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PEN AMERICA'S INDEX OF SCHOOL BOOK BANS
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PEN America's Index of School Book Bans lists instances occurring from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022, where students' access to books in school libraries and classrooms in the United States was restricted or diminished, for either limited or indefinite periods of time. Some of these bans have since been rescinded and some remain in place. PEN America's definition of school book bans can be found in the Methodology tab and here.
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AuthorTitleType of BanSecondary Author(s)Illustrator(s)Translator(s)StateDistrictDate of Challenge/RemovalOrigin of Challenge
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Àbíké-Íyímídé, FaridahAce of SpadesBanned in Libraries and ClassroomsFloridaIndian River County School DistrictNovember 2021Administrator
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Acevedo, ElizabethClap When You LandBanned in ClassroomsPennsylvaniaCentral York School DistrictSeptember 2021Administrator
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Acevedo, ElizabethThe Poet XBanned in LibrariesFloridaIndian River County School DistrictNovember 2021Administrator
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Acevedo, ElizabethThe Poet XBanned in Libraries and ClassroomsNew YorkMarlboro Central School DistrictFebruary 2022Administrator
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Acevedo, ElizabethThe Poet XBanned Pending InvestigationTexasFredericksburg Independent School DistrictMarch 2022Administrator
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Acevedo, ElizabethThe Poet XBanned in LibrariesVirginiaNew Kent County Public SchoolsOctober 2021Administrator
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Aciman, AndréCall Me By Your Name (Call Me By Your Name Series)Banned Pending InvestigationVirginiaSpotsylvania County Public SchoolsNovember 2021Administrator
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Acito, MarcHow I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship & Musical Theater (Edward Zanni Series)Banned Pending InvestigationFloridaIndian River County School DistrictNovember 2021Administrator
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Ada, Alma FlorMy Name Is María IsabelBanned Pending InvestigationThompson, Kathryn DybleCerro, Ana M.FloridaDuval County Public SchoolsJanuary 2022Administrator
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Addasi, MahaTime to PrayBanned Pending InvestigationGannon, NedAlbitar, NuhaFloridaDuval County Public SchoolsJanuary 2022Administrator
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Adeyemi, TomiChildren of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha Series)Banned Pending InvestigationTexasKaty Independent School DistrictJanuary 2022Administrator
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Adeyoha, Koja47,000 BeadsBanned in ClassroomsAdeyoha, AngelMcGillis, HollyPennsylvaniaCentral York School DistrictSeptember 2021Administrator
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Adichie, Chimamanda NgoziHalf of a Yellow SunBanned in ClassroomsMichiganHudsonville Public SchoolsJanuary 2022Formal Challenge
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Adler, DahliaCool for the SummerBanned Pending InvestigationTennesseeCollierville SchoolsFebruary 2022Administrator
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Agell, CharlotteThe Accidental Adventures of India McAllisterBanned in LibrariesTexasNorth East Independent School DistrictDecember 2021Administrator
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Ahmadi, ArvinHow It All Blew UpBanned Pending InvestigationTennesseeCollierville SchoolsFebruary 2022Administrator
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Ahmadi, ArvinHow It All Blew UpBanned Pending InvestigationTexasNorth East Independent School DistrictDecember 2021Administrator
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Ahmed, RodaMae Among the StarsBanned in ClassroomsBurrington, StasiaPennsylvaniaCentral York School DistrictSeptember 2021Administrator
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Ahmed, SamiraLove, Hate & Other FiltersBanned in LibrariesMississippiMadison County SchoolsApril 2022Administrator
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Ahmed, SamiraLove, Hate & Other FiltersBanned in LibrariesWisconsinSchool District of WaukeshaDecember 2021Administrator
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Ahmed, Sara K.Being the Change: Lessons and Strategies to Teach Social ComprehensionBanned in ClassroomsPennsylvaniaCentral York School DistrictSeptember 2021Administrator
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Ahmed, Sara K.Being the Change: Lessons and Strategies to Teach Social ComprehensionBanned Pending InvestigationTexasNorth East Independent School DistrictDecember 2021Administrator
