‘Bridge to Terabithia’ by Katherine Paterson
Not that they should, but there are many reasons for a school to ban Bridge to Terabithia. “It’s extremely upsetting” and “it ripped my still-beating heart out of my chest and stomped on it” are just two of them.
But schools have been removing this book from libraries ever since 1986 for reasons that have nothing to do with how hauntingly sad it is. No, what parents don’t seem to like is that it’s “vulgar,” it’s “satanic,” and it makes frequent references to “witchcraft” and the occult. I guess Jess says “Oh, Lord” a lot, and Leslie mentions that her parents don’t go to church, and together they spend a lot of time playing make-believe. But other than that? We must have been reading different books.