Artist: Lauryn Farwell
“This piece reflects the Harry Potter books by incorporating one recurring symbol throughout the series, Harry’s patronus. We see this as a symbol of love from his mother, Lily. My piece represents the love, beauty and bravery of the series.”
Anti-family, Satanism, religious viewpoint, violence; The Gwinnett County (GA) school board rejected a parent's pleas to take Harry Potter books out of school libraries based on the claim they promote witchcraft (2007); Proposed for removal by teacher's prayer group at Russell Springs (KY) high school for dealing with ghosts, cults, and witchcraft (2003); challenged in Moscow (Russia) by a Slavic cultural organization that alleged the stories about magic and wizards could draw students into Satanism; Challenged for encouraging lying, cheating, stealing and witchcraft. Burned in NM as "a masterpiece of satanic deception" (2002).
Artist: Logan Bliss
“This piece depicts an icon of mental institutions, despite not all mental illness being violent. The simplicity and minimalism represent that of a mental hospital.”
Reason for Banning:
In 1974, five residents of Strongsville, OH, sued the board of education to remove the novel. Labeling it "pornographic," they charged the novel "glorifies criminal activity, has a tendency to corrupt juveniles and contains descriptions of bestiality, bizarre violence, and torture, dismemberment, death, and human elimination;" Challenged at the Placentia-Yorba Linda, CA Unified School District (2000) after complaints by parents stated that teachers "can choose the best books, but they keep choosing this garbage over and over again."
Perks of Being a Wallflower by Ken Kesey
Artist: Myah Taylor
“Friendship is a theme in this novel and the friends of the novel’s protagonist, Charlie, get him through tough times. Charlie is a writer who addresses the reader as a friend, creating an intimate reading experience. I wanted my piece to reflect this.”
Reason for Banning: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group (2013); Anti-family, drugs, homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited to age group (2009)
Animal Farm by George Orwell