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Albertalli, BeckyHere's to UsBanned Pending InvestigationSilvera, AdamTennesseeCollierville SchoolsFebruary 2022Administrator
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Albertalli, BeckyKate in WaitingBanned Pending InvestigationTennesseeCollierville SchoolsFebruary 2022Administrator
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Albertalli, BeckyLeah on the Offbeat (Simonverse Series)Banned in Libraries and ClassroomsIdahoNampa School DistrictMay 2022Administrator
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Albertalli, BeckyLeah on the Offbeat (Simonverse Series)Banned Pending InvestigationTennesseeCollierville SchoolsFebruary 2022Administrator
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Albertalli, BeckyLove, Creekwood: A Simonverse Novella (Simonverse Series)Banned in LibrariesTexasNorth East Independent School DistrictDecember 2021Administrator
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Albertalli, BeckySimon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Simonverse Series)Banned Pending InvestigationTennesseeCollierville SchoolsFebruary 2022Administrator
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Albertalli, BeckySimon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Simonverse Series)Banned Pending InvestigationTexasGranbury Independent School DistrictJanuary 2022Administrator
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Albertalli, BeckySimon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Simonverse Series)Banned Pending InvestigationTexasNorth East Independent School DistrictDecember 2021Administrator
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Albertalli, BeckyThe Upside of Unrequited (Simonverse Series)Banned Pending InvestigationTennesseeCollierville SchoolsFebruary 2022Administrator
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Albertalli, BeckyThe Upside of Unrequited (Simonverse Series)Banned Pending InvestigationTexasGranbury Independent School DistrictJanuary 2022Administrator
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Albertalli, BeckyThe Upside of Unrequited (Simonverse Series)Banned Pending InvestigationTexasNorth East Independent School DistrictDecember 2021Administrator
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Albertalli, BeckyWhat If It's Us (What If It's Us Series)Banned Pending InvestigationSilvera, AdamTennesseeCollierville SchoolsFebruary 2022Administrator
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Albertalli, BeckyWhat If It's Us (What If It's Us Series)Banned Pending InvestigationSilvera, AdamTexasGranbury Independent School DistrictJanuary 2022Administrator
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Albertalli, BeckyWhat If It's Us (What If It's Us Series)Banned Pending InvestigationSilvera, AdamTexasNorth East Independent School DistrictDecember 2021Administrator
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Aleman, DanielIndivisibleBanned Pending InvestigationTennesseeCollierville SchoolsFebruary 2022Administrator
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Alexander, KwameThe UndefeatedBanned in ClassroomsNelson, KadirPennsylvaniaCentral York School DistrictSeptember 2021Administrator
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Alexander, MichelleThe New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of ColorblindnessBanned in ClassroomsPennsylvaniaCentral York School DistrictSeptember 2021Administrator
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Alexander, MichelleThe New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of ColorblindnessBanned Pending InvestigationTexasKlein Independent School DistrictDecember 2021Administrator
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Alexander, MichelleThe New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of ColorblindnessBanned Pending InvestigationTexasNorth East Independent School DistrictDecember 2021Administrator
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Alexie, ShermanThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time IndianBanned in LibrariesForney, EllenFloridaIndian River County School DistrictNovember 2021Administrator
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Alexie, ShermanThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time IndianBanned in Libraries and ClassroomsForney, EllenFloridaJackson County School DistrictApril 2022Administrator
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Alexie, ShermanThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time IndianBanned in Libraries and ClassroomsForney, EllenFloridaLee County SchoolsMarch 2022Administrator
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Alexie, ShermanThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time IndianBanned Pending InvestigationForney, EllenFloridaSanta Rosa County District SchoolsApril 2022Administrator
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Alexie, ShermanThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time IndianBanned in LibrariesForney, EllenFloridaSt. Lucie Public SchoolsJanuary 2022Formal Challenge
