016, from http://www.ala.org/Template.cfm?Section=bbwlinks

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

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dc.title The Glass Castle: A Memoir
dc.creator Walls, Jeannette
dc.subject Children of alcoholics- United States- Biography.; Dysfunctional families- United States- Case studies.; Poor- West Virginia- Welch- Biography LCSH
dc.description Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and above all, how to embrace life fearlessly. Rose Mary, who painted and wrote and couldn’t stand the responsibility of providing for her family, called herself an “excitement addict.” Cooking a meal that would be consumed in fifteen minutes had no appeal when she could make a painting that might last forever. Later, when the money ran out, or the romance of the wandering life faded, the Walls retreated to the dismal West Virginia mining town — and the family — Rex Walls had done everything he could to escape. He drank. He stole the grocery money and disappeared for days. As the dysfunction of the family escalated, Jeannette and her brother and sisters had to fend for themselves, supporting one another as they weathered their parents’ betrayals and, finally, found the resources and will to leave home. What is so astonishing about Jeannette Walls is not just that she had the guts and tenacity and intelligence to get out, but that she describes her parents with such deep affection and generosity. Hers is a story of triumph against all odds, but also a tender, moving tale of unconditional love in a family that despite its profound flaws gave her the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms.
dc.publisher Scribner
dc.contributor Jeannette Walls
dc.date 2006-01-17 W3CDTF
dc.type Text DCMIType
dc.format Paperback book; 288 pages; 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 in.
dc.identifier ISBN-13: 978-0743247542 ISBN
dc.source http://www.amazon.com/Glass-Castle-Memoir-Jeannette-Walls/dp/074324754X/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
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dc.relation The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls; originally published by Scribner, New York: 2005
dc.coverage 2005-2006
dc.rights All rights reserved

The Glass Castle is a memoir of Jeannette Walls’ life. The book recounts the unconventional, poverty stricken upbringing she and her siblings had due to their dysfunctional parents. Walls’ experienced a tragic upbringing until she was able to move to New York City with her siblings to try to make a living for herself. The Glass Castle has been challenge a number of times, the first in 2010 at a high school in California. The various reasons for the challenges are: profanity, criticism of Christianity, drunkenness, and accounts of sexual abuse and prostitution (Marshall University Libraries, 2015).

Marshall University Libraries. (2015, August 21). Banned books: The Glass Castle. Retrieved April 26, 2016, from http://www.marshall.edu/library/bannedbooks/books/glasscastle.asp