Featured Banned Books

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian was written by Sherman Alexie in 2007 intended for the young adult audience. This was Alexie’s first young-adult fiction novel he had written however he had only previously written standup comedy, screenplays, short stories and adult novels. This book is illustrated by Arnold Spirit, Jr., a fourteen year old Native American Teenager, in the first person narrative who is going through the transition of once attending a high school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to an all-white public high school in Reardan, Washington.  This book has been added onto the challenged books list due to its profanity and sexual references such as masturbation, pornography, as well as racism and religious mockery.

Allah, Liberty and Love

Allah, Liberty, and Love was written by Irshad Manji and released in 2011 primarily only in the United States as well as Canada. In this novel Irshad Manji takes her readers on a journey on the “how’s to” in reconciling one’s faith and freedom while living in a world controlled by repressive dogmas. Throughout this novel Manji illustrates to her readers the importance of the needed “moral courage”, the ability to fight repression and speak up for what you believe. This novel was banned because Malaysia officials alleged it contrasted Islamic teachings, leading to a raid, however others (such as activists) suspect that is was banned because Manji is a lesbian, due to the fact that she is merely trying to make a globally active citizen.

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