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Alexie, ShermanThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time IndianBanned Pending InvestigationForney, EllenFloridaWalton County School DistrictApril 2022Administrator
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Alexie, ShermanThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time IndianBanned in LibrariesForney, EllenGeorgiaForsyth County SchoolsJanuary 2022Administrator
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Alexie, ShermanThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time IndianBanned in Libraries and ClassroomsForney, EllenIdahoNampa School DistrictMay 2022Administrator
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Alexie, ShermanThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time IndianBanned in LibrariesForney, EllenIowaAnkeny Community School DistrictNovember 2021Formal Challenge
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Alexie, ShermanThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time IndianBanned Pending InvestigationForney, EllenIowaOttumwa Community School DistrictApril 2022Administrator
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Alexie, ShermanThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time IndianBanned in Libraries and ClassroomsForney, EllenKansasDerby Public SchoolsNovember 2021Formal Challenge
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Alexie, ShermanThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time IndianBanned Pending InvestigationForney, EllenKansasGoddard Public SchoolsNovember 2021Administrator
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Alexie, ShermanThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time IndianBanned Pending InvestigationForney, EllenMichiganGladwin Community SchoolsMay 2022Administrator
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Alexie, ShermanThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time IndianBanned in LibrariesForney, EllenMississippiMadison County SchoolsApril 2022Administrator
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Alexie, ShermanThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time IndianBanned Pending InvestigationForney, EllenOklahomaBristow Public SchoolsOctober 2021Administrator
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Alexie, ShermanThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time IndianBanned Pending InvestigationForney, EllenTexasFredericksburg Independent School DistrictMarch 2022Administrator
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Alexie, ShermanThunder Boy Jr.Banned Pending InvestigationMorales, YuyiFloridaDuval County Public SchoolsJanuary 2022Administrator
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Alger, CristinaGirls Like Us (2019)Banned in LibrariesFloridaIndian River County School DistrictNovember 2021Administrator
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Alko, SelinaThe Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial MarriageBanned in ClassroomsQualls, SeanPennsylvaniaCentral York School DistrictSeptember 2021Administrator
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Allende, IsabelThe House of the SpiritsBanned Pending InvestigationFloridaIndian River County School DistrictNovember 2021Administrator
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Alley, Kristy DallasThe Ballad of Ami MilesBanned Pending InvestigationTennesseeCollierville SchoolsFebruary 2022Administrator
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Allison, AnthonyHear These Voices: Youth at the Edge of the MillenniumBanned Pending InvestigationFloridaIndian River County School DistrictNovember 2021Administrator
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Allman, John RobertA is for Audra: Broadway's Leading Ladies from A to ZBanned in ClassroomsEmmerich, PeterPennsylvaniaCentral York School DistrictSeptember 2021Administrator
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Altman, Linda JacobsBioethics: Who Lives, Who Dies, And Who Decides?Banned Pending InvestigationTexasGranbury Independent School DistrictJanuary 2022Administrator
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Altman, Linda JacobsBioethics: Who Lives, Who Dies, And Who Decides?Banned in LibrariesTexasNorth East Independent School DistrictDecember 2021Administrator
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Amnesty InternationalWe Are All Born Free: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in PicturesBanned in ClassroomsPennsylvaniaCentral York School DistrictSeptember 2021Administrator
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Anaya, RudolfoBless Me, UltimaBanned Pending InvestigationOklahomaBristow Public SchoolsOctober 2021Administrator
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Ancrum, K.The Weight of the StarsBanned Pending InvestigationTennesseeCollierville SchoolsFebruary 2022Administrator
