Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut


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dc.title Slaughterhouse-Five
dc.creator Vonnegut, Kurt, 1922-2007
dc.subject World War, 1939-1945; Satire; Post-traumatic stress disorder LCSH
dc.description This satirical book shows an American soldier during World War II, suffering from PTSD and experiencing what he believes to be his former life through a series of flashbacks.
dc.publisher Dell 11-03-1991 W3CDTF
dc.type Text DCMIType
dc.format Paperback book, 215 pages, 4.1 x 0.6 x 6.8 in.
dc.identifier ISBN-13 978-0440180296
dc.language en-US RFC4646
dc.relation Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut; originally published by Delacorte; New York: 1969
dc.rights Kurt Vonnegut

Through flashbacks, this satirical anti-war book tells the story of a disoriented American soldier who believes himself to have experienced things like alien abduction and time travel before being taken prisoner by German soldiers. It has been consistently banned and challenged since its publication in 1969 for being “depraved,” “vulgar,” “anti-Christian” and “anti-American,” as well as containing explicit sexual content.

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 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.language en-US RFC4646
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

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 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.language en-US RFC4646
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


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

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dc.title Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.
dc.creator Blume, Judy
dc.subject Teenage girls- Fiction.; Religions- Juvenile fiction.; Conduct of life- Juvenile fiction.; Puberty- Juvenile fiction. LCSH
dc.description Margaret shares her secrets and her spirituality in this iconic Judy Blume novel, beloved by millions, that now has a fresh new look. Margaret Simon, almost twelve, likes long hair, tuna fish, the smell of rain, and things that are pink. She’s just moved from New York City to Farbook, New Jersey, and is anxious to fit in with her new friends—Nancy, Gretchen, and Janie. When they form a secret club to talk about private subjects like boys, bras, and getting their first periods, Margaret is happy to belong. But none of them can believe Margaret doesn’t have religion, and that she isn’t going to the Y or the Jewish Community Center. What they don’t know is Margaret has her own very special relationship with God. She can talk to God about everything—family, friends, even Moose Freed, her secret crush. Margaret is funny and real, and her thoughts and feelings are oh-so-relatable—you’ll feel like she’s talking right to you, sharing her secrets with a friend.
dc.publisher Atheneum Books for Young Readers
dc.contributor Judy Blume 2014-04-29 W3CDTF
dc.type Text DCMIType
dc.format Paperback book; 192 pages; 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.6 in.
dc.identifier ISBN-13: 978-1481409933 ISBN
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dc.relation Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. by Judy Blume; originally published by Yearling, New York: 1970
dc.coverage 1970-2014
dc.rights All rights reserved

Margaret Simon, an almost 12-year-old girl, deals with moving to a new town and all the trials and tribulations that come with puberty: bras, periods, and boys. On top of it all, Margaret deals with her mixed religious heritage. Judy Blume has written several books that are often challenged; from 1990-1999, she had five books on the “100 Most Frequently Challenged Books” list (American Library Association, n.d.). Reasons for its frequent challenges include: sexually offensive, amoral/immoral, profane, and anti-Christian (Half Price Books, n.d.).

American Library Association. (n.d.). 100 most frequently challenged books: 1990–1999. Retrieved April 26, 2016, from–1999

Half Price Books. (n.d.). Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. Retrieved April 26, 2016, from