One member of the committee says that, while he does not wish to call it immoral, he thinks it contains but little humor, and that of a very coarse type. The librarian and the other members of the committee entertain similar views, characterizing it as rough, coarse and inelegant, dealing with a series of experiences not elevating, the whole book being more suited to the slums that to intelligent, respectable people." Read other press items.
Pulled from classes in Taylor, Michigan, schools  because of complaints about its liberal use of common racial slurs.
Challenged as required reading at Cactus High in Peoria, Arizona .
The student and mother have threatened to file a civil-rights complaint because of alleged racial treatment, the segregation of the student, and the use of a racial slur in the classroom.
(Suspended from a Crook County High School classroom in Prineville, Oregon in 2008 after a parent complained that it was offensive.
The New York Times bestseller and a National Book Award winner will remain out of the classroom until the school district can revamp its policies.
The book is about a boy growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation who decides to attend an all-white school.
The protagonist in Alexie's book discusses masturbation.
Retained on the summer reading list at Antioch, Illinois High School  despite objections from several parents who found its language vulgar and racist.
In response to concerns, however, the district will form a committee each March to review future summer reading assignments.