Banned Book Favorites

City High English Teacher share a list of their favorite banned books.

Sarah Smith and Nova Meurice

Banned for profanity

First published in the year 1990, The Things They Carried is a book containing a series of short stories about an American platoon in the Vietnam War. Based on O’Brien true experience of war, this book is highly decorated with awards and adaptations in theater productions and films.

Banned for profanity and offensive language














John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men is an all time classic read. This book shares the story of quick witted George Milton and mentally disabled Lennie Small, two migrant ranch workers who travel in search of new job opportunities. This commonly banned book is also used frequently in high school English curriculums.

Banned for encouragement of witchcraft and not fitting age group

With almost 60 million copies sold worldwide, it’s hard to find someone who hasn’t heard of the Harry Potter Series. JK Rowling tells the story of young Harry Potter and his adventures in wizardry.

Banned for explicit sexual content and profanity

With a 2012 movie adaptation, The Perks of Being a Wallflower has been a favorite since it’s publication date of 1999. This coming-of-age story contains many relatable details of growing up about main character Charlie. With several awards and positive reviews under it’s belt, Chbosky’s novel has proven likeable to teens everywhere.

Banned for mature themes in age outlook

From a 1993 children’s book to a 2014 film, The Giver has received fantastic recognition as a “Best book of the year” for children and young adults alike. The story begins with Jonas, a level 13 living in a utopian society that was once America. As plot unfolds, Jonas begins to see corrupt things in this once perfect community that other citizens don’t recognize. Receiving awards, films, and plays, this book is common favorite and ranked high on the list of most challenged books.