Banned and Challenged Chapter Books

Journey to Jo'burg
Journey to Jo'burg A South African Story By Naidoo, Beverley Book - 1988

Annotation:Banned in South Africa from 1985-1991.

The Witch of Blackbird Pond
The Witch of Blackbird Pond By Speare, Elizabeth George Book - 2001

Annotation:Challenged in Cromwell (CT) middle school curriculum on concern that it promotes witchcraft and violence.

The Watsons Go to Birmingham-- 1963
The Watsons Go to Birmingham-- 1963 A Novel By Curtis, Christopher Paul Book - 1995

Annotation:Challenged in the Stafford County, Virginia middle schools in 2002 because a parent was offended by some language. The book is a 1996 Newbery Honor winner and the same year was named a Coretta Scott King Honor Book.

The Westing Game
The Westing Game By Raskin, Ellen Book - 1978

Annotation:2009: Use of this Newbery Award-winning book was restricted at Brookline Elementary (TX) because of complaints of violence.

Olive's Ocean
Olive's Ocean By Henkes, Kevin Book - 2003

Annotation:Banned for sexually explicit and offensive language. ("Damn", and a first kiss.)

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe By Lewis, C. S. (Clive Staples), 1898-1963, 1898-1963. Book - 1994

Annotation:Challenged because it depicts "graphic violence, mysticism and gore". Howard County, Maryland 1990. Also challenged because of "occult content".

How to Eat Fried Worms
How to Eat Fried Worms By Rockwell, Thomas, 1933-, 1933- Book - 1973

Annotation:A Middletown (NJ) parent tried to have the book banned from a local library in 1988 for vulgarity and violence. This attempt failed; however, the book was removed from the Livelle Elementary School library in La Paz, Indiana, in 1991, after a library patron complained the book used the word “bastard.”

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Books for upper elementary students that have been challenged or banned.