30 books you may be surprised to learn were challenged by censors

Freedom to Read Week, which takes place Feb. 26-March 4, 2017, highlights the importance of free speech, free expression and how censorship affects us all.

Here are 30 books you may be surprised to learn have battled attempts at censorship in Canada.

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The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale
by Margaret Atwood

Violence, offensive language

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Bridge to Terabithia
by Katherine Paterson

Offensive language

Harry Potter

The Harry Potter series
by J.K. Rowling

Satanism, witchcraft

The Bible

The Holy Bible

Offensive language

A New Hope: Star Wars: Episode IV
The Wars by Timothy Findley

The Wars
by Timothy Findley

Sex, violence

Chicken Soup for the Unsinkable Soul
Essex County by Jeff Lemire

Essex County
by Jeff Lemire

Offensive language

Absolutely True Diariy of a Part-Time Indian
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

A Clockwork Orange
by Anthony Burgess

Unknown

Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson

Snow Falling on Cedars
by David Guterson

Sex

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

His Dark Materials
by Philip Pullman

Sex, violence,
offensive language,
satanism, witchcraft

On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder

On the Banks of Plum Creek
by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Offensive language

Goosebumps

The Goosebumps series
by R.L. Stine

Violence

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Huckleberry Finn
by Mark Twain

Offensive language

The Best of Drawn & Quarterly

The Best of Drawn & Quarterly
edited by Chris Oliveros

Sex, violence

Flowers for Algernon

Flowers for Algernon
by Daniel Keyes

Offensive language

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee

Offensive language

Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro

Lives of Girls and Women
by Alice Munro

Offensive language

The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger

The Catcher in the Rye
by J.D. Salinger

Offensive language

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver
by Lois Lowry

Offensive language

Princess on the Brink by Meg Cabot

Princess on the Brink
by Meg Cabot

Sex, offensive language

Foxfire by Joyce Carol Oates

Foxfire
by Joyce Carol Oates

Sex, violence, offensive language

The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz by Mordecai Richler

The Apprenticeship
of Duddy Kravitz

by Mordecai Richler

Unknown

The Diviners by Margaret Lawrence

The Diviners
by Margaret Lawrence

Sex, offensive language

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Lord of the Flies
by William Golding

Offensive language

Hold Fast by Kevin Major

Hold Fast
by Kevin Major

Unknown

Underground to Canada by Barbara Smucker

Underground to Canada
by Barbara Smucker

Offensive language

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men
by John Steinbeck

Offensive language,
religious issues

Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar

Gossip Girl
by Cecily von Ziegesar

Unknown

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Information provided by Freedom to Read Week and the Book and Periodical Council.

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