Banned/Challenged Book Club Poll

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The book with the most votes will be the book chosen. The voting should happen between August 15-August 31. The selected book will be announced on September 1.

The Banned Book Club will meet on Thursday, October 13, to discuss the chosen book at Something Wicked. A signup form will be available soon.

Book descriptions are below. Vote and submit after the descriptions. Questions? E-mail

Most Challenged Books according to the American Library Association:

  1. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Reasons: Banned, challenged, and restricted because it was thought to contain a political viewpoint and it was claimed to be biased against male students, and for the novel’s inclusion of rape and profanity.
Challenged years: 2020

  1. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Reasons: Banned and challenged because it was considered sexually explicit and depicts child sexual abuse.
Challenged years: 2021, 2020, 2013

  1. The Absolutely True Story of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Consistently challenged since its publication in 2007 for acknowledging issues such as poverty, alcoholism, and sexuality, this National Book Award winner was challenged in school curriculums because of profanity and situations that were deemed sexually explicit.
Challenged years: 2021, 2020, 2018, 2017

  1. All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson

Reasons: Banned and challenged for LGBTQIA+ content, profanity, and because it was considered to be sexually explicit.
Challenged years: 2021

  1. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

This critically acclaimed, multigenerational novel was challenged and banned because it includes sexual violence and was thought to “lead to terrorism” and “promote Islam.”
Challenged years: 2014, 2012, 2008