Recently Banned or Challenged Books, Grades 9–12

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Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher

Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher

Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher is a collection of short stories about the characters in his novels. In 1995, Athletic Shorts was challenged at a school library in Charleston County, South Carolina, because the story deals with divorce, violence, AIDS, and homosexuality. It was one of the top ten most frequently challenged books of 2006. Offensive language and its treatment of homosexuality were commonly cited objections.

Activity: This teacher's guide to challenged and banned books features classroom activities and discussion questions about the novels of Chris Crutcher, the First Amendment, freedom of speech, and censorship.

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