10 popular, banned books

5. The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood, 1985

According to TIME Magazine, a superintendent in a school district removed the novel from an Advanced Placement (AP) English course, claiming that the text, “was sexually explicit and offensive to Christians.”  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Maya Angelou, 1969) faces similar challenges based on sexual content, which includes Angelou’s account of being raped as an 8-year-old.

6. Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling, 1997-2007

Five installments of the seven “Potter” fantasy novels have attracted particular scorn, with the “Chamber of Secrets (1998),” for instance, removed from Bridgeport Township, Mich., public schools in 2000 for “promoting witchcraft,” according to the Banned Books Resource Guide.

Meris Stansbury

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