Book Banning Efforts at Treasure Mountain

According to CBS, over 1,600 books are banned each year in school districts across the US. Right now at Treasure Mountain Junior High, the push to stop teaching books in school is happening with about 20 books. 

The school district has a lengthy and vigorous process as to how they undergo the decision to ban a book. First, a parent or guardian has to submit a request to challenge a book of their choice. Then, a committee will review the book to see if they must be removed from schools, or if they can remain in school. Finally, depending on the verdict, the book will either be taken out of the library and any teaching plans, or the book will remain as it was. 

The books that have been or will be challenged at TMJH are A Court of Silver Flames, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, 13 Reasons Why, as well as others.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, a novel by Sherman Alexie

 The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is a story about a native-American boy who struggles with society’s beliefs after deciding to leave his reservation school and go to school in a predominantly white town. This is a strong story about a boy’s struggle to fit into either side of the train tracks and his desire for a better education. Ultimately, Sherman Alexie’s book was recently voted to stay at Treasure. The controversy surrounding the book is that it briefly spoke of the young boy’s more mature thoughts, as well as the way that the author addressed topics such as eating disorders.


The Court of Thorns and Roses, a novel by Sarah J. Maas

The Court of Thorns and Roses series has also been challenged. Written by Sarah J. Maas, this is a fantasy series that follows the story of Ferye, a huntress for her family, who is kidnapped for killing a faerie. This leads to a love-hate relationship between her and her kidnapper. The series is being challenged (and banned) nationwide by several different school districts for its sexual content throughout the series. 

Finally, the third book being challenged at TMJH is 13 Reasons Why, by Jay Asher. 

Thirteen Reasons Why, a novel by Jay Asher

 This novel tells the story of a young girl who committed suicide and the struggles of people around her. A boy receives a cassette player and thirteen tapes after her death from her. As he listens, she uncovers wrongdoings committed by others. This book speaks on teen suicide and bullying, and according to some sources, glorifies these topics. 

These are only three of the many being challenged, the district can only process so many at a time. As more books begin to be banned in our district and around the country, it is important to find out why and what they don’t want you reading.