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 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.language en-US RFC4646
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

New Mexico State University Library. (2015, December 8). Censorship and banned books. Retrieved April 27, 2016, from

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 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.language en-US RFC4646
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

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

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dc.title Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
dc.creator Twain, Mark, 1835-1910
dc.subject Runaway children—Fiction; Fugitive slaves—Fiction; Friendship—Fiction; Race relations—Fiction; Mississippi River—Fiction LCSH
dc.description Huck Finn, trying to escape his abusive father, teams up with runaway slave Jim as they raft down the Mississippi River together in the 1840s.
dc.publisher Dover Publications
dc.contributor Mark Twain 05-26-1994 W3CDTF
dc.type Text DCMIType
dc.format Softcover book, 224 pages long, 0.8 x 5.2 x 8.5 in.
dc.identifier ISBN-13 978-0486280615
dc.language en-US RFC4646
dc.relation The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain; originally published by Charles L. Webster and Co., New York: 1885
dc.coverage 1885-1994
dc.rights All rights reserved


“The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” tells the story of Huck Finn, a white boy who runs away from his abusive father with Jim, a runaway slave. Together, the two travel down the Mississippi River on a raft, encountering racism and attitudes toward slavery and freedom in the American South of the 1840s. Despite its negative attitude toward slavery, the book has been frequently banned for racism and offensive language (Banned Books Week) due to Twain’s unflinching portrayal of 1840s Missouri and the realities of slavery.


Works cited: “Banned Books That Shaped America.” Web. 25 Apr. 2016.