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Anders, Charlie JaneVictories Greater Than Death (Unstoppable Series)Banned Pending InvestigationTennesseeCollierville SchoolsFebruary 2022Administrator
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Anderson, AirlieNeitherBanned Pending InvestigationFloridaDuval County Public SchoolsJanuary 2022Administrator
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Anderson, CarolWhite Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial DivideBanned in ClassroomsPennsylvaniaCentral York School DistrictSeptember 2021Administrator
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Anderson, Laurie HalseShoutBanned Pending InvestigationTexasGranbury Independent School DistrictJanuary 2022Administrator
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Anderson, Laurie HalseShoutBanned in ClassroomsTexasLeander Independent School DistrictSeptember 2021Administrator
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Anderson, Laurie HalseShoutBanned Pending InvestigationTexasNorth East Independent School DistrictDecember 2021Administrator
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Anderson, Laurie HalseSpeakBanned Pending InvestigationFloridaFlagler SchoolsNovember 2021Administrator
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Anderson, Laurie HalseSpeakBanned Pending InvestigationFloridaIndian River County School DistrictNovember 2021Administrator
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Anderson, Laurie HalseSpeakBanned in Libraries and ClassroomsIdahoNampa School DistrictMay 2022Administrator
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Anderson, Laurie HalseSpeakBanned Pending InvestigationMichiganGladwin Community SchoolsMay 2022Administrator
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Anderson, Laurie HalseSpeakBanned in LibrariesMississippiMadison County SchoolsApril 2022Administrator
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Anderson, Laurie HalseSpeakBanned in LibrariesOklahomaBristow Public SchoolsOctober 2021Administrator
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Anderson, M. T.FeedBanned Pending InvestigationFloridaIndian River County School DistrictNovember 2021Administrator
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Andrews, ArinSome Assembly Required: The Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender TeenBanned Pending InvestigationTexasNorth East Independent School DistrictDecember 2021Administrator
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Andrews, JesseMe and Earl and the Dying GirlBanned in Libraries and ClassroomsFloridaIndian River County School DistrictNovember 2021Administrator
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Andrews, JesseMe and Earl and the Dying GirlBanned Pending InvestigationFloridaOsceola County School DistrictApril 2022Administrator
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Andrews, JesseMe and Earl and the Dying GirlBanned in Libraries and ClassroomsGeorgiaForsyth County SchoolsJanuary 2022Administrator
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Andrews, JesseMe and Earl and the Dying GirlBanned in LibrariesIowaAnkeny Community School DistrictNovember 2021Formal Challenge
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Andrews, JesseMe and Earl and the Dying GirlBanned Pending InvestigationPennsylvaniaDowningtown Area School DistrictOctober 2021Administrator
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Andrews, JesseMe and Earl and the Dying GirlBanned Pending InvestigationPennsylvaniaElizabethtown Area School DistrictApril 2022Formal Challenge
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Andrews, JesseMe and Earl and the Dying GirlBanned in LibrariesTennesseeBlount County SchoolsNovember 2021Formal Challenge
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Andrews, JesseMe and Earl and the Dying GirlBanned in LibrariesTexasCypress-Fairbanks Independent School DistrictJanuary 2022Administrator
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Andrews, JesseMe and Earl and the Dying GirlBanned in Libraries and ClassroomsTexasFredericksburg Independent School DistrictMarch 2022Administrator
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Andrews, JesseMe and Earl and the Dying GirlBanned Pending InvestigationTexasGranbury Independent School DistrictJanuary 2022Administrator
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Andrews, JesseMe and Earl and the Dying GirlBanned in Libraries and ClassroomsTexasKaty Independent School DistrictNovember 2021Administrator
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Andrews, JesseMe and Earl and the Dying GirlBanned in LibrariesTexasKeller Independent School DistrictNovember 2021Formal Challenge
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Andrews, JesseMe and Earl and the Dying GirlBanned Pending InvestigationTexasLamar Consolidated Independent School DistrictDecember 2021Administrator
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Andrews, JesseMe and Earl and the Dying GirlBanned Pending InvestigationTexasNorth East Independent School DistrictDecember 2021Administrator