What makes a book acceptable to most readers and not to others has long been debated and often times have a multitude of answers.
It could be harsh language, violent images or questionable subject matter but, in any case, many of the books we grew up loving and reading over and over again have at one time or another been banned or challenged.
And while some parents will question the age appropriateness of a book when they challenge its use in a school or library, it is quite a different matter when a group or committee cites “conflicts with community values” as the primary excuse to make that decision for everyone.
As “Banned Books Week” comes to a close, here is a list of just some of the iconic novels that have been called into question during the course of their existence. While we may wonder at some of the choices, never forget that everyone is entitled to an opinion even if it is one based on ignorance or fear.
I encourage those who have not read the following books to give them a try and decide for themselves if they’re offensive.