Children’s and YA Fiction

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian  by Sherman Alexie

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Drama  by Raina Telgemeier

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

Heather Has Two Mommies  by Leslea Newman

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig

 

Adult Fiction

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Beloved by Toni Morrison

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

The Color Purple  by Alice Walker

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Nineteen eighty-four (1984)  by George Orwell

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

A Separate Peace by John Knowles

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

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dc.title I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
dc.creator Angelou, Maya
dc.subject Autobiography; Blacks–United States; Racism–United States; Statutory rape; Sexually abused children; Motherhood. LCSH
dc.description I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is a 1969 autobiography about the early years of American writer and poet Maya Angelou.
dc.publisher Random House
dc.date 1969 W3CDTF
dc.type Text DCMIType
dc.format Paperback; 304 pages; 5-⅝ x 8-¼ in.
dc.identifier ISBN: 978-0812980028
dc.source http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/3924/i-know-why-the-caged-bird-sings-by-maya-angelou/9780812980028/
dc.language en-US RFC4646
dc.relation I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou; originally published by Random House; New York, 1969.
dc.rights Maya Angelou

Angelou’s autobiographical work has been challenged in 15 states. It is frequently banned or challenged in high schools and junior high schools. Censors cite its sexually explicit scenes, use of language, and religious depictions.
http://www.ala.org/bbooks/100-most-frequently-challenged-books-1990%E2%80%931999

Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

 

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dc.title Fun Home
dc.creator Bechdel, Alison, 1960-
dc.subject Lesbian and gay experience; Lesbian college students; Suicide; Families; Gay fathers; Memoirs and biographies. LCSH
dc.description Fun Home, subtitled A Family Tragicomic, is a 2006 graphic memoir by the American writer Alison Bechdel, author of the comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For.
dc.publisher Houghton Mifflin
dc.date 06-08-2006 W3CDTF
dc.type Text and Image DCMIType
dc.format Hardcover; 232 pages; 6 x 0.7 x 9 in.
dc.identifier ISBN: 978-0618871711
dc.source http://www.amazon.com/Fun-Home-Tragicomic-Alison-Bechdel/dp/0618871713
dc.language en-US RFC4646
dc.relation Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel; originally published by Houghton Mifflin; Boston: June 8, 2006.
dc.rights Alison Bechdel

Bechdel’s book portrays intimate relationships between lesbian and gay characters. Students and patrons of libraries have objected to the book, calling it “pornography” for its depictions of sexuality.

http://www.marshallnews.com/story/1172698.html

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown

 

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dc.title Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
dc.creator Brown, Dee, 1908-2002
dc.subject Native Americans; Native American history and society. LCSH
dc.description Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West is a 1970 book by American writer Dee Brown that covers the history of Native Americans in the American West in the late nineteenth century.
dc.publisher New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston
dc.date 1970 W3CDTF
dc.type Text DCMIType
dc.format 487 pages, 5.5 x 1 x 8.3 in.
dc.identifier ISBN: 978-0805086843
dc.source http://www.amazon.com/Bury-My-Heart-Wounded-Knee/dp/0805086846/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1462212169&sr=1-1&keywords=bury+my+heart+at+wounded+knee
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dc.relation Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West by Dee Brown; originally published by Holt, Rinehart & Winston; New York: 1970.
dc.rights Dee Brown

Dee Brown’s book reframed the traditional narrative of the history of the American West, paying attention to the violence committed against Native Americans by white settlers. It has been banned for being “polemical” and “controversial.”
http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/censorship/bannedbooksthatshapedamerica

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

 

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dc.title Invisible Man
dc.creator Ellison, Ralph
dc.subject African Americans; Blacks–United States; Racism–United States; America–Race relations. LCSH
dc.description Invisible Man is a novel by Ralph Ellison about an African American man whose color renders him invisible, published by Random House in 1952.
dc.publisher Random House
dc.date 1952 W3CDTF
dc.type Text DCMIType
dc.format Paperback; 581 pages; 5.2 x 0.9 x 7.9 in.
dc.identifier ISBN: 978-0679732761
dc.source http://www.amazon.com/Invisible-Man-Ralph-Ellison/dp/0679732764
dc.language en-US RFC4646
dc.relation Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison; originally published by Random House; New York: 1952.
dc.rights Ralph Ellison

Ellison’s first novel, which masterfully recounts the experiences of an unnamed black narrator who navigates life in the South and then in New York City, has been challenged or banned in schools since it’s publication in 1952. The most common reasons cited for banning are: obscene language, sexual content, and violence. An un-cited reason may be Ellison’s honest and unflinching portrayal of racism in America.

http://www.ala.org/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/classics/reasons

http://articles.latimes.com/2013/sep/19/entertainment/la-et-jc-ralph-ellison-invisible-man-banned-north-carolina-20130919

 

Howl, and other poems by Allen Ginsberg

 

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dc.title Howl, and other poems
dc.creator Ginsberg, Allen, 1926-1997
dc.subject Political poetry, American; Beat generation–Poetry; Homosexuality LCSH
dc.description “Howl” is a poem written by Allen Ginsberg in 1955, published as part of his 1956 collection of poetry titled Howl and Other Poems, and dedicated to Carl Solomon. Poems include: Howl — Footnote To Howl — A Supermarket in California — Transcription of Organ Music — Sunflower Sutra — America — In the Baggage Room at Greyhound ; Earlier Poems: An Asphodel — Song — Wild Orphan — In Back of the Real.
dc.publisher City Lights Books
dc.date 1956 W3CDTF
dc.type Text DCMIType
dc.format Paperback book; 44 pages; 16 cm
dc.identifier ISBN: 9780872860179
dc.source http://www.amazon.com/Other-Poems-Lights-Pocket-Poets/dp/0872860175/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1462205651&sr=1-1&keywords=howl+and+other+poems
dc.language en-US RFC4646
dc.relation Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg; originally published by City Lights Books; San Francisco: 1956.
dc.rights Allen Ginsberg

Ginsberg’s famous poems were criticized for their depiction of madness, sexuality, and political protest, among other reasons. Lawrence Ferlinghetti, of City Lights Books, was arrested and charged with publishing and selling obscene literature. He was found not guilty.

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2007/jun/02/featuresreviews.guardianreview21