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

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dc.title The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-time Indian
dc.creator Alexie, Sherman
dc.subject Fiction – Native America, Fiction – Indian, Fiction – Reservation, Fiction – Teenage Boys, Fiction – Race relations, Fiction – alcoholism, Fiction – cartoonist
dc.description Junior is a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.
dc.publisher Little Brown Books for Young Readers
dc.contributor Sherman Alexie and Ellen Forney – Illustrator September 12, 2007
dc.type Text
dc.format Hardcover, 240 pages, 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
dc.identifier 978-0316013680 ISBN
dc.language en-US
dc.relation The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie, September 12, 2007
dc.rights All rights reserved

Arnold Spirit, a goofy-looking dork with a decent jumpshot, spends his time lamenting life on the “poor-ass” Spokane Indian reservation, drawing cartoons (which accompany, and often provide more insight than, the narrative), and, along with his aptly named pal Rowdy, laughing those laughs over anything and nothing that affix best friends so intricately together. When a teacher pleads with Arnold to want more, to escape the hopelessness of the rez, Arnold switches to a rich white school and immediately becomes as much an outcast in his own community as he is a curiosity in his new one. He weathers the typical teenage indignations and triumphs like a champ but soon faces far more trying ordeals as his home life begins to crumble and decay amidst the suffocating mire of alcoholism on the reservation

From the Huffington Post on a school in Idaho that has banned the book:

The school board’s decision to seek an alternative book to convey “the cultural messages” of Alexie’s work came after complaints from parents that the book contained sexually charged material inappropriate for their children, was peppered with pejorative terms for women, people of various races and those with learning disabilities and mocked Christian beliefs.

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Idaho bans native american book. Huffington Post. Retrieved 01 May 2016:

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 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.language en-US RFC4646
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

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